ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
By way of Introduction:
April 1, 2006
On The Verge - Of Three And One Half Years
The body of
the newsletter this month is by Bro. Cal Werner of Edmonton, Canada. Cal
represents a growing number of men and women who search the scripture for
themselves, who follow the Spirit and are not dependant on some minister or
ministry to think for them. Cal, like many others, has something valid to
contribute to the body of Christ only to find few avenues for expression. Just
as retired military officer, Jim McCants, will contribute to the May l, 2006
newsletter, so Cal is contributing to this month's edition. May both offerings be
wholly acceptable unto the Lord.
ON THE VERGE - OF THREE AND ONE HALF YEARS
history approaches another appointed time in the assignations of the Most High,
earth orbits inexorably and its inhabitants travel relentlessly towards His Day.
Because the time approaches, God has asked His people to make choices affecting
their eternal destinies. There are points in time where destinies for
individuals and nations become sealed. This is one of those times. He is calling
His people into increased intimacy with Him through the blood of Jesus, the
cross and in the power of the Holy Spirit. In past years, He has spoken to His
church to pray they be counted worthy to escape all the things coming to pass at
Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to
escape all these things that will come to pass and to stand before the Son of
Man. Luke 21:36His plea was in order for one to be hidden in the
day of the Lord's anger, similar to the situation found in Zephaniah 2:3.
Unfortunately few have heard. Further, fewer still have been faithful to respond
to God's appeal. Many who name the Lord Jesus Christ commit abominations that
will ultimately bring all the promised desolations upon them. Many believe they
are at peace with God and safe in Him, but instead, they will be caught in the
end-time labor pains and sudden destruction. They will not escape (1Thes.
For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction
comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not
Similarly, Jeremiah heralded the iniquity of God's people, along
with their abominations, when they cried, "Peace, peace (Jeremiah 6:13-15)."
Alas, they were not at peace with God. To ensure that the people did not mistake
God's grievance against them, Jeremiah repeated the message in Jeremiah 8:10-12
and assured them there was no peace. God's punishment for them was
Ezekiel mirrored this message in Ezekiel 13:10 when the
people cried: "Peace." There was no peace because of the abominations and
iniquities which were committed among them. Therefore, punishment was
determined. Jesus declared the wise will understand. Jesus preached few would go
through the narrow gate and stay upon the difficult path to eternal life. "Few"
means just a small number will find it. He further proclaimed there must first
be a falling away in order for the man of sin to be revealed sitting in the
temple of God.
Many have already fallen away! Many will follow in the
short days ahead! Truth has already fallen in the streets and in places
dedicated to worship. Even in the temple of men's hearts there is a falling
away. (Know you not that YOU are the temple of God?!) One must recognize the
enemy of all souls has already set up his throne in the hearts and minds of the
masses. "Unlikely," cry the pulpiteers of plenty, while the true prophet
declares: "Nay, Greatly so!"
2Thessalonians. 2:11-12 states many will
believe a lie, and God will send strong delusion because the many love not the
truth. Their abomination is an affront to God! (The abomination was worshiping a
false god in place of the true Lord God Most High, while proclaiming to be
Christian.) Historically this identical error brought desolation from the Lord
and will do so again.
Ezekiel saw these abominations going on in the
temple of Ezekiel 8. The mustard seed of faith had indeed grown into a tree.
However, it has become a faith-church where spirits of wickedness have come to
make their home. (How can this state of affairs be?) The serpent is wallowing in
the dust of fleshly Adamic nature while the true cross of Christ has not had its
way. The Lamb of God has not been embraced, and the individual has not
identified himself with Jesus' sacrifice. The flesh nature must be crucified
A. W. Tozer identified the deceitful transition of the old
cross to the new cross in this edited version of, "The Old Cross and the New".
"The old cross would have no truck with the world. For Adam's
proud flesh it meant the end of the journey. It carried into effect the
sentence imposed by the law of Sinai. The new cross is not opposed to the
human race; rather, it is a friendly pal and, if understood aright, it is the
source of oceans of good clean fun and innocent enjoyment. It lets Adam live
without interference. His life motivation is unchanged; he still lives for his
own pleasure, only now he takes delight in singing choruses and watching
religious movies instead of singing bawdy songs and drinking hard liquor. The
accent is still on enjoyment, though the fun is now on a higher plane morally
if not intellectually.The new cross has brought a great many false
conversions and has had a great many false baptisms (even falsifying the Baptism
of the Spirit). On the old cross, one is dead to sin while the life of Jesus
Christ is resurrected within.
"The new cross encourages a new and entirely
different evangelistic approach. The evangelist does not demand abnegation of
the old life before a new life can be received. He preaches not contrasts but
similarities. He seeks to key into public interest by showing that
Christianity makes no unpleasant demands; rather, it offers the same thing the
world does, only on a higher level. Whatever the sin-mad world happens to be
clamoring after at the moment is cleverly shown to be the very thing the
gospel offers, only the religious product is better.
"The new cross
does not slay the sinner, it redirects him. It gears him into a cleaner and
jollier way of living and saves his self-respect. To the self-assertive it
says, Come and assert yourself for Christ. To the egotist it says, Come and do
your boasting in the Lord. To the thrill-seeker it says, Come and enjoy the
thrill of Christian fellowship. The Christian message is slanted in the
direction of the current vogue in order to make it acceptable to the
"The philosophy back of this kind of thing may be sincere, but
sincerity does not save it from being false. It is false because it is blind.
It misses completely the whole meaning of the cross.
"The old cross is
a symbol of death. It stands for the abrupt, violent end of a human being. The
man in Roman times who took up his cross and started down the road had already
said good-by to his friends. He was not coming back. He was not going out to
have his life redirected; he was going out to have it ended. The cross made no
compromises, modified nothing, spared nothing; it slew all of the man,
completely and for good. It did not try to keep on good terms with its victim.
It struck cruel and hard, and when it had finished its work, the man was no
more." A.W. Tozer
Defying rampant deception, there are those
who have followed His holy call. Having overcome in the battle of the mind, the
narrow-gate folks have obtained success in fields of engagement regarding the
flesh (Rom. 6:12), the devil (James 4:7) and the false church (Rev. 2-3 renders
promises to individuals who overcome the corporate organized church). To those
over-comers, Jude added his voice. They will be preserved before the presence of
His glory. (To these who have overcome, the worldly condition of the majority
brings sorrow and grief.)
Over-comers are marked.
God is marking
those of the narrow gate. In the Spirit, the Lord is marking those who sigh and
cry over the abominations done among God's people (Ezekiel 9:4). Many will be
hidden in the day of the Lord's anger (Zephaniah 2:3) and stand before the Son
of Man (Luke 21:36), fulfilling Psalm 91.
Is this so difficult to
Jesus, while standing on the earth, proclaimed He was in
heaven at the same time (John 3:13). (Are we not to be like Him?) Narrow-gate
folk are sealed with the seal of Christ. They are to be in heavenly places while
their body stands on earth. Narrow-gate folk are to be like Christ while in the
earth. They are to do God's will on the earth as it is in heaven. As priests,
they are to offer spiritual sacrifice; as ambassadors, they are to bring the
gospel of the kingdom through their lives into the earth.
appointed a certain day for the ending of the rule of Adam's nature in the
earth. Scriptures in Daniel and Revelation speak of a 3 ½ year period of time in
which many events culminate.
(At the time of the initial preparation of
this study, New Orleans had just succumbed to disaster and mayhem had been
spawned by a hurricane. In the aftermath, soldiers made a couple of amazing
discoveries as reported by a televised CBS news report. Amidst complete
destruction, two bibles in good condition were found [one by a marina, another
by a chapel], both open to Revelation 10 & 11. These chapters hail the
beginning of the 3 1/2 year period.)
The book of Daniel spoke first about
a 3 1/2 year period of time where a beast would rule in the world system and
persecute the saints for a time and times and half a time (3 1/2 years, Daniel
(In Daniel 9:24-27, 70 weeks are mentioned, one week being
equivalent to seven years. Gabriel took Daniel to the Messiah's crucifixion as
the perfect Lamb of God, which brought an end to sacrifice and offerings
required under the old covenant system. Gabriel provided no detail of the latter
3 1/2 years. Daniel 12:7-9 spoke of a time, and times, and half a time (3 1/2
years), and in verse 9 revealed the explanation of this period as being sealed
until the time of the end.
The sealed book of Daniel 12:9 now becomes the
open book in Revelation 10:9-11. John launched into the explanation of events
for the latter 3 1/2 year period of time beginning in Revelation chapter 11.
Direct references to this time period are:
Rev 11:2 - for 42 months (3
1/2 years) the holy city is trodden underfoot
Rev 11:3 - for 1,260 days
(3 1/2 years) two witnesses prophesy
Rev 12:6 - for 1,260 days (3 1/2
years) a woman is preserved in the wilderness
Rev 12:14 - for a time, and
times, and half a time (3 1/2 years) a woman is preserved in the wilderness from
the face of the serpent
Rev 13:5 - for 42 months (3 1/2 years) a beast
rules in the world system and persecutes the saints.
The 3 1/2 year
period is described in various ways, but their ways are intertwined as to form a
composite. For instance, the woman preserved in the wilderness for 3 1/2 years
uses 2 descriptors of "a time, and times and half a time" as well as 1,260 days
to describe the 3 1/2 years to avoid confusion.
Revelation 13:5 describes
the 3 1/2 years as 42 months when the beast rules and persecutes the saints
(bringing one back full circle to the first mention of this period of time in
Daniel 7:25 where the beast rules and persecutes the saints for a time, and
times, and half a time (3 1/2 years).
Other similarities between Daniel 7
and Revelations 13 are:
lion with eagles wings
feet of bear
leopard with 4 heads
body of leopard
little horn, war on saints
beast, war on
symbols: The descriptor of "as a woman in travail" (referencing birth pangs) is
often used in scripture to approximate "the day of the Lord." This makes for an
interesting study in itself. In John 16:21, Jesus illustrates with such a
descriptor: "A woman (element of the church), when she is in labor, has sorrow
because her hour has come…" (but joy when the child is born).
66:7-10 describes 2 birth scenes, one with travail and one without travail. The
one without travail was fulfilled 2000 years ago as Divinity came in the flesh.
The one with travail, Isaiah says, shall be fulfilled and bring
Revelation 12 is a spiritual division just as God's mark. Once this
period begins, the opportunity to change one's grouping ends. The groups are a
male child, a woman, and the rest. The male child is found worthy to stand
before the Son of Man (Luke. 21:36) as the male child is caught up to God and to
His throne (Rev. 12:5). The woman is kept in the wilderness and from the face of
the serpent (Rev. 12:5, 14). The rest who keep the commandments of God and have
the testimony of Jesus Christ are at war with the dragon (Rev 12:17). God's
people are viewed as divided into those who are worthy to stand before the Son
of Man (those who are kept in the wilderness) and those who suffer war and
While there is still opportunity to follow Jesus'
instructions, destinies are being sealed. He has spoken to His church to pray
they be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass and be
able to stand before the Son of Man (Luke 21:36). The true church is to seek the
Lord, to join all the meek of the earth who have upheld His justice, to seek
righteousness and humility that the narrow-gate folk may be hidden in the day of
the Lord's anger (Zephaniah 2:3).
May the seeking begin!
The following is from "The Voice of the Martyrs":
Brother Xu: Sentenced to death for being a Christian
From The Voice of the Martyrs
CHINA (China Aid Association)
first trial of the 17 top leaders from a Chinese religious group ended March
3rd, after three-and-a-half days. Inhumane torture, including sexual abuse,
was revealed by some defendants during the court trial. CAA learned from a
government source that only one relative of each of the 17 defendants was
allowed to attend the hearing.
One defendant, Mr. Xu, immediately
revoked his so-called "confession papers" as soon as the court finished
reading the prosecutors interrogation records. He said the listed confessions
were signed under enormous torture, when "I would rather die than live."
He was hung in the air for five hours after sleep deprivation for five
days and nights. Some self-claimed "torture experts" tied his fingers, toes
and genitals with wire and then connected the wire to electricity. One
defendant was hung in the air with a very thick blanket and then electrified
after he got extremely wet.
Mr. Xu's daughter, Ms. Xu Baiyin,
described her father as "calm and peaceful." "In his final remark, he urged
everyone in the court to believe in Jesus; otherwise, they will one day face
eternal judgments in heaven. He also urged his children to continue to follow
Christ without fear." Government sources have said Xu and at least three
co-defendants will be sentenced to death.
throughout the days since receiving this message have been in intercession for
Bro. Xu's release either by edict or Divine intervention. Having traveled to
China and being confidante to many who do business in that communist nation, US
relations ought to reflect our objection to such travesties of justice. Ask one
question: "What church in America stopped its regular service and bowed before
the Lord in intercession for their brother Xu? What morning prayer group entered
into prayer and fasting for his release?" With multiple cases just as Mr. Xu
repeating themselves across the globe—our hearts should be intertwined with
Worthy of Note:
Jan. 17, 2006, Maurice Sklar, a
concert violinist, presented for the first time, a word of prophecy to an
audience where I was in attendance. That word can be viewed at www.mauricesklar.com by
clicking "Teachings" and reviewing the January 17th offering. His November
comments are worthy of review as well. Mr. Sklar cuts no slack and gives dates
to his word.
Take a look and pray about the
It is reported that our
books are well known in Christ Church, New Zealand. Praise the Lord!
and Mrs. Courier, missionaries to Mexico, recently reported that ministers who
are in their area have been given Spanish editions of Sons of Zadok and reports
of changes are everywhere. Praise the Lord!
Our website: www.zadokpublications.com has many additional comments about
In Chester, U.K, word has arrived that the Holy Spirit
directed a local pastor to teach from Nahum and referred that pastor to Sealed
Unto His Coming. The pastor had not opened the book since receiving it. That is
in line with what the Spirit revealed while writing the volume. He said there
are 5 yrs of messages in this book for the astute pastor. Re-affirmation is
From Ontario comes this report: The Lord literally
dropped En Punto from the bookshelf and said, "read it." Grace T relates how she
reads nothing but what is directed by the Spirit, but this experience was just a
supernatural event to herald a word which filled her heart. Praise the
A necessary word:
Recently, "In Jesus", the vehicle
for publishing this newsletter, took a bit of a turn. Many of the books, writing
and other offerings found in the website no longer reflect our point of view. I
urge caution when using this site, as I do any Christian media in today's world.
We will continue as long as possible to use this inexpensive vehicle as a medium
for our work, but out eyes must remain vigilant to our
Until Next month,
Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.
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