THE PROMISE

1. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus defines PROMISE as “a LEGALLY BINDING DECLARATION that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act”. Before Adam was formed, God made a legally binding PROMISE, saying: “… LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE, AFTER OUR LIKENESS: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” [Genesis 1:26] THE PROMISE remains a mystery until we accept who God says He is, as it is written: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and THE WORD WAS GOD” [John 1:1] THE PROMISE was God’s INTENTION to make man in His IMAGE as and by the WORD; even so, the IMAGE remains a dummy until infused with the LIFE of God. The “LIKENESS” confirms the “IMAGE” is ALIVE and compatible to the LIFE of God, which to us is “… ETERNAL LIFE, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” [Titus 1:2] THE PROMISE of ETERNAL LIFE is the SOVEREIGN WILL of God to dwell in man “… both to will and to do of his good pleasure” [Philippians 2:13] THE PROMISE is to all men and not by any means restricted to any nationality or franchise of any denomination. It is the INFALLIBLE WILL of God for you to LIVE FOREVER in endless glory.

2. Adam had legitimate right to claim THE PROMISE, but there was an ADVERSARY of who God said: “But of the TREE of the KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL, THOU SHALT NOT EAT OF IT: for in the day that thou eatest thereof THOU SHALT SURELY DIE” [Genesis 2:17] Adam and Eve were not ignorant of THE PROMISE and looked forward to the harvest of the FRUIT of the TREE OF LIFE in the midst of the Garden. Listen carefully and see how the Serpent deceived them, saying: “… YE SHALL NOT SURELY DIE: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and YE SHALL BE AS GODS, knowing good and evil” [Genesis 3:4-5] Judging from her reaction, Eve was aware of the consequences of DEATH and preferred to LIVE FOREVER like “gods”. Satan knew THE PROMISE is really God wrapped up in His WORD, and the only way to get man off course was to make Eve deny the WORD. Eve had GOOD INTENTIONS in wishing to LIVE FOREVER, but she listened to the wrong guy and fell into SIN. THE PROMISE and the WORD are two sides of the same coin and it is not enough for us to serve God and desire ETERNAL LIFE, we must stay true to the WORD. If truly you desire ETERNAL LIFE, I warn you to beware of those who offer ALTERNATIVES to the WORD to sell their brand of Christianity.

3. THE PROMISE was not a personal AGREEMENT with Adam and Eve and could not by Eve or any man’s transgression be voided. Through SIN, THE PROMISE was stalled in Eden but not forfeited and in due season, “… the WORD WAS MADE FLESH, and dwelt among us, …” [John 1:14] The WORD made FLESH is Jesus Christ, the brightness of God’s glory, “… and the EXPRESS IMAGE of his PERSON, …” [Hebrews 1:3] Jesus Christ is the WORD, born of a woman and not of any man, but of the Holy Ghost and rightly called the SON of God. In Him is ETERNAL LIFE, as the Bible says: “And this is the record, that God hath given to us ETERNAL LIFE, and this life is in his Son” [1 John 5:11] Whatever you think or believe, God owes you and I only one thing, that is, THE PROMISE. The Bible says: “And this is THE PROMISE THAT HE HATH PROMISED US, EVEN ETERNAL LIFE” [1 John 2:25] Any PROMISE or inducement made by any man or religion in the name of God but not anchored on ETERNAL LIFE is FRAUD. I challenge you to set yourself free of those who seduce you with PROMISES of material gain, “… supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself” [1 Timothy 6:5] THE PROMISE of ETERNAL LIFE is a FREE GIFT from God and you do not have to pay anyone a penny, as it is written: “For the wages of sin is death; but the GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord” [Romans 6:23]

4. THE PROMISE was STALLED in Eden because the ADVERSARY was stronger than the RECEIVER, but not anymore. The Bible says: “The first man Adam was made a living soul; the LAST ADAM WAS MADE A QUICKENING SPIRIT” [1 Corinthians 15:45] The LAST ADAM was the WORD denied by Adam and Eve, manifest in a mortal body. If you BELIEVE Jesus Christ is God manifest in FLESH, His SPIRIT dwells in you and will “… QUICKEN YOUR MORTAL BODIES BY HIS SPIRIT that dwelleth in you” [Romans 8:11] The Spirit of Christ in us is the fulfilment of THE PROMISE in our earthly body. So then, we have THE PROMISE in our earthly body, yet not free of the ADVERSARY. Let us “… in an HONEST and GOOD HEART, having HEARD THE WORD, KEEP IT, and bring forth FRUIT WITH PATIENCE” [Luke 8:15] I exhort you to CONTEND, and fiercely too, to KEEP the WORD in an HONEST and GOOD HEART. The Bible says: “But while MEN SLEPT, his ENEMY CAME and SOWED TARES AMONG THE WHEAT, and went his way” [Matthew 13:25] The ENEMY that sowed TARES is Satan and TARES are those in whom the ADVERSARY sowed variations of the LIES he sold to Eve in Eden, The “MEN” that SLEPT is the Church, infiltrated with LIES and overgrown with TARES. If any man has ears let him hear what the SPIRIT is saying to the Church: “EXAMINE YOURSELVES, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” [2 Corinthians 13:5]

5. The Bible says: “And THIS GOSPEL of the kingdom SHALL BE PREACHED IN ALL THE WORLD for a WITNESS UNTO ALL NATIONS; and THEN SHALL THE END COME” [Matthew 24;14] The GOSPEL is “PREACHED IN ALL THE WORLD” and to you as WITNESS of God’s LOVE. The “END” is in sight when THE PROMISE shall lapse and the Lord shall “… say to the reapers, Gather ye together FIRST THE TARES, AND BIND THEM IN BUNDLES TO BURN them: but gather the wheat into my barn” [Matthew 13:30] Remember, the ONLY THING God OWES YOU is THE PROMISE.y RECEIVE Jesus Christ today and THE PROMISE is yours, amen

THE ERROR OF BALAAM

1.The ERROR OF BALAAM is the tragedy of the Church infiltrated with abominations. Israel left Egypt as a vibrant Church, with the REVELATION of God as I AM THAT I AM but was accosted in the wilderness by the decadent denomination of Moab, and the Bible says: “… they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee” [Deuteronomy 23:4] Abraham had a stopover in Haran, Mesopotamia, on his way to the Promised Land and left behind family members who had the REVELATION of God [Genesis 11: 31, Genesis 19: 30-38] After more than 500 years, whatever was left of that Church was mixed up with Babylonian sorcery to produce Balaam. When the two Churches met in the wilderness, Moab, the decadent relic of the Church that escaped the destruction of Sodom, had Balaam in her corner to lure Israel into sin [Genesis 19:1-36] The conflict is replicated in every age where the LATEST MOVE of God is resisted by Satan incarnated in Balaam and his renegade Church. The skirmish was repeated when dissident Jews resisted Jesus Christ and “… chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; …” [Luke 22:2] The present Church is viciously assaulted from within in the final showdown of Balaam and the LITTLE FLOCK [Luke 12:32] Though the battle be fierce, “… the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” [Daniel 11:32]

2. The ERROR OF BALAAM is the work of SOOTHSAYERS masquerading as prophets of God. The Bible says: “BALAAM also the son of Beor, THE SOOTHSAYER, did the children of Israel slay …” [Joshua 13:22] He was a SORCERER like Simon, who embellished his SOOTHSAYING with perverted Judaism and “… BEWITCHED THE PEOPLE of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: …. SAYING, THIS MAN IS THE GREAT POWER OF GOD” [Acts 8:9-10] Wait a minute, Balaam saw visions and God spoke to him. God also spoke to Satan, as it is written: “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, … And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life” [Job 2:3-4] Brethren, it is not everyone that prophesy or facilitates a miracle, that is approved of God. Thus, said the Lord: “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” [Matthew 7:22-23] There are many SOOTHSAYERS in the Church, belching “great swelling words of vanity” to BEWITCH and turn many away from the FAITH. I challenge you to know the TRUTH and “… believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” [1 John4:1]

3. The ERROR OF BALAAM festers on faulty foundation of DOCTRINE OF BALAAM. Thus said the Lord to the Church in Pergamos: “But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the DOCTRINE OF BALAAM, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto IDOLS, and to commit FORNICATION” [Revelation 2:14] When Balaam failed to place a curse on Israel, he taught Moab to DISTRACT and ENTICE them with prospects of “CHURCH GROWTH” hitched on PERMISSIVE CANDY-COATED GOSPEL When Moab spoke of God in words familiar to Israel and reminded her of a common ancestry, many souls fell and were swallowed up in IDOLATORY and FORNICATION. The ERROR OF BALAAM matures where ministers are bent on “GROWING” the Church by diluting the gospel to admit unrepentant “MOABITES”. The result is a FLOCK that IDOLIZES and CONTEND for SELF and not for the FAITH. Look around, multitudes are daily taught to apply their FAITH to pursuit of CRASS MATERIALISM and blindly led to FORNICATE with SELF. Take note, when a BRIDE loves another more than the GROOM, she is adjudged a FORNICATOR. If you LOVE and CONTEND for SELF more than you do for your FAITH in Jesus Christ, you are a FORNICATOR. I pray you will “… know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” [John 8:32]

4. The ERROR OF BALAAM is evidence the Church has fallen into the PERMISSIVE WILL of God and gone in the “… way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the WAGES OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS” [2 Peter 2:15] When Balak sent emissaries to Balaam, “… God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed” [Numbers 22:12] When they returned with better WAGES, his presumptuous mind fell into the PERMISSIVE WILL of God and “… God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him…” [Numbers 22:22] God never amends His Word and His measure of RIGHTEOUSNESS remains the same as the days of Apostles Peter and Paul. The Apostles had the anointing to raise the dead and fill their pockets with filthy lucre but knowing that they were PILGRIMS in this world they abstained from making merchandize of the flocks of Jesus Christ. Those who TEACH and EXHIBIT material riches as proof of godliness are trapped in the ERROR OF BALAAM [1 Timothy 6:5] Those who collect money from the poor to spend on their excesses have received their WAGES OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. Thus says the Lord: “… I come quickly; and MY REWARD IS WITH ME, to give every man according as his work shall be” [Revelation 22:12]

5. The ERROR OF BALAAM is poison fermented in the niceties of religion that has no foundation in sound REVELATION of God. I admonish you to filter what you hear from every preacher through the Word of God. Avoid being sucked into the pervading mess of CANDY-COATED Christianity and be not overtaken by prosperity of fools, but “… seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” [Matthew 6:33] I charge you to remain steadfast in FAITH and you will not be caught unawares when the Lord shall appear in clouds of glory. If you are not BORN AGAIN, repent and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today, amen.