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Rainbow Divider

MIDNIGHT CRY MESSENGER

July-August-September 2014

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Be Ready

by Phil Enlow

Is The United Nations The Beast of Daniel and Revelation?

by C. Parker Thomas

God Will Invade

C.S. Lewis

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Editor's Letter

Dear Saints,

Greetings to all in the wonderful name of Jesus! Recently a sister in the church came and told me she had been impressed to re-read Bro. Thomas’s 1957 article on the United Nations. It had been awhile since I had read it and I promised to consider it.

One reaction I had was that the article was somewhat “dated” in the two senses I mentioned in the introduction. It dealt with current events of 1957 and many of its points involved the dispensational view of endtime events that Bro. Thomas had held at the time. For him that view was simply a part of the tradition he had been exposed to and one he later discarded as the Lord gave greater light.

But — as I re-read it I realized that what shone through was some real insight into the satanic inspiration behind the international affairs of our world. And that hasn’t changed except to intensify.

I thought of a scripture in 1 Thess. 5:20-21 which says, “Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good.” That’s pretty good advice! After all, who here on earth has perfect understanding of truth? Yet in spite of Bro. Thomas’s limited understanding in 1957 God anointed him to share real truth.

I was reminded of a couple of books I had read earlier this year. Both concerned the endtime. I didn’t share the same conviction about endtime events they did; and they didn’t agree with each other! One was a novel in the “Left Behind” mode about people who had been saved after the “rapture” who were now living under the Antichrist and the other was a teaching book that contended for a rapture about a year before the end of the traditional 7-year tribulation.

I realized that I would find many things in both books with which I disagreed BUT I also took note that each author was a genuine brother. And so I decided that I would just overlook the points with which I disagreed, not reacting to them, but just looking for common ground.

Guess what! I found common ground in each one. In the first one, if you strip away the dispensational stuff about a secret rapture and all that follows in their view you are still left with Christian believers living in a world dominated by the spirit of antichrist. Regardless of what the details of that world will look like it is coming and believers will be here. And so the book is relevant to believers today in ways the author perhaps did not intend!

The other book was an effort to modify dispensational teaching, first by relating the unfolding of the new covenant to the Jewish feasts, and secondly by teaching that there is a difference between “tribulation” and “wrath” and that Christians will be here to experience “tribulation” but be removed before God’s wrath is poured out.

Common ground is easy to find in the second case. In fact, a major burden of the co-authors was that the pretribulation rapture doctrine was leaving many Christians dangerously unprepared for what was coming. A very well-written chapter expressed that burden.

I found other things interesting, set aside some of them, put others “on the shelf” for the Lord to confirm one way or another but as for the author’s burden I absolutely share it!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if genuine believers would recognize our limitations and seek to build bridges instead of walls? Till next time may God’s rich blessings be yours.

Your brother in Christ,
Phil Enlow