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the Beast's strength is he knows yours
by Christopher Jenyns
04/11/09
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Peace to you in our Lord Jesus Christ, here are three lessons:

The false prophet: he was like you. He believed because in belief he was greater than death. But then he saw death meant nothing to Christ and he turned his back. Three times he turned his back, so that once, always once, you would see him facing forward. Three times he has turned, but even once more he cannot.

The beast: he was like you. He had faith because in faith he would be free. But then he saw that Christ cared not for his own freedom and he was afraid for all Christ's strength. But he did not stop with one strength, he lusted after all Christ's strengths (even yours), so that once, only once, would he appear weak. All strengths he has lusted for, but even once more in strength he cannot (I warn you, do not pretend you are stronger - I am talking about true strength, not just any strength - you have been cautioned).

The Devil: he was like you. He had a work because in working he would feel good. But then he gave up because God said "Now learn of Christ" and it was hard. But he did not turn his back on learning of Christ completely and learned it in a sinful way, so that once, only once, would he _not_ appear weak. Everything of Christ he rejected, but even once more of that thing (that the Christ was as the world to God) he cannot resist (try to resist being conceited in this - I myself find it hard - you have been cautioned).

So, you have learned three lessons. Here is one more:

I... I was like you. I was a sinner and I kept to myself because I thought I had spirit and I did not imagine my spirit would fail me... until I didn't even imagine that I had a spirit. But I did not give up the spirit before I had taken every last thing I could imagine from God and so much so that even before I became a Christian, I knew that I could continue to _"rob"_ God even after I became a Christian. Everything of Christ I possess, but... if I do not fear God... not even one more thing of Christ do I desire (do not panic, I fear God as much as He makes possible, which is infinitely enough and He does the same for you - nevertheless, you have been warned). Not one more thing of Christ would I desire without the fear of God (there, I have told you twice).

Heed the three warnings you have heard. There is a fourth. These three lessons and the fourth are a picture of a crucifiction: the crucifiction of innocence (in which I was a "Judas" like you). The center and the right of this set of crosses came with a warning - conceit about strength and conceit in general. So also my testimony to Christ, not mentioning His blood, came with a warning (as you now see, a warning that was inadequate). SO ALSO there is a warning about the false prophet.... do not be conceited that you have avoided him...

when your brother goes hungry...
when your family goes naked...
when your sons go senseless but it means nothing to you...
when you avoid trouble...

when the world owes you a debt...

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED(!).

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Don Beers 11 Apr 2009
Jesus never spoke above the 5th grade level, but with all due respect, it is my guess that this article will mean very little to all except you. I'd rewrite in a way that even a child could understand it...after all, the scriptures tell us to "become as children" and you do well to remember that it is children to whom you need to be writing. I appreciate the fact that you feel the need to warn us of some unavoidable doom, but if you don't communicate in a way we understand, then your warning can only fall on deaf ears.




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