Rev. 4:2 "And immediately I was in the spirit and behold a throne was set in heaven and one set upon the throne."
In the June-July issue of "The Remnant" we made some observations on a TV evangelist that was so filled with pride that he dared pronounce great things, as if from heaven itself, regarding matters concerning his life and death on the failure or success of raising $8 million. As it turned out, he squeaked out the sum and was "spared" to stay here on earth.
Now we hear even greater and more resounding words of great learning and deep insight from this "humbugger," in that he has informed us on national television that he has raised the dead. Yes, he says he has actually raised the physical dead, and not a few times but many. And to this he claims he has reliable witnesses. He further claims that he is going to return with Christ and sit on the throne with Him. We will not be so loose in our pronouncements as to say that was his exact wording, but that is certainly what it amounted to.
As to his first pronouncement, that he has raised the dead, we would only suggest the text, Rev.1:18 where we quote our Saviour, "I am he that liveth, and was dead and behold lam alive forevermore. Amen, and have the keys of hell and of death." Would it be too bold to ask that we be supplied with some evidences that this great humbugger has in his possession either a key to hell, or to death, or possibly both? If this man can truly raise the dead we see no reason for him dashing up to his prayer tower to plead that God not take his life, on the assumption that he might not be able to "bilk" the public of $8 million, for he could raise himself, and avoid his unwanted departure. If he has the key of death he has conquered the last enemy which our Saviour said He would conquer. Is this audacity, or is it blasphemy, or is it heresy, or is it idiocy, or is it all? We know that evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse according to our Lord, and, certainly it is so. Having slipped into the cookie jar and stolen once, he shall attempt to plunder it again with greater and grander designs. We feel convinced, however, that at some point the Lord in His fury will come and show this man how naked and wretched and miserable and blind he really is. The power he has over death is the same power that all humankind has, and that is, he has none whatever!
We can remember a few years ago when a great healer had a tornado strike his revival tent in a meeting in West Texas. He packed up and left town and didn't bother to go to the hospitals to heal any of the individuals who were injured in that terrible tragedy. We were informed by the mouth of a witness, whose testimony we believe, that a radio message went out that same day appealing for this "Humbugger" to return and deliver those who were so terribly afflicted while trusting his word. If one cannot so much as restore the injured when God sends a great whirlwind, how can we expect that they can raise the dead?
Some may seem feel we are presumptuous, but we will wax so bold as to say that we will offer him a carcass if he will come and raise it. We will offer him an ample supply of deceased if he will lay his hands on but one and raise it from the dead. But, probably, he will reply "there are some conditions and stipulations." It would be a great wonder if we ever heard what those conditions were, but it would certainly be generous if he has this power, that he would exercise it as often as possible, and relieve the grieving of many who now sorrow for the death of loved ones.
As to him returning with Jesus to rule and reign, we know, according to the text from which we cited above, that but One sits on the throne. There is only room for one, for there is only one Lord, one God, one Ruler, one King of Kings. The four and twenty elders who fell down before Him to worship said, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power for thou has created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." To our humble way of thinking, the only one worthy to receive glory, and honor, and power, is one who can create a world for His pleasure, and for that alone. The Elders went on to sing a new song and to say that He was worthy because He was slain to redeem us to God by His blood. What part could any mere created, sinful being, redeemed or unredeemed, have in sharing the spoils of victory with the Lord of Lords, even Him who rode upon the white horse? Can anyone believe that presumption could run so rampant as for a wicked son of Adam to dare believe, much less to say in public, that he should reign with Christ. We know the Scriptures speak of ruling and reigning with Him, but we understand them in a completely different light than this individual has pronounced it, and we believe all who recognize their unworthiness see also that ruling and reigning with Christ is to sit in His glory, and to marvel at, and worship Him who sits upon the throne, and as a humble bride rejoice in the work of her Head and Husband; and not to actually participate and take part in the exercise of power. Such observations might well go unnoticed,-- but we do believe that it is well worth our time to stop and pause, and marvel at the long suffering of God towards those who would steal and plunder, rob the sheep, fleece the lambs, scatter the flock, devour the fold, divide the remnant, and even dare presume to exalt themselves to the position of the One alone who deserves recognition; Jesus the Saviour of sinners. "Take heed when ye think ye stand, lest ye fall," the Saviour said to the disciples as they returned from healing the sick and raising the dead, which He gave them, not others today, power to do. He said to them, "I saw Satan as lightening fall from Heaven." What a fearful, terrible thought that is; and lest there be those that question such a thing, read carefully as we recite the very text, Luke 10:17, "And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven. Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding, in this rejoice not that the spirits are subject unto you but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
We suggest, not only to the religious humbugs of this world, but more particularly to God's little flock that they never seek room for rejoicing in anything they have put their hand to do, or that God has given them grace to carry out, but rather that their rejoicing alone be in the sweet hope of their name written in heaven. For, after that Jesus thanked His Father, the Lord of heaven and earth because these things were hid from the wise and prudent, that is, the great religious humbugs, He told them God has revealed them unto babes, because as He said, "Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered to me of my Father, and no man knoweth who the son is but the Father; and who the Father is but the son and he to whom the son will reveal him." This will suffice those who see their sinfulness. For others, let them wallow in their shame.
August - September 1987