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Prophecy: The Temple And Holding To the Head
December 11, 2007

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You might wonder just how it is that the elders here at WPA(Watchmen Prophets Assembly, on Yahoo Groups), agree on so many things and yet we have adopted positions on several things that are at odds with the church at large. Well, it has to do with holding to the head. We hold to the Head, here at WPA (Watchmen Prophets Assembly, on Yahoo Groups), and God permitting, we will never let go of Him.

Colossians 2:19 "..holding the Head from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth the increase of God."

Almost the entirety of the Church of Jesus Christ in this age is guilty of failing to hold to the Head. How is that, you say?

When you hold to the Head, you give Jesus the preeminence that He deserves in all things. Ah, yes, I know, you say, Jesus and the gospel and all that. I know all that, you say.

I tell you, most of you are guilty, and in a great deal of trouble with the Lord. You need to repent and you don't know it.

Colossians 1:16-18 "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him; And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father in in him should all fulness dwell."

Almost everyone in the church has read this verse, and knows about it, but more than 99% of the church FAILS TO DO IT. You cannot just make him preeminent in some type of theological sense. He must be preemeninet in everything you do and think.

Most of you have no idea what I am talking about.

Today, I awoke and read an excellent article that prophet Joseph Cook had forwarded in to WPA from Keith Mullins aka "The Moonman". In that article, Keith had linked to the website and blog of Don Koenig. Don has what is probably the best pre-trib website on the internet. If you want to read the very best defenses of pre-trib, go there. And yet, Don Koenig, and Jack Van Impe, and Grant Jeffries and all the rest fail to hold to the head.

How do I know? What do I look for? It takes me less than one minute to know if they are guilty or not.

Well, when you hold to the Head, which is Christ Jesus, our Lord, you realize that every word from God that has ever been uttered or written has been written about Him. It all points to Him. It all upholds Him. It is all about Him!

So, what does 99% of the confessing church do? They put the "hold to the head" requirement on HOLD. They hit the PAUSE button and they proceed to develop their side theories about the return of the Lord. In those theories, all of them hold forth that God will cause the temple in Jerusalem to be rebuilt, and the anti-christ will stand on the wing of it and declare himself to be God, and this will be the abomination that causes desolation.

What a bunch of rubbish results from failing to Hold to the Head! They hold to a LITERAL interpretation of these prophetic scriptures when, in doing so, you must let go of your hold on the Head, which is Christ Jesus to reach that interpretation.

Can you see this? You cannot do this and please God!

When I look at prophecy, I keep a tight hold on Jesus, and everything He accomplished with His atoning sacrifice. His atonement, His gospel and His total fulfillment of every area of the law cannot be diminished in the slightest by any interpretation of prophecy. It is preeminent. It must dominate everything that I understand about God.

I know that God will never do this. God will never diminish the Messiah, or His atonement, or His gospel. If I see some literal prediction of Paul or anyone else that speaks about the temple, I know that IT MUST NOT BE TAKEN LITERALLY, because I cannot let go of the head to interpret some scripture in such a way that attacks the Head or countermands what was taught by the Head.

God has reserved His strongest warnings in the New Testament for those who will return to the law of animal sacrifices for the atonement of sin. Have you ever wondered why?

This is the subject of the entire epistle to the Hebrews. Paul uttered a double curse in his letter to the Galatians on anyone who would preach any other gospel and bring those foolish Galatians back under the law of Moses after they had been filled by the Spirit of grace.

What was the law of Moses? At its' core, it WAS ANIMAL SACRIFICE, at the TEMPLE!

God Himself put an end to animal sacrifice. Will He now authorize the building of a temple in Jerusalem and urge the builders thereof the recommence the slaughter of bulls and goats? You have got to be kidding me if you think so! And yet, we have members, even in WPA, who still believe this abominable, bloody lie.

How can anyone read all the way through the tenth chapter of Hebrews and not be filled with the fear of God. You had better repent and ask forgiveness of God if you have ever, in the slightest way, prayed for or financially assisted in the effort that aims to rebuild this temple in Jerusalem. How can you read verse 29 and not shudder to your core:

"Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of Grace?"

Can you see this? If you cannot, you are totally blind, and I cannot help you.

Have you prayed for the dome of the rock to be brought down? You are guilty under those words from Hebrews 10:29, and you deserve "a sorer punishment", according to that scripture I just quoted.

Have you prayed for the temple to be rebuilt in Jerusalem? Guilty!

Have you given money to those who have prepared all of the utensils, candlesticks, furniture and clothing of the high priest and the Levites who will serve in that temple where the blood of bulls and goats is meant to be shed. You are guilty and in great mortal danger! Repent now and do not wait. Ask the Lord to forgive you.

Have you cheered on the temple mount faithful in their annual attempts to place the cornerstone for the new temple on the temple mount? You need to repent.

When and if this temple in Jerusalem is rebuilt and animal sacrifice recommences, God will not have had any part in it at all. It will have been done against His will. God expressed His will and spoke to man IN HIS SON! It will be an abomination in His sight from the moment the plans for it hit the architect's table. It will trample upon the blood of the Son of God, and God will never, ever do that. God has told men to never treat the blood of the covenant as an unholy thing. Do you really believe God will do what He has ordered men not to do? Can you see this?

On that day, God will look around at all of those who HAVE had a hand in the building of it. Will you be on that list? Oh my!

You cannot hit the pause button and then interpret prophetic scriptures! You must hold to the head, which is Christ Jesus, all the while you are interpreting.

Look at it in another way please. I have said before that God operates in various dimensions and directions: left, right, up, down, visible, invisible, literal, symbolic, spiritual, past, present, future and more. How can you possibly know what a prophecy means unless you can fill in some of these variables?

Many in the modern church err terribly by insisting that we must interpret every scripture in an earthbound, literal way. Galatians 4 says that just the opposite approach is used by God when He says there is a Jerusalem that is below, and a Jerusalem which is from above. Think about it!

When we complete a mathematical equation, we cannot solve it if every element of the equation is a variable. We must have some fixed values to be able to figure them out, so that we can solve the equation for a single variable. Holding to the Head allows us to eliminate some possibilities, and narrow the possibilities down so that we can more precisely see what will probably happen.

Once you doggedly and determinately set about to interpret scripture while never letting go of the Head, and all He gave His life to accomplish, you will find that the fog will clear, and you will begin to see the deceptions, unfolding before your eyes. Gradually, you will begin to see the truth, and you will then be able to know what you are going to have to do.

Then you will understand why we hold to the head, which is Christ Jesus, here at WPA.


Stephen L. Bening

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