ARE YOU RIDING THE LAODICEAN SCAPEGOAT?



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ December 15th, 2014. Filed under: Soul Winning / Witnessing.

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By Ken Blue

Leviticus 16:21-22 “ And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:  And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.”

Two goats were chosen. One was sacrificed, the other was led into the wilderness and released. Both were a type of Christ. One died for sins, the other carried them away. We use the term, scapegoat, today when the blame is placed on another person, or for some excuse.

One of the reasons churches are not winning souls today if found in the “Laodicean” scapegoat. That is, we are supposed to believe we are now living in a period, supposedly prophesied in the seventh church of Revelation 3.

Some are so sure these veiled prophecies exist that they have assigned dates to each one. I will not waste our time listing them. Our concern is with the last one, the so called “Laodicean period.”

I am very familiar the teaching and the logic behind these. I have done some research on the subject. E.W. Bullinger sees these as periods in Old Testament history.

Since there is not one verse of Scripture that teaches these are seven epics of church history, there must be another reason some see these as hidden prophecy.

The major error lies at the first verse of Revelation. That is, the assumption that chapter one through three are in this church dispensation. The reason for that conclusion is the use of the word “church” and “churches.” Next, John is seen as a “type” of the church being raptured in chapter four. One other argument is that the word “church” doesn’t appear again until the end of the book. Each argument is erroneous, and impossible to prove. However, our purpose is to show that, in most cases, the church ages are a fabrication, and that pastors use this as an excuse for the lack of soul winning.

One writer says, “The Laodicean Age began around the turn of the Twentieth Century, perhaps 1906. How long will it last? As a servant of God who has had multitudes of visions, of which NONE has ever failed, let me predict (I did not say prophesy, but predict) that this age will end around 1977.” The Laodicean Church Age – 1 – Bible Believers  www.biblebelievers.org.au/7ch045.htm.

Another writer, Don Koenig, says, “The age of Laodicea has arrived next comes the rapture and the tribulation.  Most Bible prophecy teachers would say the Laodicean church age started around AD 1900. This is correct but when Laodicea appeared among Thyatira (Catholics), Sardis (the near dead denominational churches) and Philadelphia (the Church of true believers), she was not the predominant church of that era. That is no longer true. By what we see taking place in Christianity today there should be no question that Laodicea is now the predominant church type of our age (for those of us who believe that there are seven church ages).

Laodicea is the final church age before Jesus comes for His Church. When Christ comes for His spiritual body He vomits this Laodicean church out of His body into the tribulation. I am not saying that Laodicea was ever part of His body to start with but only that this church type was identified with His body. After Jesus stomachs the lukewarm condition of this church, He spews them out implying that those identified with Laodicea have no place in His spiritual Body unless they repent and see.”

There are so many problems with the above, one hardly knows where to start. Assuming that these ages have existed, there were “Laodicean Churches” in every one of them. A study of church history confirms that. In fact, they existed in Paul’s day. The next error is the interpretation of church history in a particular geographic location. If you lived in Muslim countries, you would conclude that you were in the” Smyrna period.” If you were in some Asian countries, you would believe you were in the “Philadelphia period.”

It ought to be evident that no one could understand these as epochs of church history until the Laodicean epoch arrives. Also, we need to ask, if the first three chapters are written to and about the church/churches of this dispensation, to whom is the rest of the book written? Where is the salutation to the recipients of the rest of the book?

Revelation is a book of prophecy to Israel. It was not written to or about the body of Christ. Individual churches possessing some of these characteristics have existed since the birth of the body of Christ, the church. All of these will exist in the churches in the Tribulation. It is to these, the book is written. One hint, and there are many, these churches must “overcome” something or someone. Could it be the Antichrist and the mark of the Beast?

Very few pastors today would admit that they are the pastor of a “Laodicean” church. To them, the rebuke applies only to the spirit of religion in general, or to another pastor and another church.

If you are riding the “Laodicean Scapegoats,” get off, and start winning souls. People can be saved, even today!

 

 

 

 

BOOK: Islam vs. Christianity



By admin ~ December 4th, 2014. Filed under: BOOKS, Religions.

The book is a comprehensive comparison and refutation of the supposed similarities between Islam and Christianity. In one reader’s words this book: “…reveals the true roots of the acts of aggression and hostility being perpetrated by the adherents to Islamic ‘truth’.” Order now.

Islam vs. Christianity

Islam vs. Christianity

BOOK: A Study in Ephesians



By admin ~ November 28th, 2014. Filed under: BOOKS, Commentaries.

This 112 page exposition of Ephesians is outlined so the preacher, the teacher and the student can easly follow each thought. The first three chapters explain our riches in Christ and what God has done for every believer. Our position is Christ is explained and magnified.

A Study in Ephesians

A Study in Ephesians

The last three chapter concern the believer’s walk and exhorts the believer to a practical life for Christ. Pastor Blue has not forgotten to address the devotional aspect of this great book and therefore this study of Ephesians will be a blessing to anyone who desires a closer walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. Order now.

POETRY WITH A POINT



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ November 26th, 2014. Filed under: Poems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is my most recent book of poetry. It has 156 pages. It is filled with poems of laughter, of sadness, and sarcasms. I believe you will find many that will be a help and an encouragement to you. It can be ordered from the Open Door Bookstore. [email protected].
Pastor Kennedy says, “In this new book Pastor Blue shows his ability to communicate spiritual truths through the medium of verse. The reader will find great enjoyment with every turn of the page as each poem offers something different; from humor to reflective thought, insight on life and death and even judgment to come. The value of this new work is reflected in its title, for it is truly poetry with a point.”

BOOK: Hebrews – Going On To Perfection



By admin ~ November 23rd, 2014. Filed under: BOOKS, Commentaries.

Like the book of Matthew and the book of Acts, Hebrews is a transitional book.

Commentary on Hebrews

Commentary on Hebrews

Its purpose is to reorient the Jewish remnant to the basic doctrines of their resurrected Messiah and instruct them during the Tribulation for entrance in to the Millennial Kingdom. Dr. Ken Blue does not attempt to reconcile Hebrews with the Pauline epistles. Rather, he presents it from a dispensational view showing that it corresponds to the other Jewish epistles and fits into the coming Day of the Lord. By rightly dividing the Word of God, the book of Hebrews comes alive and its obscure passages are clearly seen in the context intended by the Lord. Buy now

BOOK: Discovering Golden Nuggets of Bible Interpretation



By admin ~ November 20th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study, BOOKS.

The author has pastored the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Washington for thirty-nine years. Pastor Ken Blue also held two other pastorates while attending Omaha Baptist Bible College.

Discovering Golden Nuggets of Bible Interpretation

Discovering Golden Nuggets of Bible Interpretation

He is a graduate of Midwestern Baptist College and has received an honorary doctorate from that institution. He is the author of several Bible commentaries and other booklets. Dr. Blue has been married to Mrs. Joyce Blue for fifty-nine years. They have five children and eight grandchildren. Order today.

BOOK: The Parables of Mathew 13



By admin ~ December 11th, 2014. Filed under: TOPICAL.
The Parables of Mathew 13

The Parables of Mathew 13

When he opened his eyes he read, “That thou doest, do quickly”. The reader can see that any attempt to read the Bible as this novice did leads to confusion and destruction. Had he not read God’s Word? Didn’t the verses appear to support each other? Is not “all Scripture profitable for instruction”? Then what would he do with what he had read this day? The only way he could avoid hanging himself was to ignore the text altogether, which he did, or spiritualize it, which most believers do. (That is how they hang themselves.) Context is vital if we are to understand God’s Word. This is especially true when it comes to the parables of Jesus.

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BOOK: Dispensationalism Misunderstood



By admin ~ December 8th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study, BOOKS, Dispensation.

This book silences those who reject the dispensational teaching of the Bible on the grounds that dispensationalism is a “recent doctrine” and founded by Darby. Dr. Blue not only shows the proper balance of dispensationalism, he quotes from the scholarly work of C.H. Crutchfield whose research shows right the opposite. Dispensationalism or “right divisions” of the Bible was taught, not only by the inspired writers, but by the early church fathers.

Dispensationalism Misunderstood

Dispensationalism Misunderstood

This book answers many of the shallow arguments given by those who reject dispensationalism. An excerpt: Before a child of God can move forward in serious Bible study, he must understand the different dispensations. Failure to understand the true teaching of dispensations has led many to make false applications of the Bible. Some, who do not understand the truth about dispensations, have attacked the teaching of dispensations and even refuse to believe they exist. The purpose of this booklet is to answer these objections and to help the reader understand the true nature of dispensations. Order now.

BOOK: Alien Immersion



By admin ~ November 15th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study, BOOKS.

This new book combines Pastor Blue’s two earlier books on the subject of Alien Immersion and Baptist Bride Bologna. It tackles the issue of whether all believers must be baptized by water into a Baptist Church in order to be a member of the Bride of Christ.

Alien Immersion - Baptism, Briderism

Alien Immersion – Baptism, Briderism

This book is an eye-opener and a bunker buster. You may not agree with its conclusions; however, to date, no one has refuted its teaching from the Scriptures. Get your copy today!

“WHAT IS A BAPTIST?”



Ken Blue By Ken Blue ~ November 10th, 2014. Filed under: Bible Study.

“WHAT IS A BAPTIST?”

By Ken Blue

trail of bloodSome time ago, a Pastor ask me “What is a Baptist?” He and I were on Facebook as friends, but after a heated debate over perpetuity, he blocked our friendship. So, my question is, what is a Baptist?

Lutherans follow the teaching of Martin Luther. Methodist follow the teaching of John Wesley. Presbyterians follow the teaching of John Calvin. The Hussites followed John Huss. The Waldensian followed Peter Waldo. And, so it goes.

Now, what are Baptist? Did they become Baptist by following John the Baptist? Some say yes. However, the truth of history and of Scripture will prove that is not the case. From the time of the Apostle Paul, there have always been Gentile believers. Just as there were schisms in his day, so it has been down through history. However, following Paul’s example, those who adhered to his teachings rejected infant baptism, sprinkling, and baptism as any part of the gospel.  Thus, they were at odds with the Roman Catholic Church.

These believers were later call Anabaptist by their enemies. This is not a name they adopted for themselves. (16th century.)  “The name Anabaptist is derived from the Greek term anabaptista, or “one who baptizes over again.” This name was given them by their enemies in reference to the practice of “re-baptizing” converts who “already had been baptized” as infants.[6] Anabaptists required that baptismal candidates be able to make their own confessions of faith and so rejected baptism of infants.” (Wikipedia Encyclopedia.)  Since it was sprinkling, it was not baptism at all.

Later, the “Ana” was dropped, and they became known as baptizers, and Baptist. According to the above encyclopedia, “John Smyth (c. 1570 – c. 28 August 1612) was an early Baptist minister of England and a defender of the principle of religious liberty… Smyth was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1594 in England. He preached in the city of Lincoln in 1600 to 1602. Soon after his ordination, he broke with the Church of England and left for Holland where he and his small congregation began to study the Bible ardently. He briefly returned to England.” Thus, prior to these events, no one ever claimed to be Baptist, nor took the name.

There are some Baptist who preach Baptist succession back to John the Baptist. This runs parallel with the Catholics Apostolic succession, although most Baptist deny this. If one follows the trail of blood, he would go back to Cain and Abel. A history of believers who have been martyred in no way leads one back to John. Why not to Paul? He was martyred also. Neither Paul, James, or Stephen shed their blood over baptism.

Therefore, Baptist Churches have nothing to do with John the Baptist, or baptizer. John did not come to Israel to start a church. His only ministry was to get Israel to repent, and be baptized as a picture of their repentance and cleansing of their sins, and to make Christ known to Israel. Baptism was part of John’s salvation message for Israel. John did not preach the same gospel that the church preaches today. He did not know Jesus, Israel’s Messiah, had to die on the cross and be raised on the third day. Neither did anyone else. “Then he (Jesus) took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:  And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.  And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.” Luke 18:31-34. “For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.” John 20:9. No one follows John, nor can they.

So, the question should not be, what is a Baptist. The fact that there are hundreds of Baptist Churches who do not agree on many issues, the question should be about salvation, and does my Baptist Church believe the Bible, and rightly divide it. That is the most important issue.