There has always been a class of people willing to use God's Word for fun and profit. We see them on television. Benny Hinn, Jimmy Swaggart. Jim Baker. Pat Robertson. Robert Schuller. The list goes on. These guys come and go. Most of them are in it for the money and the fame. But there are people, social groups and secret societies that take the long view. They will use religious teachings for social control and agenda advancement and they manipulate the very terms of history when they do this. The biggest offenders here, especially in the US, are the Masons and the Zionists and Christian Zionists. For centuries they have assumed positions of authority and power in America's Churches and Christian colleges writing about a particular eschatological point of view that fits their vile plans for the future of the world. These people push the false teachings of dispensationalism, premillenialism and dominionism within mainstream, Bible believing churches to manipulate the very terms of history in favor of the Zionist cause. To my mind, this is the very spirit of antichrist working within the church. It needs to be called what it is...false teaching. The men in this camp are people like John Nelson Darby, Cyrus Scofield, Lewis Sperry Chafer, Hal Lindsay, Tim Lahaye, Jerry Falwell and others. They all insist on purveying this 19th century Zionist Masonic lie and the Church in America has suffered for it because it takes the focus off our mission and looks instead toward a future that Jesus Himself says we cannot know much about. No man knows the day or hour, yet there are Christians that regularly waste their time in endless speculation about blood moons, Shemitah years and Jubilee years trying to discern that time.
There is also a kind of New Age Christian Gnosticism which also seems to be taking hold. I do not know much about this movement or their beliefs, but I do know that gnosticism has been a scourge in the Church from the beginning. These are the people that believe they have secret knowledge about the Scriptures. They find secret codes where there are none. They look to extrabiblical writings for assistance in interpreting their beliefs. They discount orthodoxy to justify immoral behavior. They too are the great Christian liars of our time.
Perhaps this is why in Matthew 7:15-23 Jesus said,
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
We have to be on alert. We have to pray for guidance. And above all, we must study and continue to study. We must hold our teachers and pastors words up to the light of the Scriptures to learn if they speak truth about God's Word or merely convey the lies and false teachings of men with an anti Christian agenda. My advice here is this. Do not follow easily. Think for yourself with the Bible as you guide. You will not go wrong. If a Christian calls himself a Zionist, run as fast as you can in the opposite direction. If a Messianic Jew offers you advice about the end times based on America being the new Israel, shake the dust from your feet. Move on to the truth Christian. Love God. Love your neighbor. Preach the gospel. Jesus will be back when God is ready to send Him. See you in heaven!