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 No Compromise on the Campaign Trail
 

George knew running for Governor would be challenging to His Christian witness, but he never knew it could cost him the election. George found himself in an uncomfortable issue of conscience. Will he serve the Lord in integrity or compromise so he can win the election? Read Georges story here:

The Lord had called George to run for, Governor of Iowa, but George knew that he was supposed to run a campaign of integrity not compromising any of his biblical principles on any issue.  Now, he was in a situation that either he had to compromise his conservative stand against abortion or lose the backing of the states most powerful Senator. Senator Nelsons backing of any candidate meant that candidate would win the election as the next Governor of Iowa. George was the leading contender in all the polls up to this point. Senator Nelson had asked for a meeting with George.

Senator Wilson began, George I want to give you my full backing in this upcoming election. There is one thorn in my side stopping me from giving that nod to you. Senator what is the obstacle? You have actively campaigned against abortion in any form since you announced you were running for Governor. Yes I have Senator because being a Christian I believe in the sanctity of life; every baby not born (no matter what stage of development) is a living, breathing person who has the right to live. Well, George I think as long as the fetus is still in the womb, its not defined as a life. Furthermore the mother has the right to determine if the baby should live or not. Georges very handsome features turned beat red as he attempted to check his anger.

George if you want my support for your campaign change your position on abortion from pro-life to pro-abortion! George could not believe he was hearing this. His bushy eyebrows furrowed as his icy, blue eyes stared at the Senator in utter indignation. Are you going to let this issue of conscience cost you being elected Governor?

I will do everything in my power to get you elected if you honor my wishes and change your stance on this sensitive issue of abortion. Senator do you know what you are asking me to do? Yes, just acknowledge that you were wrong about being against abortion and say you are in favor of it after all.  No, Senator it goes much deeper than that. You are asking me to violate one of my core beliefs that abortion is wrong. You are telling me to compromise my witness before the Lord.  Well I would not go that far George. Senator this is how I read your proposal: Either I agree with your thinking on abortion or you will not give me your endorsement. If I do not get your support, I will lose the election. You hit the nail on the head George.  You know Senator; I will not compromise my belief on abortion being evil and wrong. So you can forget giving your support to my campaign. I will lose the race for Governor before I will change my position on abortion being right. I will never agree that abortion is right. God and only God, the Giver of Life, decides who lives or dies. Senator our meeting is over. It sure is George! You would have made such a fine Governor to.

 

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24

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 50 Proofs Muhammad is the Antichrist
 

To: Everyone who wants to know the truth about the Antichrist.
From: Richard Nata

Shalom.

I was an author who knows a lot about the Scriptures.
Please read my article (2841 words) that relate to my books entitle "100 + Proofs Muhammad is the Antichrist."
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50 Proofs Muhammad is the Antichrist.

This article will change the way you see the Antichrist. Because  we can recognize the Antichrist through their characteristics.

Millions of people are happy to discuss the end of time. This is because basically humans have the nature of curiosity. The curiosity that led to many articles, books and films specially made to discuss the issue of the end of time. Many of which became the best sellers. 

Important figures at the end of time
Important figures must exist before the world ends. Because the world will not end before they came.List of important figures that will appear before the Day of Judgment:
1. Jesus shall come in glory (Matthew 16:27, 19:28, 24:30, 25:31, Mark 8:38, 13:26, Luke 9:26, 21:27) because Jesus came down from heaven accompanied by His angels. Twice Jesus came into the world. The first time two thousand years ago as the Savior of the world (John 4:42, 1 John 4:14), which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29). The second coming is as the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14, 19:16).
2. The spirit of truth (1 John 4:6).
3. God's angels.
4. The devil / Satan / dragon (Revelation 12:1-9, 13-18, 13:1-4, 16:13-14, 20:1-10).
5. Beelzebub, the prince of the devils (Matthew 10:25, 12:24-27, Mark 3:22, Luke 11:15, 18-19). 
6. The unclean spirits (Revelation 16:13).
7. The spirits of devils (Revelation 16:14).
8. The seducing spirits (1 Timothy 4:1).
9. The god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4).
10. The spirit of error (1 John 4:6).
11. The spirit of antichrist (1 John 4:3). 
12. Antichrist (1 John 2:18, 22, 1 John 4:3, 2 John 1:7). Twice Antichrist comes into the world. The first time one thousand four hundred years ago as a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honors of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries (Daniel 11:21). He was also a false Savior. The second time Antichrist coming up out of the earth (Revelation 13:11), shall ascend out of the bottomless pit (Revelation 11:7, 17:8), and Hell followed with him (Revelation 6:8) as the eighth kings (Revelation 17:11), the prince of this world (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11), the ruler of the world that is cruel and evil (Revelation 13:11-18). For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved (Matthew 24:21-22, Mark 13:19-20). He shall speak [great] words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High (Daniel 7:25), who make war against two witnesses and kill them (Revelation 11:3-7), stand up against the Prince of princes (Daniel 8:25), make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings (Revelation 17:14, 19:19-21), made war with the saints, and prevailed against them (Daniel 7:21).
13. The children of the devil (1 John 3:10).
14. The messenger of Satan (2 Corinthians 12:7).
15. The man of sin (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
16. A deceiver (2 John 1:7).
17. A liar (1 John 2:22).
18. Abomination of desolation (Matthew 24:15, Mark 13:14).
19. The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition (Revelation 11:7, 17:8), the beast is himself also the eighth king, and is one of the seven, and is going to perdition (Revelation 17:11).
20. The Beast rises up out of the sea (Revelation 13:1, 15, 14:9).
21. The Beast coming up out of the earth (Revelation 13:11).
22. A king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences (Daniel 8:23). He had eyes, and a mouth that spoke very great things (Daniel 7:8, 20). He shall subdue three kings. (Daniel 7:24). He changes times and laws (Daniel 7:25). He will rise up against the Prince of princes (Daniel 8:25). he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate (Daniel 9:27). His arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily [sacrifice,] and they shall place the abomination that make desolate (Daniel 11:31). And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt him, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the strongest holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge [and] increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain (Daniel 11:36-39).
23. False Christs (Matthew 24:24, Mark 13:22).
24. For many shall come in Jesus name (Matthew 24:5, Mark 13:6, Luke 21:8).
25. Another Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:4).
26. False prophets (Matthew 7:15, 24:11, 24, Mark 13:22, 1 John 4:1, 4, Revelation 16:13, 19:20, 20:10).
27. False apostles (2 Corinthians 11:13).
28. False teachers (2 Peter 2:1, 3, 17).
29. MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH (Revelation 17:5).
30. Two witnesses of God (Revelation 11:1-12).

You certainly do not believe that the number of 12-28 are prophecies that fulfilled by the Antichrist. :)

The Antichrist
If we discuss the issue of the end of times, we must discuss the issue of the Antichrist. Because the antichrist should show up and rule the world in advance before the Apocalypse. Many world figures in the past, now and in the future has been accused of being the Antichrist. Nimrod, Emperor Nero, Muhammad, Hitler, Napoleon, the Pope and Obama are some examples of names that have been accused of being the Antichrist. Almost all of the allegations proved to be wrong.

I do not want to arbitrarily accuse someone as ANTICHRIST. I prepare arguments carefully so that after reading and studying carefully then you will agree to my view. 

Let's start first what it means in terms of language ANTICHRIST. The word "Antichrist" comes from the language of Greece, namely the "ANTIKHRISTOS."The word "antiKhristos" combines of the two words, namely: ???? (anti) + ??????? (Khristos). ANTI means "AGAINST" or "OPPOSITE OF" or "REPLACEMENT" or "TAKE THE OTHERS."KHRISTOS means Christ. So antichrist means AGAINST CHRIST, OPPOSITE OF CHRIST, REPLACE CHRIST, or TAKE PLACE OF CHRIST.

Antichrist = Christ replacement, or take the place of Christ.

Basically the antichrist is the imitation of Christ.

Everything can be said to be imitations if have much in common, although many differences. They both look similar but not the same. They both look similar but different qualities.

Jesus and Muhammad
If we are honest, we must admit that when talking about the end of times, we must look to Jesus and Muhammad, two great figures of this world. Why is that? Because all people, nations, and languages, should serve them. Jesus had followers around two billion people while Muhammad had followers around one and a half billion people. You will never find anyone else in histories that have affected humanity as Jesus Christ and the Prophet Muhammad. 

Christ means the Savior aka Messiah aka Al-Maseeh.

Although Muhammad never claimed to be a Savior, but as we all know that without the existence of Muhammad then there is no salvation in Islam.

Most prophecies in the Bible is about Jesus and the second most prophecy is about false prophets, false apostles, false messiahs, false Christ are fulfilled by Muhammad.

Jesus or Muhammad, they both look similar but not the same. You'll be surprised if you see there are so many similarities between them.

Now we see imitation of what is being done by Muhammad.
1. Many prophecies in the Bible were fulfilled by Jesus. Muhammad was too.
2. Jesus has many titles or positions. Muhammad was too.
3. Jesus is the Amen, the faithful and true witness (Revelation 3:14). Muhammad was known as al-Ameen, meaning "Muhammad the Trustworthy."
4. Jesus is Alpha (Revelation 1:8, 11, 22:13), the beginning (Revelation 1:8, 22:13), the first (Revelation 1:11, 17, 2:8, 22:13). Muhammad was al-fatih, "the opener."
5. Jesus is Omega (Revelation 1:8, 11, 22:13), the ending (Revelation 1:8, 22:13), the last (Revelation 1:11, 17, 2:8, 22:13). Muhammad was Khatim an-Nabiyin, the seal of the prophets (Surah al-Ahzab: 40), the last prophet, the final prophet and Khatamur rusli (the seal of the Apostles), the last messenger, the final messenger.
6. Jesus existed before the world was created. Nur Muhammad was too.
7. Jesus is the beginning of the creation of God (Proverbs 8:22-23, Revelation 3:14), the firstborn of every creature (Colossians 1:15). And he is before all things and he is before all things (Colossians 1:17). Nur Muhammad was too.
8. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). In the beginning Allah created the light of its own light. The light is Nur Muhammad.
9. Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). Jesus is the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of Yahweh (Hebrews 1:3). And he is before all things, and by him all things consist (Colossians 1:17). On the first day God created light (Genesis 1: 3-5). In the beginning Allah created the light of its own light. The light is Nur Muhammad. 
10. The universe was created by Jesus (John 1:3, 10, Colossians 1:15-17, Hebrews 1:2-3). Allah created all things by Nur Muhammad.
11. Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12), great light (Isaiah 9:2, Matthew 4:16). Muhammad is an-Nur (the light personified).
12. Jesus (the Lamb) is "the light thereof" (Revelation 3:14). Muhammad is as-Siraj-un-Munir (the light-giving lamp). 
13. Yahweh and Jesus are one (John 10:30). Allah and Muhammad is unity. Shahada and more than 70 passages from the Koran show it.
14. Jesus is the begotten Son of Yahweh (John 1:14, 18, 3:16, 18, 1 John 4:9). Muhammad was the only son of Abdullah ibn Abdul-Muttalib and Aminah.
15. Jesus is the son beloved by Yahweh (Matthew 3:17, 17:5, Mark 1:11, 9:7, Luke 3:22). Muhammad is the beloved of Allah.
16. Yahweh is witness of Jesus. Allah is witness of Muhammad.
17. The Christians are witnesses of Jesus. Muslims are witnesses of Muhammad.
18. Jesus's followers or Christians are those who acknowledge Jesus as Lord and personal Savior. Muhammad's followers or Muslims are those who acknowledge Muhammad as a messenger of Allah.
19. Jesus is the Word who became flesh. Muhammad was nur Muhammad who had become a man.
20. Meaning of the name of Jesus is Yahweh saves. Meaning of the name Muhammad is the most praised one.
21. John (17:3) Jesus said, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." The Shahada, "There is no god but God and Muhammad is the prophet of Allah."
22. The angels of God ascending and descending upon Jesus (John 1:51).The Angel Jibrail down up to conveys the revelation to Muhammad.
23. Jesus taught to pray in the name of Jesus. Prophet Muhammad taught for "salawat (plural of salat) the Prophet Muhammad. 
24. Jesus is KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS (Revelation 19:16). Muhammad is the king.
25. Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Muhammad is the king of terror.
26. Jesus is the captain of the host of the LORD (Joshua 5:14). Muhammad was a warlord. 
27. Jesus fought in the last days (Revelation 19:11-16). Muhammad was too as imam al Mahdi aka false messiah (Daniel 8:25).
28. Jesus fought against the Antichrist. Imam al Mahdi Muhammad fought against Dajjal.
29. Jesus is the prophet. Muhammad was the prophet (an-nabi) too.
30. Jesus is the Apostle. Muhammad was the Apostle too. 
31. Jesus had 12 disciples called as the apostles. Muhammad has 12 squad leaders. 
32. Jesus is a master. Muhammad was too.
33. Jesus is a Teacher. Muhammad was too.
34. Jesus is the messenger of Yahweh. Muhammad was the messenger of Allah.
35. Jesus is the savior of the world (John 4:42, 1 John 4:14). Muhammad prayer could save Muslims as it passes through the bridge Sirat-Al-Mustaqim.
36. Jesus is the final judge when a court in the Day of Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46). Muhammad was a judge in Medina which handles disputes between Arabs by Jews.
37. Jesus is the High Priest (Hebrews 2:17, 3:1, 4:15, 5:1, 5, 10, 6:20, 7:11, 26-28, 8:1-3, 9:11, 10:21, 13:11), the Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14). Muhammad was the Imam Mosque.
38. Jesus is the Servant of the Lord (Isaiah 50:4-6) suffering (Isaiah 53:13-53:12). Muhammad was 'Abd-Allah' means "servant of Allah."
39. Jesus was the first begotten of the dead (Revelation 1:5). Muhammad was the first to be resurrected on the day of judgement.
40. Yahweh gives power as kings to Jesus (Daniel 7:14). God/Satan/dragon gave his throne and great authority to the beast/Antichrist/Muhammad (Revelation 13: 4), so Muhammad called Shahibut-taj (which had a crown of glory).
41. All power in heaven and earth is given to Jesus (Matthew 28:19, John 3:35). Muhammad was Sayyidu kawnayn (leader of the world and the hereafter).
42. Jesus was transfigured in the presence of God before the world was (John 1:14, 17:5), on the mountain (Matthew 17:1-5, Mark 9:1-8, Luke 9:29-36). Muhammad was glorified Allah (Hafiyy).
43. Luminous face of Jesus (Matthew 17:2, Mark 9:1-8, Luke 9:29). Muhammad was too.
44. At the time Jesus was on the mountain together with Peter, James and John, Jesus then meet and converse with Moses and Elijah, then there came a bright cloud overshadowed them (Matthew 17: 1-5; Mark 2: 7, Luke 9: 28-35). When Muhammad was 12 years old, he asked his Uncle Abu Talib trade to the country Syria, in the course of it he is always shaded white clouds and then met a Nestorian Christian monk named Bahira.
45. Jesus is the rock (Matthew 16:18, 1 Corinthians 10: 4), the cornerstone (Psalm 118: 22, Isaiah 28:16, Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10, Luke 20:17, Acts 4: 11, Ephesians 2:20, 1 Peter 2: 6-7). Muhammad is the last brick.
46. Jesus is the good shepherd (John 10:11). Muhammad is a goatherd who was sent.
47. I am (Jesus) the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep (John 10:11). Muhammad is a hired goatherd (John 10:12).
48. Jesus was sent to the Israelites. Muhammad was sent to the Arabs.
49. Jews wanted to kill Jesus. Arabs want to kill Muhammad.
50. Jesus commanded to spread the gospel throughout the world (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15, 20). Allah and Muhammad ordered to Islamize the world.

Conclusion
Now let us think to use common sense. Is it possible coincidence that there are so many similarities between Jesus and Muhammad? Of course it's not likely to happen. That there is Muhammad deliberately made him to be like Jesus. So Muhammad knows many stories about Jesus. Then he acts as if he is Jesus. He wanted to equate himself with Jesus even beyond Jesus. That the characteristics of the antichrist. 

Therefore Muhammad fulfilled prophecy below.
1 John {2:18} little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. {2:19} they went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would [no doubt] have continued with us: but [they went out,] that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

After seeing the similarities that exist between Jesus and Muhammad, the author dared to say that "there is no Antichrist besides Muhammad." Because you may not be able to rebut the 50 proofs gave in this article.

If you can refute some proof that the author provide then it will not make the author is wrong in taking the conclusion. Because the author still has dozens of other evidence that has not been the author entered as evidence in this article.

And if you do not agree with the conclusions of the author then you are deceiving yourself.

Resource:http://richardnata.blogspot.co.id/2015/10/50-proofs-muhammad-is-antichrist_95.html


Thank you.

Lord Jesus bless you.
Amen.

Regards,


Richard Nata
P.S. The author still save dozens of evidence because the author is planning to make a book entitle 100 + Proofs Muhammad is the Antichrist  which is the development of this article. 

P.P.S. Currently the evidence that I gave already more than 100 proofs. And this evidence will continue to grow because I have not finished the book. Estimated completion 3-6 months.

P.P.P.S. Any financial support and prayers from you can save Muslims from Islam. In addition to saving the lost souls of muslims, you also help save the lives of your own. :)

P.P.P.P.S. There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth (Luke 15:10).

Resource:http://richardnata.blogspot.co.id/2015/10/50-proofs-muhammad-is-antichrist_95.html

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 Speaking In Tongues - A Sign
 

“Tongues then are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers” (1 Cor. 14:22).

It’s commonly believed that speaking in tongues is a private prayer language but that idea is read into the text. Not a single verse states that tongues is for private prayer, however, 1 Cor. 14:21-22 clearly say that speaking in tongues was a sign. In 1 Cor. 14:21, God said, “through men of strange tongues … I will speak to this people. This is a quote from Isa. 28:11-14 in which God said that through “foreign lips and strange tongues” He was going to speak to, that is judge, “this people in Jerusalem”. Then 1 Cor. 14:22 continues on to say, “Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers. From this we can see that speaking in tongues was a sign of judgement for “this people”, the unbelieving Jews who had rejected their Messiah. That judgement came in 70AD when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem.

Foreign languages were first used as a sign of judgement against the people who were building the tower of Babel. Gen. 11:1-9 tell us that, because they refused to spread throughout the world, God confused their languages and scattered them over the face of the earth.

Next, in Deu. 28, after God promised Israel that He would bless them if they were obedient, He said that if they were disobedient He would bring against them “a nation whose language you will not understand” (v.49). So, just as foreign languages were used as judgment against a disobedient people at Babel, they would be used as a sign of judgment against Israel if they were disobedient.

The Old Testament shows tongues being used as a sign of judgement against Israel on two occasions.
1) In Isa. 28:11-14, Isaiah prophesied that the Assyrians, a people “with foreign lips and strange tongues”, would be God's instrument of judgment against Israel.
2) In Jer. 5:15-17, Jeremiah prophesied that the Babylonians, “a people whose language you do not know, whose speech you do not understand”, would be God's instrument of judgment against Judah.

Both of these prophecies were fulfilled confirming tongues as a sign of judgement.

Moving on to the New Testament, 1 Cor. 1:22 says that Jews demanded signs.

  • In John 20:30-31 we are told that Jesus did signs in the presence of His Jewish disciples to prove that He was the Christ, the Messiah, and eternal life was in His name.
  • Then Heb. 2:2-4 tell us that God used signs to bear witness to salvation through Jesus.

Speaking in tongues was a sign to the Jews that salvation was in Jesus, the One they crucified. There are three mentions of tongues in Acts and on each occasion Jews were present and people believed in Jesus.  

Looking at the three events in Acts, we see -
(a) In Acts 2, the Jews were amazed to hear God being praised in foreign languages and three thousand were cut to the heart and believed when they heard they had crucified their Lord and Christ (Act 2:36-41).
(b) In Acts 10-11, at Cornelius’ house, Peter and the other Jews who had come with him were astonished when the Gentiles believed in Jesus and spoke in tongues (Acts 10:43-47).
(c) In Acts 19:1-7, twelve Jewish disciples of John the Baptist spoke in tongues after they had believed and were baptised in Jesus’ name.


In all three passages, Jews were the target of the sign of speaking in tongues and each time it pointed to belief in Jesus so it is obvious that tongues were a sign to the Jews that salvation, even for the Gentiles, was in the One they had crucified – and they would be severely judged for it.

In Matt. 24:1-2, Jesus spoke of judgement saying that the Temple would be destroyed. It was further prophesied about in 1 Cor. 14:21-22 which say that through “men of strange tongues” God would speak to “this people” and it would be a sign to them. As already said, this quote comes from Isa. 28:11-14 and this connection to previous judgement against Israel makes it obvious that speaking in tongues was a sign of future judgement against them for crucifying their Messiah. Judgement came when God used the Roman army, a “men of strange tongues”, to destroy Jerusalem. The sign of speaking in tongues was not likely needed beyond that point because tongues had served their purpose – judgement had come.

Finally, many believe that speaking in tongues is for private use despite 1 Cor. 12:7 and 1 Pet. 4:10 saying that all gifts are for serving others, for the common good. There is no suggestion of tongues being for private use but, as shown in this article, the Bible tells us that speaking in tongues was a sign of judgement against Israel. When Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, about 55AD, he said not to forbid speaking in tongues and this was simply because tongues were still being used as a sign to the Jews but once judgement came, in 70AD, the sign had served its purpose and the gift of tongues ceased. Many ignore the clearly stated purpose of speaking in tongues and force fit a ‘private prayer language’ into the text, at the expense of sound interpretation. Amen.


The following books on the cessation of Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge are free to download.

All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/allaboutspeakingintongues.pdf

Sola Scriptura – very good, author unknown -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tongues_solascriptura.pdf

The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the 1960s -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tonguesbywgbroadbent.pdf

Other free books and articles -
http://www.christianissues.biz/tongues.html

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 Speaking In Tongues And Face To Face
 

Speaking In Tongues And Face To Face
What does face to face mean in 1 Cor. 13:12?

Regarding 1 Cor. 13:12 and the term "face to face", in Ex. 33:11 we are told that God talked to Moses "face to face, as a man speaks with a friend". We know this is figurative language because Ex. 33:20 tells us that Moses did not actually see God’s face. The same thing happens to us today when God speaks to us through His Word. Heb. 4:12 tells us that the Bible is living and active and that it judges the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts. As we read the Bible, even though we don’t see God’s face, we feel and know that we have personally come "face to face" with Him.

To understand 1 Cor. 13:12, we first need to look at James 1:21-25 and 2 Cor. 3:18.
i) James 1:21-25 liken reading the Bible to looking into a mirror. Just as a mirror reflects our physical condition, the Bible reflects our spiritual condition – a mirror is being used as a symbol for the Bible.
ii) James 1:21-25 refer to the Bible as "the perfect law that gives freedom" and, in the next paragraph, there is a link to a PDF showing that "the perfect" in 1 Cor. 13:9-10 is speaking about the Bible also.
iii) 2 Cor. 3:18 also speaks figuratively about looking into a mirror (the Bible) and being changed into Jesus’ image. The Holy Spirit changes us from glory to glory as we continue to look into the Bible.

This tells us that Mirror = the Perfect = the Bible.

1 Cor. 13:12 is a continuation of the discussion on the cessation of prophecy and knowledge and it uses figurative language similar to James 1:21-25 and 2 Cor. 3:18. It says, "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known". This verse speaks of "now" and "then" - "now" being the time when Paul was writing 1 Corinthians and "then" being the time when "the perfect" was to come. Therefore, our interpretation of this verse depends upon what "the perfect" is. In the following link, I show why I believe that the coming of "the perfect" refers to the time when God would give His final revelation for inclusion in the Bible, making it complete; this revelation being the book of Revelation -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/blogarticles/tonguesandtheperfect.pdf

The following interprets 1 Cor. 13:12 in the light of "the perfect" being the completed Bible -
"Now [with an incomplete Bible] we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror [prophecy was limited];
then [when we have the completed Bible] we shall see face to face [figuratively speaking].
Now [with an incomplete Bible] I know in part [because knowledge is in part];
then [when we have the completed Bible] I shall know fully, even as I am fully known".

Regarding "mirror", the polished metal mirrors used in Paul’s day gave a poor reflection. This speaks of the poorer understanding of things like our spiritual condition, Jesus’ sacrifice, End Times etc., that we get when we only read the Old Testament. But, just as today’s glass mirrors give a clear reflection, the New Testament gives us a clear, "face to face" understanding of God’s Will.

Knowing fully is not referring to knowing God fully as even in our eternal state we will not know Him fully or be all-knowing like He is. We will never be omniscient. Knowing fully simply means having a full knowledge of God’s Will, Plans and Purposes as revealed in "the perfect", complete Bible. Through the New Testament we can come to a much deeper knowledge of these things than through reading the Old Testament alone. God’s Will for man is fully known from the beginning to the end, from Genesis to Revelation. With this in mind, the verse is saying,

"Now [with an incomplete Bible] I know in part [because knowledge is in part];
then [when the completed Bible comes] I shall know [God’s Will] fully,
even as [that is, in the same manner as] I am fully known [by Him]".
[I will fully know God’s Will just as He fully knows me].

So, through the Bible, we can figuratively come face to face with God and as we continue to look into this spiritual mirror we will come to know His Will fully and be transformed into Jesus’ likeness, going from one degree of glory to another (2 Cor. 3:18).

The following books on the cessation of Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge are free to download.

All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/allaboutspeakingintongues.pdf

Sola Scriptura – very good, author unknown -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tongues_solascriptura.pdf

The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the 1960s -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tonguesbywgbroadbent.pdf

Other free books and articles -
http://www.christianissues.biz/tongues.html

This article can be downloaded as a PDF or an MP3 from -
http://www.christianissues.biz/downloads2.html

The video of “Speaking In Tongues And Face To Face” can be seen on YouTube at-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01FrXFi1OHA

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Mick Alexander
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Author Mick Alexander  Added On 11/19/2016
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 Speaking in Tongues and 1 Cor. 13:11
 

Regarding speaking in tongues, what is 1 Cor. 13:11 saying? The verse says, "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me". In this verse, the putting away of the so called childish ways of speaking, thinking and reasoning is parallel to the cessation of the gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge spoken of in 1 Cor. 13:8. The following points make this connection obvious -

I) 1 Cor. 13:11 is right in the middle of 1 Cor. 13:8-13 which is about the cessation of the three spiritual gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge.

II) In 1 Cor. 13:11, the word translated "put away" (G2673 - katargeo) is the same word that is used in 1 Cor. 13:8 where it talks about prophecy and knowledge ceasing. So, in saying "put away", Paul is talking about the cessation of speaking, thinking and reasoning.

III) Because verses 8 and 11 are both talking about the cessation of three things, it is obvious that speaking, thinking and reasoning are parallel to the gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge.
Speaking = tongues
Thinking = prophecy
Reasoning = knowledge

Therefore, 1 Cor. 13:11 is saying, "When I was a child, I talked like a child [tongues], I thought like a child [prophecy], I reasoned like a child [knowledge]. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me".

Paul figuratively refers to tongues, prophesy and knowledge as "childish ways" because they were for the infant church and were put away, ceased, as he became a man, that is, as the church matured. Tongues, being a sign of judgement (1 Cor. 14:21-22), ceased with the early church, some time after Jerusalems judgement in 70AD and God stopped giving biblical prophecy and knowledge to men when Revelation was written (around 96AD) because He had nothing further to add to His written Word.

Some suggest that 1 Cor. 13:11 is about abuse or love or moving on spiritually but the context of the verse rules these out. The verse is right in the middle of three chapters on spiritual gifts and, further still, it is firmly anchored in the middle of six verses which are talking about the cessation of tongues, prophecy and knowledge so the context is clearly about the cessation of the spiritual gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge and not about things like abuse, love or moving on spiritually.

Another suggestion is that becoming a man, in 1 Cor. 13:11, is talking about maturing when Jesus returns but this cannot be as, at the Rapture, we will not become a man but be totally transformed into spiritual beings, no longer even human (1 Cor. 15:50-53). Sudden change from a flesh and blood human being into an immortal, spiritual being can hardly be called maturing.

All this, I believe, shows that tongues, prophesy and knowledge ceased with the early church.

A final point for thought:
Some believe that, in 1 Cor. 13:9-10, the perfect is Jesus and that all gifts cease when He returns but this cant be true for two reasons:
I) the perfect is neuter gender, not masculine, so it cannot be referring to Jesus.
II) Even if the perfect was Jesus, 1 Cor. 13:9-10 say that only prophecy and knowledge cease at the coming of the perfect, not all the gifts.
The following books on the cessation of tongues, prophecy and knowledge are free to download -

All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/allaboutspeakingintongues.pdf

Sola Scriptura very good, author unknown -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tongues_solascriptura.pdf

The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the 1960s -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tonguesbywgbroadbent.pdf

Other books and articles -
http://www.christianissues.biz/tongues.html


This article can be downloaded as a PDF or an MP3 from -
http://www.christianissues.biz/downloads2.html


Mick Alexander
leeandmick@gmail.com
http://www.ChristianIssues.biz

Author Mick Alexander  Added On 08/11/2016
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