“New Wine Skin” #1

images (2) “Sailing such waters as these.”

I enter these waters as a teacher defending my case. You deserve no less. If I cannot show strong evidence of what I claim then I should be completely ignored. Have I done my homework to sail these waters? You will be the judge. Have you done yours? But when God called me out of what has become the status quo of modern church, almost four years ago, I had not yet seen the night warrior in the sky, nor people trapped against wire fences by fierce winds, or a pandemic marking the entering of the last hour. These things would come in October of 2018, and then the pandemic this year.

I have been waiting and watching ever since October of 2018. God showed me gates opening. In October of 2018, I saw gates opening and fierce winds in June of this year. And I believed he was also saying the last hour begins, a period of about 42 years. But Jesus could return anytime all is fulfilled. When will the temple of Jerusalem begin rebuilding?

A lot of Christians don’t believe my warnings concerning the money-hungry modern church, and the preachers who teach such theology. I call it “King Theology”, but Jesus taught a “Servant/Priest Theology”. The kings rob themself of the magic, because kings worry about many things, but the servant is upheld by God in a supernatural faith and peace, and this is truly magical. It is a REST that still somehow produces results. A peace that somehow conquers battlefields. It’s a paradox magical and only possible with God.

But enough of introductions. Besides Jesus preaching a very nonmaterialistic lifestyle, what other evidence do I have? Let’s start with a man named Polycarp, and a Church of Smyrna. I found my answers when I left the modern church and began studying the early Church, as in the Book of Acts Church after persecution sent them outward into the uttermost parts of the earth.

The Great Commission was always God’s plan. The average modern Christian has 200 years of missing Church knowledge, and why is that? You would think that men directly discipled by the men directly discipled by Christ, would be very important knowledge for us. Polycarp was one of those men. He was directly discipled by the Apostle John, and then ordained as the House Pastor/bishop of Smyrna! A house church.

The value of this knowledge is of supreme interest because this Church was given a report card from Jesus in Revelation chapter two, while Polycarp was the bishop! And this church was one of only two that got an excellent score! The words Jesus spoke over this Church are of extreme interest, especially when you compare them to what He spoke concerning Laodicea! When you compare these two churches to the Churches of today, it gets very interesting.

Another point making Polycarp of such incredible interest is he wrote some things, and others also wrote of him. When we study those writings we discover there was a fork in the road taking place concerning the direction of the Church during Polycarp’s lifetime. The Rome bishop, which was beginnings of the Catholic Church, wanted to make a big change and Polycarp stood against it! He fought against this change his whole life! And he lived 80 some years before he was eventually martyred, burned at a stake in Rome by Roman authorities!

Now I know I must be careful not to overwhelm you the reader with too much at one time. So… let me present this easy to prove evidence that can be shown very quickly, and this will be our start. Polycarp was the bishop of Smyrna at the time Jesus judged the 7 Churches. Compare God’s words to Smyrna and Laodicea. Please note the Church of Laodicea had a theology very much like the King Theology we have today in modern Churches. But God’s words to Smyrna were very opposite of most Churches today. Jesus has not changed his message. When Jesus set the sails of His Church, he said you cannot serve God and money! Jesus has not changed, but the set of the sails for many Christians has.

Jesus words to Church of Smyrna: “I know about your suffering and your poverty, but you are rich!” (Jesus specifically mentions their poverty, but declares them rich! He goes on to speak more details concerning the suffering and more suffering to come.) He ends his message to Smyrna by saying: “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.” (Rev. 2:11a)

Jesus challenges anyone with ears to hear to listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches! Do we want to be among those who have ears to hear? Then Jesus commands us to “listen” and “understand” what he is saying to these 7 Churches!

Here are his words to Laodicea: “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me, gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.” (Rev. 4: 15-19)

After those words Jesus speaks of knocking at their door and coming in to share a table. We have spoken of how Jesus transformed religion to relationship, and huge temples to simple home tables. But people today are indifferent to my words, it seems. Or are they God’s words? Jesus commanded Laodicea to turn from her indifference! And what of us today? Lukewarm water is a mixture, a water of “compromise”, mixing both the cold and hot to get lukewarm. Mixing the world with the sacred only defiles the sacred.

This first evidence, besides the words, teachings, lifestyle, and Beatitudes of Christ, are but the tip of a very large iceberg of evidence that even ends up shining light on how we ended up in the dark ages! It’s a fascinating study and journey.

The battleships of old were huge Clipper ships with many white sails catching the wind for their power. Polycarp was a battleship of his time, and so were all the Apostles, and Christ himself. Some of the most famous battleships of the Church were powered by the Wind! In fact, they all are.

This has been a good start, but there is much more to come. These cannons have more to say. Let the yachts and cruise ships of today defend themselves if they can. These are serious times. The prodigals must come back to the simplicity of Christ and the Father’s House before it is too late. We can’t live in the weakness of watered down sermons, twisted truths, love of money, and missing knowledge anymore. The kings with no clothes must be revealed. Yes, this is still a Soul Sailor message.

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