Greetings to you all for 1998. Our month's holiday was much needed, and has worked wonders, we are refreshed and ready to tackle whatever comes this year. It could well be a period which is momentous!
Benny Hinn has been in Brisbane this January, 1998. What a way to start the year off. The meetings were packed, with people leaving donations in envelopes for Hinn on their seats as they left the gatherings. Melbourne hosted similiar meetings, and the estimated loot collected just in Melbourne by Benny was in the neighbourhood of $400,000, not bad for a few nights "preaching". It is reported out here that he is needing momey in the USA, and this will recoup his funds again. The Old saying,"a fool and his money are easily parted." Christians are working here on updated versions of videos which reveal that Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn and others are Satanists!
The videos, which show Copeland and Hinn in action during meetings, have hidden messages in them, disguised as "speaking in tongues" - Copeland and Hinn are saying such things as: "Receive the Mark of the Beast", "Satan Master, release the money", "Master and Lord, Satan" etc,etc. A man rang us recently and told us that he had had the hidden messages checked by professional video de-coders, and they had given written verification that the videos were authentic, and had not been interfered with in any way by investigators. The updated videos, which slow down and concentrate the viewer on the Satanic messages, will be available soon, with the written verification from the non-Christian video professionals. Benny Hinn, without a shadow of a doubt, is not just a apostate evangelist, he is a Satanic infiltrator!
Another man to watch is Dick Reubens. The following extract from the article ....
"DICK REUBENS, THE MESSIANIC JEW, & THE FAKE REVIVAL CONNECTION. Titus 3:10-11
." appeared in Despatch, December 1997, Vol.9:4.
The Pensacola “revival” with its lying signs and wonders was predicted by a Messianic Jew called Dick Reubens, possibly two and a half years before the “outpouring” began. This man told the Brownsville Assembly of God Church, USA, that the “revival” God would send them would spread right across the USA. This counterfeit of the Divine has actually impacted upon churches in a number of countries, including the USA, Australia, New Zealand and England.
Who is Dick Reubens, the prophet, and what does he teach? People imagine that Reubens preaches a profoundly deep and Biblically correct message, after all he knows Hebrew, is a converted Jew, and is a man of God. This is not the case however! Why then do Church-goers around the world embrace this man’s heresies with engrossed awe?
Dick Reubens offering Incense on his Golden Altar...
Worshipping at the Golden Altar of Insence
The reason why Pentecostals and Evangelicals alike are embracing false teaching such as that foisted upon the unwary by Reubens, is clear enough. For years the churches have been told that they should walk in the Spirit, and forget “doctrine and dogma”. Many today are therefore totally unfamiliar with sound Bible doctrine, including typology and the Old Testament. A hunger develops for more than the frivolous “moving in the Spirit”, a non-cognitive style of religion. Years later, along comes a man who preaches really heavy Scripture, with types and doctrine. He is accepted with delight by the sincere and those who are hungry for the Word - but they now have no way to evaluate or discern, they have NOT been taught sound doctrine!
Reubens, is Judaising the churches of Christendom! As are many other Messianic Jews, he is drawing people away from the finished work of Christ and the New Testament, back into the Law realm of O.T. Israel. He says often in his messages, “we have to go back to the Old Testament for it to reveal the New Testament.” There is a small element of Truth here, but a proper understanding of Scripture is that we have to go on to the New Testament for it to open the shadows and types of the Old Testament, not the other way around. Jesus Christ was pictured on almost every page of the O.T., and when He came into the world, at last those shadows and pictures became as clear as crystal. Reubens even makes the types and anti-types of Scripture work backwards! He gives O.T. references and creates types of these in the N.T. The opposite is the case, the O.T. is the book of types, the N.T. opens these in the anti-types. I hope here all readers understand what I mean. (Our Calvary Bible Fellowship Corres-pondence Course Unit 2 & 7 will greatly help your understanding of the above matters)
THE HORROR OF THE PASSOVER, COMMUNION, & CATHOLIC MASS CONFUSION. In the last of three videos viewed recently, a massive apostasy was perpetrated against Christianity by this Messianic Jew, Dick Reubens. Dressed in a Jewish skull cap, with a full beard like a Rabbi, Reubens proceeds on the video to teach that the Jewish Passover and the Christian Communion have the same roots and are basically one and the same feast. Then, he attributes to this supposed “feast of the Lord” exactly the same elements as the Roman Catholic Mass! Dear friends, the Reformation was fought over these issues, millions of true believers have died, agonisingly, to save the Church from the wickedness of the Catholic Mass. Now, we have a strange mixture of the Passover (Jewish) and the Mass (Catholic) being imposed upon the churches. Remember this, the False Prophet of Biblical prophesy is predicted to be an apostate JEW, he will lead the whole world to worship the Beast and his image, set up in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Are we looking right now at a fore-runner?
REUBENS’ PASSOVER CLAIMS. Dick Reubens claims that the Passover and the Christian Communion are basically the same. In doing so he claims that the “feast of the Lord”:
1. Is an offering or sacrifice to the Lord, and he uses an Altar. The Catholic Mass is also a sacrament, which offers up the Body and Blood of the Lord as an offering to God.
The true communion is NOT an offering or a sacrifice, it is a remembrance only, of the once and for all offering which was completed on the Cross.
2. Reubens claims that the Passover/Communion has miraculous powers to heal and “purge our sins”. He claims that the Passover/Communion has power from God which gives us strength for battle. It is a “miracle” meal which will bring prosperity, and is the only real way to have fellowship with God because it is supernaturally the Body and Blood of Christ - intimates Reubens.
This is identical to the Catholic Mass. The R.C. apostasies make out that the simple wafer and wine are the very Body and Blood of the Lord, which are miraculous, and only through taking Mass can one have fellowship with God.
True Communion is NOT miraculous or mystical, it is a simple thanksgiving for the Lamb of God’s finished work. No powers, miracles or mystical forces are present in the protestant Communion.
3. Reubens insists that Passover/Communion should be had every day, to keep communion with God, and that prayer and Scripture study is not enough to keep in fellowship with God.
This is identical with the mystical Mass concepts of the Roman Catholics.
4. The wonderful passage in Revelation 2:4, where it mentions “thy first love” has been twisted by Reubens to mean “the feast of the Lord”, “the feast of the Presence” - NOT Jesus Christ Himself, the Person. He says that when we neglect having the Passover/Communion we have left our “FIRST LOVE”. And the individuals and churches which do so will lose “anointing” and “freedom in the Spirit”.
5. Reubens actually takes the Jewish Passover Feast to the churches! He uses the Jewish bread and Altar, and teaches the people traditional Hebrew ritualistic phrases, whole congregations recite these religiously. In one awful scene on the video cited, Reubens calls for those who want to receive “Christ”. People come to the front, and they are led with all the congregation to take PASSOVER. In a darkened church, all lights are low, the Brownsville AOG is shown taking part in a Jewish O.T. feast, and repeating in Hebrew, the Passover ceremony.
To all intents and purposes, this was receiving “Christ”, the Messiah! Reubens make a blasphemous “deity” out of Communion! WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ALL THIS? In one stroke, two aims are realised. The “Christians” are taken back under the O.T. Law, are Judaised, and they are also brought back under servitude to the Whore of Babylon, the Roman Catholic Church’s Mass.
Dick Reubens teaches that the Christians must break through the veil of the Holy of Holies, to go into direct communion with the Almighty. He goes back to Moses and Aaron’s Passover for `rules’ (Hebrews 10:19-20). But, dear friends, the Bible tells us that we are ALREADY in the Holy of Holies with direct access having been made by Christ Jesus on the Cross. When Christ died, the veil in the Temple was torn, and we entered in with Him. See Matt.27:51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45; Hebrews 6:19; Ephesians 1:3.
“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made a high priest forever after the order of Mel-chizedek.”
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”
DICK REUBENS AND THE TRESPASS OFFERINGS. It is easy to see what sort of spiritual climate brought forth the Pensacola “out-pouring”, looking at the video of Brownsville Assembly of God Church, USA, and seeing these people accept the atrocious teaching of the Messianic Jew, Reubens. One can hardly imagine a church which calls itself Christian accepting such Christ dishonouring doctrines. The Brownsville A.O.G. seems to have no discernment at all! The teaching by Reubens of the Trespass Offering is unbelievable.
Reubens teaches the Christians to offer up Jewish offerings! He proclaims that as Christians are a kingdom of spiritual priests, they should offer up the Trespass O ffering. He claims we will be “cut off” if we do not keep the Trespass Offering. Reubens makes the astonishing statement that the Christians cannot receive God’s anointing unless they keep the Trespass Offering! This is a blasphemy against the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is our Trespass offering Himself! Read what the Bible has to say on this: “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from ALL sin” (I John 1:7).
Here I will quote from the Bible teacher of renown, A. J. Pollock, lest any reader be unwilling to accept my word on this important matter:
“ Read Leviticus 4. The Sin and Trespass Offerings were in reality both Sin Offerings, but each has its distinctive character, as we shall see. In those we have been considering, Sweet Savour Offerings, we have before us offerings presented by one in communion approaching God. The Sin and Trespass Offerings set forth the approach of the sinner, or in the case of the Trespass offering of one, who has sinned against his neighbour....
Read Leviticus 5:1-19; 6:1-7. We come now to the Trespass Offering, which is concerned Imagesly with the specific and overt acts, some done in ignorance, some done knowingly. If a man was put upon his oath, and failed to give true evidence of what he had seen or heard of another’s guilt, he was guilty, and a Trespass Offering was demanded. If a man touched an unclean thing, and though it was hidden from him, he was unclean and guilty. If one touched the uncleanness of man, and if it was hidden from him, when he knew of it, then he was guilty. If a man swore to do good or to do evil, and it was hid from him, when he knew of it, he was guilty in one of these.
A Trespass Offering was then needed. A female from the flock, or if the offender were too poor to furnish a sheep or a goat, he was allowed to offer two turtle doves or two young pigeons.
It is interesting to see that when two birds were offered, one was looked upon as a Sin Offering, the other as a Burnt Offering, thus showing that it is THE DEATH OF CHRIST IN ALL ITS ASPECTS THAT IS THE BELIEVER’S BLESSING....
In the Old Testament times there were saints of God, who never knew of Christ, nor the full meaning of the death of Christ as dimly set forth in the Offerings, and yet, believing in God, they were blessed in view of the Sacrifice that was to be. We get the contrast between the Old Testament believers and those of this dispensation in the following, “God hath set forth [Christ] to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past through the forbearance of God,” that is, the sins of Old Testament believers were passed over and forgiven in view of righteousness being met in due time by the atoning death of Christ, and now for the New Testament believers we read, “To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Rom.3:25-26).
We repeat most emphatically the words of Scripture, “Without shedding of blood is no remission” (Heb.9:22).” (end of quote). (Emphasis mine).
Reubens claims that believers must keep the Trespass Offering themselves! We do NOT have to keep any sin or trespass offerings, Christ Jesus has completed ALL offerings in His death on the Cross, praise His name. Reubens is teaching apostasy, he is making neo-Hebrews out of the Christian assemblies.
THE HIGH PRIEST’S GARMENTS. Reubens offends against God horrifyingly when he interprets the typology of the High Priest’s garments, as seen in Exodus 28:1-39. Ignoring the fact that CHRIST JESUS is the high priest, and thus the garments of the high priest in the O.T. refer to Him and He alone, Reubens falsely teaches that the garments are types of the Church believers and the Holy Spirit! He never mentions Christ as the true anti-typical figure, which is one of the most thrilling revelations of Scripture. ALL the robes of the Old Testament high priest spoke of Christ Jesus, NOT the Church believer or the Holy Spirit. Too long a list of garments to go into here, we will deal with just one glorious type:
A. J. Pollock..
“The Embroidered Coat of Fine Linen. This innermost garment speaks of the utter perfection of the life and walk of our adorable Lord and Saviour, significant that on the Great Day of Atonement the High Priest did not wear his garments of glory and beauty, but this coat of fine linen. Our Lord went to the cross, not in His claims to universal dominion, nor of His kingship over the Jews, but in the perfection of His life, so that death having no claim upon Him, He was able to lay down His life as an atoning sacrifice for sin, and for our eternal blessing.” (end of quote).
Dick Reubens is only another example of the Judaising of the Christian Church which is sadly coming through from the Messianic Jew movement. The keeping of Jewish feasts, the emphasis being taken from Christ Jesus back to the Old Testament, Israel becoming central in aspect - all of this is detracting from the LORD JESUS CHRIST!
Another example of Messianic Jew unbalance follows. A Jewish/Christian group from the Q'ld. Gold Coast have issued these claims: EXTRACTS "BEIT YESHUAH" SITE Extract 1... "...The whole basis of Torah is the concept of “holiness” or being set apart. The Torah makes certain distinctions between what is holy and what is common. Yeshua did not abolish the law, but was the fulfilment or explanation of it. He was the embodiment of Torah, the Word made flesh - the Living Torah. In the Torah and in Yeshua, we have the embodiment of knowledge and truth. He walked it, lived it and breathed it; and to believers in him he says: “Follow me!” The early believers kept and were zealous for the laws of God.
What about Gentile belie-vers? Are they expected to be as distinctive as the Jews? Well, when Yeshua returns, the whole earth will come “under” the laws of God. So why wait?
If we believe that God’s laws are not relevant to us, we really bring the work of the cross to nought. Yeshua paid the price for our sin. How then can we continue to sin? And how can we even know what sin is if we have no knowledge of the law, as the Scripture says: “Sin is transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4, KJV)
...d) We believe that when a Jew acknowledges Yeshua as his or her Messiah, he is grafted back into Israel’s Olive Tree. He reImagess a Jew, just as Yeshua Imagestains his Jewishness. Acts 21:20; Romans 11; Revelation 22:16; Revelation 5:5. We believe that Gentiles also need to be grafted into Israel’s Olive Tree, being that they accept all that God has given Israel and live accordingly." DESPATCH COMMENTS Not so! The whole Church is a separate entity - we are no longer Jew or Gentile. One day Israel will be grafted in again as a nation. Philippians 3:2-11; 3:13-14. Jesus Christ is ALL.
Paul speaks of being grafted into Israel's Olive tree. But what exactly are the roots of this Olive Tree? Does the Olive Tree represent everything Jewish, including culture, traditions, and theological issues? To answer this question properly, we must see what the Bible says concerning what God actually gave the Jews. It is these same privileges that we are grafted into. Romans 9:3-5 says concerning the Jewish people:
1. Theirs is the adoption as sons : Through Yeshua Gentiles receive the privilege of being called sons and daughters of God. "To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12
2. Theirs the divine glory: Gentiles can become partakers of the Spirit of God and be filled with His divine glory: "Don't you know that your body is a temple for the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) who lives inside you, whom you received from God?" 1 Corinthians 6:19 (JNT) DESPATCH COMMENTS We are NOT under the Jewish law (book of Galations). We are Christians, not Jews. These people are seeking to Judaise the Church!
Extract 3.... "...(3 pages not included here) We must never forget that we are not partakers of all of the above instead of Israel, but with Israel. Being grafted into the Olive Tree enables us to partake in the Commonwealth of Israel. This "Commonwealth" is God's framework, His plan of redemption and salvation.
There is no other framework in which God works but this one. There are no other Feasts, no other Sabbath, no other Covenants, no other Laws which belong to God. Through the Jewish people, we have received all of these things. For thousands of years they have preserved what God has given them. Through the seed of Abraham, the whole world has truly been blessed. "I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you." Genesis 12:3
It is very important that we are grafted into the true "Olive Tree" and are nourished by the correct root, otherwise, our lives are open to deception. The word apostacy means to ‘withdraw, or rebel against the root'. Romans 9:3-5 speaks of the root. This is the foundation which God laid from the beginning. Anything outside this framework is a man made invention. To reImages holy, or set apart, is to reImages within God's framework and not mix. God is not a mixture: this is the foundation of the Torah and entire Bible.
"What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God." Romans 3:1,2 DESPATCH COMMENTS We are rooted in Christ Jesus - Praise His Name to Him be the Glory. We are Christians...see comments in Images article.
Refer to our homepage http://www.cth.com.au/corp/despatch/Israel_Tishrei.html or previous magazines Vol. 6:3. & Vol. 7:1 Imagesly re the unscriptural messianic Jewish position taken by Christian Organ-izations etc.
*Despatch knows that the Messianic Jewish movement is saving souls, bringing Jews to Christ as Messiah, for this we praise God. However, that does not mean that all other heresies should be over-looked in this movement. CHRIST JESUS is all, this is the Church Age, not the Jewish/Law Age. Dick Reubens claims that this is the GENTILE Age, and that God is dealing with the Jews in this dispensation along with the Gentiles, just as He has always done. He claims that after all Jews formed the Church, and all the apostles were Jews. This is only partly true. The disciples were Jews true, but they all became followers of Christ Jesus, and became the early Christian Church after they were saved. The Jews as a nation and a religion were “broken off” as Romans 11:17-20 shows. Today the Bible shows that the Nation of Israel is judicially blinded (Romans 11:7-12). Reubens denies that God has a separate covenant with the Jews, separate from the Christian Church. But, God’s promises to the Jews as a nation have to do with earth, and the Christian Church’s promises have to do with Heaven! There is no Jew or Gentile in the Church Age, we are One Body. Not Messianic Jew and Gentile Church, we are Christians together, the Body of Christ, with no partition wall between. May Christ be ALL to everyone, and may we move as One Body in Him. Paul said:
“Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, as Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee: Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” (Philippians 3:2-9).
The Bible declares us ALL together in our glorious Lord, may we too count all the rest but “dung”!
“For he is our peace, who hath made both one (Jew and Gentile), and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of command-ments contained in ordinances; for to make of twain (two) ONE NEW MAN, so making peace;
And that he might reconcile both unto God in ONE BODY by the cross...” (Ephesians 2:14-18).
“There is neither Jew or Greek, there is neither bond or free, there is neither male or female: for ye are ALL ONE in CHRIST JESUS.” (Galatians 3:28).
“For by one Spirit are we ALL baptised into ONE BODY, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been ALL made to drink into ONE SPIRIT.” (I Corinthians 12:13).
May God bring ALL together in the great leveller, the Cross of Jesus Christ. No longer Jew or Gentile, but the CHURCH of Jesus Christ. This is not the Gentile Age, as Dick Reubens of the Messianic Jews claims. This is the CHURCH Age, when we all humbly bow at the feet of the One Who is alone to be glorified, Jesus Christ.
THE ROOT IS CHRIST! There has been a lot said in these days about the Christian Church being “rooted” in Israel. Let us remember Christians that we are really rooted in CHRIST JESUS, as the New Testament tells us:
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him; ROOTED and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught,, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7).
Old Testament Israel, the Christian Church - the whole of all things Godly, are rooted in Christ Jesus. Israel was only called the Olive Tree because they were the privileged nation through which the Messiah or Christ Jesus would be born. But, the ROOT and the FATNESS of that Olive Tree was Christ Himself. Israel cannot be both “broken off” as Romans 11 declares, and reImages the Good Olive Tree of Romans 11 as well. There is too much talk of going back to Israel, the Old Testament, O.T. laws and dietary habits, O.T. Feasts being kept, the Talmud of the Jews is being consulted, Hebrew words and ceremonies are being inserted into Christianity - and Christ Jesus is being denigrated in it all.
Who are you following Christian?
Jesus Christ or Israel?
Who is the Only One in your life, does Christ Jesus have a rival?
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1).
“But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because
he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat
with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he with drew and separated
himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews
dissembled like wise with him; inso-much that Barna-bas also was carried
away with their dissimula-tion. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly
accor-ding to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all,
If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of the Gentiles, and not
as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?”
(Galatians 2:11-14). “...for whom I have suffered the loss of all things,
and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” (Phil.3:8b).
For further information about Dick Reubens, and pictures of his Altars of Sacrifice, go to... http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Despatch/vol94_Messianic_Reubens.html ....
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