Monday, December 28, 2009

Revelations Introduction (Part IV)

By Odon Bulamba (2nd Feb 01)

There was a ceremony in the Bible and this unfortunate king used God's cups for his service. He used the cups that was for God's use, and the Bible says when they were using them they saw a hand manifested. This hand began to write on the wall: MENE, MENE, THEKEL, PERES.

Ministers and Kings saw this handwriting but couldn’t understand its message. In order to understand the word of God you need the Holy Spirit. If you only rely on your own knowledge to understand what is written you will be confused. These people were educated but they still struggled to understand its meaning. Maybe the wise men said this is all but new for us. If they were wise they would think, what is this hand and where did it come from? If they knew whose hand it was maybe they would know what was written. The one who explained the meaning was to receive a healthy reward.

This is happening in the church today. Pastors say that the book of Revelation is hard to understand but when they are given money the Pastor will make his own interpretation. Odon scratches his head, "if I can write this book the way they want it my bank account will be full”. Chapter 1. What can I say about the island of Patmos? Where is it on the map? I will say that this geographical line represents Jesus and the island of Patmos is the church”. When people see that you are making a lot of money through interpreting the book of Revelation they will compete against you, and this is not good. Don’t trade with God's Word. If you have received freely then you must give freely.

So why do you want to sell God's Word? I know a brother who had lots of money and in the last second of his life God said to him, "You must die”. The very first thing he thought about was his money, "What shall I do with my money"? He forgot about his family and thought only about his money. It was hard for this man. So he died indeed but his money remained. Those who sell God's Word for money will reap a serious consequence, so what good is money when you are 6 feet under? They stumble because the Bible says do not sell God's Word but they do it. So woe to this church or us Christians because now is the time that God's hand must touch everybody.

Now is the time for each Christian to open his heart and think what time it is? As the Son of God did on the cross He said, "Father this is the time, take my Spirit”. It was time for Jesus to leave His body. As for you and me when is the time to leave this earth and meet Jesus? We are going to speak about Revelation then revert to Daniel so we will know what time we are living. I am not here to fight against servants of God but I am here to speak the truth. Jesus Himself was called Beelzebub when He was speaking. I am not here to abuse anyone's name but I give what I have. Reject what you think is no good. Search the Bible and ask God to help you understand and He will reveal things to you. If you find something is wrong don't hesitate to come and see me. And if you don't believe me just kneel down and ask your Creator. He is not mute. He will speak to you. To conclude we will look at 2 Timothy 3:1-6

1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts.

These are the signs to know that the end of times is near. Timothy was a Pastor and his message came to him from God for the church and not for pagans. He gave this message for the end of times. Observe in your church to see if this is being fulfilled or not and you will see that Christians are more haughty than non-Christians. They are more selfish. As it is written in v.5, they will keep the outside appearance of our faith. On the outside they say they are Christians but deep in their hearts they have rejected the power of God. This is a danger in today's church. When you go home meditate on your church life and those you have visited and meditate on Christian life. Wherever you go meditate on your own life to see if you have all this.

It is now time to leave like the Egyptians who accepted to follow the Israelites. The crowd must not carry us away because the wide road always leads to destruction. As for us Christians let's pray to God and ask Him to see what is happening in the church today. It is not for nothing we left where we were and my brother can testify that we were working in Congo for God but God had another plan. So we must work according to God's will and not our own will. Once again I am not here to tell you to leave your church. As many leaders say, "He is a member of my church and these are my Christians”. So have you created them Pastor? Do they belong to you? They are God's Christians not yours.

We also must know that Pharaoh cannot mistreat us anymore. We are not at that stage to be whipped to do hard work in order to make what is outside more beautiful, but we must work for what is inside. When you meet a Christian along the way in Kenya he will greet you and say, "My name is Odon, I was saved this morning and I am going to heaven”. How many times have you been saved? What does it mean to be saved? So you will see this is a problem for Christians. They memorize things like parrots. Instead of fighting against the Devil we fight against each other (denominations). We are losers right from the beginning. The Devil is just watching us fight against each other and to those who are left he will eventually destroy.

Some servants of God always ask their Christians, where did you go last Sunday? “Oh Pastor I went to another church”, “No, no, no, don't go there this is the Devil's church and the power of God is not there, the power of God is here”. But who told you that God’s power is in your church Pastor? Who gave you the revelation? Who are you to judge God's church? Be very careful. This is how the Devil plays with the church of God and us. With little things he lays down foundations and now there is hate among Christians.

A Christian told me one day that I couldn’t teach them anything because we use to pray under trees. So I said to him, "I am going to teach you what you don't know and what I've learnt under that tree. I will teach you that Jonah saw how important a tree was, I want to teach you this because what I have received I must give”. Then he said, "No, because you are an African this is hard for me, what you are doing is discrimination and all you speak is just Africanise and not the word of God”. The church of God is not a country or race but altogether we are one in Jesus, altogether we are the body of Christ. What race was Jesus from?” Some people say He was a white man, some people say he was black. Some say Jesus Christ was black because they found the roots of humanity in Tanzania. They found bones millions of years old and said that because it is in Tanzania that the first bones have been found, Adam was there, and because God created man in His image, God is black. What confusion. If you go to Asia they will tell you stories as well, so you will see what Christians think about and end up disturbing their own mind instead of thinking of what is essential. You can do everything you want except doing what is essential.

When He came for the Jews the Jews said, “we are waiting for the Lord, time has come for Isaiah prophesied that after a time the Messiah would be here”.
Jesus came and they didn’t even know He was the Messiah. This is what we live today, God is among us but we don't even know it. Time is at the end but we don't even know what is happening. We are distracted and distraction is everything we live. The distraction in the church is what we call denominations, taking away parts of the Bible and adding other parts. And the Bible says that if one member of the body suffers the whole body is affected. If I have a headache my hand will make an effort to reach for the pills and put it in my mouth, and maybe the other hand will make an effort to get water. Then the stomach will receive it and what will treat the head goes through the stomach. Can you understand this? To say that God's people are people that must work in unity. You might have a problem with your head but your stomach will treat the head. This is how we live in confusion. Things are clear before our eyes but we don't want to practice them. We want to divide ourselves and each one wants his own share but we forget that God has put everything together.

Let's pray now for the church of God; let's pray that God will help us understand the time we are now living. May each one pray for his own life and family's life and the life of the whole church on this earth.

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