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ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
August 1, 2010
His Portion is Mine
Am I like people of the world who say yes when they really mean no? As surely as God is true, I am not that sort of person. My yes means yes because Jesus Christ, the Son of God, never wavers between yes and no. He is the one whom Timothy, Silas, and I preached to you, and he is the divine Yes - God's affirmation. For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in him. That is why we say "Amen" when we give glory to God through Christ. It is God who gives us, along with you, the ability to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment of everything he will give us.
(NLT) 2 Corinthians 1:17-22
This text grips my very soul and spirit!
It is God's divine message for every saint today. When the Bible says, "For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Him," that is the most concise, poignant, powerful Scripture needed to be headlined in churches, assemblies, gatherings and meetings. When that verse uses the word ALL, then ALL is what it means. Jesus is the fulfillment of all of Abraham's promises and all the Davidic promises and all other promises given to individuals by God. Abrahamic and Davidic promises transcend the Law. Moses' covenant still bows to them. Jesus is the fulfillment of every promise in the Word of God, ALL of them. No one can claim any promise given by God without receiving that promise from the hand of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lately, men have been searching the Scriptures in the manner of Pharisees and their pursuits lead them to all manner of conclusions as to "How to live in the blessing of Abraham" or "Claiming the promises of God." Many have separated the covenants into groups, the blessings into areas and the promises into formulas. To them, the conclusion of Jesus must then be applied:
No messianic meeting should begin without an affirmation of 2 Corinthians 1:17ff.
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
No convention should assemble without this scripture being the banner flying above it.
Jesus is the possessor of the Abrahamic promises and through Him alone will their fulfillment be.
The Abrahamic Covenant and Promise:
Paul knew the dangers in seeking to claim the promises of Abraham without coming to Christ Jesus. He wrote:
Pop theology, which greatly emphasizes the promises of Abraham being issued to every paying recipient, must realize that Christ possesses those promises and without emphasis being on Christ, no blessing is available.
Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ. And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
One of the reasons Paul meticulously wrote this passage in Galatians stemmed from his association with fellow Jews. He heard them deny the resurrection of Jesus and reject Him as Messiah. They used the coined phrase from an old playbook, "We be Abraham's seed." Jesus slammed into that idiom repeatedly during His ministry and much of His Temple exposure was used in refuting it.
In modern times, refutation must again be made. Some Christians are leaving their fellows and are joining synagogues and neo-Judaic groups. In doing so, many are required to reject the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Enamored with rabbinic oversight, they are promised greater understanding about the Bible, Jewish Law, feasts, observances and insights through Talmudic studies. Thousands have joined pro-Israel organizations, which are propping up modern Israel's mass atheism by supplying monies and unquestioned support. The land rightfully belongs to Jesus Christ. He is the SEED, the only inheritor of ALL the promises. His descendants are joint heirs of the promise. Instead of burying the cross and the resurrection, Christians must rise up to affirm what the apostles and prophets declared.
(As a saint, I have every right to tell the Arab-Islamic world, "Get off my land." It is not the Jew's right. It is not the Israeli government's right. It is my right. It is my right to pray safety over it, to lay blessings on it and to enable the gospel to be preached in it. No other entity has that right. We are His and IT is ours!)
Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, 'To your descendants I will give this land.' And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel.
'Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are - northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give
to you and your descendants forever. And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.'
'Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.' And He said to him, 'So shall your descendants be.'
And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
John the Baptist had it right.
Outcroppings from the Abrahamic blessing are found throughout Scripture and how the saints do need them applied to their lives during these dangerous times. Instead of holding to some Jewish rite, our desperate need is the protection afforded by the keeper of the keys.
Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Yes, the saint is to lay claim to the promises given to Abraham, for we have them as ours in Jesus, the Son of God. They require no messianic group membership. They are open
to those who exalt Christ Jesus. Christ's kingdom is filled with those who are the direct descendants of Abraham through faith and MUST lay claim to the promises given him.
When they went from one nation to another,
And from one kingdom to another people,
He permitted no man to do them wrong;
Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes,
Saying, 'Do not touch My anointed ones,
And do My prophets no harm.'
1 Chronicles 16:20-22
Those blessings are higher than Mosaic Law. They take precedence over Mosaic Law. They are greater than Sabbaths and reach back into eternity for their origin.
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
The eternal aspects of the Abrahamic promises are also proffered in Galatians. It says the Gospel itself was preached to Abraham by faith. When he gave tithes to Melchizedek, he bowed before the Son of God and understood the long reaching proportions of the gospel in Jesus. His descendants were to prepare the way for His coming. They were to protect the Holy words they possessed. They were to keep themselves separate and move as one force upon an unbelieving world. That was their eternal purpose and it still is. (We, who are the real descendants through Christ, have those obligations.)
He swore by Himself, saying, 'Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.'
Indeed, the nations of the world have been and are being blessed by the followers of Jesus. Where their testimony is heard and believed, prosperity resides and every fruitful harvest. Alas, where their testimony is rejected, there is suffering, poverty and chaos.
'Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? - just as Abraham "believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, "In you all the nations shall be blessed." So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.
Genesis is filled with repeated expressions of the gospel covenant with Abraham; none more lucid than this:
(Behold, I claim these promises. They are mine in Christ Jesus. Every line, every potent precept-I claim. I bless them, Amen! When the newsletter goes out, "all the families of the earth shall be blessed," is my claim. I reside in Christ Jesus and the promise is mine through Him.)
I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed
Yet, Abram's name had not been changed at this juncture of Scripture. Not until Genesis 17, following the cutting of the covenant in blood signifying Christ, did his name change.
When the burning light (see: Consumed by His Fire) passed through the halves in Genesis 15, every promise given Abraham was finalized in His Presence. The new covenant in Christ Jesus was finalized in His own Blood. Every promise in the Old and New Testament belongs to the saints in Christ Jesus.
Recently, I was challenged by an audience member after a presentation. The issue was about not observing Saturday as the Sabbath. For over an hour, we discussed first one issue then another. Our season of repartee ended with a challenge from me, "I will look at your arguments, if you will (with an open mind) read the book of Hebrews." No further communication has transpired. One cannot read Hebrews and continue to hold to the traditions of Moses.
Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
The blood covenant, cut at Calvary, reached all the way back to eternity ("lamb slain before the foundation of the world"), embraced all the covenants made between God and His people, surrounded them, and drew them inside and were carried by our Great High Priest (after the order of Melchizedek) into the Holiest of Holies once for ever!
Next month, our discussion will continue with a treatise on the Davidic promises. Jesus is the possessor of ALL the promises of God---they are fulfilled in Him-they only come through Him.
And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
2 Corinthians 3:4-6
Until Next Month,
Dr. C.R. Oliver, PhD
The Mail Bag: comments on "And It Happened," July 1st Newsletter
From: Joan, in Arkansas
Although I am not a bible scholar or a big name in the news today, I have something to say in response to your writings. In the phrase, "And it happened," where Jeremiah was about to lay into the false clergy, it makes me wonder, when is today's Church going to lay into today's false clergy? I have a friend in Iran whose Pastor, wife and a brother are sitting in prison because of their faith in Jesus. They have had their assets seized and the entire congregation is hunkered down praying it won't happen to them. I was praying with him the other night and a word came from the Lord saying, "I am not pleased with lazy believers." Those, who are not rising up for what is right in our nations and world are about to be hit. Those, sitting in positions of authority around this nation and the world who claim to be Christians but cower to the things of God, are about to be knocked out of their seats of authority and a true Saint is going to take their place. Saints will come forth with a blazing resolve to pull down and overthrow bad administration and bad policy. It's time to put the things of God back in the forefront of the government and schools where they belong. It's time to stop putting up with a bunch of weak bellied Christians in the Church being railroaded by satanists whose ultimate goal is to wipe out the name of Jesus. It will not stand. The strong take it by force.
Who are the strong and by what force? I'll give you an example... ("In the name of Jesus, I take the fiery sword of God and I cut the head off of the demon of intimidation in the heavenlies over the United States and demand its power to fall down and die. I call for the army of God to come down, with the broom of destruction, and sweep the enemies' camp with chaos and confusion. Witchcraft over the United States, your judgment day is today; receive the fire of God in the name of Jesus. Every dark thing covered up in the White House, be uncovered by the blood of Jesus. I swing the fiery axe of God at every head demon on my way up and I take over in the name of Jesus!)
It's war and if you don't know how to fight in the spirit, step aside while Saints of the most high God wield His power in the face of every wickedness that moves and watch them crush it. If you haven't been on your face weeping over the sin and deterioration of our nation and standing up in the name of Jesus to make right what is wrong, then you are out of line and God is not happy with you. I am sick of the watered down, feel good sermons broadcasted across the airwaves and preached in the pulpits today. Messages that do not deal with the sin of the people, out of fear of stepping on a freemason's toe, must cease. God has placed wicked rulers over us today to wake up the Church. The days of Jeremiah are back now and it's going to take his kind of tenacity to make the changes necessary to prepare for the way of the Lord and fear is not on the agenda. Amen?
Joan of Arkansas
Comment: May your Tribe INCREASE.
From: Hannah, Africa:
Wow I love your expositions and have received Nos. I, II, III, IV,V, and Nov 2009 Jer 24 -29 but then skip to March 2010 Part IX and April 2010 part X.
If I have missed out on some of these studies which are sooooo relevant to where we are in time, then PLEASE would you kindly e-mail to me ? Thanx and many blessings on your work, spreading truth in a time when truth is not popular any more. Hannah in Africa
Comment: Hannah points out two things needing our comment. First, if for some reason in our change over to a new delivery system your name was dropped from our list, please contact us. Second, if there are skips in delivery-all back issues can be obtained off our website: http://www.zadokpublications.com/ZFP_archive.htm (look up the issue in the archives there.
Thanks Hannah for writing.
Thank you very much for the video, "How In The World Did We End Up Here."
I forwarded it to every pastor I know and then some.
Comment: It will be interesting to see the result of this action. BLESS YOU.
From: Mary Ann
Dear Dr. Oliver, Just had to write to you to confirm a few things that the Holy Spirit had given to me concerning this Email. God bless you and thank you sooo much for Holy Spirit confirmations. Holy Spirit had confirmed Now It Happened to me in different terms but believe had same meaning. Something big is about to happen. Perhaps in natural as well as spiritual. Then this morning, as I was reading the Bible, it opened up twice to Acts 3 on healing and times of refreshing. Praise God for His wonderful mercy and kindness. May God receive all the glory. In the love of Christ Jesus, MaryAnn
Comment: Mary Ann, we appreciate all "words from the Lord" in regard to our writings. Thanks.
I have loaned out Sons of Zadok to different ladies. I am selective who gets the book.
I believe I am going into a new season. Please pray that the right door will open.
I am into the Sons of Zadok again, So much is happening in the churches!!!!!! I believe I am salt and light where I go.
Comment: Your comments reflect a couple of areas of importance to our audience. The circulation of all our books is through word of mouth and doing like Lois. Being selective is very important because the Spirit needs to direct one where to place them.
Secondly, she is re-reading the Sons of Zadok. She is not the only one. One man has read it 10 or more times and says, "I get something new every time." Praise God for that!
Yes, Lois, I believe you are salt and light…your love for this ministry is great and we covet your prayers.
Larry & Marla Johnson
Flames of Fire Ministry
Feeding Suspended in Nueva Esperanza.
We begin by saying how precious you are to us and that we never want to pressure you in any way, we appreciate you and all... that you do to help us reach Guatemala. We write to ask you to join with us in prayer for the Nueva Esperanza feeding center, for the children.
We had to suspend feeding several weeks ago due to lack of funds. We held off writing for a time....praying that somehow the situation would turn around. So far, in the natural nothing has changed.....but we know that faith works, prayer works, and that the natural is not indicative of the spiritual. We are standing for $400 per month to be able to feed these 50 plus children. Please pray with us. If you would like to help financially, no gift is too small.
NEWS FLASH: TWO FOLKS THAT GET OUR NEWSLETTERS HAVE SUPPLIED THE $400 THIS MONTH AND HAVE PLEDGED TO DO SO EACH MONTH. THANKS JIM AND BRENDA!
Direct contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
OR GIFTS TO: Oliver Evangelistic Assoc. Inc. will forward directly to the Johnsons.
From: Kevin and Joy Stoltenburg
(Kevin and Joy work in Spanish areas of Latin America and Spain. They create gospel films and animation films of the Bible. They distribute them weekly to projector groups [pastors and leaders] who show them in areas that would have no evangelical witness without them. This is a GREAT ministry and has brought untold blessings to thousands.)
From Their News Report:
"Kevin is working on the last details for our trip to Spain in September to set up 2 new projector groups in Spain.
He is also working on 300 more animation Christian films with the help of over 20 volunteers. We have completed over 350 so far in English and Spanish. Pedro will be working on the Cakchiquel voices so Kevin will then start producing the animation films in Cakchiquel.
Just before Joy and I (Kevin) left for Guatemala, I was blessed to have another door for our Lord open to us. I have been in contact with the Minster of Education for the northern part of Costa Rico. He will allow our projector group ministry to open up in all of the schools and prisons in northern Costa Rico. We are only looking at needing to set up about 8 projector groups that would be able to cover all of the northern part of Costa Rico. The next few weeks plans will be made as to when I will be going to Costa Rico to set up the first three groups.
NEWSFLASH: OLIVER EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION IS SUPPLYING 5 OF THE COSTA RICO GROUP PROJECTORS ($625 EACH). WE NEED ONLY THREE MORE TO MEET THE 8 GROUP PLAN. WE BELIEVE THIS MINISTRY IS SO VERY IMPORTANT THAT IT WARRANTS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION.
ANYONE WILLING TO HELP MAY DO SO BY SENDING CONTRIBUTIONS OF ANY AMOUNT TO ME AT ZADOK PUBLICATIONS; P. O. BOX 971; MONTGOMERY, TEXAS 77356. I WILL SEND ALL CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED TO THE STOLTENBURGS ALONG WITH ANY MESSAGES OF ENCOURAGEMENT. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE THE "NEW LETTER" BELOW.
What I am working on right now is going down in October or November of this year. Also, a friend here in Las Vegas may go with me to help set these up. I may even have to go both months to do this. We have everything we need for the first 3 groups.
We ask for your prayers that funding will come in for the other tools needed for the other groups. Each team will cost $800 to set up each. Also pray for Kathy that the Holy Spirit will open the doors for her to also help set up groups after my first trip. This would be a great blessing to me and all involved and we could impact Costa Rico very quickly.
Please also pray every day for all of the group leaders, each of them are having a hard time sharing our Lord throughout Central America due to all of the storms. They still reached over 33,055 recorded. All of the group leaders believe as I do, this is the time to step up our efforts serving our Lord with Spiritual Food for everyone."
Direct communication to: email@example.com
July came in with a big bang, it all started one week after returning from Guatemala and I replaced the mother - board in my computer.
Microsoft did an update and removed my windows program from my computer. If this did not top it at the same time my phone went out so I was unable to call anyone. Going with my laptop I enter the inter-net and would you know some one got into my e-mail account and started e-mailing all of you.
After many e-mails and chatting on line I got the phone up, Microsoft reinstated my window program but unable to tell me if it is for 30 days only or permanent fix. May have to buy another windows program yet. Not happy!!
I no longer have anyone's e-mail address on any e-mail account. They are now all on a word document and I will cut and past the address when I need to e-mail any of you.
Still not over, going to our secondary computer no power; would you know it the power cord just went out on a new computer. The Geek Squad said this was a first for them and me too for that matter.
With over 4000 films on the inter-net with over 10,000 hits a month and creating about 6 to 8 new ones a day would you suppose someone or something out there would like to slow me down.
Ok now for the good stuff: I have had many conversations with the Minister of Education of the Northern part of Cost Rico. He is very excited about this ministry and would like to see it start up in all of the schools and prisons in Costa Rico. We set the first trip on October 8th and I will be setting up the first 2 new groups then and staying with Demitrio (Minister of Education).
This is a golden opportunity to share our Lord and Savior to Costa Rico. Demitrio said there is no problem finding projector group leaders to cover all of the Northern part of Costa Rico. Right now with the sale going on we can buy everything we need for $625 a group. Without the sale each group will cost $700. Each group would get a laptop, projector and a hard drive with everything they would need for a ministry to last a life- time.
I would like to set up as many groups as we can and as fast as we can. I am willing to go and I am working on setting up the possibly to send Martin and Kathy also to help get Costa Rico up fast.
We need your prayers that the funding will come in for this. The more groups the more others will hear the salvation message.
Not to top this Martin has 5 groups ready to go and each of these groups have already went out and bought laptops for their ministry. They are in need of projectors and hard drives with all of the information to get started. Each of these groups would cost only $420 to set up. They would reach into Honduras and Mexico.
To let all of you know that Martin's operation went well and he is on the mend feeling much better after having his gall bladder removed.
I will be sending out the new prayer calendar to all of you in the next few days.
Thanks to all of you for your prayers and your commitment to our Lord's Ministry.
Serving our Lord
Thank you All
Kevin & Joy ,Website : www.goassociation.org
Carmen Geeck, whose husband died, is seeking funds to return to the Philippines. Three churches are under her direction, but his passing has left her needing financial assistance in those ministries. Direct connect to : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pauline Propst of N.C., wife of Willard C. Propst, went to be with Jesus, July 7, 2010, at 11 A.M. Pauline and Willard have been friends and supporters for 50 yrs. It goes without saying, "We miss you Pauline! Rejoice, for we will see you again."