Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Old Women

I was outside the church door sitting at a picnic table with friends. We were laughing and joking. I felt close to them and felt free. I could hear in the distance thunder but I just ignored it since it seemed far away. Suddenly a thunderbolt cracked close by. We jumped up and someone suggested we go into the church to be safe. I turned the chrome handle of the brown steel doors and walked inside. An old woman in a wheelchair sat before me. She was dressed in an old Victorian dress with a high collar, something like the Queen of England would have worn in the 1600s. It was black, like something one would wear at a funeral. Her eyes were black and vacant. The hair started to stand up on the back of my neck. I knew she was dead and somehow she could still move her limbs. Everything in me wanted to run as fast as I could out that door. She had several people standing around her in a circle. Men, in finely dressed suits attended her. Some were on their knees worshipping her. Proud and arrogant men served her and placed things she asked for in her hands. These men are the elite people that service this dead woman. I became sick to my stomach, realizing this was a demon of great power, which had occupied a dead body and was pretending to be real.

It was clear in this dream that this woman was the false church. The church today is nothing but an empty shell of what Jesus had built in the beginning.
A great delusion had fallen on God’s people and they seemed worse than the non-Christians. I began to pray and ask God about the false church. Little by little, He revealed more and more to me. I was on a quest to discover the truth. Although He gave me so much information, it could fill another book. He also gave me a nutshell version that was easy to understand.
The true church is only ever a people. It is never a building, an institution, a denomination or even a doctrine. All of those other things were the false church.
It was then that God began to unfold my understanding of the story of the prodigal son. I had always thought that the story was about a singular individual but never once did I look at it in this light until God brought my attention. When God spoke to me He even gave it a new title and called it "My two sons".
As the story goes there was this wealthy farmer who had two sons. Both sons at one time had been working in the fields. One of the sons decided he had enough of this life and wanted to experience the world. He asked his father for his inheritance now instead of waiting. It was then I saw this was the prosperity church. It was the prodigal son that didn’t want to wait until he got to heaven to receive his inheritance but wanted it now, here on earth instead. They no longer did the work of the gospel anymore but instead lusted after the things of the world and cried out to God for even more. He granted their request and gave them what they wanted. The Father also knew they would never be satisfied with the things of the world and eventually it would all come to nothing. He knew the money would run out (economic collapse) and the prodigal church would come running back.
It all made perfect sense now. Even the second son who stayed behind and did the work made sense. The true church stayed behind and fed the homeless, provided for the widows and the orphans and brought many into the kingdom. This is the church that will one day be jealous that God welcomed back the prosperity church after their great falling away. When all the money runs out and they lose all of their things, are starving and dining with the pigs, the father will welcome them, but the jealous son may not.
2TI 3:1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-- 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
1TI 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

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