Thursday, December 18, 2014

How To Keep Yourself from Being Deceived

About End-Times Events 




By Patrick Wood

There are a number of well-known ministry leaders who are creating a large measure of confusion and fear among Bible-believing Christians regarding events that might take place in the “end days” that precede the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

There are primarily two points of contention. First, there are those who speculate that fallen angels, or demons, are performing experiments using genetic modification and possibly even copulation with human women, to produce a hybrid race of beings that corrupts humanity and traps it in its fallen state. This often wraps in various sci-fi ideas and mystical notions of the Transhuman movement, which attempts to achieve godhood by applying science and technology to the human condition.

The second point concerns the study of Bible prophecy and how the book of Revelation should be interpreted and integrated with the many portions of the Old Testament that deal with prophecy. This centers primarily on the timing of the rapture of the church relative to the other events taking place during the Tribulation. The traditional view of a pre-tribulation rapture is under heavy attack in favor of other and newer views, such as mid-, post-, pre-wrath or intra-seal-tribulation rapture, prompting many Christians to wonder if they will, indeed, have to live through any part of the Tribulation or if they are destined to be martyred during that period.

This writer has no immediate intention of addressing these errors because it has been done already by others in numerous publications. However, it will suffice to offer the following counsel to help serious students of the Bible to find the truth and thus be insulated from deception and error that seems to be all around us.

1. The Bible is simple to understand – wait for it 
Paul warned, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (2 Cor. 11:3) Essentially, Satan promised Eve secret knowledge that would elevate her status to truly know the mind of God. This was the first lie of epic proportions in human history, and it is still being used today with equal effectiveness.

Beware of any teaching that is not simple to understand. When secret, “just discovered” or unverifiable knowledge is suggested as the key to understanding some particular Bible truth, run the other way. This is not to disparage times when the Holy Spirit illuminates truth to you while reading your Bible, because He can and does “lead us into all truth.” When the light bulb is turned on in your mind, you will often think, “That is so clear and simple, why didn’t I see that before?” Truly, most of God’s gems are hiding in plain sight, only needing the Holy Spirit to point them out, which brings up the next point.

2. Rely on the Holy Spirit to lead and teach you 
The church is certainly blessed with many good pastors and teachers who are dedicated to the Word of God and its accurate and complete teaching. But, there are many who are not. How can you tell the difference between the two?

The ministry of the Holy Spirit is so explicitly clear that it needs little explanation:

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth for He shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me for He shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are Mine therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine, and shall shew it unto you.
(John 16:13-15) 

Who will guide us into all truth? Who will show us things to come? Who will reveal to us the mind of Christ? According to this, it is the Holy Spirit and not clever teachers who twist and misrepresent God’s Word.

Each time you approach any of the books of the Bible, with the desire to gain a deeper perspective on its teaching that is faithful to the intent of the original author, it is essential to ask the Holy Spirit for leading, illumination and understanding.

3. Context is everything; never study without it 
The book of Revelation is always at the center of any discussion on Bible prophecy. Unfortunately, many leave Christ on the outside instead of seeking Him on the inside. They simply want to satisfy their curiosity to know what events will transpire on earth in the future; in some cases, this can become a subtle form of divining the future, which the Bible sternly warns against in passages such as Jeremiah 14:14. In addition, ignoring context also tends to foster unwarranted speculation when attempting to fit current events into prophetical interpretation.

The entirety of the book of Revelation is about the glorification and exaltation of Jesus Christ. When that focus is lost, then prophecy derived from a carnal mind will go in any direction and come up with any number of weird conclusions.

As the Author of that book, only God has the right to set the context, and He did so in very simple terms: “The revelation of His son, which God gave to Him to show His bond-servants” (Rev. 1:1). Period. You can't get any more emphatic than that. Any attempt to go beyond this context is adding to or subtracting from the text, putting the student at risk of running afoul of this warning at the end of Revelation:  

“I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book. if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.”
(Rev. 22:18-19) 

4. Expect to be blessed, not confused or scared 
There are seven blessed is/are” verses in Revelation, with the first being the most dramatic: “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.” (Rev. 1:3). These false and confused teachers are ripping off Christians from receiving these blessings that God pointedly wants them to receive. That is a sad ending for anyone who gets diverted away from “the simplicity that is in Christ.”

Certainly, fear is a normal and common human emotion, but the Bible reminds us that “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear because fear hath torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18) When the Apostle John first laid eyes on the Glorified Christ in Revelation 1:10-16, he wrote this account: “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last.’” (Rev. 1:17) If you are fearful, He will say the same thing to you: “Do not be afraid.”

In short, if you are not blessed during your study of Bible prophecy, and in particular the Revelation of Jesus Christ, then you should ask Him what is wrong with the way you have gone about it and how you have accepted its message.

5. Jesus is the heart and heartbeat of all Bible prophecy 
In Revelation 19, right before the Lord returns to earth with His bride, the church, this striking phrase stands out: “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:10c) All prophecy points to this moment of time where He is fully revealed as “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.” (Rev. 19:16b)

In stark contrast, Bible prophecy is not, nor should it ever be, about the Antichrist, the devil, the future of nations or the “mark of the beast.” Yes, those things are discussed and important to understand, but they only serve to magnify the triumphant Christ in His glory. As He removes authority from the devil, and judges those who reject Him and instead follow the devil, these things become part of His testimony. That is to say, the works of the glorified Christ as seen in Revelation are central to prophecy. Conversely, the works of the devil are not central to prophecy.

6. The Bible is the only book you need
The Gospel of John opens with, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1) Thus, if there is anything to be said, known or understood about Jesus Christ, it is fully contained within His own Word. Other books, such as the Apocrypha, the Book of Enoch, the Midrash, and other ancient books were not inspired by the Holy Spirit and bring no additional truth to the study table that is not already there. If the Bible is the original source of truth, then any other books of the kind mentioned above can only introduce error rather than additional truth. Where Bible prophecy is concerned, stick to the Bible.

7. Find the whole counsel of God in the Bible 
The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) This means digging into the Old and New Testaments to find passages that support or disprove a particular concept. It isn’t easy or even convenient to do this consistently, but it is a clear command from Scripture itself: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Tim 2:15) Major doctrines of the Bible always have multiple passages or references supporting or enhancing them. Thus, if anyone proposes a major doctrine based on a single verse or passage, the first inclination should be to steer clear and the second should be to dig deeper into the Bible to prove or disprove the doctrine.

Conclusion 
The above seven points are hardly exhaustive, and perhaps too simplistic for some. Nevertheless, if you follow them they will keep you on the right track and insulated from deception. By all means, always ask the Holy Spirit to guide and instruct you, of whom Jesus Himself said,

“But when the Comforter is come,
whom I will send unto you from the Father,
even the Spirit of truth,
which proceeds from the Father,
He shall testify of me.

(John 15:26) 
Patrick Wood is founder and director of RevelationGate Ministries, which illuminates the fruitful study of the glorification of Jesus Christ through the lens of Bible prophecy and the book of Revelation. For more information, see http://www.RevelationGate.com.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

God's Present of His Presence

Now posted online!

Pastor Larry DeBruyn has revised and expanded his original article and given it the new title God's Present of His Presence. This article was originally published on Herescope on December 31, 2013, titled The Present of “His Presence”. The article has now been posted as a downloadable PDF file at the Discernment Ministries website:
http://www.discernment-ministries.org/God's%20Present%20of%20His%20Presence.pdf

This will also be published into a booklet format. As soon as it becomes available we will inform Herescope readers.

The original article "The Present of “His Presence” served as an apologetic, laying the solid biblical groundwork necessary to refute the newly emerging Second Pentecost teaching by the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and International House of Prayer (IHOP) leaders, which was described in our subsequent 6-part article series:
Part 1: The PASSION of the PRESENCE & the Purpose of the Passion 
Part 2: “Presence” Eschatology
Part 3: Bridal Eschatology
Part 4: The Perfectly Obedient Bride
Part 5: The 2nd Coming of the “Presence”
Part 6: The Battled Bride 


God's Present of His Presence, significantly expanded from the original article, also serves as a solid biblical foundation to counter similar teachings found in a new book authored by a group of NAR leaders titled The Physics of Heaven: Exploring God’s Mysteries of Sound, Light, Energy, Vibrations and Quantum Physics. Pastor Larry's review of this book has been running as a multi-part series on Herescope:
Part 1: "The Physics of Heaven"
Part 2: "The Power of the Zero-Point Field"
Sidebar: "Jesus' Lesser Works"
Part 3: "Extracting the Precious From the Worthless"

Part 4: "Vibrating in Harmony With God"


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

"Vibrating in Harmony With God"

Part 4: The Physics of Heaven:
A Serial Book Review & Theological Interaction


Read Part 1: "The Physics of Heaven"
Read Part 2: "The Power of the Zero-Point Field"
Read Sidebar: "Jesus' Lesser Works"

Read Part 3: "Extracting the Precious From the Worthless"

Bob Jones' website depicting "Holy Spirit Overshadows the Church" *
By Pastor Larry DeBruyn

Review of Chapter 3 (authored by Bob Jones): 
“Vibrating in Harmony With God”[1]

“Both men and women are being given authority of badges
and there are six things they have ‘blank checks’ to do:
healing, holy confiscation, prayer, petitioning, teaching,
and ushering in prosperity.”
—Bob Jones (TPOH, 22)

Introduction
Authors Judy Franklin and Ellyn Davis have constructed this chapter from material garnered from interviews with Bob Jones (1930-2014), one of the Kansas City Prophets who, in association with the Olathe Worship Center of Kansas City’s Metro Vineyard Fellowship, rose to prophetic prominence during the 1980s.** It is this reviewer’s intent to critique the prophetic words and thoughts of Bob Jones (not to be confused with the Bob Jones of Bob Jones University) as they appear in this chapter of The Physics of Heaven. During a lifetime of ministry, first within the Vineyard Movement and later independently, Bob Jones is credited to have been one of the most visionary of the Kansas City Prophets.[2] His influence was and presumably remains, as indicated by the inclusion of the selected interviews with him in this book, worldwide. So we begin with “the coming sound” predicted by the prophet and the prophetic scenario it portends.
Elijah List promotion, 6/19/07

A New Pentecost is Coming
Heaven is Vibrating—Power Up!
The opening of the chapter states the prophet’s thesis, and it is that, “God is beginning to ‘breathe’ on His people again to prepare us for a second Pentecost that ‘tunes’ us and brings us into harmony with God.”(TPOH, 21) A later statement from Bob Jones further clarifies that,

We haven’t received Pentecost yet. We received a token 110 years ago [the Azusa Street Revival, 1906-1913]. But we didn’t get the main. We’re preparing for the main Pentecost and millennial power, our priesthood power. We’re being prepared for the priesthood of Melchizedek, and not only to be holy priests but also kings—living stones united together, vibrating together.(TPOH, 25)

So two Pentecosts have passed; the first recorded in Acts chapter 2, and then one that descended from heaven at a “portal” located at Azusa Street in Los Angeles during the years 1906-1913. But neither are considered to be “the main” Pentecost which is yet, perhaps soon, to come.[3] According to Jones, a fuller and more powerful Pentecost is ready to overpower earth. Heaven is vibrating and correspondingly charismatic Christians are vibrating, and the mutual shaking indicates that God is about to dispense a new sound to earth (like the sound and shudders of the tracks and ground when a train approaches in the distance). As exhibited by “signs and wonders” happening within the New Apostolic Reformation, even now, as a later chapter puts it, there’s a Whole Lotta Shaking Going On.(TPOH, 147) God is getting ready to “breathe” the Pentecostal fullness of His ruach (Hebrew for spirit) upon Christians, and the breath of it will smell “like apples.”[4](TPOH, 23) But the shaking (think of a salt shaker) is about to become worldwide as a greater-than-Pentecost experience is about to descend and be distributed through a network of 328 geographical “portals” between heaven and earth. The portals, funnels or doors number twenty-eight in the New Testament in addition to three-hundred in the Old. So Christians, be on the alert. There’s another more powerful Pentecost vibrating in heaven and the sound of it is about to be jettisoned through various “wormholes” (or shortcuts through space-time) to earth.
Elijah List promo of Bob Jones on Portals, 7/08/08
Spiritual Seismograph
To establish that heaven is quivering (tremors) with the expectation that a main Pentecost is about to come, prophet Jones assigns a quantum meaning of “vibration” to the word “trembles” (Hebrew, hared) in Isaiah 66:2. He stated:

Isaiah 66:2 says, “I will look to him who trembles at my word.” The word “trembles” in this verse can be vibration. And everything vibrates. But when we get in harmony with God, everything will vibrate in tune with us. Total authority was given to man. Do you have any idea what everything vibrating in harmony with God would do in the earth? (Emphasis added, TPOH, 27)

Some observations need to be made about Jones’ deductions from Isaiah’s prophecy. True, the root meaning of the verb “tremble” (Hebrew, harad) is “to quake or shake.”[5] But the meaning of “tremble” in Isaiah’s context is far removed from the quantum value Jones assigns to the word (e.g., “everything vibrates”). In context, Isaiah was bemoaning “the hypocritical worship of the people” who “did evil” in Lord’s sight and “chose that in which [He] did not delight” (Isaiah 66:4).[6] They did not fear God (Psalm 36:1; Romans 3:18). In this verse, Isaiah was not talking about quantum vibrations on earth needing to be aligned with heaven’s, but calling upon a faithful minority in Israel to fear, to “tremble” before God’s word and obey it, and this despite the prospect that they would be scorned, mocked and ostracized by the nation’s unfaithful majority (“Your brothers who hate you,” Isaiah 66:5b). (Sound familiar?) All persons do not vibrate. Only those who fear God “tremble” before Him.

Earth is Shaking—Get Synched!
According to the NAR, God’s kingdom will be introduced to earth. At this Pentecost, God will unleash quantum vibrations through individual Christians; namely the “manifest sons of God” who get “synched-up” with the quantum sounds/energy/light happening in heaven now. Children of God who receive the powers of the main Pentecost, we’ll call them “the king’s kids,” [the NAR & IHOP refer to them as the “New Breed,” ed.] will become the mediums through whom God will reign. As Jones prophesied, “We’re going to take authority over everything down here back.”(TPOH, 27) Because of the kingdom authority they are given, these persons will convert the shakings (i.e., negative energy) on earth to synchronize with the vibrating rhythms (i.e., positive energy) of heaven.
Image accompanying Bob Jones' "prophecy" of a New Breed, Sept. 2008
Love/Dove
In comparing earth with heaven, Bob Jones refers to the beating of a human heart with its upper (heaven) and lower (earth) chambers. When the two chambers are out of sync the condition is known atrial fibrillation, or “afib” for short. In normal functioning, the heart beats in a rhythm that cardiologists call the sound of, “love/dove... love/dove... love/dove,” and on and on and on. (Interesting in that the common image of the Holy Spirit that of a dove who distributes love—Matthew 3:16; Romans 5:5.) When the lower and upper chambers fall out of sync, the heart races irregularly, and cardiac even can induce other medical complications like stroke. By either electric shock or medication and as soon as possible, the heart needs to be “converted” back into rhythm. (I know because I have heart issues and have experienced it.)

So the author employs this medical condition to illustrate the dysfunctional relationship between heaven (the upper chamber) and earth (the lower chamber). In the reality in which we live, move and have our being, the lower chamber of earth—with its earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes, floods, disease and pestilence—exhibits shaking out of sync with heaven. But when the main Pentecost comes, these negative-earthly shakings will become synchronized with the positive-heavenly vibrations of heaven, and nature will become “good” again (Contrast Genesis 1:31 and 3:17; Isaiah 11:6-9 and Romans 8:18-23). With the geographical distribution of quantum powers at strategic portals through prepared saints over this planet, “the sound” of the coming Pentecost will shock and convert the negative vibrations of earth into harmony with heaven. There will be “love/dove” again. “This “conversion” says Jones, will “bring us back into harmony with our Father.”(TPOH, 27) Thus will be fulfilled the Hermetic-occult maxim, “As above, so below.”[7] But how will we know who these “converters,” the king’s kids, are?
Elijah List promo for Jones, 11/18/08, edited for emphasis

Kingdom Authority—“Shields”
Like policemen, they will wear badges. Jones claims to have received a vision in which God showed him “shields.” He explains:

God recently showed me that shields were being given to different men and women. You know what a shield is, like a badge? You put it over your heart, and the Holy Spirit is giving shields to people to represent authority here on earth.(TPOH, 21)

Jones explains his version of Christian Dominionism (that Christians are Christ’s vicars appointed to rule the earth) signified by God’s gift of badges. He compared shields to,

a blank check and it has the number 341 [not 666] on it. Both men and women are being given the authority of badges and there are six things they have “blank checks” to do: healing, holy confiscation [wealth redistribution?], prayer, petitioning, teaching, and ushering in prosperity. Prosperity will go from one group to another [Beware Wall Street!]. Those who are prepared will have it all there when others need it.(TPOH, 22)

In short, “the sound” will empower Christians, those who have prepared themselves to receive it, to become sovereign saints (perhaps little “gods”) who will engage in kingdom building and policing on earth. The main and coming Pentecost will crown the new royalty with inter dimensional spiritual powers, unite them as sovereign society on earth, and instantly give them ability to speak in five or six languages enabling them to communicate kingdom truth to every nation.(TPOH, 23) But before this can happen, the church needs to prepare for when heaven’s vibrations come down. The body of Christ needs to “get synched,” and now.
Elijah List ad with Jones, 6/22/09, stating the Dominionist message
"God has a mountain that He wants you to conquer."

The Original Pentecost
Unfulfilled Filling?
With words belittling the first Pentecost (Acts 2:1 ff.) thereby making it necessary for the coming of the main Pentecost, Bob Jones stated, “And again, I don’t believe we’ve received the fullness of Pentecost.”(TPOH, 23) Of course, this position taken by Jones, other leaders in the NAR and the authors in The Physics of Heaven begs the question, what was wrong with the first Pentecost? Somehow was it deficient? For a number of reasons, the claim of a coming “main” Pentecost, one that for all intents and purposes will eclipse the first (Acts 2:1ff.), is unbiblical and therefore unnecessary. The Bible’s language does not confirm this scenario of “the sound.” If heaven is vibrating with an about-to-be-unleashed main Pentecost through church to earth, it is only because some are falsely imagining it. But before we give attention to the sufficiency, the role of “kingdom portals” in the NAR prophetic scheme needs to be understood.

Portals, Power and Pentecost
Bob Jones informed his followers that there are 328 “portals” mentioned in the Bible, 28 in the New Testament (Where?) in addition to 300 in the Old (Again, where?).(TPOH, 24) The Discernment Research Group explains that,

This [portal] heresy [espoused by the New Apostolic Reformation] teaches that there are geographic locations on Earth that possess super-spiritual access to the [heavens]. A corollary doctrine teaches that intercessors can open up portals to the heavens by cleansing geographic areas of demonic spirits, including ancestral or territorial powers and principalities.”[8]

Belief in the existence of portals often results from visions where a prophet or prophetess sees an opening in heaven through which a column of light (God’s energy) descends to earth, sometimes accompanied by angels ascending and descending.[9] (Compare Jesus’ words to Nathanael, John 1:51.) Belief in portals is derived from the Bible, or so it is claimed.[10]
Dec. 5, 2014 Elijah List ad for Chuck Pierce New Year event,
depicting the NAR's imagined portal for a second Pentecost

Patmos Portal?
To indicate the existence of portals in general (they might be called points of light), places where heaven’s powers will be unleashed to earth, Bob Jones refers to a vision of the Apostle John in particular. A verse in Revelation describes the Apostle’s vision:

After these things I looked, and behold, a door [portal] standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things”.(Emphasis added, Revelation 4:1)

It should be noted that this one verse does not establish the existence of portals on earth. First and obviously, the open door was in heaven. It was not a channel or tunnel between heaven and earth. Second, the purpose of the open door was that “in spirit,” in a visionary state of soul, John would enter heaven to see the sights and hear the sounds of that reality (Revelation 4:2, “behold”; 5:1, “I saw”; 5:11, “I heard”; 6:1, “I saw”; 7:1, “I saw”; etc.). The “door” the Spirit opened for John was for him to see heaven above, not to receive power on earth below. The avenue to heaven was one-way not two-way. There was no “Patmos portal,” at least for the purpose Jones and other NAR’ers propose.
Loki at the portal in the Hollywood movie Thor

Perhaps a way to understand the concept of portals is to think of New Age locations like Sedona, Arizona, Stonehenge, England, the Pyramids of Egypt, Chichen Itza, Mexico (site of the 2012 threatened Mayan Apocalypse), etc., where paranormal events either have been or are being observed and reported. Like believers in New Age spirituality, the New Apostles envision these geographical places and spaces as entry points (i.e., funnels, doors or portals) through which the sound and breath of the main Pentecost will imaginatively descend to earth. Through this strategic and global network of openings between heaven and earth, the powers of heaven, like invading meteors, will shake this planet. At the first Pentecost there was but one portal (I employ the term only for sake of illustration)—one place, one house, one group of people. But the powers of the main Pentecost will be distributed-channeled through a network of doors all over earth. But God neither commenced nor will consummate His redemptive plan for earth in such a manner.
Bob Jones bio: 2010 "Power & Glory of the Kingdom Summit"

Kingdom Commencement—God’s Land

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country,
and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house,
unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation,
and I will bless thee, and make thy name great;
and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee,
and curse him that curseth thee:
and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Emphasis added, Jehovah Abraham, Genesis 12:1-3, KJV

Sovereign Selection
There was and is a geographical place (not a “portal”) where God initiated and will conclude His redemptive work in history, and it is the land He promised to Abraham and set aside for it, the Holy Land.[11] God began His great redemptive work on earth when He called Abraham out of Babylon (i.e., a  “pagan portal” of counterfeit spirituality) and gave to him and his descendants the Promised Land (a.k.a. Canaan then and Israel today—Genesis 12:1-3; 15:7). To that chosen place, at the appointed time and through God’s chosen people Messiah came and will return (Genesis 49:8-10, *10; Micah 5:2-5a; Galatians 4:4; Romans 1:3). To and through His chosen people, the Jews, God chose to make Himself known over time in that place. Within the boundaries of that land, the Lord chose Jerusalem as His city and Zion as His holy mount where His Temple was to be built (Deuteronomy 12:5; Zechariah 8:1-3). That Temple, built by Solomon, the Lord filled with His presence (2 Chronicles 5:13b-14).

It was at Bethlehem in Judea, located twelve or so miles south of Jerusalem, that the Lord Jesus entered the world (Matthew 2:1). In Judea He also ministered, was crucified and rose from the dead. From a mount located in Judea across the valley from the Holy City Jesus ascended to Heaven (Acts 1:9, 12).

While the Spirit’s witness to Christ Jesus was, has been and is being extended throughout the world (Acts 1:8), the fullness of the Spirit first entered in the place God chose to begin and establish His redemptive work on earth (Genesis 49:8-10, *10). The first Christians were originally baptized and filled by the Spirit in Jerusalem. All of this and more took and will take place within the boundaries of the Promised Land, the geographical location on this planet which God calls, “My Land” (Jeremiah 2:7). All cultic claims notwithstanding, God did not initiate and will not consummate His redemptive plan in another place on this planet.[12]
UFOers believe there is a portal over Roswell, New Mexico.
From the Hollywood movie
Thor.

Sovereign Singularity
Overall, we can see that the revelation of God’s saving work from heaven to earth exhibits pattern of monotheistic singularity (Ephesians 4:4-6)—one God, who though one in essence, eternally exists (i.e., subsists) in a Trinity of one Father (1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6), one Son (1 Corinthians 8:6: Ephesians 4:5), and one Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:4); one Chosen People, the Jews (Deuteronomy 7:6); one Holy Land (Genesis 17:8); one Holy City (Psalm 87:2-3); one Holy Mount (Psalm 132:13-14); one Temple (2 Chronicles 7:12); all of which typologically and historically point to one Christ who alone is “the door.. the way, the truth and the life” (Emphasis added, John 10:9; 14:6). Therefore, there are not 328 portals in the Bible, but one port where God commenced and will consummate His redemptive work on earth. Based upon a template of singularity, the Lord commanded the destruction of the various places (portals?) where the Canaanites served their gods (Numbers 33:50-53; Deuteronomy 12:2-4). Because of this paradigm of singularity, the Lord through Moses ordered Israel, “Be careful that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every cultic place you see” (Deuteronomy 12:13). Why did God so mandate? Because YHWH declared through the prophet: “I am the Lord, that is My name; / I will not give My glory to another....” (Isaiah 42:8). This whole biblical paradigm belies visionary assertions that there are hundreds of portals or “wormholes” between heaven and earth, between eternity and time, between infinity and finitude, through which God is going to use to funnel heaven’s energy to earth.[13]

Kingdom Continuation—Beyond the Land

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again [from above]
he cannot see the kingdom of God....
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water
and [even] the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
[14]
Emphasis added, Jesus to Nicodemus, John 3:3, 5

Pentecost Promised
Through the prophet Ezekiel the Lord promised Israel, “I will put My Spirit within you” (Ezekiel 36:27). John the Baptist and Jesus later confirmed and amplified this prediction and promise (Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 1:4-5). During His ministry Jesus promised the Spirit would be abundantly supplied to believers. At the Feast of Booths or Tabernacles we can note what He said.
  • Jesus’ declaration: “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
  • John’s interpretation: But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified. [Emphasis added, John 7:38-39, KJV]

Jesus did not compare the coming of the Holy Spirit to a cistern (Proverbs 5:15), a pool like Bethesda (John 5:2), a well like Jacob’s (John 4:6), a body of water like the Sea of Galilee (John 6:1 ff.), or a river like the Jordan (John 3:23), but to “rivers (plural) of living water,” the supply of which might be likened to the Mississippi River and all its tributaries. Furthermore, John the Baptist prophesied that “He [Jesus] whom God has sent... gives the Spirit without measure” (John 3:34). Thus Jesus predicted the coming Age of the Spirit. But based upon these Scriptures, can we really assume the Lord’s provision of the Spirit is somehow insufficient? With these statements from the Prophet Jesus and John, let’s fast forward to Pentecost....

Fulfilled Filling
Of the Spirit’s coming, Luke records that “there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind” (Compare John 3:8), and that the Holy Spirit’s presence both “filled” God’s “waiting room” and the disciples who had gathered there (Acts 2:2, 4). Though Jesus had promised His disciples they would be baptized in/with/by the Holy Spirit (Greek, baptizo, Acts 1:5), Luke records that the original Pentecostals were “filled” (Greek, pimplemi, Acts 2:4) with the Spirit. To describe the later transitional extensions of the Spirit to first the Samaritans, then the Gentiles and finally to John’s disciples at Ephesus, Luke consecutively employs the verbs “received”—Greek, lambano; “fell upon”—Greek, epipipto epi; “poured out”—Greek, ekchuno; and “came upon”—Greek, erchomai epi (See Acts 8:15-17; 10:44-47; 19:6.). Even though he employed the words previously, Luke employed neither the verb “baptized” nor “filled” to describe the transitional extensions of the Spirit’s presence and ministry by the apostles to these groups. The question is, why?

Filled to the Full
The answer is, I believe, to be found in the word which describes the original Pentecost. The word “filled” (pimplemi, a variation of pleroo) carries the meaning, “to be liberally supplied, to render full, to complete, to fill to the top so that nothing shall be wanting, to fill to the brim.”[15] When we connect the dots between Jesus’ statement which compared the Spirit’s coming to “rivers of living water” (John 7:38) and the John the Baptist’s affirmation that Jesus “gives the Spirit without measure” (John 3:34), the reason for Luke’s choice of “filled” becomes evident (Luke 1:1-4). Jesus sent the fullness of Spirit to the Church. Because He graciously and abundantly bestowed the Comforter, no more of the Spirit needed to be given. There can be no filling beyond full. Do people at banquet tables fill their drinking glasses beyond full? Ever try to fill your car’s gas tank beyond full? If so, do you want highly flammable liquid running all over which one dropped cigarette could ignite? The promise of the Spirit’s coming was “full filled”!

Everyday Filling
That the house and believers at the time of the church’s origin were “filled” with the Holy Spirit puts to flight the insecurity that the original Pentecost was somehow deficient. The Spirit “filled to the brim” those original believers just like He too fills believers today, not for working phenomenal signs and wonders, but for every day Christian living as evidenced by—“speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father” and subjecting ourselves one to another in church, marriage, family and working relationships (Ephesians 5:15-6:9). By the way, the above evidences of spirituality take, as our fleshly nature knows, power; the Holy Spirit’s filling power.

So to say that the first Pentecost distributed insufficient power is to measure the immeasurable and to declare as insufficient the sufficient and continuing fullness of the Spirit given at Pentecost (John 3:34; Acts 2:2, 4). All the scriptural-historical-theological and experiential evidence contradicts the statement, “And again, I don’t believe we’ve received the fullness of Pentecost.”(TPOH, 23) Perhaps it’s true, despite their claims of doing signs and wonders, NAR’ers have not received “the fullness of Pentecost” (Ephesians 5:18), but that’s not because the fullness is unavailable, but because, like many others of us, the fullness is often un-appropriated because it’s reality is un-appreciated.

Kingdom Consummation—Jesus is Coming!

Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection;
over these the second death has no power,
but they will be priests of God and of Christ
and will reign with Him
for a thousand years.
[16]
Emphasis added, Revelation 20:6

One event looms imminently over the course of human history, an event the birth pains engulfing our world indicate, and that is the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. He, not we, will clean up the mess we’re in. That’s why the hope of Jesus’ return is blessed. Paul told Titus that during this “present age” we are to be “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus” (Titus 2:12-13). Also, the Apostle (contra new apostles) informed the carnal Corinthians, “You are not lacking in any in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Emphasis added, 1 Corinthians 1:7; See also Philippians 3:20-21. Compare 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.). Note: As they were awaiting the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ, they weren’t lacking the Spirit. So why would they (as we) have needed another Pentecost?

Shakings of the Spirit, or Signs of the Son?
On the Mount called Olivet Jesus preached the sermon about His return (Matthew 24:3). After His resurrection, the Lord ascended to heaven from that mount as “two men in white clothing” promised that He would return there (Acts 1:11). And to that mount Zechariah predicted the Messiah will come at the end of the age to save Israel from national extinction (Zechariah 14:4). What is currently playing itself out on earth are not quantum “vibrations” or “shakings” signaling the coming a “main Pentecost” claimed by NAR’ers, but “birth pangs” of the Messiah (i.e., Jesus predicted that as this age draws to its close before He returns, birth pains or “shakings” would increase in frequency and intensity, Matthew 24:8; Compare 1 Thessalonians 5:3 and Romans 8:22.). What must astound students of Bible prophecy is how the NAR hijacks “the signs” Jesus described would indicate His coming and the end of the age and flips them to be signals of “shakings” portending a second coming of the Spirit, and this despite the fact that the Scriptures (which the Spirit inspired, 2 Peter 1:20-21) promise no second advent of the Spirit, only the Second Coming of the Son. (Please read Psalm 2:1-12.) The NAR prophetic-Pentecost scheme audaciously reduces Jesus’ promised return (and reign) to a non-event. Go figure... I am certain that NAR’ers may dispute this deduction, but their claims demand such a conclusion.
A portal bridge depicted in the Hollywood movie Thor

Kingdom Counterfeit—Charismatic Dominionism
NAR teaching makes the millennium to be sort of a coup d’état in which “the manifest sons of God” usurp Jesus’ authority (Please read Psalm 2:1-12.). Though believers will be revealed and reign with Christ when He returns (Colossians 3:4; Philippians 3:20-21; 2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 5:10; 11:15; 20:4-6), they will neither be revealed separate from Christ’s return to this planet nor reign in His stead!

The Physics of Heaven makes much ado about vibrations taking place in heaven that are being felt by “manifest sons of God” on earth, “shakings” which signal the soon-to-be-released planetary Pentecostal power(s) “10 times” greater than those the church experienced in Acts 2.(TPOH, 25) Heaven’s release of “millennial powers” through the “manifest sons of God” will transform this planet’s negative “shakings” (i.e., the cancer of wars, pestilences, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.) into positive “vibrations,” the effect of which will be to introduce God’s Kingdom and heal the planet from the “groans... and pains of childbirth” currently being suffered (Romans 8:22). As Bob Jones stated, the main Pentecost will cause Christians to get “tuned... in harmony with God.”(TPOH, 27) And when that happens, he goes on to say, “We’re going to take authority over everything down here back and literally give it back to the Father.”(TPOH, 27) It should be understood that such an imaginary prophetic scenario which now influences so many Christians does not align with the future Scripture predicts and describes.[17]
Bob Jones spoke at this 2007 conference along with
David van Koevering, Chuck Missler and JoAnn McFatter



The New Testament teaches clearly that as the present evil age runs its course and the Day of the Lord or Great Tribulation approaches (this will be the time when in wrath God judges this planet, Matthew 24:3-28; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2Thessalonians 2:1-12; Revelation 3:10; etc.), one event, as has been pointed out, looms on the horizon of human history, and it’s not the coming of another Pentecost, but the Parousia, not a second coming of the Spirit, but the Second Coming of the Son, the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth to reign (Matthew 24:3, 29-31; Revelation 20:6). Then after everything becomes subjected to Jesus Christ (“For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet”—1 Corinthians 15:25-28a; Compare Philippians 2:9-10.), He, not “the manifest sons of God,” will return all authority to the Father “so that God may be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28b). The consummation of Jesus’ reign over everyone and everything on earth will verify His claim He made to His disciples—“All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth” (Emphasis added, Matthew 28:19). Any authority is not ours to give back to the Father, but Christ’s.

Conclusion
So Jones and other NAR’ers define the doctrine of imminence to refer not to the coming of the Son but to a coming of the Spirit, and they do so despite the biblical teaching that the Spirit is already here (the Son is not) and that His ministry in the economy of the Trinity involves bearing testimony not to Himself, but to Jesus Christ. But in the scenario of a yet-to-come Pentecost, attention shifts away from the “only begotten” Son of God unto soon to be manifested “sons of God.” Thus it can be noted that in this chapter, “Vibrating in Harmony with God,” the name of “Jesus,” which incidentally is “the name which is above every name” (Philippians 2:9), is mentioned once.[18](TPOH, 24) So in the prophetic scenario The Physics of Heaven proposes, one is forced to ask the question, where in the midst of all this second-coming-Pentecost excitement is the testimony to the Lord Jesus Christ—the One to whom ironically, the Spirit testifies to, and the One who is going to return to earth to reign?

When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father,
that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father,
He will testify about Me.
Jesus, John 15:26

TO BE CONTINUED . . . . .

Endnotes
[1] Bob Jones, Chapter 3: “Vibrating in Harmony With God,” The Physics of Heaven: Exploring God’s Mysteries of Sound, Light, Energy, Vibrations and Quantum Physics, by Judy Franklin & Ellyn Davis (Crossville, TN: Double Portion Publishing, 2012): 21-27.
[2] “Minister removed after confession of sexual misconduct,” Olathe Daily News, November 13, 1991 (http://www.religionnewsblog.com/16929/minister-removed-after-confession-of-sexual-misconduct).
[3] From Azusa Street other Pentecostal movements have stemmed worldwide, including Oneness Pentecostalism (1913-present), the modern Charismatic and Vineyard movements (1970s-Present), the Toronto Blessing (1994-2000), and so forth. See The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal Charismatic Movements, Stanley M. Burgess and Eduard M. van der Maas, Editors (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002): xxxi + 1226 pages and indexes. The massiveness of this work indicates the influence of this movement. Pentecostalism is the fastest growing Christian movement in today’s world.
[4] To establish the smell of God’s breath, Jones refers to Solomon’s love song in which he expresses the sensual and ecstatic wish of his lover, “Oh, may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, / And the fragrance of your breath like apples, / And your mouth like the best wine!” (Song of Solomon 7: 8-9a).  (TPOH, 23 ) Identifying the smell of revival by analogy to this text is so ludicrous that it deserves no further comment.
[5] Andrew Bowling, “harad,” Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, R. Laird Harris, Editor, Volume I (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1980): 321-322. This entry notes that synonyms for harad include the common words for “fear,” pahad and yare (p. 322). The meaning of “tremble” should be understood to describe a physical symptom that can accompany genuine fear, even panic, like that of a person who physically manifests “the shakes” after surviving a near-death accident.
[6] Herbert M. Wolf, Interpreting Isaiah: The Suffering and the Glory of the Messiah (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1985): 251-253.
[7] Magee explains that Hermetic philosophy (Note: Quantum science is likewise considered to be a philosophy.) views that “everything in the cosmos is internally related, bound up with everything else... [that] Divine powers understood variously as “energy” or “light” pervade the whole. This principle is most clearly expressed in the so-called Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, which begins with the famous lines ‘As above, so below.’ This maxim became the central tenet of Western occultism.” See Glenn Alexander Magee, Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2001): 13.
[8] Discernment Research Group, “Geographical Heresies of the New Apostolic Reformation,” Herescope, February 17, 2006 (http://herescope.blogspot.com/2006/02/geographical-heresies-of-new-apostolic.html).
[9] Carol Brooks, “Dominion Theology . . . The Stench and Foul Smell of Joel’s Army, Section IX: Portals,” In Plain Site (http://www.inplainsite.org/html/dt9_portals_to_heaven.html). Brooks’ section on “portals” is informative and worth reading.
[10] The number 328 may be derived from a concordance study of the Bible where despite the context, the word “door” or its like equals portal. Any old door will do.
[11] In the source cited in footnote 8, Brooks makes the point that, “to say that Jerusalem is a ‘portal’ is applying an additional layer of meaning to the significance of the Holy City and is completely unsubstantiated by Scripture.” (Emphasis added) I agree. After calling Abraham out of Babylon, God chose the Holy Land, Judea and Jerusalem as the port where to commence and consummate His redemptive work in history. His choice of one place delivers us from the cultic superstition that there are many or other sacred places and spaces (contra contemplative New Age Religion and New Apostolic Reformation belief) on this planet (See Jesus’ words to the Samaritan woman, John 4:21-24.).
[12] One dictionary states: “Generally speaking, MORMONS refer to the Americas as being Zion on a grand scale. The temple in Jackson County, Missouri, is also called Zion, along with other choice temple areas.” See George A. Mather and Larry A. Nichols, “Zion,” Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan publishing House, 1993): 328. Mormonism, as do other religions and cults including the Samaritans and the “high places” King Solomon established to honor his wives (1 Kings 11:1-8), advocate “sacred places and spaces” other than those chosen by YHWH. Even Islam has places other than Mecca. As such, they are at variance from the Lord’s establishment of “one” Land, Mount, Temple and Lord. Celebrating other places located in other spaces leads to the idolatry of worshipping other gods exactly as for example, the Canaanites did.
[13] Jones states: “When we vibrate I think it’s opening a portal....” Then the NAR prophet goes on to state that portals (328 of them in the Bible) are open “windows or doors” through which heaven comes down and touches earth. (TPOH, 24) He goes on to state that, “When we get in harmony with God... there’s no time there.” (TPOH, 27)
[14] Readers should note that one preposition of (Greek, ex) governs both water and Spirit (ex hydatos kai pneumatos). The one preposition signals that Jesus is peaking not about two distinct events (e.g., natural birth and spiritual birth, or water baptism and spiritual birth), but one happening—water/Spirit birth. Throughout John’s Gospel, water is a symbol for the Spirit (i.e., John 7:37-39).
[15] See for example, W.E. Vine, “FILL, FILL-UP,” An Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, by W.E. Vine, Merrill F. Unger and William White, Jr. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1984): 426.
[16] Bob Jones stated that, “We’re being prepared for the main Pentecost and millennial power, our priesthood power. We’re being prepared for the priesthood of Melchizedek, and not only to be holy priests but also kings—living stones united together, vibrating together.” (TPOH, 25) Again, an outlandish, presumptuous and inconsistent NAR claim can be observed. This verse (Revelation 20:6) says we are going to be “priests of God and of Christ,” not Melchizedek. Furthermore, can it be said of believers, unlike Melchizedek, that they are, “Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God... a priest perpetually”? (Hebrews 7:3) As there could only be one priest in Israel to serve as the high priest, so also there was one priest after the order of Melchizedek, the Lord Jesus Christ.
[17] After His resurrection and before His ascension, Jesus Christ was approached by the disciple/apostles who asked Him: “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6) Without debating the details of the time of Jesus’ Second Coming, the End of the Age, and Jesus’ Millennial Reign over earth (Matthew 24:3; 25:34), let it be stated that Jones’ prophetic scenario is Postmillennial with a neo-Pentecostal twist. But the biblical and exegetical data in the Bible support the eschatology of Pre-millennialism (that Christ will return to reign on earth for a 1,000 years—Revelation 20:4-6; Daniel 7:13-14, 27; and much more). Of the eschatological system of Amillennialism it can I think be fairly said that it is correct in what it affirms (that Christ during this age should be ruling in the church, John 3:3, 5), but is wrong in what it denies; namely, that when He returns in the future, Messiah will personally reign on and over the earth (Micah 4:1-5).
[18] Jones said: “Jesus did everything He did as a man, as a God/man.... But when He ascended on high the Holy Spirit was given to Him and He released it on the day of Pentecost.” (TPOH, 24) Was/is Jesus just “a” God/man, thus allowing for other God/men like the “manifest sons of God”? Furthermore, the Gospels portray that the Holy Spirit fell upon Jesus after His baptism when He was about to commence His public ministry, not after His ascension (See Matthew 3:16). Jesus was endowed fully by the Holy Spirit in His ministry as the debate over the “powers” by which He performed His miracles indicates (Matthew 12:22-32). Furthermore, Jesus endowed His Disciple/Apostles with the Spirit after His resurrection but before His ascension (John 20:22).


*The text to this graphic begins with the statement "Recently I heard the Lord say 'God’s hand reaches out through all eternity taking a seed of Himself and places it within the womb of woman where new life begins and conception takes place. There’s an overshadowing of the Holy Spirit taking place right now in the body of believers. There’s been a sifting in the church and shifting in the Spirit for several years now and it’s finally come to culmination.'”
**Elsewhere we have written extensively on the themes in this segment. See especially the earlier series on Herescope related to this Second Pentecost teaching by the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and International House of Prayer (IHOP): “The Passion of the Presence & the Purpose of the Passion,”
Read Part 1: The PASSION of the PRESENCE & the Purpose of the Passion 
Read Part 2: “Presence” Eschatology
Read Part 3: Bridal Eschatology
Read Part 4: The Perfectly Obedient Bride 

Read Part 5: The 2nd Coming of the “Presence”
Read Part 6: The Battled Bride

See Larry DeBruyn's article: The Present of “His Presence”
Also Dr. Orrel Steinkamp's A Second Pentecost?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Extracting the Precious From the Worthless"

Part 3: The Physics of Heaven:
A Serial Book Review & Theological Interaction


Read Part 1: "The Physics of Heaven"
Read Part 2: "The Power of the Zero-Point Field"
Read Sidebar: "Jesus' Lesser Works"

[Ed. Note: The following article is part of an in-depth review by Pastor Larry DeBruyn of a book titled The Physics of Heaven: Exploring God’s Mysteries of Sound, Light, Energy, Vibrations and Quantum Physics which is articulating an emerging eschatology that bridges the New Age Religion (NAR) with the New Apostolic Reformation (also NAR). The book's second chapter provides great insight into the process by which this book's many authors are jointly concocting a new theology.*]

By Pastor Larry DeBruyn


Review of Chapter 2 (authored by Ellyn Davis):
"Extracting the Precious From the Worthless"
[1]

“Therefore, thus says the Lord, /
‘If you return, then I will restore you— /
Before Me you will stand; /
And if you extract the precious from the worthless, /
You will become My spokesman.
/
They for their part may turn to you,
But as for you, you must not turn to them’.”

Emphasis added, Jeremiah 15:19[2]

Introduction
Seeking
In their searching for spiritual truth, Ellyn Davis proposes that Christians engage New Age Religion (NAR) to seek for and take back truths which originally belonged to citizens of the Kingdom of God. (TPOH, 15) In that counterfeits prove the existence of the genuine, Davis, a former hippie from the 60s, has decided to commence a search for truth amidst a spirituality of lies. By her admission, she views much in New Age Religion that is “worthless,” but also thinks that its spirituality possesses truths which are “precious.” This assumption derives from her observing and being intrigued by “healings and mystical experiences and revelations” in New Age Religion which rival anything she “had seen or experienced” in the charismatic church; hence the chapter’s title—Extracting the Precious From the Worthless.(TPOH, 14)

Science and Soul
Additionally, Davis’ scientific training and background has aroused her curiosity to discover how the natural and spiritual worlds connect and interact. She had sensed that a relationship existed between soul and science, but had never considered adapting her spirituality to it. So her goal is to not only to seek out what is “precious” in NewAge Religion and incorporate it into her belief system, but also to integrate, as New Agers are doing, the Quantum Mysticism believed to be essential in our understanding of the universe’s spirituality. To lend scriptural support to this pursuit, Davis uses, or misuses (you decide), a prophecy taken from Jeremiah which she subtly combines with a personal revelation God gave her. We turn now to observe her permuted prophecy.

Text as Pretext
Heading this chapter is an italicized paragraph introduced with the statement, In Jeremiah 15:19, God says.... So what is it that God says? The content of what God says is now quoted exactly as it appears in the chapter heading.
In Jeremiah 15: 19, God says, “If you extract the precious from the worthless, you will become My spokesman.” We may have to delve into areas we previously considered off-limits to extract the “precious” from the “worthless” and recover lost truths that belong to the people of God.(TPOH, 11)
Readers should note the run-on italics marking the entire paragraph to be God’s utterance—In Jeremiah 15:19, God says.... In that both sentences compose an italicized whole, one is left with the impression that what God said to the author (i.e., We may have to...) expressed in the second sentence is on a par with what Yahweh told Jeremiah in the first (i.e., “If you extract...”). The twice recurrent pronoun “we” in the second prophecy indicates God told Davis that together they will “delve into areas we previously considered off-limits” to find common spiritual ground between charismatic Christianity, New Age Religion and Quantum Mysticism. In short, God tells Davis that together they will seek out this emerging alternative spirituality.

Regarding this introduction, two points can be noted. First, God tells Davis that they (i.e., we) are going to search out spiritualities they had previously considered “off-limits” (See Deuteronomy 18:9-15.).(TPOH, 11) So we ask: Has God changed His mind? Does God now approve of Christians seeking out occult spiritualities that once-upon-a-time He forbade, as long as He seeks it with her? Davis understands that many in the church (including me) write off pursuit of the occult to be flirting with demons. But no matter, she instigates that “courageous Christians” will go after “the precious” in New Age Religion any way.(TPOH, 16) Second, Davis’ partial quotation from Jeremiah 15:19 (If you extract the precious from the worthless, you will become My spokesman.) should be noted. It’s is not from the New King James Version as the copyright section of the book claims all Bible quotations to be from (unless otherwise noted), but from the New American Standard Bible.[3]

The Contradiction
Ellyn Davis’ combining of revelations—both Jeremiah’s from the 6th century BC and hers from the 21st century AD—illustrates the functional authority of the prophetic gift within the charismatic New Apostolic Reformation. As Yahweh spoke to Jeremiah in his day, God speaks to and through new prophets today, the newer revelations being equal to the older. But as will be demonstrated, in this instance the contemporary revelation supposedly given by God to prophetess Davis actually distorts what He originally told the prophet Jeremiah. So the contradictory “new revelation” raises the following conundrum:

If new revelations repeat what’s in the Bible, they are unnecessary. If added revelations contradict the Word of God, they are heresy. And if they supplement God’s Word, then the new revelations imply Scripture’s insufficiency, and about this Proverbs warns: “Add thou not unto his [God’s] words, lest he [God] reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:6, KJV).

So the reader must decide: If Davis’ revelation is true then the divine revelation to Jeremiah is false. Or if the divine revelation to Jeremiah is true, then the self-authorized prophecy of Davis is false. Because both revelations stand in dialectic with each other, both cannot be true at the same time, or at any other time.

Davis’ premise is that the “worthless” must be discerned and separated from the “precious,” so this study and writing shall attempt to discern whether the contents of chapter 2 in The Physics of Heaven are precious or worthless. The contradiction between what God said to Jeremiah and what He supposedly told Ellyn Davis needs to be exposed. But first it might be helpful for us to understand the author’s background.

Her Spiritual Journey
Hippie from the Sixties
Though growing up in “a staunch Baptist home” in the deep south (Many advocates of change reject conservative upbringings as “out-of-touch.”), Ms. Davis, in light of the cultural shift occurring during the 1960s (the Viet Nam War and its protests, the exploration of Space and landing on the Moon, the Civil Rights movement, the emerging Feminist Movement, and the Hippie counter culture with its emerging “turn on, tune out, and drop out” philosophy of life), found her Christian faith to be irrelevant.(TPOH, 11, 12) In her words, “The times ‘they were a-changing’ and we flower children wanted to do our part to accelerate the coming of this golden age.”(TPOH, 12) But the utopian vision faded for reason of the anarchy and licentiousness inherent in the counter-culture movement of the 60s (Remember Woodstock?), and “burned out” Hippies shifted their attention from society to spirituality. Numbers of the era’s radicals, it ought to be noted, still sought to change society, but did so by entrenching themselves in America’s established institutions (educational and governmental) where they became agents and agitates for deconstructing the traditional way of American life.

Her “Encounter”
So Davis joined the establishment. She attended graduate school, was awarded an M.S. in biochemistry, worked toward a Ph.D. in virology, got married and ran several successful businesses. But then she encountered the Holy Spirit, got fired up for God, became “Jesus freak” and pursued ministry. Meanwhile, other ex-hippies embraced “a multi-faceted belief system [New Age Religion] dedicated to achieving heightened spiritual consciousness... [by] developing powers of the mind, aligning with positive ‘energies,’ and removing physical, mental, and emotional blockages to enlightenment.”(TPOH, 13) In their embrace of New Age Religion, these children of the 60s experimented “with Eastern and Native American religious practices, metaphysical philosophies, alternative healing methods, and altered states of consciousness.”(TPOH, 13) So during the aftermath of the revolutionary 60s, the separate and disparate Christian charismatic and New Age religious movements developed side-by-side, the one being indifferent to, if not intolerant of, the other.

Example of a New Apostolic Reformation conference in Sedona
advertised on TheElijahList, 6/13/13

Supernaturalism at Sedona
So fast forward to the year 2006, when Ellyn Davis, ex-hippie turned “Jesus freak,” moved to Sedona, Arizona, a geographical center for practicing New Age Religion.... There she became intrigued at seeing the same phenomena of her charismatic faith exhibited among New Age religious devotees—“healings and mystical experiences and revelations to rival anything I had seen or experienced in the church.”(TPOH, 14) Her experience of observing similar phenomena happening in NAR (New Age Religion) as in her NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) caused Ms. Davis to ponder the following question: Do Christianity and New Age spirituality hold beliefs in common?[4] Is there anything “precious” which can be extracted from New Age Religion and incorporated into the Christian faith? Or, is Kipling’s assessment true, “Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet...”?[5]

Shoveling Manure
But with “experience as her guide,” Davis assumes and proposes, as do other of the books endorsers and authors, that Christianity and New Age Religion share common ground in their belief in supernaturalism and the science of quantum physics where physicists observe and calculate how energy and matter interact at the sub and sub-sub atomic levels of reality. To arrive at their theory, she and other of the book’s contributors assume there’s a “mystical correlation” between science and spirituality, the connection of which becomes clarified from two sources. First, by exploring the beliefs of New Age Religion and second, by receiving divine “guidance” from new revelations (Remember God revealed to Davis, “We may have to delve into areas previously considered off-limits.”). So after stating she “could not find a single Christian leader who shared a similar interest in finding out if there were truths hidden in the New Age” (New apostle-prophets consider themselves to be on the cutting edge of spirituality as they explore the esoteric.), Davis writes:

Now we are beginning to hear more and more revelation that is in line with what New Agers have been saying all along and we are hearing more and more teaching about Christians “taking back truths” from the New Age that really belong to citizens of the Kingdom of God.(Emphasis added, TPOH, 15)

Note: more and more revelation.... As indicated by the chapter’s title and her contriving of Jeremiah’s words to fit her purpose, she calls this mining of New Age Religion to find hidden truths, “Extracting the ‘precious’ from the ‘worthless’.”(TPOH, 13, 15) In describing the extraction process, she employs a colorful metaphor, taken from her father’s estimation of her gritty character, which compares her search to shoveling manure (all the “worthless”) to find the pony of truth (the “precious”) in New Age Religion. In the search, new revelations are meant to guide the search and verify the spiritual truths discovered during extraction process. To repeat, “Now” she says, “we are beginning to hear more and more revelation that is in line with what New Agers have been saying all along.”(TPOH, 15) Thus, supernatural visions, voices and visitations guide seekers through this amazing maze of spirituality and science, a conglomeration of the charismatic, scientific, mystical, and biblical.

But for any Bible believing Christian, an important question becomes, does the Lord’s word to Jeremiah endorse shoveling the manure of New Age Religion to look for “the precious” in it? Note: In contrast to Davis’ contention, it should be observed that Jeremiah condemned false prophets who spoke visions from their own imaginations, seers who accommodated combining Israel’s faith in Jehovah with occult spirituality (Read Jeremiah 23:9-32.). So it must be asked, did the Lord tell Jeremiah something different from, even opposite to, what The Physics of Heaven proposes? To answer that question, we turn to Jeremiah to look at what the Lord really told His prophet (Jeremiah 15:15-21; *19).
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A Weary Prophet
Mixing His Message
Prophetic ministry, especially the forth-telling or rebuking obligation of it, grew to weigh heavy on Jeremiah’s heart. He had grown weary of the loneliness of his prophetic calling and his unpopularity among and persecution by the people (Jeremiah 15:15, 17, 20-21). So he did what any preacher might do when facing similar circumstances. To be liked (one of life’s essential needs), he chose a path of lesser resistance and became a people-pleaser. He compromised the word God gave him by mixing in messages the people liked to hear. The prophet altered his preaching content from one of declaring what God directly told him to say (i.e., the precious) to one in which he pandered to and schmoozed with his audience (i.e., the worthless). In other words, he chose style over substance. He allowed the audience, not the Lord, to drive the message. In today’s jargon, he preached “seeker sensitive” and “user friendly.”

Un-mixing His Message
But the Lord did not approve of Jeremiah’s compromise. He had appointed the prophet to be His messenger no matter how unpopular the message might be. As Derek Kidner (1913-2008) commented: “As God’s spokesman, he [the prophet] must allow himself no alloy [mixing] of faithless thoughts and words [with faithful thoughts and words]....”[6] And again, “Popular or unpopular (which had been a burning issue for this thin-skinned man), a prophet must be—and must still be—as uncompromising as the truth itself.”[7] So the Lord’s message to Jeremiah was that he needed to separate “the worthless words” he used to “tickle the ears” of his audience from “the precious words” the Lord gave him to preach (2 Timothy 4:3-4). To restore the ministry of Jeremiah, to give him a second chance to get his prophetic ministry right, the Lord told His prophet, “And if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My spokesman” (Jeremiah 15:19).[8]

If the prophet did not separate the word of the Lord from words the people wanted to hear, he would no longer be qualified to be the Lord’s prophet. So with His statement to Jeremiah (Jeremiah 15:19), the Lord did not intend, borrowing Kidner’s words, to release Jeremiah from his prophetic calling, but rather to renew the prophet’s commitment to preach His word only. God was telling Jeremiah to separate the prophetic utterances He inspired (i.e., the precious) from the words the prophet spoke to please people (i.e., the worthless), and declare only what He ordered him to. Remarkably, as the rest of Jeremiah’s prophecy indicates, the prophet listened to God, repented of his mixed message, prophesied only what God ordered him to, and ended his ministry with the dignity of knowing he had faithfully and uncompromisingly served the Lord. Throughout it all, the Lord promised to protect the prophet (Jeremiah 15:20-21).

Compromise Contaminates
It is obvious that when studied in biblical and historical context, God’s injunction to the Jeremiah has nothing whatsoever to do with shoveling the manure of New Age Religion to look a pony of truth. In fact, God instructed His prophet to separate his message from, not integrate his message with, all man-originated spirituality—New Age Religious, Quantum Mystical, or otherwise. To be heard with clarity, God’s Word must stand alone, and to that end, His “precious” Word must be separated from human contrivances of it. Because the spiritual system is not revealed by God, New Age Religion neither needs nor desires the God of the Bible, and this explains why the Lord forbids believers to have any interaction with occult religion. (Again, see Deuteronomy 18:9-15.) Contact with spiritual entities of the occult, whether intentional or inadvertent, infects the whole of spirituality.

This explains why in another instance, when Israel was about to exit from the Babylonian Captivity about ten centuries after Moses wrote Deuteronomy, the Lord warned the nation’s spiritual leadership of the contaminating effects of Babylonian spirituality (Which like the religion of the Canaanites, was but another ancient version of New Age Religion—see Daniel 2:2.). The Lord ordered the spiritual leaders of the Jews:

“Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence [from Babylon], touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.”[9] Emphasis added, Isaiah 52:11, KJV

This statement by the Lord to Israel, like His statement to Jeremiah, does not encourage dabbling in New Age Religion to find “the precious” within it, but rather for His people to separate altogether from any such spirituality. To this point, it must be noted that God also told Abraham to separate from the spirituality of Babylon (Genesis 12:1 ff.). So Raymond Ortlund asks and then advises:

Which city will be our home, our identity—Babylon or Zion? The people of God cannot remain as they are. Israel had to leave Egypt. The exiles had to flee Babylon. We too must decide, and get moving. God is telling us to run from every system of false self-salvation, and fast. He expects us to make a clean break, because he has something better for us.[10]

This chapter’s entire ecumenical premise (Examining “New Age thought and practice to extract anything “precious” from it.) is unbiblical and therefore, wrong. As James states, “Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?” (James 3:11). Contrary to what The Physics of Heaven proposes, God’s word plainly teaches that the Christian faith must be separated from and not integrated with alternative spiritualities (See 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Romans 16:17; Galatians 1:8; 2 Timothy 3:5; 2 John 10.).

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The Future of Spirituality
Yet the author informs readers that integrating the Quantum Mysticism of New Age Religion and Christianity is where spirituality is currently trending. Therefore, to avoid irrelevancy, the church had better get with this new move of the Holy Spirit and follow after the spiritual trends set by Marianne Williamson (A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, 1992), Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now, 1997; A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, 2005) Rhonda Byrne (The Secret, 2006),  and their publicist Oprah Winfrey. Davis notes that “over three and a half million New Agers worldwide [have embraced] some sort of philosophical/spiritual spin on the quantum physics theories of the early to mid-twentieth century.”(TPOH, 16) This cultural trend causes the author to state, “I believe that a great work of God is in process as He restores knowledge and insights that have been lost to Christians but are now hidden in the teachings and practices of Quantum Mysticism.”(TPOH, 17)

Skating to the Future
Borrowing an analogy from former hockey great Wayne Gretzky (who explains the genius of his game by having skated to and positioned himself to where he anticipated the puck was going), Ellyn Davis advises the church not remain where the puck is or has been (the tired old revelations, scientific laws of Newton and fossilized teachings of the past), but skate to where lively new revelations, quantum physics and mystical experiences lead.(TPOH, 17-18) The culture’s a-changing and Christians need to adapt (as did the author when she encountered the radical 60s counter-culture that challenged the relevancy of her “staunch Baptist” upbringing) or risk obsolescence and irrelevance. The spiritual puck’s moving, and Christians had better get to where it’s going. To keep up with the times, the church had better anticipate where New Age Religion and Quantum Mysticism are taking the Christian faith. But the author’s application of the hockey illustration is flawed.

Church Checked!
The problem is this: That’s not how “a team” plays “the game.” My son, who for years played the sport at a high competitive level, confirmed that his coaches always demanded players discipline themselves to play their positions, whether center (like Gretzky), forward, defense or goalie, and maintain proper spacing while either on defense or offense. If caught out of position, one quick pass by the other team can lead to a goal, which in hockey is often the margin of defeat or victory. So if every player skated to where they thought the puck was going to be, guess what? They’d all be out of position, “check” each other out, and fall to the ice in a pile thereby giving the other team a golden opportunity to score an easy goal!

So if the church skates to where it perceives religion trending, the church will loose because unlike spiritualities built upon and around the mystical and paranormal, where the Christian faith is going depends upon where it’s been. Christianity is a historical faith. By the nature, the mystical is not historical because religious experiences of it depend neither upon historical facts or events. They’re spontaneous. So God’s Word tells believers to pay attention to the past so that their faith doesn’t get sabotaged in the future. That’s why Paul and Jude told early Christians not to chase after “different gospels,” but to keep “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Galatians 1:6-9; Jude 3). Nevertheless, Davis recommends deserting the old-faith-paradigm to chase after an emerging a new one by extraction extracting “the precious” of New Age Religion and Quantum Mysticism and combining the extractions with Charismatic Christianity.

“Dove Dung”
To reinforce her Gretzky illustration, Davis cites a statement made by Canadian Pentecostal Ern Baxter (1914-1993), who was associated with American Pentecostal and “latter rain prophet” William Branham (1909-1965), and who had “lived through multiple moves of God.” In a quotation that coordinates with Davis’ previously used shoveling-manure metaphor, she quotes Baxter as having said: “When the Holy Spirit moves on, all that’s left is dung.”(TPOH, 18) So if the church doesn’t want to be left with “dove dung,” it had better shovel through the manure of New Age Religion and Quantum Mysticism looking for “precious ponies” of spiritual truth.



Quantum Mysticism
The Gravity “god”
It’s difficult for human beings to feel comfortable in non-personal and mechanical universe, regardless how much psychotherapy a person might undergo (See Psalm 8:3-4.). Yet the science of quantum physics observes “the system” only working as a mechanism. Though studying quantum physics (observing nature’s functioning at the micro-microscopic perspective) can compliment belief in the creator God, it does not, as with NAR, necessarily lead to belief in God. For example, renowned quantum physicist Stephen Hawking (1942-    ) recently announced he was an atheist. He opines that physics offers a “more convincing explanation” for the universe’s origin because “miracles of religion ‘aren’t compatible’ with scientific fact.”[11] He also stated believing in heaven or an afterlife is “a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”[12]

By way of contrast, Hawking “claims that science offers a ‘more convincing’ cosmogony” because after investigation into life’s quantum realities is exhausted, gravity remains (“the secret” of why the universe exists and holds together). Therefore scientists with an anti-supernatural bent of mind (like Hawking) postulate that gravity (i.e., the Force) is the genius or god that explains both the universe’s origination (from whence it derives) and continuation (how it drives).[13] If for some reason this gravity-god, whether it’s called the Higgs particle or zero-point energy field, collapses, life as humans consciously know and participate in it will be over. In other words, the universe is ticking on a quantum clock!

Saved by “the mystical”
So to avoid feelings of angst and aloneness amidst an mechanical and impersonal universe, New Age Religion attempts to interface with science by injecting the mystical into the mechanical, the result being known as Quantum Mysticism. Instant-presto-change-o.... the mechanical becomes meaningful as science becomes spiritual and physics becomes philosophy. As quantum physics explains the universe’s working, Quantum Mysticism provides meaning, even if that meaning is illusory. But the belief, or unbelief, of Hawking indicates that quantum knowledge does not lead seekers to the super-supernatural worldview espoused by the authors of The Physics of Heaven. Though nature’s very existence may lead observers to believe in a God who created it—Why not nothing?—fact of the matter is, quantum physics can end, as it does with Hawking, in believing in gravity, not God. (See “No God!” Psalms 10:4; 14:1a; 53:1a; compare Romans 1:18-23; Psalm 8:4-8; 19:1-6.) Neither does science lead observers to faith in the Christian God.

Though quantum physics (Who wound the universe up?) and intelligent design (Who finely tuned the universe?) can theistically argue for God’s existence generally, these evidences do not prove the Christian God especially. To that end, special revelation is needed, and this was exactly what the Protestant Reformers understood the case to be. Natural theology does not lead to faith in the God of the Bible. Scripture alone, God’s revelation of Himself, states the existence of this God. (Go ahead and accuse the argument as being circular, if you want.) So of the Protestant Reformers it is said that,

[They] objected to the impact of philosophy upon theology and insisted upon a return to Scripture. They assumed that all people have some implicit knowledge of God’s existence (Calvin’s “sense of divinity”), but they declared it useless apart from the revelation of God’s will and grace in Jesus Christ.[14]

Studying how the universe behaves—calculating vibrations, observing brainwaves or theorizing about the existence of the Higgs boson or zero-point energy field—does not invariably point seekers to Jesus Christ, the One whom Scripture teaches holds the universe together (“He is before all things, and by him all things consist,” Emphasis added, Colossians 1:17, KJV). In fact, the Apostle Paul warned Christians that physics/philosophy can so captivate human minds that they will be led away from Christ, not to Him. Among other potential captors, the Apostle warned the Colossians, “See to it that no one takes you captive... according to the elementary principles of the world (Greek, ta stoicheia tou kosmou), rather than according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8). [15] Therefore, to understand the danger posed by synthesizing Christianity with New Age Religion and the Quantum Mysticism inserted into it, Bible believers need to understand the modern relevance of this ancient descriptive phrase, “the elementary principles of the world” (Greek, ta stoicheia tou kosmou).

The Rudiments of the World
As it relates to the world or cosmos, the word “rudiments” (KJV, Greek, stoicheion) is variously translated “elemental powers” (NAB), “elementary principles” (NASB), “basic principles” (NIV, NKJV), “evil powers” (NLT), and “elemental spirits” (ESV, NRSV). Translations indicate that the meaning of the Greek word diverges between “principles” and “powers,” between the “physical elements” constituting the cosmos or universe and “spiritual powers” inhabiting it. Interestingly and not unlike the Quantum Mystics of modernity, the ancient mind did not separate the spiritual principalities and powers that inhabit the universe from the material particles which comprise it (i.e., the stoichieon). As one lexical authority notes, “heavenly bodies were also regarded as personal beings and given divine honors.”[16] Ancients believed that Earth, Water, Air and Fire, and perhaps a fifth element (the pure essence of the universe where ancient science believed the gods [“principalities and powers”?] lived and breathed), the Aether comprised the universe.[17] Ancient pagans believed that divinities (i.e., powers) permeated the cosmic reality. Therefore, to prevent the powers from going rogue, pagans would observe compensatory rituals and offer appeasing sacrifices and offerings to placate them hoping that the powers might be inclined to calm nature down when life was threatened.[18]

The New Testament indicates that the ancient mind wedded particles and powers. In 2 Peter 3:10, the sense of “particles”—that is, the “elements” which “shall melt with fervent heat”—is evident, while in Galatians 4:3 and 9, the other sense—that is, “world forces” which once “held in bondage” the believers in Galatia—is evident. Not unlike modern quantum spiritualists who seek to divinize nature, the ancient mind believed “the rudiments of the world” (Greek, ta stoicheia tou kosmou) designated both the physical “elements” that comprise the universe and the “spirituality” permeating it (i.e., polytheism, pantheism, or panentheism).[19] In their attempt to make sense of the universe, ancient people assigned consciousness to the energy (i.e., the Force) which they believed formed the cosmos’ self-perpetuating and self-regenerating polarity (i.e., the yin and the yang). Of ancient Hermetic wisdom, Magee notes that philosophy viewed “everything in the cosmos [to be]... internally related, bound up with everything else.”[20] He then explains:

Even though the cosmos may be hierarchically arranged, there are forces that cut across and unify at all levels. Divine powers understood variously as “energy” or “light” pervade the whole.[21]

Because of the way the human heart is bent (the Bible designates it as our “sin nature”), spiritual seduction can easily accompany the study of any science, especially the quantum disorder where observed chaos and chance are taken indicate there’s no cosmos (order) or control, the implication being as Hawking believes, there’s no God. Personally, I see enough order in the universe—we live with it every day—to indicate there’s a divine Creator, while at the same time I see enough disorder—we too live with it every day—to indicate the curse (Genesis 3:17-19). Whether at the macro or micro levels of existence, creation is cursed, albeit temporarily (Romans 8:18-23; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1.).

Conclusion
Should we be concerned and intimidated by the hybrid spirituality known as New Age Religion/Quantum Mysticism in post-Christian America? Well, yes and no. Yes because Paul warned that being captivated by such a physics/philosophy (i.e., “the rudiments of the world”) can lead Christians away from Christ, and yes because all Christians should know that there can be no fellowship between Christ and Belial or agreement of the temple of God—whose habitation we are “in Christ”—with idols (See Colossians 2:8; 2 Corinthians 6:15-16.). But no, because in His fullness, God “spoiled” whatever opposing spiritual forces are “out there” through Jesus Christ as He “disarmed the rulers and authorities [and] made a public display of them, having triumphed over them” (Colossians 2:15). Though opposing entities will continue to manipulate “the world’s spirituality” in their favor, their influence will end when “the only manifested Son of God” delivers them a death blow.

Believers will participate in this coming triumph in the final conflict (Colossians 3:4). But until then, Satan will continue to employ “the rudiments of the world,” the elements and their powers, to lure people’s attention and faith away from the Lord Jesus Christ unto other personae, whether real or imagined (Ephesians 6:10-17). Stemming from human imaginings, digitally created UFOs, invading aliens, and grotesque and menacing giants heighten people’s fascination with paranormal substitutes for Christ (which is the spirit of Antichrist, 1 John 4:1-3; 2:21-23). This digital neo-Gnosticism (call it science fiction) seeks to take captive human hearts by shifting the Spirit’s illumination away from the Lord Jesus Christ thereby fixating souls’ attentions upon the foreboding darkness of occult phenomena. Sadly, whether peddled via Xbox, other computerized gaming systems, or Hollywood movies, these addictive counterfeit realities have been and are being injected worldwide into the hearts and souls of millions, if not billions, of people, young and old. Though they include varieties of mythical characters with mystical powers, these digital deceptions ignore the God of the Bible, and this imagery is idolatry. Sadly and following after this the culture of cyberspace, Christian teachers are adapting their message to this neo-Gnostic and mythic worldview.

When isolated from special revelation, nature does bear a redemptive witness to the biblical God. Quantum observers can become so fixated upon the creation they forget there’s a Creator. Thus they turn the tables on a creation that is supposed to glorify God and assert their own glory (See Romans 1:20-23.). They create their own deities, whether they be named Ishtar, Isis, Horus, Yazad, Baal, Astarte, Allah, Shiva, or whatever. Christians should therefore be concerned about a proposal that encourages engaging New Age Religion and Quantum Mysticism to extract “the precious” from “the worthless” in order to discover a new “quantum faith.” Falling into this trap harbingers spiritual captivity for hearts who become so enthralled.

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:
for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial?
or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?
for ye are the temple of the living God;
as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them;
and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out
from among them,
and be ye separate, saith the Lord,
and touch not the unclean thing;
and I will receive you,
And will be a Father unto you,
and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

Emphasis added, The Apostle Paul, 2 Corinthians 14-18, KJV


Endnotes
[1] Ellyn Davis, Chapter 2: “Extracting the Precious From the Worthless,” The Physics of Heaven: Exploring God’s Mysteries of Sound, Light, Energy, Vibrations and Quantum Physics, by Judy Franklin & Ellyn Davis (Crossville, TN: Double Portion Publishing, 2012): 11-19.
[2] Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (Anaheim, CA: Foundation Publications, 1995).
[3] We cite the quotes so readers can note the differences: “If you take out the precious from the vile, You shall be as My mouth.” (Jeremiah 15:19, NKJV); “And if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My spokesman.” (Jeremiah 15:19, NASB).
[4] One can only note the irony that the acronyms for the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and New Age Religion (NAR) are the same, perhaps suggesting the two movements do share spiritualities. Obviously, Franklin and Davis, as other contributors to the book, think this to be the case.
[5] Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), “The Ballad of East and West.”
[6] Derek Kidner, The Message of Jeremiah: The Bible Speaks Today, J.A. Motyer, Editor (Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 1987): 69.
[7] Ibid: 70.
[8] A number of other translations of Jeremiah 15:19 bear this out. They are: “If thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth” (King James Version); “If you take out the precious from the vile, You shall be as My mouth” (Jeremiah 15:19, New King James Version); “If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth” (Jeremiah 15:19, English Standard Version); “If instead of talking nonsense you proclaim a worthwhile message, you will be my prophet again” (Today’s English Version); “And if you speak things that have worth, not useless words, then you may speak for me” (New Century Version); “If you speak words that are worthy, you will be my spokesman” (New Living Translation); and “If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall serve as my mouth” (New Revised Standard Version).
[9] Commanding that true believers continue to separate themselves from the spirituality of idolatry, the Apostle Paul quotes Isaiah’s prophecy in 2 Corinthians 6:17.
[10] Emphasis added, Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr., Isaiah: God Saves Sinners (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2005): 348.
[11] Dominique Mosbergen, “Stephen Hawking Says ‘There Is No God,’ Confirms He’s An Atheist,” The Huffington Post, September 25, 2014 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com /2014/09/25/stephen-hawking-atheist_n_5882860.html).
[12] Ken Ammi, “Atheist Stephen Hawking claims to know that God does not exist,” Examiner.com, October 13, 2014 (http://www.examiner.com/article/atheist-stephen-hawking-claims-to-know-that-god-does-not-exist).
[13] Ibid.
[14] John Van Engen, “Natural Theology,” The Concise Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, Edited by Walter A. Elwell, Abridged by Peter Toon (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House Company, 1991): 331.
[15] See Pastor Larry DeBruyn, “The Supreme Supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ: Christ Before Cosmos,” Guarding His Flock Ministries, August 13, 2013 (http://guardinghisflock.com/2013/08/13/the-supreme-supremacy-of-the-lord-jesus-christ/#more-2442).
[16] See William F. Arndt and F. Wilbur Gingrich, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1979): 769. Bright notes: “The ancient paganisms were all polytheistic, with dozens of gods arranged in complex pantheons. These gods were for the most part personifications of the forces of nature or other cosmic functions; they were in and of nature and, like nature, without any particular moral character. Their will could be manipulated in the ritual (which re-enacted the myth) so that they would bestow on the worshipper the desired tangible benefits.” See John Bright, The Kingdom of God: The Biblical Concept and Its Meaning for the Church (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, MCMLIII): 25.
[17] “Aether (classical element),” Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (https://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/ Aether _(classical_element).
[18] An Excurses on Idolatry:
Any religious belief system which fuses spirituality into materiality has, I think, a cause, an affect and a consequence. First, the contrast between nature’s longevity (the eternality of matter is assumed) and human brevity (in the evolutionary pattern of a self-creating universe, man is a “late-bloomer” and his time is short) causes pagans to deify the longer-lasting elements (i.e., “Mother Nature”). Second, because pagans believe the spiritual permeates the natural (i.e., earth, wind, fire and water), they attempt to visualize this “union” by making idols out of the elements they believe the spirits inhabit. (See Isaiah 44:12-17; Jeremiah 10:1-16.). Thus, particles are possessed of powers. And third, knowing that “Mother Nature,” beautiful seductress that she may be, possesses a mean streak and can suddenly turn nasty, how do pagans attempt to mollify her so she will not turn against them? Fearfully, they sacrifice and pray to the gods in an attempt to manipulate the elements and mollify the spirits to be kindly disposed toward them (See 1 Kings 18:20-29.). This is what develops when primitive people do not accept that the Creator created the universe (Jeremiah 10:10-16).
[19] Though in the universe God is Omni-present (Jeremiah 23:24), He is not omni-permeant. Pantheistically or panentheistically, God’s Soul does not permeate matter because out of nothing He created it separate from Himself. As the eternally pre-existent and Holy One, God did not fuse His being into the matter He created (as asserted by process theology). In “the day of the Lord” when God will destroy the present created order (2 Peter 3:7, 10), and assuming that nature is infused of God, what’s God going to do, destroy Himself? If God is nature, then the present ecological crisis is hopeless. Also, that God permeates matter is the assumption of idolatry (See Isaiah 40:18-22.). In worshipping God, the distinction between the Creator and the creation/creature must ever be maintained (See Revelation 4:10-11; Romans 1:19-23.) If that distinction is violated, then as idolaters materialize their deities, so-called “worship” becomes idolatry (See Exodus 32:1-6.).
[20] Glenn Alexander Magee, Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2001): 13.
[21] Ibid.


This article used with permission of the author. The original is published at http://guardinghisflock.com/2014/11/10/the-physics-of-heaven-3/#more-2803


*In recent years Herescope posted many articles about the co-mingling of the New Age Movement with the New Apostolic Reformation. Of note is that one key area in which they are merging is Quantum Mysticism, the integration of Quantum Physics with Quantum Spirituality, which is creating an entirely new hybrid eschatology. Below is just one of many article series on this topic:

Part 1: QUANTUM MYSTICISM IN THE CHURCH
Part 2: COSMIC CRYPTOLOGY IN THE CHURCH
Part 3: The Emerging ENIGMA Bible
Part 4: False Eschatology Arising!
Part 5: Quantum Teleporting Through Time
Part 6: Quantum Geomancy and Cryptic Mystic Math
Part 7: Quantum Prophecy
Part 8: A Quantum Cosmic Christ

Part 9: Quantum Mysticism Goes to Market