THE JUDGMENT OF SATAN, AND OF THE SAVED #65



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ October 27th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

 

THE JUDGMENT OF SATAN, AND OF THE SAVED #65

REVELON BOOKThe names given to Satan are to show who he is, and that he is a real person.

He is called Satan, which means adversary and accuser.

He is called the dragon, to show his ferociousness.

He is called a serpent, to show his subtlety.

He is called the Devil, to show his slander.

Each of these names is a metaphor to show the nature of this wicked angelic being.

The Devil is not only confined for the 1,000 years, but he is chained so he cannot escape.  The chain, regardless of its nature will restrains him.

Satan’s main weapon against men and the nations is deception. Thus, during the 1,000-years, Satan cannot deceive anyone. However, at the end of the 1,000 years he “must” be released for a little season. We will see why a little later.

The Judgment of the Righteous Dead

  “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”  (Revelation 20:4-6).

The reader should note that there is a 1,000-year gap between verse six and seven. Once Jesus has conquered all enemies, he will begin putting together His government for His righteous Kingdom. To do this, He must raise all the righteous from the dead. That event takes place at His Second Advent. It is called the first resurrection. (See verse 6.)  The thrones, or seats, will be for those who will assist Him in His choices and assignments. These thrones, or seats, are the same ones in Daniel 7:9-10, 27. We are told in the Gospels that it will be the Twelve Disciples who will sit on these thrones or judgment seats. (See Matthew 19:28; Luke 22:29-30; Psalm 122:5; Ezekiel 43:7 and Zechariah 6:13.)

The first resurrection will consist of all the righteous dead from Adam to the Second Advent. The exception will be members of the church, which is Christ’s body. The resurrection and Rapture of the church was a mystery, which was unknown until revealed to Paul. (See I Corinthians 15:51 and I Thessalonians 4:13-17.) The resurrection under consideration was not a mystery and was well known.

Those who refused the mark of the Beast during the Tribulation will qualify to serve as Kings and Priests in the 1,000-year kingdom. This was the promise given to the overcomers in Revelation 2:26-27. Satan will be released from prison after the 1,000-year kingdom.  The second resurrection will follow the 1,000-year Kingdom of Heaven.

  “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,  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. 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.  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.”  (Revelation 20:7-10).  


THE SECOND ADVENT OF JESUS CHRIST # 64



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ October 24th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

 

 

THE SECOND ADVENT OF JESUS CHRIST # 64

 

REVELON BOOK “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.  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”  (Revelation 19:11-21).

 

The return of Jesus, Israel’s Messiah, to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth (in the Holy Land) is the theme of the Old Testament and of the Jewish epistles in the New Testament. Genesis 3:15 points to this glorious day.

The battle of Armageddon will be won by Christ and His armies at His return. The birds of the air are invited to that scene to feed on the carcasses of the dead.  This feast is call a “supper.”

This, no doubt, is the greatest event of all time. At this event, Jesus will put down all rebellion; He will fulfill all the promises of God and the prophecies concerning Himself. He will establish a rule of righteousness on earth and rule with a rod of iron. (See Psalm 2.)

Satan will be assigned to the pit for 1000 years. The Beast and the False Prophet will be destroyed in the lake of fire. The Kingdom of Heaven will be established in the Promised Land and Israel will be the head of the nations. (And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them”  Deuteronomy 28:13.)

The saints, who return with Him, could be the angels of heaven as well as all believers of all dispensations. Christ’s glorious Kingdom will be established on earth, and that which Adam lost, Jesus will regain and restore. (See Isaiah 11:1-6.)

 

CHAPTER 20

 

This chapter is chronological and continues the judgment of the Antichrist, the false prophet, and their followers. (See verse 20-21 of the previous chapter.) At this point, the Lord Jesus has returned to earth and is assigning both the righteous and the wicked their reward.

 

Satan Is Bound For A Thousand Years

 

 “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”  (Revelation 20:1-3).

 

We are not told who the strong angel is, nor is it important. The point is, Satan is subdued and assigned to his new home for the next 1,000 years.

 

THE MARRIAGE OF ISRAEL AND THE LORD # 63



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ October 21st, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

 

This marriage is spoken of often in Scripture. It is the resumption of a former relationship between Israel and their God.

REVELON BOOK

Isaiah 54:5-8 says, For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.  For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.  In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.”

 

      “Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee (Isaiah 62:4-5).

 

      “And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali. For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name. And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely. And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving kindness, and in mercies” (Hosea 2:16-19).

 

      “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:” (Jeremiah 3:14).

 

Surly no Israelite thought these passages were about a Gentile church. They are clearly about the nation of Israel. The wedding is the nation of Israel being reunited to God the father and serving Him on earth (the Promised Land) for 1000 years. The redeemed of all ages are invited to witness the uniting of God with His people Israel in the land. The “virgins and her companions” are no doubt the 144,000 who were faithful over-comers.

 

HEAVEN REJOICES OVER THE DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON. THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB #62



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ October 18th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

 

Chapter 19

REVELON BOOK  This chapter is the beginning of the third and final section of the book of Revelation. Everything has been preparatory until now. All has been pointing to the Second Advent of Jesus, which takes place in this chapter. The remainder of this section deals with those eternal events that follow His coming. This is the revelation!

The first ten verses are parenthetical and explain the rejoicing in heaven over the destruction of Babylon. It is the ninth and last parenthetical section in the book.

The Heavenly Hosts Praise God

  “And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.  And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.”  (Revelation 19:1-5).  

John hears, what seems like, all heaven singing praise to God for His righteous judgment on Babylon. The destruction of the city causes great fissures in the earth.  Smoke, like a furnace, will ascend as a constant reminder of God’s faithful judgment on the city, and her system that corrupted the whole earth.

There are four Greek “Alleluias” in the text. In Hebrew it is pronounced Hallelujah. The meaning is “praise ye Jehovah.” (See Psalms 106, 111, 112 and 113.)

The Marriage of the Lamb

 “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”  (Revelation 19:6-10).  

 The book of Revelation is written to the seven Jewish assemblies (churches). They will be in the Tribulation, in the Day of the Lord. The church, which is Christ’s body, will be raptured before that day begins. Therefore, the church of this dispensation is not in view in the Book of Revelation. The reference to the wife and the marriage, as we shall see, speaks of Israel and her land. It has nothing to do with a Gentile church.

RICH WEEP OVER THE DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON, NOT THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH #61



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ October 15th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

REVELON BOOK“And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.”  (Revelation 18:9-19).

Verses 9-19 show the reaction of the businessmen of this world who did business with Babylon. It is noteworthy that the city is a great seaport city where shipmasters and their ships come.

It is important to note that all the rivers and waters were turned to blood, according to chapter 16:3-7. We stated earlier that those events were centered in the Mediterranean Sea, or perhaps the Sea of Galilee. It is unlikely that these mariners would be concerned with the burning of the city of Babylon if the Persian Gulf had turned to blood and there was no water for them to drink. Their lament was over the destruction of the city, which was the source of their trade and finances.  Babylon will, no doubt, become the financial center of the world in the near future. James says, “Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.” 

James 5:3.

Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth. And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth. And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof. Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven. Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?  And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.” (Zechariah 5:5-11).

  • One thing is certain: Babylon will be the center of activities in the East during the last days — in commerce, religion, and politics. It will be rebuilt and become the capital of the Antichrist. He will come from Syria which will take in Babylon in those days, for the Syrian division of the old Grecian empire included all the countries of Syria and Iraq. The coming of Antichrist from Syria and Babylon will be in perfect harmony with all scriptures. We see from Isa. 13-14; Jer. 50-51; Rev. 14:8; 16:17-21; 17:1-18; 18:1-24 that Babylon will play a great part in latter-day events, not only as the political capital of the kingdom of the Antichrist but as the headquarters for a religious system called Mystery Babylon. It will be a great commercial center of earth as pictured in Rev. 18. Antichrist will reign from Babylon during his rise to power over the ten kingdoms of Dan. 7:23-24; Rev. 17:12-17, as taught in Isa. 14. Then he will leave Babylon to make his capital in Jerusalem the last 3 1/2 years of Daniel’s 70th week, and will reign there during the 42 months of his power over all nations (Dan. 9:27; 11:40-45; Rev. 13:5; 17:12-17). This passage (Zech. 5:5-11) pictures the restoration of Babylon as the seat of wickedness in the last days. Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible:

 “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.  And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.”  (Revelation 18:20-24).

       Verses 20-24 describe the rejoicing of heaven over the destruction of Babylon. They are told to rejoice, for God had avenged all she had done to the holy apostles and prophets of God down through the centuries.

The final destruction of the city of Babylon is swift and dramatic. A mighty angel demonstrates this to John by taking a large stone, similar to a millstone, and casting it into the sea. It quickly sank to the bottom. The swiftness with which it sank, demonstrated how quickly Babylon will be destroyed. One final blow from God finishes her. (Jeremiah 51:1-26.)

The heavens rejoiced with singing and with harps. It is also possible that Babylon’s final destruction will be aided by the hordes that pass over the Euphrates when it is dried up. (See Revelation 16:12-16).

Babylon and her system have persecuted Israel from the beginning, long before Rome existed.  God reassures His people that He has not forgotten them and that they will never be troubled by Babylon again. The only reminder of Babylon will be a smoking furnace, which will burn forever where she was located, And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever” (Revelation 19:3).

 

JEWS CALLED FROM BABYLON, RETURN TO ISRAEL BEFORE ITS DESTRUCTION. # 60



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ October 11th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

JEWS CALLED FROM BABYLON, RETURN TO ISRAEL BEFORE ITS DESTRUCTION. # 60

REVELON BOOKThis event is recorded in Micah 4:10,Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.” The near context makes it evident that the fulfillment of this prophecy is just prior to the Second Advent.

Note:

The remnant is in travail.

  1. She goes forth from Jerusalem.
  2. She goes to Babylon.
  3. She will be redeemed from Babylon.
  4. She will be saved from her enemies.

Jeremiah says, In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God. They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten. My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace. All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, We offend not, because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers. Remove out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the he goats before the flocks. For, lo, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the north country: and they shall set themselves in array against her; from thence she shall be taken: their arrows shall be as of a mighty expert man; none shall return in vain” (Jeremiah 50:4-9).

 “For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel. Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence. Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed” (Jeremiah 51:5-8). “My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD” (Jeremiah 51:45).

 “And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:  The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,  And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.  And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.  The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,  And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!  For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.”  (Revelation 18:9-19).

Verses 9-19 show the reaction of the businessmen of this world who did business with Babylon. It is noteworthy that the city is a great seaport city where shipmasters and their ships come. This could never be said of Rome.

It is also important to note that all the rivers and waters were turned to blood, according to chapter 16:3-7. We stated earlier that those events were centered in the Mediterranean Sea and the water sources in that area. It is unlikely that these mariners would be concerned with the burning of the city of Babylon if the Persian Gulf had turned to blood and there was no water for them to drink. Their great lament was over the destruction of the city, which was the source of their trade and finances.  Babylon will, no doubt, become the financial center of the world in the near future.

The latter chapters of Jeremiah must be read in conjunction with John’s vision of Babylon. It is literal Babylon, and these two clarify its meaning. It is not Rome, nor the Catholic church. It is BABYLON.

KEN BLUE VS. KEN BLUE’S AUTHORITY TO HEAL #2



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ October 7th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

KEN BLUE VS. KEN BLUE’S AUTHORITY TO HEAL

lightenOn two or three occasions I have received emails with comments about the book, Authority to Heal. I did not write the book, but was tempted to bill for it anyway. Since the author’s name is the same as mine, I decided to purchase a copy. Having pastored for over 40 years, and studying the Bible more than 58 years, I have learned to “try the spirits,” and “prove all things” by the Word of God, not by human experience.

I do not question the character or sincerity of Dr. Blue. I detect that he is a compassionate and caring person. I have no animosity toward him, and believe he is sincere in what he teaches. However, I do question his healing ministry, and his misuse of Scripture in his premise to support his Authority to Heal ministry.

There’s no shortages of testimonies from all religions concerning miracle healings. Even the Roman Catholics, who pray to idols, pray to Mary, pray for the dead, practice baby sprinkling, teach that no one is saved without Catholic baptism, or a desire for it, also profess all manner of miracles and visions. Few religion are exempt when it comes to these experiences. Medical doctors are sometimes baffled that a former diagnosis changes or disappears in those who profess no religious faith. Therefore, inductive reasoning is never proof of cause and effect.

Because of the selfish and covetous nature of man, the “prosperity and healing gospel” attracts people, as a pool of muddy water in the desert attracts all varieties of animals. Promise people “health and wealth,” if they follow that theology, and they will respond. It should be noted that theology is the creation of men. I have watched this deception for years, and those who espouse it are deceived, and many preach that doctrine to enrich themselves.

Perhaps the most calloused and wicked aspect of the health and wealth ministry is when the infirmed are left with the feeling that they just did not have enough faith. Or, when the blame is placed on the one who prays. Regardless, in the final analyst, the failure is always laid at the feet of someone’s unbelief. The Bible is clear that people were healed who lacked faith, and prayers were answered in spite of the absence of faith.

In any debate, when the main premise is wrong, the conclusion will always be wrong. I have found, the number one reason people come to a wrong conclusion about Scriptural matters is their failure or inability to rightly divide the Word of God. Without a doubt, when it comes to biblical hermeneutics, the most important verse in the Bible is 2 Timothy 2:15. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Paul said, “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:” 1 Corinthians 10:32. Three groups are mentioned. Unless we rightly divide Scripture, we have no way of knowing to whom it is addressed. You, no doubt, have heard people say, “Every promise in the book is mine.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Also, the promise in Authority to Heal, is not given to the church today.

There are seven different baptisms in Scripture. There are also several different gospels, and dispensations. We must know the difference between the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven, and the gospel of grace, which was a mystery revealed to Paul. If we fail to discern what was to the Disciples only, and that which was Kingdom of Heaven gospel, we will never rightly divide the Word. Therefore, we can make the Bible teach anything we wish.  A wrong premise will always lead to a wrong conclusion, which leads to wrong interpretation and application. This is what Dr. Blue, in Authority to Heal has done. His whole premise is wrong.

Because of his failure to rightly divide Scripture, he has embraced a hodge-podge theology on the subject of miracles and healing. He also, wrongly assumes the church possesses the promised kingdom to Israel, and now those promises belong to the church. He says,

  • “From the beginning, God intended for humanity to have dominion over the world (Gen 1:28). The lines of authority which were broken by Adam’s disobedience have now been re-established by the second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ. As he proclaims in Matthew 28:18, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” And this authority he gives to his church: “Go and make disciples of all nations, … teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (w. 19-20). The lines of true authority were not only re-established by Christ but also extended by him into all the world through the church. The rule of God, that is to say the kingdom of God, was established by Jesus and is now expanded as we obey him.” Ken Blue. Authority to Heal.

It should be noted that Matthew 28 is incorrectly quoted. Also, there is no church of earth that obeys that commission, nor can they. It was given to the Twelve as a continuation of the Kingdom of Heaven ministry. All is in the context of the promised kingdom. The first question by the Disciples after Christ’s resurrection was, “…Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” Acts 1:6.  The first matter of business was to fill the vacancy left by Judas. We need to ask, why? “And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.” Acts 1:24-26.

The “why,” is found in the gospels. “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Matthew 19:28. This is the only place where apostolic succession was practiced.

Not only does Dr. Blue believe the church is the kingdom, he thinks it was given the covenant promises to the Jews. He evidently doesn’t know the difference between a testament and a covenant. The New Covenant was made with Israel. “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:31-34. There are no covenants made with the church of this dispensation. One may attempt to refute this by quoting the book of Hebrews. However, the book of Hebrews is not a church epistle. It was written for the Hebrews who will be in the Tribulation. Right divisions will show that Hebrews through Revelation are not church epistles, but are Jewish Tribulation epistles.

  • “As we look away from our own state of mind to God’s grace revealed in Jesus Christ, we see that just as Israel was related to God through the covenant of Sinai so we are related to God through the new covenant in Christ’s blood. As the kingdom was made known to Israel through Jesus of Nazareth, so it is now made known to the church by the pouring out of God’s Holy Spirit. Saturating our minds with the truth of God’s unconditional love will do more to create a healing environment than anything else we may do.” Ken Blue. Authority to Heal.

Another error in Authority to Heal is the absence of the other miracles promised under the Kingdom of Heaven ministry. If we accept the premise that healing and the casting out of devils resides in the church today, why ignore the other miracles? Could it be that they cannot be validated? When Mark is quoted, part of the context is conveniently ignored. We will post the complete text. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:15-18. “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14. We challenge any church to prove they experience either promise in the above text.

The argument that God does not want anyone to be sick, may be valid. However, to argue that the reason is because He so loves us is not a valid argument. We are now back to the prosperity gospel. Does God want anyone in this dispensation to be poor? Does He not love these as well? It is not a matter of what God wants, but what He allows. God cannot be inconsistent with Himself.  If we don’t understand right divisions, and understand that God administers His programs differently in different economies, we will never handle the Word of God correctly. This is the dispensation of grace, and His grace is sufficient.

If healing and casting out of devils is in operation today, what of the other miracles?

I will give a list of questions on this subject. They are simple, and the respondent should be straight forward with his or her answers. Please don’t waste my time with your beliefs or hearsay. We want the truth.
1. Do you believe the miracle working power Jesus and the disciples had are present today? If not, why not?
2. Do you know anyone with those powers?
3. Do you know anyone who was dead three days or more and was raised from the dead?
4. Do you know of any mentally retarded person who was healed by the gift of healing?
5. Do you know anyone blind or deaf from birth, and a faith healer restored their sight or hearing?
6. Do you know anyone who could not walk for 40 years, and was restored by a faith healer?
7. Do you know a miracle worker who walks on water?
8. Do you know a miracle worker who feeds thousands with a little boy’s lunch?
9. Do you know anyone with ALS that was healed by a faith healer?
10. Do you know anyone who had Alzheimer’s that was healed by a faith healer?

If you have positive answers to the above, please send us their name and address so we may contact them.

If you tell me that an elephant walked over your bed last night, I have no way of convincing you that it did not. Likewise, it is virtually impossible to convince one from Scripture the error of his experience. It is real to him. I have had this conversation for years with those who believe they were filled with the Spirit because they spoke in some unknown tongue. It is to no avail. They have no idea what they were saying, but they know they had an experience.

We leave the reader to his own conclusion. If you know the answer to the above questions, or if you choose to believe your experience above the Scriptures, so be it. However, you are not permitted to cherry pick the miracles you like, and ignore the others.

BABYLON, NOT THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH # 59



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ October 4th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

 

CHAPTER 18

REVELON BOOKIn the near future, ten political leaders will establish independent governments within the area of the old Roman Empire. There is no indication in Scripture when these will be established or how long they will remain independent of each other. From within the ten, a political leader will arise who will come from Syria and also from Babylon. He is called, in Scripture, among his many names, the “little horn.” He will assume power while in Babylon. We do not know when this will happen. It could happen years before the Rapture or the Second Advent of Christ. Babylon will become his new headquarters and he will take over the leadership of the ten independent powers within the revised Roman Empire. Their kingdoms will become his. The city of Babylon will be rebuilt and become a city of wealth, beauty, and idolatry.

Most of his rule will involve wars and battles with surrounding rival nations. At approximately the mid-point of the Tribulation, he will conquer Jerusalem and move his headquarters there.

From the beginning of their governments, the ten kings have been “in bed” with the whore (Babylon) and enjoyed “doing business” with her. We are not told what events transpired to cause the Antichrist and the ten kings to hate Babylon, but Scripture reveals that God put it in their hearts to destroy her (Revelation 17:16). See 2 Thessalonians 2:11, And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. Since the Antichrist will have no rivals, it is likely he destroyed Babylon because she was attracting too much attention from world leaders.

       Chapter 17 reveals who the woman is. She is the great city Babylon. Babylon’s influence over the kings of the earth has been, and is, universal. God will use the Antichrist and his government to destroy the city of Babylon. In chapter 18, the city itself, having been stripped and plundered will be completely destroyed.

It is important to understand that the city of Babylon and its system are spoken of in chapters 17 and 18. The similarities within the chapters cannot be ignored:

 

Chapter 17 Chapter 18
“…inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication..” v. 2 “…all nations have drunk of the wine of her fornication” v. 3
“…arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls,” v. 4 “…gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet,” v. 12
“shall …burn her with fire.” v. 16 “…shall be utterly burned with fire:” v. 8
“…great city…” v. 18 “…that great city Babylon” v. 10
“…the kings of the earth.” v.18 “The kings of the earth…” v. 9

“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.   For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”  (Revelation 18: 1-3).

The events in chapter 18 are a continuation and an extension of chapter 17. A different angel brings the message of Babylon’s final destruction. There is no such thing in Scripture as mystic Babylon. The Babylon of chapter 17 is the Babylon of chapter 18 and is a literal city.

These two chapters, along with many Old Testament prophecies assure us that Babylon must be rebuilt before it can be destroyed again. There is plenty of time for that to happen, and for it to rise to the height of idolatry and luxury before the Second Advent of Christ.  Thus, Babylon will become the haven for sorcery, witchcraft, and idolatry.

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.   For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.   Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.  How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.  Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.”  (Revelation 18:4-8).

At some point in the Tribulation the remnant will flee to Babylon for protection. It will be, no doubt, safer in Babylon than in Jerusalem. This may be the flight of Israel recorded in chapter 12. It is only speculation that the remnant will flee to Petra. God calls for them to get out of Babylon before He pours out His cup of wrath to destroy her.

THE INTERPRETATION OF THE VISION OF THE GREAT WHORE # 58



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ October 2nd, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

The Interpretation of the Vision of the Great Whore #58

 REVELON BOOK

And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.”  (Revelation 17:7).

John was asked why he marveled at the sight of the woman and the beast that carried her. He was told he would be given understanding of their meaning. In the explanation, ten verses (8-17) are given to the beast and only one to the woman (18).

 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”  (Revelation 17:8).

Most of the disagreement in interpreting Revelation is over the identity of this beast. Many confuse it with the man who is the Antichrist. As pointed out earlier, there are many different beasts in Scripture. In Genesis 1:24 God called for the earth to bring forth “beasts” after its kind. This speaks of the animal kingdom.  In Genesis 7 we are introduced to the fact that there were clean and unclean beasts.

In Daniel’s vision we see that kings of the earth and their kingdoms are classified as “beasts”. (See Daniel 7:5-7). In Revelation 4:7 the four living creatures around the throne of God are classified as beasts. In 11:7 a beast comes out of the pit; in 13:1 a beast rises up out of the sea; in 13:11 another beast comes up out of the earth; in 16:10 there is the kingdom of the beast; in 17:3 there is a scarlet colored beast which supports the great city, Babylon. In 17:8 the beast “was” and “is not” and shall come from the “bottomless pit” and be cast into “perdition.” This beast, in this context we believe, is the prince of Greece, as stated earlier.  The word “perdition” means destruction and nothing more.

In verse 11, the eighth beast, which is the Antichrist, is a man who also goes into perdition. We know where he goes and what his perdition is by looking at Revelation 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.”  This is their perdition or destruction.

  “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.  And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.  And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.”  (Revelation 17:9-11).

First, we are told that the seven heads on the beast are seven mountains. These are not literal mountains, but are seven kings with their kingdoms, which were contemporary with Israel’s history and practiced the corrupt religion of Babylon.

Mountains, in the Bible, are often called kingdoms. Nebuchadnezzar was spoken of as a “destroying mountain” (Jeremiah 51:25). When Jesus returns at the Second Advent, His Kingdom will be called a mountain. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2:35). (See also Isa. 2:2.) It should be remembered that the woman was sitting on the beast whose seven heads consisted of the seven kings, each of which is designated a mountain, and she was on each mountain as soon it came became a kingdom. Satan and the beast kingdoms, and the woman are blended into one system.

Five of the previous kings with their kingdoms had fallen. We believe these five are:

  1. Egypt
  2. Assyria
  3. Babylon
  4. Medo-Persia
  5. Greece

       John said, “One is.” Rome was the sixth empire to oppress Israel in the times of the Gentiles and is the 4th empire in the book of Daniel. It is symbolized in Daniel as the legs of iron (Daniel 2:33, 40), the non-descript beast (Daniel 7:7-8, 23-24), and the 6th head on the beast in Revelation 17:9-17. Rome oppressed Israel over 200 years and dispersed the Jews in A.D. 70 (Daniel 9:26-27; Matthew 24:1-3; Luke 21:20-24). It is from the old Roman territory that the next two kingdoms will arise.

  “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.”   (Revelation 17:12-13).

       The kingdom, which “was not”, is the seventh and will be revised Rome, and will oppress Israel in the end times of the Gentiles. It will be made up of ten kingdoms inside the territory of the old Roman Empire. It is revised, not revived. Ten kings will rule these kingdoms, with ten separate capitals formed inside the Roman Empire territory. This is symbolized in Daniel by the ten toes (Daniel 2:40-45) and ten horns (Daniel 7:7-8, 19-24), and by ten horns in Revelation 12:3; 13:1; 17:9-17.

The ten were not in John’s day, but will form a kingdom in the first half of the Tribulation. Out of these ten the Antichrist will arise. They will give their authority and kingdoms to his leadership, willingly, or by force.

The ten reigned before the Antichrist ever came on the scene. Their kingdoms, without him, formed the seventh. His will become the eighth.

  “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”  (Revelation 17:14).

       These ten, with the Antichrist, fight against the Lamb of God at His Second Advent and are handily defeated. (Psalm 2.) They that are with Christ are those who were called, chosen, and faithful in the Day of the Lord.

 “And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.  And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.  For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”  (Revelation 17:15-18).

       The ten kings, with the Antichrist, will hate the parasite city, Babylon, and will plunder and sack it. Afterwards, they will destroy it by fire. It was God’s will that it be destroyed. He found willing subjects to execute his will. Satan, no doubt, motivated them to destroy Babylon. The reaction of the kings of the earth, who profited from her wealth and enjoyed her corrupt religion, wail over her destruction. This is described in chapter 18.

 

MYSTERY BABYLON #57



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ September 28th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

REVELON BOOK   The “many waters” on which the whore sits consist of, “…peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues (Revelation 17:15).  “With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”  (Revelation 17:2).

An identifying mark of all heathen nations is idolatry and immorality. This indictment reaches far beyond, and before, pagan Rome or papal Rome. It existed thousands of years before Rome ever became a nation.

John says he saw, “…that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 17:18) – supported by the scarlet colored beast which “was, and is not and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit…” (v 8).  The eighth beast is the Antichrist. He is a man and will be directed and empowered by the beast from the pit.  The beast, which ascends out of the pit, is a satanic angel which ruled over the kingdom of Greece.  You will notice that the beast, collectively, has seven heads and ten horns. The seven and the ten may be contemporaries during the last half of the tribulation.

Some commentators believe seven of the former demonic powers, or beasts, come from below and rule within the kingdom of the Antichrist, along with the ten kings. All would be ruling collectively, and each king would rule its own army. The beast would then have its seven heads and ten horns. This would form one superhuman power under the rule of Satan. It would be in its supernatural form.

 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:” (Revelation 17:4).

The city, v.18, was adorned with purple and scarlet colors and garnished with precious stones.  The description of the city shows its wealth and luxuries. The metals and colors do not indicate anything else. Gideon, when asked to rule over Israel, declined. However, he did request that each warrior give him an earring of gold they had taken from their enemies.  And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was on the kings of  Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels’ necks” (Judges 8:26).  Note also the wealth of King Ahasuerus, which was displayed at his party. Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble” (Esther 1:6).  Revelation 17:4 describes the wealth of Babylon. It is her luxuries and idolatrous worship that attracted the nations to her. The cup in her hand is not the mass offered by the Catholic Church. The golden cup symbolizes the abominations and filthiness of her idolatrous system, which she extends to the nations and of which they drink.

And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”  (Revelation 17:5).

       The name of the woman was kept a secret until the end of the chapter. There, it is revealed that this is not any individual woman, but the great city, Babylon. Not only is the woman a material city, it is also its vast system of idolatry.

The woman is not Rome. She is much older and bigger than Rome. Rome is simply one of its many streams. Babylon is the fountainhead, the mother. Idolatry was in full bloom long before pagan or papal Rome ever existed. The corruption of Babylon had spread to the entire world hundreds of years before pagan Rome or papal Rome ever came into existence. Some examples are: And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon” (Acts 7:41-43).  See also, Amos 5:25-26, “Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.”  See 1 Kings 11:5, For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.”  For a shocking description of Babylon’s influence on Israel and an account of King Josiah’s zeal to clean up Judah, see 2 Kings 23:4-14. And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel.   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.  And he brought out the grove from the house of the LORD, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.  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.  And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man’s left hand at the gate of the city.   Nevertheless the priests of the high places came not up to the altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren.  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.  And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the LORD, by the chamber of Nathanmelech the chamberlain, which was in the suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire. 

And the altars that were on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the LORD, did the king beat down, and brake them down from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron.  And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile.  And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men.”

Are we to assume that Rome is the mother of these idolatries?  As wicked and corrupt as Rome is, she cannot be the mother. Rome is but one of the many polluted streams of Babylon.

Many have wrongly identified the woman, spiritualized the text, and made her the Roman Catholic Church. Then they contrast her with a true church, which they say, was started by John the Baptist. They conclude that the only true churches are the ones which came from John the Baptist. According to them, all other churches are “harlot” churches which came from their mother, the Roman Catholic Church. This false teaching has led to the teaching of a Baptist Bride Church as the only true church, and a rejection of all baptism except Baptist Bride baptism.