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April 2015 Prophetic Observer

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The Watchman Outlook

by Dr. Bob Glaze

Dr. E. F. Webber

Southwest Radio Church of the Air began in April 1933, when Dr. E. F. Webber, pastor of a local church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, preached a prophetic message over a local radio station, KTOK. His radio program was his radio church—thus the name, Southwest Radio Church.

Dr. Webber was convinced that the world was entering the last generation. The format of the daily program was:

  • Evangelism—Broadcast the good news that Jesus Christ came to save sinners.
  • Prophecy—Signs of the time indicate that Jesus is returning soon.
  • Teaching—Teach the Word to discipleship believers.
  • Contend for the faith—Confront and oppose apostasy within the churches.

From 1933 to the present time, this ministry format has not changed. In 1959, Dr. Webber was taken home to be with the Lord.

Below is an excerpt from a sermon Dr. Webber broadcast in 1941 entitled “The Man Everyone Ought to Know.”

 

What Manner of Man Is This?

I am going to bring a message about Jesus Christ, about His life, and about His dealings with men. The one who has entered the Christian life finds Christ’s program is big enough to appeal to men and women of courage. It wins them by its grip on the realities of life. The Saviour, while upon this earth, lived an intense life of action. The records show that wherever He entered into the villages, or cities, or countries, or departed by ship, or went up into a mountain, or departed into the coasts, the people followed Him and heard His words gladly. The story says that men and women marvelled, astonished at His doctrine. They asked, “From when hath this man these things and what wisdom is this which is given unto him that such mighty works are wrought by his hands.” ...

Why Was Christ Called Jesus?

Matthew 1:21: “. . . thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” The study of the name “Jesus” reveals the fact that it is the same as the root of many of the Hebrew names including Joshua, Elisha, Isaiah, Hosea, and others. These names were all foreshadowing of the Messiah who was to come, and we find that the word “Messiah” has the same root as these names. They were an expression of man’s need for the Saviour. They were like torches lighting a dark pathway. They lighted the way to Bethlehem, Olivet, and Calvary. But all they could do was point the way to the Saviour who was to come. We find that Jesus in the Scriptures bears three hundred and sixty-seven names. Many of these names are descriptive of His life and ministry, but the name that is dearer, the name that is above every other name is the name “Jesus.” There are none of the heroes of this earth who have ever claimed to be man’s Saviour. ...

Four Wonderful Names of Christ

Here I call your attention in particular to Isaiah 9:6: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” The Son was not born; He was given. These are well chosen words. In Galatians we read the words, “A body hast thou prepared for me.” God, the Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, prepared the body into which His Son who had existed from all eternity was incarnated. Thus the Son was given and, as a child, He was born into this world. In this verse, four very wonderful names are given the Saviour. First, He is called the Wonderful Counsellor. The comma in our King James Version between the words “Wonderful” and “Counsellor” should not be there. It should be just one name—”Wonderful Counsellor.” Second, He is called “The mighty God.” Jesus Christ was the one who made the world, therefore He is the mighty God. “The everlasting Father,” that is, He is the expressed image of the Father and one with the Father, one of the Godhead. “The Prince of Peace”—the day will come when as the Prince of Peace, He will reign on this earth for a thousand years. During that time men will learn war no more. ...

The Son of God Was Greater Than Solomon

Matthew 12:38–42; Colossians 1:13–18. In the Colossians epistle we find a great deal concerning Christ. The apostle in this epistle gives the blessed Son of God the preeminence that is due His name. The question that I would ask the reader is, are you doing the same! In the first chapter of Colossians we have a very wonderful description of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. The word “preeminence” means to be first in all things, and we find no less than eleven times in this chapter the apostle names the Lord Jesus Christ. You will also find that in the four chapters that make up this epistle, the name of our Lord is found 34 times. As we study the Bible, we find that many very wonderful titles are given to the blessed Lord Jesus Christ. He is called the “Rose of Sharon,” and the roses of Sharon were the most beautiful roses to be found anywhere. He is also called the “Lily of the Valley.” And we all know that no flower surpasses the lily of the valley for beauty and fragrance. We find that using an astronomical title, the Christ is called “the bright and morning Star.” The earthly stars will someday be swept from their orbits by the hand of time, but Jesus will remain through all eternity. He is “the Light of the world.” He could truly say that He was the True Light in this world of darkness. In speaking of the great need of fallen humanity to enter the holy place of the Most High, Jesus said, “I am the door.” In speaking of the way that leads back to the fullness of grace with the Father, He said, “I am the Way.” In speaking of our need of Him to guide us and lead us at all times, He said, “ I am the good Shepherd.” When He would join us to Himself in a remarkable manner, He said, “I am the vine, ye are the branches.” In reference to this world that is dead in sin and trespasses, the Master said, “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and whosoever liveth and believeth on me shall never die.” On one occasion when He spoke concerning the ministry of Jonah which brought repentance to Nineveh, He said, “A greater than Jonah is here.” In speaking of the wisdom, the glory, the greatness of Solomon, the Master said, “Behold a greater than Solomon is here.” Many wonderful sermons have been preached and written from this text, and it is my desire at this time to make a comparison from the Word of God and history in order that we may see how much greater the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ truly is than Solomon was. ...

Christ Is God

Titus 2:13: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

Of all the questions our blessed Lord and Saviour ever asked, the most searching one was the one comprising the text, “Whom say ye that I am?” The correct answer to this question is the most essential factor to our Christian creed. It is the one answer that really reveals the innermost soul of every truly born-again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. It has been truly said that this answer is the eternal touchstone between the generate and the unregenerate. ...

Jesus Christ is the King who left the ivory palaces of glory, the bosom of His Father, and the adoration of the angels. He came to this earth; He came to His own, but His own received Him not. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” Some day soon He is coming back to occupy His throne, and we who are the despised ones now will reign with Him in glory in that great day. We’ll never hunger; we’ll never thirst, neither shall we ever know sorrow or suffering again, but we shall live with our King eternally. He shall call us His friends, heirs, and joint heirs, because we did not reject Him when He came and knocked for admittance at the door of our heart. Friend, have you let the King into your heart? If you have, some day He will own and acknowledge you before His Father and before all the hosts of heaven.

(This entire message by Dr. Webber is available in booklet form for your gift of $7. Call 1-800-652-1144 to order).

 


 

Should We Stop Judging?

by Dr. Larry Spargimino

Gavel and Bible

If you were asked, “What is the most frequently quoted verse in the Bible?” what would your answer be? Some might pick a verse from Psalm 23, or one from John 14:1–3. But that’s the wrong answer. The verse that wins many times over is Matthew 7:1: “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”

The liberal media, as well as liberal politicians, pro-gay marriage groups and a host of others, find this verse to be “gospel.” Of course, Jesus did say “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” But a text without a context is a pretext for all kinds of mischief.

Matthew 7:2 adds: “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Jesus is teaching that the standard we use in judging others is the standard by which we will be judged. So, this is not a prohibition of judging—just a clarification. He develops the thought in verse 5: “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” He is arguing for clear-sighted judging. He’s not arguing  against judging.

Later in Matthew 7 Jesus speaks about false prophets. Careful judging is needed because they look like sheep “but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (vs. 15). How can we beware of false prophets unless we first identify them, and that can only come through making sound judgment.

We live in a world marked by deceit and falsehood. Satan is the master deceiver (John 8:44; Rev. 12:9; 2 Cor. 11:3; 2 John 1:7). Critical judging is imperative. In fact, the Lord Jesus Christ said: “Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24). The command to not be deceived (Matt. 24:4; Luke 21:8, 12; 2 Thess. 2:3) can only be fulfilled by making judgments. All Christians are to make “righteous judgments,” yet there are some who have the gift of discerning the spirits: “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal … to another discerning of spirits” (1 Cor. 12:7, 10). The word “discernment” comes from two Greek words, one meaning “to judge” and the other meaning “between.” If deep judgment is a gift of the  Holy Spirit, can it be wrong?

Be Careful of Extremes

How would you answer the question: “Did you choose God, or did God choose you?” Lengthy theological tomes have been written by those who strongly support the former, or the latter. Those who might take a mediating position become the targets of both. 

Satan loves extremes. In this way he can discredit truth. Is God sovereign? He sure is—but we do have to witness. Is prophecy important? It sure is—but there are other things in the Bible, too. Is preaching important? It sure is—but there is nothing wrong with fellowship and “body-life” meetings. Most of us have bad memories from church splits and heated arguments between brethren in business meetings gone bad. These “enlightened” brethren claimed they were right and everyone else was wrong because no one agreed on their particular slant on one point of doctrine. Even some of the noteworthy leaders of church history engaged in hair-splitting dogmatism. History records the torture and burning of  Anabaptist men and women by some of the Reformers, the ugliness of the  heated debates between Luther and Zwingli, and the multiple controversies between Calvin and Servetus, who was burned at the stake for his heresy in Geneva. (Was John Calvin a radical Islamist!?) But now, in this age of political  correctness and apathy, the pendulum has swung far to the other extreme. We don’t want to divide over non-essentials and issues concerning which there is no real consensus among God’s people, but at the same time we are to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3). We need to contend without becoming contentious! After all, the apostle did write, “and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you” (Phil. 3:15).

Truth Attack

In our postmodern world, truth is now defined as “fairness.” For many postmoderns, the truth that Jesus is the only way (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 John 5:12) is not fair. This truth is considered “narrow-minded,” “intolerant,” and “exclusive elitism.” The same criticism is levelled against the absolutes of Scripture. But does this mean that we are all to become intolerant and opinionated?

In his excellent book, Who Are You To Judge: Learning To Distinguish Between Truths, Half-Truths and Lies, Erwin Lutzer observes that even tolerance must be based on truth.

Not everything about politically correct thinking is wrong. We Christians have often been judgmental, intolerant, and self-righteous at all the wrong points. We have been guilty of racism, elitism, and doctrinal snobbishness. There are some Christians who could use a good dose of tolerance, especially when it comes to their relationship with other Christians. But notice this: We should be tolerant in these areas, not because not doing so offends people, but because it is the right thing to do. In other words, our tolerance must be based on truth, just as much as our intolerance must be based on truth. In the end our judgments must come down to truth questions (p. 22). 

Judging the Media

Have you ever wondered why the mainstream media always supports liberal causes and bad mouths the other side? You don’t have to be a Christian fundamentalist to detect media bias. There is a behind-the-scenes conspiracy. “All the news that’s fit to print” means “All the news that we liberals believe is in line with our agenda is fit to print.” Recently hardnoxand­friends.com reported the following:

ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, national Security Adviser; CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications; ABC News Correspondent Claire Shipman is married to former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney; ABC News and Univision reporter Matthew Jaffe is married to Katie Hogan, the President’s Deputy Press Secretary; ABC President Ben Sherwood is the brother of the President’s Special Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood; CNN President Virginia Mosley is married to former Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Secretary Tom Nides. Might this help explain how upper echelon blunders always end up being reported in fine print?

Judge Conspiracy Theories

A conspiracy is a hidden plan, deliberately kept under cover, to bring about some intended end, one that might be viewed as sinister and not agreeable to the general population, and might be rejected if put to a vote of the public. Are there conspiracies today? Indeed, there are many. And, like the juicy worm on a sharp hook, they lure the unsuspecting to the fatal meal. “The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them that believe not” (2 Cor. 4:4) through conspiracies. If you are an obedient Christian you are in a deliberate plan to get people saved, even in places where the Bible is frowned on. It’s called “The Great Commission.” Those who are part of this magnificent “conspiracy” believe wholeheartedly that apart from Jesus Christ, people, and nations, are lost. The lateness of the hour on the prophetic timetable requires urgent effort and fervent prayer. Conspiracies are real.

However, problems arise with those who find a conspiracy under every rock. These are conspiracy-dominated people (CDP). They don’t trust anyone, are afraid to enter into meaningful relationships,  don’t talk to their spouses or kids, and are living in a dark cloud of suspicion. Their discretionary funds are used for stockpiling food and building multiple bunkers.

A CDP won’t vote for a good candidate because that candidate might not believe in their pet conspiracy. They will end up voting for a third-party candidate who does believe their pet conspiracy and basically throw away their vote, or end up not voting at all and tell their friends not to vote. When a pro-gay, left-wing candidate wins, they bemoan “the conspiracy.”

CDPs justify their hysteria on the basis of their “inside knowledge” of some special, secret information, not being disseminated to the public. Those who are aware of this “inside knowledge” are the good guys, those who are not are—well, they are just a bit dense. So, rather than being obedient Christians—witnessing, developing sound relationships, building their families, and devoting themselves to prayer—they are digging in for the great end-time battle with the Antichrist whom they believe is here right now, gleefully waiting in the shadows to pounce on the unsuspecting at just the right time.

A well-known website that appeals to CDP had this on their website in bold yellow and black lettering:

CAUTION—NEW WORLD ORDER AHEAD—DEATH CAMPS, FORCED VACCINATIONS—ELITE-CONTROLLED DEPOPULATION: WE’RE DOOMED!

Really? Christians are doomed? This is the mother of all heresies! Can we be considered “orthodox” and “fundamental” if we ignore Scriptures like Romans 8:37: “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us”?