The Clouds of Heaven – John Boruff

Based on Jude 1:14-15, Revelation 20:2, 1:7, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, and 2 Thess. 1:8.
A# – power chord on 1st fret
Cp – power chord on 3rd fret
C#5 – power chord on 4th fret

VERSE 1
E
Behold, the Lord comes with
Cp                                   A#
Ten thousands of His saints
E
To judge the wicked forthwith
Cp                         A#
Satan is now in chains

Everyone on earth will see Him
And hear the trumpet blast
Heaven’s faces lookin’ so grim
To bring justice at last

CHORUS x2
   E
I saw in the night visions
C#5                              A#
One like the Son of Man
E
Coming with the clouds of Heaven
C#5          A#
To fulfill His holy plan

VERSE 2

With the voice of the archangel
And the trumpet call of God
A moment sweet and painful
To destroy religious fraud

In flaming fire and vengeance
On them that know not God
All the saints in attendance
They cry and they applaud

CHORUS x2

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Two Calvinistic Conundrums: Stemming From An Over-Realized Eschatology – John Boruff

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.                                                                                                                                – John 10:28

It seems that this is the key verse from which all Calvinistic views of salvation rest upon. The view of “once saved, always saved,” which may very well be called the gospel of Calvinism. It can be found mostly among Southern Baptists; and anyone who follows after the New Calvinist and Reformed ministries. For all the good that has come out of Puritanism, the Westminster Confession, and such like evangelicalism—there can be no mistaking that the unclean spirit of eternal security is always lurking in the shadows, ready to surface and pounce on any Arminian who might suggest that personal sanctification and obedience to God’s law might be necessary for salvation: “without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14). This makes them cringe. This is not to ignore the Paul Washers and the J. I. Packers. Such men understand and emphasize the importance of Biblical holiness. But this is not the majority view of Calvinists; and Washer knows it all too well.

There is nowhere in Scripture that plainly teaches the concept of unconditional eternal security or “once saved, always saved.” It has to be taught by a Bible study teacher or a pastor first, and then it is read into the Scriptures by everyone else. They even try to interpret Hebrews 6 and 10 in such a way as to explain away the clear warnings against losing salvation. Historically, “losing your salvation” has been called apostasy. But even the verse above, John 10:28, does not imply that there is no such thing as apostasy. Unbiased commentators will tell you that it really has to do with “them” who are following the Lord, who are living a holy life, and are listening to and obeying the voice of God. It is these people, and these alone, who will go to Heaven AFTER THEY DIE, and experience eternal life IN HEAVEN, and once they are in Heaven, they will not be able to sin or fall or go to Hell: no devil will be able to “snatch them out” of God’s hand, because they will be in Heaven already. The core of the issue is that today’s Calvinism has an over-realized eschatology. They do with the doctrine of assurance, what the Methodists unfortunately did with the doctrine of glorification, and said you could experience such things BEFORE YOU DIE: the kind of perfect assurance or perfect holiness that the saints experience after they have arrived IN HEAVEN. At least in Methodism, with its error of perfectionism, people are erring on the side of strict moral responsibility. In Calvinism, however, they err on the side of moral IRRESPONSIBILITY, a false view of grace, and expect God to forgive them incessantly without repentance and change of life. So often this is the case; and I think that Luther, Calvin, and most of the Puritans roll over in their graves at the sight of this. Thankfully, when the Assemblies of God was founded, they steered clear of both the doctrines of eternal security and entire sanctification. Good for them.

When that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.                                                                                                         – 1 Corinthians 13:10, KJV

Then there are the John MacArthur fans. They wrongly think that this verse teaches cessationism or the idea that miracles don’t happen today. They think “that which is perfect” is the closed canon of the Bible; and “that which is in part” are dreams, visions, and the voice of God. Unbiased commentators will again point to the fact that this stems from an over-realized eschatology. “That which is perfect” refers to the second coming of Christ (if not life in Heaven, and seeing God face to face); and that “that which is in part” and “shall be done away” means that we will have no need for miraculous gifts once we have entered into Heaven. This is because miraculous gifts, with their partial revelations in obscure dreams, still help the church on earth to have stronger faith in the Gospel (Mark 16:20).

Cessationism first appeared in some of the early writings of Augustine, and then in Calvin (both of whom later became charismatics), and then was solidified in the Westminster Confession ch. 1, and especially in B. B. Warfield’s Counterfeit Miracles (1918), just four years after the Assemblies of God was founded. The tradition of cessationism was continued in three books by John MacArthur: The Charismatics (1978), Charismatic Chaos (1992), and Strange Fire (2013). His views remain basically the same in all of them, but they are updated with new information, as they attack new charismatic leaders that crop up. In 1978 he attacked Kathryn Kuhlman, Oral Roberts, and the Assemblies of God. In 1992 he attacked prosperity gospel preachers (Word of Faith), the Vineyard, and IHOP. In 2013 he attacked Bethel Church, and again attacked the Vineyard, IHOP, and prosperity preachers. This is not to say MacArthur’s feedback is worthless. Its actually very helpful. 1. Its a great thing that he exposes the prosperity preachers as false prophets and false teachers. I wholeheartedly agree; and so did David Wilkerson. 2. It goes to show Pentecostals how non-Pentecostals view them. 3. It also goes to show how wrong MacArthur is by simplistically equating tongues with cult activity. Just because Pentecostals speak in tongues and have religious experiences that non-Pentecostals don’t experience, it does not mean they are no different than Mormons or other cults. In MacArthur’s mind, there is no difference between the Assemblies of God and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon church). “Both speak in tongues and claim to hear God’s voice, so what’s the difference?” So thinks MacArthur. Well, the difference is quite clearly found in their theology and doctrines. Assemblies of God has an array of theological and practical books published by Gospel Publishing House. But the Latter-Day Saints go so far as to publish something called The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Mormons go too far. They add to the Scriptures and apparently consider the Bible to be an open canon. That is something that Assemblies of God, the Vineyard, and most non-denominational charismatic churches would never, ever allow. To them it is clear that the “open canon” idea equals cult.

But it is a spirit of unbelief which says that God is no longer giving miraculous gifts. Their whole purpose was not to authenticate apostles as Bible writers. Some Biblical writers didn’t work any miracles that we know of (for example: Mark, Luke, and Jude). Peter’s and Paul’s miracles happened so long ago that they have not been seen nor observed by modern man. They were apparently recorded for us to be points of reference, or blueprints, for what to expect from God today. God has consistently given direct revelations and miracles through Catholic saints, Covenanters, Quakers, Methodists, Pentecostals, and charismatics because He is always trying to increase the faith of Christians in the reality of God and the truth of the Gospel. That’s what miracles are for. Jack Deere does a great job at explaining this in Surprised by the Power of the Spirit, Appendix B: “Did Miraculous Gifts Cease With the Apostles?”

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Defending David Wilkerson – Andrew Strom

Wilkerson is gone now, and it is easy to forget. But the fact is,
there were often many in the modern Charismatic movement who
basically opposed all that David Wilkerson stood for. They described
him as a “Doom and Gloom” merchant – always warning of what
was coming and calling the nation and the church to REPENTANCE.

I received an email from some U.S friends awhile ago who had
just gone back to a Pentecostal church after some years. They
told me, “If I bring up David Wilkerson, they all get a hateful,
angry look on their face.” Isn’t that terribly sad.

Even though David Wilkerson was the one man who consistently
warned America of cataclysms just like the ones we have seen,
he was still denigrated. Even though he was proved right, still they
detested him! I think it is because his major message was
“REPENT”. And he didn’t pussy-foot around like a lot of these
other so-called “prophets”.

When the “God Wants You Rich” prosperity message began to
spread, David was one of the few leaders who publicly refuted it
and called the people to repent from the “love of money”. Many
hated him for that. Especially because he is so direct and
up-front.

And when the ‘Toronto Blessing’ came along, with churches full
of the most weird and often ugly behaviour – he called it like it
was. He was one of the few (if any) Pentecostal leaders who
actually stood up publicly and refuted this new ‘spirit’ that was
invading the church. You can imagine how despised he was
for that.

There is a ‘Prophetic’ movement in the world today that is in
my opinion very far removed from the word ‘Prophet’. It sells
truckloads of books and holds untold conferences, but at the
end of the day it is a mealy-mouthed travesty of the word
‘Prophetic’. It retains its popularity because it is almost always
“positive” and up-lifting. The voice of an Amos or Jeremiah is
rarely (if ever) heard in its ranks – let alone a “John the Baptist”.
It is almost never blunt or confrontational – especially about sin.

A lot of this movement has a chronic obsession with the ‘religious
spirit’. Everywhere these people look all they can see are religious
spirits of legalism, pharisaism, etc. Thus they are always talking
about “grace, grace, grace”. The words “Sin, Righteousness
and Judgement” are almost a horror to them, because they are
so fearful of being ‘religious’. And thus when they come across
a prophet who actually preaches on Sin, Righteousness and
Judgement (-which are the very things Jesus said His Spirit
would CONVICT of), they reject him. Every true prophet that I
know of down through history has been a ‘Sin, Righteousness
and Judgement’ preacher. So has every true Revivalist. (Finney,
Wesley, Whitfield, Edwards, etc). It is part of the job description!

We have invented a new meaning for the term ‘Prophetic’ in
our day that is far below the standard of the Bible. And far
below the standard that must be in place to see a true Revival.
I think it was God’s spokesman Ezekiel who coined the term
“pillow prophets”. That is the last thing that America needs in
her hour of crisis. What is needed are voices who truly tell it like
it is – who WARN the people, no matter what the cost. -A ‘clear
trumpet sound’.

David Wilkerson was just such a voice. And he was almost a
‘lone’ voice – though thank God he was widely heard. I believe
God placed him in New York deliberately – the city that
combines world political power with world financial power and
world media power. David was “God’s man” in that city – I truly
believe this. And if he said that God’s message to America
through these events was “REPENT” then personally I would
believe him rather than any mealy-mouthed ‘prophet’ who said
otherwise.

David hated sin and deception so much, and loved God and
the people so much, that he could not stand to be silent when
God’s heart-truths were being trampled underfoot. That is the
mark of a true prophet. He will be sorely missed.

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Various Revelations (2001 – 2012) – John Boruff

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A War In Heaven – John Boruff

Based on Ezekiel 28:12-15, Isaiah 14:12-15, and Revelation 12:7-12.

VERSE 1

All was well in Eden, the garden of God
All was well on the holy mount of God
All was well in Heaven among the sons of God
O Lucifer, you were perfect in your ways
Until iniquity was found in thee

RAP BREAK 1 x2

And there was war in Heaven
The ho–ly angels fought with the dragon
And his demons fought, but they failed
Neither were they found anymore in Heaven

VERSE 2

And I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven
Now is come salvation, and strength,
And the kingdom of our God,
And the power of his Christ
For the accuser of our brethren is cast down

RAP BREAK 2 x2

And-they-overcame by the blood of the Lamb
And by the word of their testimony
But woe to the inhabitants of the earth
For the devil’s come down, having great wrath

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The Anathemas Against Origen – The Fifth Ecumenical Council (Philip Schaff)

Originally from here.

I. If anyone asserts the fabulous pre-existence of souls, and shall assert the monstrous restoration which follows from it:  let him be anathema.

II. If anyone shall say that the creation (τὴυ παραγωγὴν) of all reasonable things includes only intelligences (νόας) without bodies and altogether immaterial, having neither number nor name, so that there is unity between them all by identity of substance, force and energy, and by their union with and knowledge of God the Word; but that no longer desiring the sight of God, they gave themselves over to worse things, each one following his own inclinations, and that they have taken bodies more or less subtle, and have received names, for among the heavenly Powers there is a difference of names as there is also a difference of bodies; and thence some became and are called Cherubims, others Seraphims, and Principalities, and Powers, and Dominations, and Thrones, and Angels, and as many other heavenly orders as there may be:  let him be anathema.

III. If anyone shall say that the sun, the moon and the stars are also reasonable beings, and that they have only become what they are because they turned towards evil:  let him be anathema.

IV. If anyone shall say that the reasonable creatures in whom the divine love had grown cold have been hidden in gross bodies such as ours, and have been called men, while those who have attained the lowest degree of wickedness have shared cold and obscure bodies and are become and called demons and evil spirits:  let him be anathema,.

V. If anyone shall say that a psychic (ψυχικὴν) condition has come from an angelic or archangelic state, and moreover that a demoniac and a human condition has come from a psychic condition, and that from a human state they may become again angels and demons, and that each order of heavenly virtues is either all from those below or from those above, or from those above and below:  let him be anathema.

VI. If anyone shall say that there is a twofold race of demons, of which the one includes the souls of men and the other the superior spirits who fell to this, and that of all the number of reasonable beings there is but one which has remained unshaken in the love and contemplation of God, and that that spirit is become Christ and the king of all reasonable beings, and that he has created all the bodies which exist in heaven, on earth, and between heaven and earth; and that the world which has in itself elements more ancient than itself, and which exists by themselves, viz.:  dryness, damp, heat and cold, and the image (ιδέαν) to which it was formed, was so formed, and that the most holy and consubstantial Trinity did not create the world, but that it was created by the working intelligence (Νοῦς δημιρυργός) which is more ancient than the world, and which communicates to it its being:  let him be anathema. – This is similar to the teaching of Derek Prince and Don Basham. They teach that demons are not fallen angels, but the spirits of a pre-Adamic race of Neanderthals or the angel-human hybrid giants of Genesis 6:4.

VII. If anyone shall say that Christ, of whom it is said that he appeared in the form of God, and that he was united before all time with God the Word, and humbled himself in these last days even to humanity, had (according to their expression) pity upon the divers falls which had appeared in the spirits united in the same unity (of which he himself is part), and that to restore them he passed through divers classes, had different bodies and different names, became all to all, an Angel among Angels, a Power among Powers, has clothed himself in the different classes of reasonable beings with a form corresponding to that class, and finally has taken flesh and blood like ours and is become man for men; [if anyone says all this] and does not profess that God the Word humbled himself and became man:  let him be anathema.

VIII. If anyone shall not acknowledge that God the Word, of the same substance with the Father and the Holy Ghost, and who was made flesh and became man, one of the Trinity, is Christ in every sense of the word, but [shall affirm] that he is so only in an inaccurate manner, and because of the abasement (κενώσαντα), as they call it, of the intelligence (νοῦς); if anyone shall affirm that this intelligence united (συνημμένον ) to God the Word, is the Christ in the true sense of the word, while the Logos is only called Christ because of this union with the intelligence, and e converso that the intelligence is only called God because of the Logos:  let him be anathema.

IX. If anyone shall say that it was not the Divine Logos made man by taking an animated body with a ψυχὴ῾ λογικὴ and νοερὰ, that he descended into hell and ascended into heaven, but shall pretend that it is the Νοῦς which has done this, that Νοῦς of which they say (in an impious fashion) he is Christ properly so called, and that he is become so by the knowledge of the Monad:  let him be anathema. – The Monad was the god of Neoplatonism or Plotinus. It is here clearly condemned by the church fathers. Origen was apparently a Christian Neoplatonist. Both the church fathers and the Desert Fathers rejected this teaching as heretical. Its a false mysticism.

X. If anyone shall say that after the resurrection the body of the Lord was ethereal, having the form of a sphere, and that such shall be the bodies of all after the resurrection; and that after the Lord himself shall have rejected his true body and after the others who rise shall have rejected theirs, the nature of their bodies shall be annihilated:  let him be anathema.

XI. If anyone shall say that the future judgment signifies the destruction of the body and that the end of the story will be an immaterial ψύσις, and that thereafter there will no longer be any matter, but only spirit νοῦς):  let him be anathema. – Origen believed in annihilationism, which is hereby rejected as a heresy.

XII. If anyone shall say that the heavenly Powers and all men and the Devil and evil spirits are united with the Word of God in all respects, as the Νοῦς which is by them called Christ and which is in the form of God, and which humbled itself as they say; and [if anyone shall say] that the Kingdom of Christ shall have an end:  let him be anathema.

XIII. If anyone shall say that Christ [i.e., the Νοῦς] is in no wise different from other reasonable beings, neither substantially nor by wisdom nor by his power and might over all things but that all will be placed at the right hand of God, as well as he that is called by them Christ [the Νοῦς], as also they were in the feigned pre-existence of all things:  let him be anathema.

XIV. If anyone shall say that all reasonable beings will one day be united in one, when the hypostases as well as the numbers and the bodies shall have disappeared, and that the knowledge of the world to come will carry with it the ruin of the worlds, and the rejection of bodies as also the abolition of [all] names, and that there shall be finally an identity of the γνῶσις and of the hypostasis; moreover, that in this pretended apocatastasis, spirits only will continue to exist, as it was in the feigned pre-existence:  let him be anathema. – A type of Hindu universalism wherein all souls and things will be united into one World Soul. Totally unbiblical and ridiculous.

XV. If anyone shall say that the life of the spirits (νοῶν) shall be like to the life which was in the beginning while as yet the spirits had not come down or fallen, so that the end and the beginning shall be alike, and that the end shall be the true measure of the beginning:  let him be anathema.

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Fear The Lord – John Boruff

Based on Psalm 34.

VERSE 1

Em                                                            A#
I sought the Lord and He answered me
Em                                             A#    G
And delivered me from my fears
Em                                              A#
Looking unto the life-giving tree
Em                                               A#     G
Standing strong through my years

CHORUS – x2

Em                F#-F# / Em
Fear the Lord you saints
Em                             F#-F# / Em
Those who fear Him lack nothing

VERSE 2

Em                                                 A#
The righteous cry out and He hears
Em                                             A#    G
But He’s against all who do evil
Em                                            A#
He can see their repulsive jeers
Em                                                  A#     G
Slaying the wicked; righteous retrieval

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