Some Straight Talking

This is a new Gospel tract . . .

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Some

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No Sugar-Coating;

No Beating about the Bush;

Just the Plain, Gospel Truth . . .

~ With Compliments ~

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Gary Stephen Crous

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Who is Jesus Christ?

   You may have no idea. You may not care. You may think you know something about Him, or you may think you know all about Him. You may even claim to be one of His disciples. Or you may not.

   That He was a true man who lived on earth some 2000 years ago is a well-attested fact of history. No single individual who has ever lived has had such an effect, such an impact, on the world. For 2000 years, He has dominated the history of the human race. Many have loved Him more than life itself. Many have hated Him and those who follow Him. Who was He? Who is He? And why does He matter? Should He matter to you?

   Jesus once asked His disciples this question: “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?”

   There were many opinions about Him, and His disciples told Him what men were saying. But then He said to them, “But whom say ye that I am?”

   One of His disciples, Simon Peter, answered, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus exclaimed, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” This is found in the Bible, in Matthew 16:13-17.

   “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” Reader, you may have heard the opinions of many men about Jesus. Some say one thing, some say another. But hear Jesus speaking: “But whom say ye that I am?” Whom do you say that He is? Men’s opinions count for nothing; all that matters is the truth. The answer to the question Jesus asked is the most important answer that you will ever give to any question in your life. Do you answer that you don’t know? Or that you don’t care? Perhaps you answer that He was just a man? Perhaps a great man, perhaps even a prophet, but no more than that? Jesus certainly claimed to be much more than that! He claimed to be the Christ, the Son of the living God. And He also claimed to be the only way, truth, and life; and that no man comes to God the Father, but by Him (John 14:6). And the Bible, which tells us about Him, says of Him: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, where we must be saved” (Acts 4:12) – saved from our sins.

   The true Gospel has nothing to do with meetings using crowd-pulling gimmicks, providing “thrills” or “entertainment,” nor has it anything to do with wild promises about bodily “healing” and other “miracles,” nor is it about pomp and ritual, nor is it a political message, nor a social one, nor is it driven by “pop psychology”. What you are about to read is the simple, plain, Gospel truth. No sugar-coating to make it more palatable, no beating about the bush. Just the plain, Gospel truth about Jesus Christ, the only Lord and Saviour.

   Perhaps you are burdened by a sense of your sin, and are longing to be at peace with God? Then read on! The Bible says, “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country” (Proverbs 25:25). The Gospel means the glad tidings, or good news; and truly, the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is good news from a “far country,” from heaven itself, “good tidings of great joy” (Luke 2:10), the greatest news ever heard on earth: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”! (1 Timothy 1:15). And “He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him”! (Hebrews 7:25).

   The fact is, all men and women are sinners, and sin is a terrible thing: it is the transgression of the perfect and holy law of God, and it has separated all mankind from God. Those who die in their sins suffer the torments of eternal fire. Jesus said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13,14). The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is that strait gate, and narrow way, that leads to life! “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” Jesus said; “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). If you, then, are asking, “What must I do to be saved from my sins?” here is the answer: “Repent”! (Acts 2:38); and, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Forsake your sin, repent of it, turn from it, and believe, with all your heart, in Jesus Christ! To believe in Him is more, much more, than merely an intellectual head-knowledge about Him; it is to cast yourself upon Him, by faith, for salvation. He is the Son of the living God, holy, harmless, undefiled, sinless, the only Lord and Saviour.

   He died on a cross, He was crucified, not for His own sins – for He had none of His own – but for the sins of His chosen people, those given to Him by His heavenly Father to save, paying the penalty for sin in their place, shedding His blood to redeem them. And after dying in their place, the wrath of God being poured out upon Him, having satisfied the justice of God and having put away the sins of those He died for by the sacrifice of Himself, He rose from the dead, victorious over death, sin, and Satan; and He gives eternal life to as many as the Father has given Him. Eternal life cannot be earned, and it cannot be bought; it is the gift of God through Jesus Christ the Lord. He alone is the One who can save the soul and set the spiritual captive free! Forsake your sin, turn to the Lord by faith, and be saved!

SHAUN WILLCOCK

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365 Years Ago Today . . .

24  God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25  Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27  That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: ~ Acts 17:24-27

Today is the 365th Anniversary (6th April 1652 – 6th April 2017)since Commander Johan “Jan” van Riebeeck from the V.O.C. (Dutch East Indies Company) landed at the Kaap de Goede Hoop (the Cape of Good Hoop) which is present day Cape Town. A God fearing man of Dutch Reformed Christianity, came to the fairest Cape and brought with him and his fellow Dutchmen the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here is the original Resolution prayer in Dutch for the work that lay ahead in establishing the refreshment post at the Cape:

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These historical documents are from the Precis of the Archives of the Cape of Good Hope – December, 1651 to December, 1653 – of Riebeeck’s Journal translated into English and stored in typed text by H. C. V. Leibrandt, Keeper of the Archives, 1897. The following extracts are a log of events as the Drommedaris sailed southwards from Texel in Holland to the Cape.

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Further readings of this historical day in South African History, can be read at these blog links:

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Soli Deo Gloria

Is there a pre-tribulation rapture?

What does GOD’s Holy Word really say in the Christian Doctrine of Eschatology – the “study of end-times” – pertaining to the “rapture”? And does the Latin word for “caught up” being rapturo mean a literal “pre-tribulation rapture”?  

The Dispensationalist Futuristic Eschatology believers advocate the “rapture of the Church” prior to the great tribulation described in the Book of Revelation when GOD pours out His wrath upon men left on the earth as well as on His ‘chosen people’ from the House of Israel, the Jews, who will be experiencing Jacob’s Trouble in fulfilment of Daniel’s prophecy concerning the seven-year tribulation. As the pre-trib advocates’  interpretation goes, the Church has been “raptured out of the earth” and are in heaven and will therefore not be present when GOD pours out His vial judgments upon the earth. This can then leave born-again Christians with an understanding that we need not worry about the mark of the beast or ever being deceived by the anti-christ, the beast or the false prophet, or taking “. . . the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Rev 13:17) as “the Church” will not be present on the earth during the tribulation!

The English evangelist Leonard Ravenhill (June 18, 1907 – November 27, 1994) put it aptly, quote: “Today’s church wants to be raptured from responsibility.” Is this a true reflection of modern churchianity? In Scripture we learn that “there is no respect of persons with God” and that Jew and Gentile will be treated justly in salvation by His judgment and His reward, as we read,

16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. ~ Romans 1:16

9  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 
10  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 
11  For there is no respect of persons with God. ~ Romans 2:9-11

So what does Scripture then really say concerning the “rapture” and its timing? Let us first look at the verses that “pre-tribulation rapture dispensationalists” use to advocate the rapture taking place before the great tribulation where our Lord Jesus Christ “returns” for His Church in the air, but does not “come to the earth”. We read in 1 Thessalonians 4 the following,

14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17

The apostle Paul is addressing the ekklesia at Thessalonica and explaining the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and its relationship with the dead, “which sleep in Jesus”, and the believers who are “alive and remain” when the Lord Jesus comes. The context can be gleaned from certain words and verses that confirm this. In 1 Thessalonians 3:13 Paul writes “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.” (Emphasis added by writer in bold and hereafter throughout). This “To the end” is of time that Paul speaks of when the believers will appear before GOD and Paul confirms it by saying “at the coming” of our Lord Jesus Christ. He does not say at the fetching of His Church, but “at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” Who will not come to fetch His Church alone, but “with all his saints.” The question to the pre-trib rapture advocates, is: Why does our Lord Jesus Christ come fetch His Church in the air bringing with Him “all his saints” only to return back to heaven with His saints again?

Paul then starts chapter 4 with the words, “FURTHERMORE then we beseech you . . .”; the apostle Paul continues with the emphasis of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, but now exhorts and gives instructions to the ekklesia about holy living which is leading up to him reiterating the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know,

14  Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: ~ Hebrews 12:14

In 1 Thessalonians 4:14, the apostle Paul speaks of our belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus and states that the believers “which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” This is pertaining to the first resurrection of “the dead in Christ” (1 Thess 4:16), as we also read, for it is written,

4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 
6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. ~ Revelation 20:4-6

Those believers “which sleep in Jesus” who died during their lifetime before the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, God will bring with Him. It should also be noted from the preceding portion of Scripture in Revelation 20:4 that the souls that take part in the first resurrection “. . . were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; . . .” and therefore it is common sense from a literal reading of GOD’s Word that they must have been present at the time of the worshipping of the beast and of his image and the receiving, i.e. the giving, of the mark of the beast. The apostle Paul writes that the “dead in Christ” will be raised to life and those “which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord” (1 Thess 4:15) “. . . shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thess 4:17). Twice the phrase “alive and remain” is used in 1 Thessalonians 4:15 and 17 in reference to those living at the time. Interestingly Paul uses the “we” which is the first person plural, for since the time of Pentecost all believers were living with an expectation of the soon returning Lord Jesus Christ, and the end-days started almost two thousand years ago. We too live with an imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ perspective, and it was no different back then in first century A.D., in the year of our Lord. We read in Scripture that we are to “watch” for we know not when the time is for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is written for our instruction,

35  Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
36  Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37  And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
~ Mark 13:35-37

36  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. ~ Luke 21:36

6  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:6

7  But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. ~ 1 Peter 4:7

3  Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. ~ Revelation 3:3

The word “remain” in the phrase “alive and remain” (1 Thess 4:15,17) is the Greek word,

G4035 περιλείπω , perileipō, per-ee-li’-po; from G4012 and G3007; to leave all around, that is, (passive) survive: – remain.

It speaks of “survive”. To survive is to overcome something, be put through something! It is used in these verses speaking of the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and this can only be that the believers have survived the wickedness upon the earth and the “seven-year great tribulation”!

The reason why these Scriptures can only be describing the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ is the wording that is used. In 1 Thessalonians 4:16 Paul writes, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven . . .”. To descend is to physically come down. To descend will also be a physical sighting of our Lord and if this portion of Scripture was for the “pre-tribulation rapture” of the Church then our Lord’s descending would constitute the second coming and the actual second coming would then constitute a third coming! This is false teaching and heresy! The descending is also not a “secretive rapture” as many argue, but there are announcements at the coming of the Lord with “shouts, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump [trumpet] of God”. All will know and see the Lord is coming and there will be further evidence as the graves will open and would have the dead in Christ rising first in the first resurrection.

If the “Church of Christ” is “raptured up to heaven” before the tribulation and we are to appear before the bema seat of Christ to be judged and receive our rewards as per 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 during the seven-year tribulation period on the earth as the pre-trib advocates believe, then when do the tribulation saints appear before the throne of our Lord Jesus Christ to have their works tested by fire – gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble?

Further questions which need to be answered, are: Should “new” tribulation saints die in Christ during the tribulation period, when do they get resurrected? Will it be at the second coming after the tribulation? If the dead in Christ are raised at the then second coming of Christ after the great tribulation, will this not then constitute a second resurrection of the dead in Christ which goes contrary to what Scripture tells us in Revelation 20:4-6 above? The second resurrection is for the dead unto eternal damnation!! Further, if the “pre-tribulation raptured Church” have appeared in heaven at the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:9), why have the new tribulation saints been excluded from the Lord’s marriage supper? Would these tribulation saints be deemed second-class believers in Christ and therefore not be partaking in His marriage supper? You can see that the pre-tribulation rapture theory is contrary to the Word of GOD!

It is not preposterous for the genuinely born-again believers who are alive at the great tribulation for them to pass through the tribulation. Many believers even today are losing their bodily lives through persecution and even tribulation. There are disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ who have lost their physical lives in tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones, landslides, great forest fires, electrical storms, violent accidents and other disasters, including wars and diseases, and yet spiritually they are saved from the wrath of GOD of eternal damnation. Scripture reveals that GOD can save those He will as according to His Divine purpose for His Glory, for “. . . The Lord knoweth them that are his . . .” (see 2 Timothy 2:19). YEHOVAH (YHVH) is able to save His elect saints – Jew and Gentile – and even in the midst of the great tribulation of Revelation which is to come. In Exodus GOD gives us assurance that He is able to protect His chosen people when He placed them in the land of Goshen in Egypt when He brought the plagues upon the Egyptian Pharaoh and his nation. None of the plagues touched GOD’s chosen people as we read some select Scriptures with emphasis by the blog’s writer concerning,

The plague of flies –

21  Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.
22  And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.
23  And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be. ~ Exodus 8:21-23

The murrain of beasts –

3  Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain. 
4  And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children’s of Israel. 
5  And the LORD appointed a set time, saying, To morrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land. 
6  And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one. 
7  And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, there was not one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go. ~ Exodus 9:3-7

The plague of hail –

23  And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt.
24  So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.
25  And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.
26  Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail. ~ Exodus 9:23-26

The darkness –

21  And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.
22  And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:
23  They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. ~ Exodus 10:21-23

The firstborn –

4  And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: 
5  And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. 
6  And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. 
7  But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. ~ Exodus 11:4-7

Therefore, from reading the preceding Scriptures from the Book of Exodus all things are possible with GOD and even in the midst of the great tribulation of Revelation, GOD can keep His people safe and untouched.

We further know that the Scriptures in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 and 17, could only be referring to our Lord Jesus Christ’s second coming at the last trumpet and not a “pre-tribulation rapture”, for we read,

50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:50-53

And when does the last trumpet take place? Certainly not before the great tribulation of the Book of Revelation! For we read concerning the “elect” (and this portion of Scripture is not just for the Jews as some erroneously believe) when we read in Matthew 24, “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)” (Matt 24:15) which event takes place before the days of the elect spoken of in Matthew 24:21-24 concerning “21 . . . great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”  These events all precede, as it is written,

29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 
30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 
31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
~ Matthew 24:29-31

There is therefore sufficient proof from GOD’s Word that there is no pre-tribulation rapture. The rapture, a catching up of the dead in Christ and those that are alive and remain will take place at the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ immediately after the tribulation, i.e. post-tribulation. In closing, is ‘Chart No. 5 – The Seven Thousand Years of Human History’ then a true representation of what the Holy Bible teaches? Clarence Larkin (1850-1924), a dispensationalist, studied the Scriptures and “with the help of some books that fell into his hands, led him to adopt many of the tenets of the premillennialist theology that was gaining favor in conservative Protestant circles in the Gilded Age.”* It is widely accepted that the teachings of the pre-tribulation rapture theory was invented in the 19th century by a man named John Nelson Darby (1800-1882) who is considered to be the father of modern Dispensationalism and Futurism (“the Rapture” in the English vernacular)**.

The Seven Thousand Years of Human History

In Larkin’s aforementioned chart (click to enlarge) the pre-tribulation rapture is depicted and taught to have taken place before the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in A.D. 2000! We are now in the year 2016 A.D. and therefore what has been recorded in Clarence Larkin’s chart as “gospel truth” is false for neither had the “rapture” taken place neither had Christ returned in the year 2000 A.D.!

The plumbline of GOD’s Word is not what men teach, but what GOD’s Word tells us! Let GOD be true, but every man a liar.Soli Deo Gloria

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Footnotes:

* Clarence Larkin http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Larkin

** Christianity Today: Christian History, John Nelson Darby, http://christianitytoday.com/history/people/pastorsandpreachers/john-nelson-darby.html and http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Nelson_Darby

My friends are dying . . .

. . . and though they be alive, they are dead men walking!

 Pirates FC 1986 Natal League Cup winners

Dear friends,

This is a clarion call to all my past, present and future friends – a clarion call trumpeted to all known Football Association (soccer) players, managers, coaches, administrators, officials and referees i have had the privilege of meeting, playing for and playing against, and also having socialised with over the past years.

This cry out is pertinent at this most urgent time we live in. Being a member in two social media groups on Facebook – titled ‘Natal League’ and ‘The Old MDFA Soccer Days (Shamrocks, Pirates, Savages, Park Villa)’ – i take this opportunity to make right any wrongs i have committed against any individual or club team in the football (soccer) fraternity i had been a part of since my junior days at Fynnland FC on The Bluff, Durban in the early 1970s, at Empangela Park FC in Empangeni, Zululand and from 1980 at various clubs under the Pietermaritzburg and District Football Association (MDFA) and Natal Football Association (NFA). Please forgive me for any wrongs committed against you in our past playing days . . .

Since 1980, some would say i have had more ‘clubs’ than South African golfer Gary Player – having played at various stages for Pirates FC (U17 to Seniors MDFA and Natal League), Shamrocks FC (MDFA, Natal Premier Reserve League and The Witness Regional League), Howick FC (MDFA), Hearts FC (MDFA) and Savages FC (MDFA ‘Barflies’ and Over 35s) and as an ‘unofficial player’ for the University of Natal: Pietermaritzburg at the RAU Inter-Varsities Tournament in the 80’s!

Over the past few years or so, many of our generation of players and coaches have died and passed on into eternity. Some have hopefully died with a living hope, whilst others have sadly and tragically died with no hope at all and are damned for all eternity. It is for this very reason i come to you my friends, in love, with this message: My friends are dying and though they be alive, they are dead men walking!

Bill Shankly Liverpool FC 1959-1974 Bill Shankly, a Liverpool manager on Merseyside from 1959–1974 is quoted as saying: “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”[*] Well, the socialist William “Bill” Shankly came to realise on Tuesday 29th September 1981 at the age of 68 when he passed into eternity[**] that football is not “much, much more important” than life and death, when he died of a heart attack. The front page headline of the Liverpool Echo newspaper read: SHANKLY IS DEAD. It recorded the official Broadgreen Hospital statement: “Mr Shankly suffered a cardiac arrest at 00.30 am and was certified dead at 01.20. Shanks had been battling for life since he suffered a heart attack early on Saturday morning. He had been making good progress until his condition deteriorated yesterday morning and he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit. His wife Nessie was by his side when he died.”

shanksfuneralspt81 Dear friends, how will your epithet read one day when you pass from this life into eternity? Will you be remembered as having lived with a hope and being born-again? Or, will you be remembered as having wasted your life and being damned for all eternity? GOD’s Word tells us in advance, giving a clear warning, whether you believe it or not,

27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: ~ Hebrews 9:27

Friends, whilst we played our football according to the prescribed Football Association (FA) Laws, the matches always had foul play in them. As in life so in football – every law broken has a consequence to the lawbreaking: in football the consequences would be a free-kick, a penalty, a booking or a sending-off which latter offence would most likely have ended up in a suspension for the offending culprit, or the like.

Therefore, it is a no-brainer that whilst the games were played hard, they were certainly never fair. Lawbreaking of the Football Association Rule Book were always common place and practice. Be it stealing ground at throw-ins and free-kicks, lying about whether the ball came off your opponent last before going out of bounds with cries of “My Ball!!!”, cheating by pulling shirts, shorts or other body parts to gain an unfair advantage, diving illegally, or feigning injury or an unfair tackle to punish your opponent, or even more callously by deliberately “going over the top” which could result in a broken leg or ankle! These were the grievous deeds we mostly participated in – however a minority did try to play the game hard and fair – and whilst many of you might cry ‘foul’ and say it is the nature of the game, these actions were a direct result of a competitive and covetous spirit that lusted for vain glory – vanity of vanities!

Pirates Reunion 2009 Friends, our socialising after matches were also played hard. From my own experiences as many of you can vouch for back in the day; and yes, many of you too, have engaged in many of these following practices. Filthy and foul language used with open abandonment by and amongst ourselves, not even taking into consideration the ‘ladies’ or ‘elderly’ in our company, and engaging in crude joking. Drunkenness and vile affections were not only practiced but encouraged amongst our mates. Gossip and slander were often directed at some players and coaches and the referees and linesmen – often referred to as “The Three Blind Mice” – never escaped poisonous tongues, and sadly often carried the brunt and anger from the players for a lost game or decisions that never went a particular way. We also indulged in many late nights that carried on into the wee hours of the morning filling ourselves with copious amounts of poisonous alcoholic beverages, or maybe philandering and chasing after some skirt at nightclubs like Da Vincis, Crowded House, The Black Stag, Stables and at our various clubhouses amongst others  PMB Collegians, The Wanderers Club and the Midlands Club to mention but a few watering-holes.

In reality, by our actions it revealed to us that we were – and to a degree, many are still – wretched lawbreakers. The Holy Bible sums up lawbreakers as sinners. In 1 John we read,

4  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. ~ 1 John 3:4

In this Scripture, the law mentioned is GOD’s commandments and not man’s football laws. Man has a real dilemma – for there is none that is righteous, no not one. Man is conceived and born into this world in sin as a result of Adam and Eve’s sin against GOD in the Garden of Eden, and as a direct result thereof mankind is already condemned unto a physical and a spiritual death until such time that he/she comes to “. . . repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (see Acts 20:21). We read about the soul that sins, and that each person is answerable for their own sin,

20  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. ~ Ezekiel 18:20

Don't Judge Me!So, how we have in time past, and even now in the present, conducted our lives as can be seen from the above descriptions, man’s actions are referred to most clearly in GOD’s Word. In the Bible, there is correction brought against the hypocritical Pharisees and scribes in a story in their day, which is still applicable for us today, where the Lord Jesus Christ says that a man is not defiled by eating with filthy hands for the things eaten passes through the body, but what comes out of a man is what defiles a man, for it is the issues of the heart, as we read,

20  And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
21  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22  Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
23  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
~ Mark 7:20-23

We further read of the serious predicament that sinful man has,

19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 
20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 
21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. ~ Galatians 5:19-21

We can also read what the apostle Paul had to say to the church in Corinth,

9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 
10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 
11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Scripture tells us,

23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; ~ Romans 3:23

And therefore, not all are washed, not all are sanctified, and not all are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of GOD. Verse 11 of 1 Corinthians above was written to believers and not wretched sinners, for we read,

4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. ~ James 4:4

It is for this very reason that this plea is made to you, to humble yourself and cry out to GOD to save you, if HE is speaking to you by drawing you to HIMSELF, for none of your works righteousness’s (in other words, your bribes, your so-called good deeds, your filthy works, etc.) can get GOD to turn HIS wrath away from your account before HIM come Judgment Day! Even all the memories, the accolades, medals and trophies that you have accumulated through-out your football career is worthless and cannot save you,

36  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
~ Mark 8:36,37

You are not ‘good enough’ in your own stead to receive GOD’s pardon come Judgment Day, if you are walking after the flesh and not the Spirit of GOD! Here, take a quick test using GOD’s perfect and righteous Law, The Ten Commandments (see Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 5:6-21) to see your plight when you have to give an account before the great white throne judgment seat – How many lies have you told in your life time? If you have told but just one lie you are a liar. Have you stolen anything – irrespective of the size or value of the object, including piracy of music CDs and film DVDs? If you have, that would render you as a thief. Have you looked at a person with lust of the heart – either in acts of heterosexual and/or homosexual lust? Jesus calls that adultery of the heart (see Matthew 5:27-30)! Or maybe idolatry is your violation of GOD’s Law. Idolatry is not only in a religion of idol worship, but idolatry can be a love of money, material possessions, sex, drugs, music, etc or maybe it is football players and teams which are your idols. For many years Liverpool Football Club, its players and the game of football in general was a deep-rooted idol in my life until i came to repentance and GOD delivered me from this idolatry. GOD sees all,

3  The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. ~ Proverb 15:3

GOD being good, perfect, righteous and holy therefore has a good, perfect, righteous and holy standard! Judging by GOD’s standard, any person breaking HIS commands would leave that person guilty of breaking GOD’s Law and therefore GOD must punish their sin! Scripture reads,

Not Judging But Loving 12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. ~ Revelation 20:12-15

Dear friends, if you have violated GOD’s commandments that would leave you guilty before the Judge of the Universe. We all must appear before GOD, as we read,

13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. ~ Ecclesiastes 12:13,14

10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
11  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:10,11

You have heard that old cliché: “You do the crime, you do the time.” Well, GOD will punish all sin wherever it is found, and so, if you are found to have transgressed GOD’s Law and is found to be a lying thief, an adulterer at heart, and an idolater (just to mention a few violations of GOD’s Law) then you are guilty as a criminal who should do the time! And GOD’s place of punishment is hell as a holding cell until Judgment Day which results in an eternal sentencing into the lake of fire as mentioned in Revelation 20:12-15 here-above.

Whilst “God is angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:11b), GOD is also merciful and gracious. GOD is love (1 John 4:8,16) and HE shows HIS love by making a way for wretched sinners to be saved from HIS wrath, and reconciled back to HIMSELF,

16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 
20  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 
21  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
~ John 3:16-21

Your Life~ God's Solution to Your Religion: Click to read Tract As can be seen that the salvation of GOD is obtained through HIS Son Jesus Christ and not through the thousands upon thousands of man-made religious practices, customs and traditions! Man worships his plethora of idolatrous gods through his man-made cultic religions such as Roman Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, the ZCC, the TACC, Shembe Nazarenes, Seventh-Day Adventism, Jehovah Witnesses, Mormonism, the 38,000+ “ecumenical Protestantism denominations” (the Papacy’s harlot daughters) that have little unity in their doctrines and teachings, and atheism which is a religion of worshipping and serving the creation and not the Creator, as we read,

Creation vs. Evolution: Click to read Tract 20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted
beasts, and creeping things.
24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. ~ Romans 1:20-25

Yeshua haMessiach, the Lord Jesus Christ, said He is the ONLY WAY to GOD the Father when,

6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 
7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
~ John 14:6,7

The prophecies of old that were prophesied by the prophets in the Old Testament concerning the Saviour came to pass as YEHOVAH (YHVH), the One and Only True and Living GOD, ordained it to be. GOD confirmed through the prophet Isaiah: “For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us” (Isaiah 33:22). In the Historical account when Mary was pregnant with the baby Jesus, she said: “My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour” (Luke 1:46,47). Jesus confirmed,

56  Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
57  Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
58  Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. ~ John 8:56-58

The Lord Jesus Christ used the very “I am” that YEHOVAH GOD used when HE spoke to Moses out of the burning bush concerning saving HIS people Israel out of Egypt,

14  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
15  And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. ~ Exodus 3:14,15

And Jesus also confirmed that “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). For Jesus the Word (logos) has always existed from eternity to eternity, for “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8) for Jesus was in the beginning with GOD, as we read,

1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 
2  The same was in the beginning with God. 
3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. ~ John 1:1-3

14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:14

Much more can be written concerning the Saviour Jesus Christ[], but if you reject Jesus’ dying in your stead, a propitiation (a substitutionary atonement) on your behalf then you will be damned for all eternity. GOD can save you through HIS Son Jesus Christ. And ONLY through HIS Son, the Lord Jesus Christ! The Bible tells us that you must be born-again to see the Kingdom of God (John 3). For salvation is a work of GOD,

Spurgeon Gem 8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:8-10

In closing, often when a bereavement takes place the common condolences’ message shared is “RIP so-and-so”. The “RIP” stands for “Rest In Peace.” Kindly bear in mind that unless the deceased person was born-again and had the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour of his/her life then that soul will experience peace with GOD, but if the soul dies without finding peace with GOD the wrath of GOD will still abide on that person, as we read,

36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. ~ John 3:36 

Also football players do not go to a football heaven to kick footballs around with each other when they die. You will either be in heaven worshipping GOD or be in hell experiencing the torments of the fire. Today, while it is still today, find peace with GOD for you are not guaranteed another minute, another hour, or another day upon this earth. There are more people headed for hell than heaven, for Jesus warned,

13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
~ Matthew 7:13,14

Do repent of your sins and believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ, for this is your only hope. You reject the Lord Jesus Christ, you reject GOD at your own peril!

38  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. ~ Acts 2:38

Soli Deo Gloria ____________________

Footnotes:

* From the Bill Shankly website Own Words, we read:

Whether Shankly said the exact words… "Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that," is maybe not exactly accurate, but he DID say when reflecting on the relationship between the Liverpool and Everton fans.
"I’ve seen supporters on Merseyside going to the ground together, one wearing red and white and the other blue and white, which is unusual elsewhere. You get families in Liverpool in which half support Liverpool and the other half Everton. They support rival teams but they have the same temperament and they know each other. They are unique in the sense that their rivalry is so great but there is no real aggro between them. This is quite amazing.
I am not saying they love each other. Oh, no. Football is not a matter of life and death… it’s much more important than that. And it’s more important to them than that. But I’ve never seen a fight at a derby game. Shouting and bawling… yes. But they don’t fight each other. And that says a lot for them."

** I do hope Shanks repented for I have not come across any information confirming that Bill Shankly had repented of his sins and surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. However, I have seen some of Shankly’s other quotes where he blasphemes the name of Jesus Christ.

The Saviour of the world Scriptures ~

47And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. ~ Luke 1:47

11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. ~ Luke 2:11

42And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. ~ John 4:42

31Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. ~ Acts 5:31

23Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus: ~ Acts 13:23

23For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. ~ Ephesians 5:23

20For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: ~ Philippians 3:20

1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; ~ 1Timothy 1:1

3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; ~ 1Timothy 2:3

10For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. ~ 1Timothy 4:10

10But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: ~ 2Timothy 1:10

3But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; 4To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. ~ Titus 1:3, 4

10Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. 11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. ~ Titus 2:10-14

4But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. ~ Titus 3:4-7

1Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: ~ 2Peter 1:1

11For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. ~ 2Peter 1:11

20For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. ~ 2Peter 2:20

2That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. ~ 2Peter 3:2-4

18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. ~ 2Peter 3:18

14And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. ~ 1John 4:14

25To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. ~ Jude 25

Maritzburg United vs. Platinum Stars, 2016 ~ Preaching

The following preaching took place on Saturday evening February 13, 2016, outside the Harry Gwala South Gate before the Maritzburg United vs. Platinum Stars ABSA Premiership soccer match. Here is a four part playlist, in total +40 minutes:

Reference is made to certain soccer stadium tragedies which can be viewed at the following links where fans went to matches, but never returned home because they lost their lives ~

>> Heysel Stadium, 29 May 1985, European Cup Final between Liverpool (England) and Juventus (Italy) – 39 dead, 600 injured.

>> Hillsborough Stadium, 15 April 1989, English FA Cup Semi-Final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest – 96 dead, 766 injured.

>> Ellis Park Stadium, 11 April 2001, Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates – 43 dead, ?? injured.

The question is, were those souls ready? And Are You Ready? If you should die, where are you headed – Heaven? or Hell?

27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: ~ Hebrews 9:27

Soli Deo Gloria

Go preach to every creature . . .

1  Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. ~ Isaiah 58:1

Yes indeed! Go, stand and speak (see Acts 5:20). We are commanded to “GO” and proclaim by way of preaching the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the nations. We are commanded by GOD to make disciples of all nations and this can only come about by teaching, for it is written,

18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 
20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
Amen. ~ Matthew 28:18-20

We are instructed in the Gospel according to Mark, for it is written,

15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
~ Mark 16:15,16

Whilst it might seem nigh impossible to reach every creature, one should endeavour to attempt to reach as many as you can from every tribe, tongue and nationality using every opportunity that presents itself by GOD’s leading! For GOD’s ways are not our ways, for it is written,

9  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 
10  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 
11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. ~ Isaiah 55:9-11

For we preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified, for as it is written,

21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:21-24

Here are some picture stories of our evangelism adventures for the Glory of GOD Alone . . .

Saturday January 8, 2016

Jono, Philip and his son Obadiah distributed Christian Gospel literature and DVDs, whilst Gary preached with a loudhailer in Raisethorpe on the main road Chota Motala. The predominant people groups reached were Indian / Asian, of the Hindu, Islamic and other religious faiths. Was heckled by a Hindu woman who said we cannot judge other peoples’ faiths and also chirped by a coloured “professing christian” woman who took offence at us saying drunkards will not enter the kingdom of GOD (see 1 Corinthians 6:9,10).

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Wednesday March 2, 2016

Outside Bessie Head Library Jono, Aziz and Gary joined up to spend time sowing Gospel literature into the hands of people congregating outside the Bessie Head Library and passing by the Magistrate’s Courts across Church Street in Pietermaritzburg. Had a solid 1-on-2 Gospel conversation with two African youth, before breaking out into an open-air proclamation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to a gathered group atop the stairs. Much literature was distributed.

Wednesday March 9 and Thursday March 10, 2016

Attended at Townhill Psychiatric Hospital and was lead of the LORD to speak with and present the Gospel to an Islamic woman named Nasreen who was divorced by her Islamic husband. She was there to pick up medication from the outpatients’ department for her eldest daughter that suffers with Autism. On the Thursday Aziz and Gary visited the Northdale Hospital’s outpatients and much Gospel tract distribution was done to patients and medical staff alike. An open-air preaching session went forth unhindered as GOD provided an open door to make known the Gospel of His Son our great physician Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour Who heals a disease all of humanity suffers from – SIN! Whilst physical healing was being sought there, the greatest miracle would be spiritual healing of one’s soul by GOD Almighty through His Son Jesus Christ to all who believe upon His name. 

Friday March 11, 2016

Jono distributed many tracts and Gary distributed some tracts whilst preaching open-air atop “The Box” outside the Harry Gwala Stadium’s South Gate before the Maritzburg United vs. Golden Arrows ABSA Premiership League soccer match. It became a cold and a very wet evening for which we thank GOD our Father for we are in a drought at present!

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Saturday March 12, 2016

Attended outside the Mall @Scottsville where a school fundraiser for four primary schools were taking place. Jono and Gary sowed the seed of the Gospel and whilst Gary preached there appeared to be some “mocking” comments made from what we perceived to be some Varsity students. This Mall is near the UKZN Campus with students passing by regularly. The passerby was told they must repent and turn back to GOD and have their faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ (see Acts 20:21).

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Friday March 18, 2016

It was break-up day for the Easter holidays outside Scottsville Primary School. Whilst waiting for our grandson, Gary and his wife Tammy distributed Gospel tracts, including one titled: “The Reason You Must Be Born Again.” He also proclaimed the Gospel to the pupils, and passing parents, that Easter is not about bunnies and chocolate eggs, but the crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection of the Saviour of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ! Children and parents took many Gospel tracts. Praise be to YHVH!

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8  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 
9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 
10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 
11  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~ Romans 10:8-17

Soli Deo Gloria

The Gospel . . . Racism and South African History

On Saturday January 30, 2016, Jono and Gary went to minister outside the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg at the Maritzburg United vs. Mamelodi Sundowns ABSA Premiership soccer match. We would be having conversations, handing out Christian literature/tracts and proclaiming the Law and the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in the open-air.

Mbongeni and Snqobile The early evening started off well with a conversation with two gate-stewarts named Mbongeni and Snqobile (to the left) who both were very open and receptive to the Law and the Gospel message of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please pray for their souls and the many other hearers of the Good News.

Jono and a brother who attends their fellowshipThe crowds are arrivingFans at the entrance to the stadiumFans milling around as night falls 

There were huge crowds of people out that evening and sadly many are lost in their sins, many were drunk even before entering the grounds, and sadly there is still that scourge of racism from black Africans demanding their land back; as one man said, “Give back our land then we can talk!” about Christianity. We white Africans were Jono listening to this racist man - please pray for his soulsubjected to some racist slurs whilst handing out Christian tracts and preaching the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. A short video revealing an African man’s heart – seen to the right speaking to Jono – is posted here to show the wickedness that exists in men’s hearts, as we can read in GOD’s Holy Word,

9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 
10  I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. ~ Jeremiah 17:9,10 

From the video you will learn sadly of a false history. This is largely due to a lack of knowledge which may well be from a lack of education. However, the history of South Africa has largely been changed to fit men’s political ideologies to further their own agendas for wicked gain and control of people groups. Karl Marx said, “Democracy is the road to socialism.” How true that quote is when one considers that the African National Congress (ANC) comrades were trained under Stalinism and Marxism ideologies and are in a tripartite alliance with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and COSATU (a workers’ union that can cripple the South African economy at will with their strike actions). It is therefore no surprise that the South African history has been changed to fit with the governing socialist-communism agenda to further their propaganda. Since 1994 to present 2016 (22 years) South Africa has declined under the lack of leadership, maladministration and fraud which has seen a once prospering nation financially raped and economically plundered to a BBB-credit rating of only one level above ‘junk status’ according to Fitch Ratings in December 2015. Even in the so-called dark days of apartheid, writer does not advocate apartheid, the South African Rand (ZAR) currency was stronger against the US Dollar (USD) and the British Pound (GBP) trading in the positive, at times +2:1, where our Rand was stronger than foreign currencies. Historically, the South African Rand reached an all time high of R16.84 in January 2016 and a record low of R0.67 in June 1973 against the US$. Whilst South Africa had economic sanctions imposed against her in the 1980s the Rand still held its value against the US$! Since 1994 the ZAR has also reached an all time high against the GBP of R24.51 on 11 January 2016. Now we are seen as a ‘third world beggar’ nation that pleads poverty yet millions and billions of Rand are wasted, misspent, and pilfered through governmental schemes, like travel-gate, Nkandla-gate, tender-entrepreneur-gate, et al! This UCT 001beautiful land of ours that belongs to all peoples’ groups is slowly being destroyed from the Presidency’s office at the Union Buildings through the corridors of parliament downwards to the man on the street, the fiscal has become a  joke, crime is out of control, and arson appears acceptable when students destroy the universities and torch priceless portraits as happened at UCT – learning institutions of our future leaders. It is outright wickedness that shows these rebellious heathen thugs as reprobate in their actions. Where are the law enforcement agencies? Where is the rule of law? Anarchy prevails! While all of this lawlessness is playing out across the landscape of our society various people groups are being marginalised and victimised by these actions. As can be seen in the photograph hereunder a barbarous statement is made on a Tee-shirt: “KILL ALL WHITES”. This incites hatred, racism and xenophobia against a particular race group!

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Continued political speeches enforcing apartheid rhetoric effectually indoctrinates the majority of the black Africans by bringing up a distorted past that portrays all white Africans as racists of the apartheid regime. Not all whites are to be tarred and feathered with one brush! Not all stood for the apartheid regime and in many quarters English speaking whites were not always given the same working opportunities as Afrikaans speaking whites during the apartheid years. At the same time, you cannot class all Afrikaans speaking whites in the same category of the apartheid regime! We are white Africans for we were born in Africa. GOD’s Word is very clear about our habitation as we read,

26  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; ~ Acts 17:26

How to identify a 'Racist' GOD “hath determined the times appointed, and the bounds of their habitation” – that is where we should live. I am therefore proud to be a white African, however, sinful humanity will call being ‘white’ racist and being a supremacist!

So here is a brief overview of South African history pertaining to apartheid, and Jan van Riebeeck’s landing at Table Bay on April 6, 1652. Some even believe the absurdity that apartheid came to these shores with  Jan van Riebeeck, a devout Dutch reformed Christian, not to be confused with the ‘Dutch Reformed church’ of the apartheid era. Apartheid “officially” only existed during the period from 1948 to 1994, a time period of 48 years. The term apartheid was introduced into South African politics in 1948 as part of the election campaign by D.F. Malan’s Herenigde Nasionale Party (HNP – ‘Reunited National Party’). From the 1950’s the ANC’s anti-apartheid “peaceful” Defiance Campaign was orchestrated. After the SA Police had tragically opened fire at a Defiance Campaign held at Sharpeville killing 69 and wounding 186 and thereafter the South African Government banned the ANC and the PAC on March 30, 1960, the ANC commenced their retaliation with their terrorist armed-struggle in 1961, with their military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) carrying out in 18 months 200 acts of sabotage.  From 1961 to 1990 MK engaged in many incidents of bombings, torture and murder, killing hundreds of civilians. These attacks, for there are always two sides to a story, also included these two soft civilian targets by way of example to demonstrate the atrocious terror inflicted on civilians, both black and white, amongst others –

Magoo’s Bar is bombed” which report reads as follows:

Saturday, 14 June 1986

Three people died and sixty-nine are injured in a bomb explosion in Magoo’s Bar on the Durban beach. An ANC’s arm wing uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) cell, led by Robert McBride, planted a bomb in a car outside the popular “Why Not Magoo’s Bar”, with the belief that the place was frequented by security branch police. There was a campaign at that time by MK members to attack police stations and places frequented by police. McBride was caught and convicted, and later granted both a reprieve from death row, and amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

Source:

  • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.

and “Bomb in Benoni Wimpy kills Mary” which report reads as follows:

Saturday, 30 July 1988

Mary-Anne D’Oliveira Netto Serrano (21) was killed in a bomb explosion in the Wimpy Bar [Restaurant] at the Benoni Plaza, Benoni on the East Rand. About sixty [66] people were injured, of whom nine seriously. Four men, Tebogo [Christopher] Kebotlhale, Molwedi Mokoena, Phumzi [Ernest] Sigasa and Elfas Mabore Ndhlovu who declared themselves as ANC members, applied for amnesty to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for the bombing in Benoni and an ambush outside Lindela Hostel in Katlehong in 1988. They alleged that they had targeted the Wimpy, because they believed it was a regular meeting place of police officers. The four men were granted amnesty in 1999.

Sources:

The ensuing terrorism ultimately pressured the Nationalist government and led to the South African State President F.W. de Klerk – of the now defunct Nationale Party (NP – ‘National Party’) – beginning negotiations to end apartheid, culminating in the multi-racial one-man-one-vote democratic elections of 1994. De Klerk began the process of dismantling apartheid with the release of Mandela’s mentor and several other political prisoners in October 1989. Nelson Mandela (born 18 July 1918 – died 5 December 2013?) was released from the Victor Verster Prison on February 11, 1990. The official abolition of apartheid occurred in 1991 with the repeal of the last of the remaining apartheid laws, but it is widely regarded that apartheid fell at the 1994 democratic general elections. The scars of the apartheid years were finally put to rest, so it seemed, at the subsequent Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). However, this is far from the truth as we still see and hear that the post-1994 State of the Nation Address (SONA) by the Presidents of the new South Africa continue reminding the citizens of the apartheid years using it as a ‘fear tactic’ to win votes and also as if the ruling ANC party still have ‘an enemy to get rid of,’ and this is into their 22nd year of rule (1994-2016)! Many of today’s youth were not even born during the apartheid years yet the Marxist ANC government still continues indoctrinating young and old minds alike about apartheid never putting the past to rest! This is why South Africa as a nation will never progress as it holds onto the scars and unforgiveness of yesteryear. Two wrongs do not make a right! Scripture tells us,

2  When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. ~ Proverbs 29:2

While people suffered and mourned under the wicked apartheid regime, today post-apartheid people are still suffering and mourning under the wicked rule of the ANC-led government!

Portrait of Jan van Riebeeck landing in Table Bay, meeting with the KhoiIn the video posted above the man being recorded states that when Jan van Riebeeck arrived at the Cape there were no women with them and earlier he had stated that the Dutch raped the indigenous Khoikhoi women! That statement incites hatred and makes false accusations against a particular people group, which is racist and xenophobic. For the record, whilst writer at the time indicated that he was not sure of the number of women who accompanied Jan van Riebeeck and his crew, it was ascertained that “8 women” accompanied them and is recorded here to complete the historical record:

On 24 December 1651, accompanied by his wife [Maria] and son, Jan van Riebeeck set off from Texel in The Netherlands for the Cape of Good Hope. Van Riebeeck had signed a contract with the Dutch East India Company (VOC) to oversee the setting up of a refreshment station to supply Dutch ships on their way to the East. Sailing on the Dromedaris with two other ships, the Rejiger and De Goede Hoop, Van Riebeeck was accompanied by 82 men and 8 women. [writer’s emphasis]

When Van Riebeeck left The Netherlands in 1651, the Council of Policy, a bureaucratic governing structure for the refreshment station, had already been established. On board the Dromedaris Van Riebeeck conducted meetings with his officials – minutes of the meetings of the Council of Policy, dated from December 1651, have been carefully archived.

Source: South African History Online

While white South Africans are collectively termed as “Europeans” and seen as colonials or colonists who have “stolen the black’s land” this is also so far from the truth. In The Witness newspaper dated Friday, March 4, 2016, you can read an extract on page 2, which full report has been gleaned from the internet, which appears here, under a heading titled,

Land date ‘unfair’

Zuma says 1913 cut-off lopsided against SA blacks

CAPE TOWN – Should the 1913 cut off-date for land claims be changed to the 1800s? President Jacob Zuma raised the question as he opened the National House of Traditional Leaders in Cape Town on Thursday.

“The very law that we have today to claim is lopsided against the black people. It is very difficult to prove that the land belonged to the ancestors and very easy to say we can’t have the land. That’s how the law is.”

“Was the decision to make 1913 the cut-off date correct? Perhaps yes. But was the land taken in 1913?

Most of the land was taken in the 1800s. Very little land was taken after 1913. This was when the colonialisation of South Africa was consolidated, he said.

He added later that he did not care if people called him names over his statements.

Zuma said that the 1913 Native Land Act, which banned blacks from buying or renting land, was merely about white colonialists shoring up whatever fertile land they had not yet claimed for themselves.

“I could forgive the period before [the 1800s]. It would be reasonable,” he said to murmurs of approval from the royalty and high chiefs assembled before him.

“The dispossession of land is the source of the poverty and inequality which have become the ugly hallmark of our nation and an impediment to the future of shared prosperity.”

He quoted former ANC secretary general Sol Plaatjie, who wrote that when the Land Act came into force, black men went to sleep owning land, and woke up being worse off than slaves.

Zuma said: “I believe as a son of a black man, and a black man… that we need to shift that cut-off date. But we need to find a reasonable way of addressing the issue. Within the Constitution, within the law. But look at the facts. Where do these people in informal settlements come from? Where is their land? Is it a lie that their land was taken?”

South Africa reopened its land claims process in 2014. It would run until June 2019. Every week, new claims were gazetted. On February 23, the National Assembly passed amendments to the Land Expropriation Act. They make matters clearer, including the administrative processes involved and the land owner’s rights.

Zuma’s comments come at the same time as some student organisations tear down symbols of colonial era lawmakers and soldiers and tell white people that their forefathers stole land in South Africa.

The EFF has also made land redistribution one of its top priorities.

In the National Assembly on Tuesday, FF Plus leader Pieter Groenewald said Zuma’s comments about land, which he made at the ANC’s birthday celebration in Rustenburg in January, were against nation building, and racist.

Groenewald reacted when ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani stood up to say that the land was taken at the barrel of a gun.

Zuma said last year he urged traditional leaders to join efforts in claiming land, rather than lodging competing claims. He said he looked forward to debating his address in Tshwane on March 22.

– News 24

See also The New Observer dated February 4, 2016: SA President Faces “Hate Speech” Suit

For the record, land/territories/colonies can be annexed in two ways: Either through war/combat or by way of peaceful negotiations concluded by signing a deed/acceding land by agreement or sale. An extract from the South African History Online website that deals with Jan van Riebeeck’s Dutch/European bureaucratic framework wherein he operated would be to negotiate the sale or renting of land with strangers in a culture using written records supported by a bureaucratic system of governance. Hence Van Riebeeck, coming as he did from a bureaucratic culture with a unilateral, albeit written, mandate to establish a refreshment station, refused to acknowledge that land ownership could be organised in ways different from the Dutch/European way. In other words, if there were no written documents confirming land ownership, the land was free for use, renting, purchase or sale. The extract reads as follows:

Although the VOC did not originally intend to establish a colony at the Cape, permits were issued in February 1657 to free nine company servants (who became the Free Burghers) to farm along the Liesbeeck River in order to deal with a wheat shortage. They were given as much land as they could cultivate in three years but were forbidden to trade with anyone other than the VOC. With the number of private farms increasing, by 1659 the station was producing enough to supply any passing ship. The station also began to experience a chronic labour shortage and because the Khoisan were seen as ‘uncooperative’, slaves were imported from Batavia (now northern Jakarta) and Madagascar in 1657.

The land on which the Dutch farmed was used by the Khoikhoi and the San, who lived a semi-nomadic culture which included hunting and gathering. Since they did not have a written culture, they had neither written title deeds for their land, nor did they have the bureaucratic framework within which to negotiate the sale or renting of land with strangers from a culture using written records supported by a bureaucratic system of governance. Hence Van Riebeeck, coming as he did from a bureaucratic culture with a unilateral, albeit written, mandate to establish a refreshment station, refused to acknowledge that land ownership could be organised in ways different from the Dutch/European way. He denied the Khoisan rights and title to the land, claiming that there was no written evidence of the true ownership of the land. Consequently in 1659 the Khoikhoi embarked on the first of a series of unsuccessful armed uprisings against the Dutch invasion and appropriation of their land – their resistance would continue for at least 150 years.

In response to the growing skirmishes with the local population, in 1660 Van Riebeeck planted a wild almond hedge to protect his settlement. By the end of the same year, under pressure from the Free Burghers, Van Riebeeck sent the first of many search parties to explore the hinterland. Van Riebeeck remained leader of the Cape until 1662. By the time he left the settlement in May 1662 it had grown to 134 officials, 35 Free Burghers, 15 women, 22 children and 180 slaves.

Source: South African History Online

It should also be noted that the indigenous black African tribes, which among others include the Sotho, the Xhosa, the Zulu, the Basotho, the Tswana, the Pondo, etc. who were all originally from the greater Nguni tribe from western and central Africa who migrated south and settled in southern Africa which is now South Africa. The indigenous tribes of the Nguni were not originally from the areas which they came to occupy, but through many tribal wars came to stake claim to the land. Just as with the Khoikhoi and San of the western region of southern Africa, the Nguni indigenous tribes’ claims to their land were through oral tradition as they had neither written title deeds for their land, nor did they have the bureaucratic framework within which to negotiate the sale or renting of land. Land was obtained by tribal wars/combats and therefore there are no records prior to European colonialists establishing a written culture of archiving records of land ownership.

This part of history is not told to the majority of black Africans by the politicians. Neither are the facts of a legitimately signed title deed between Piet Retief, a Dutch reformist Christian, and Zulu King Dingane, where Dingane gave vast tracts of land rightfully to the Boers in Natal. On that same day, February 6, 1838, Piet Retief and his Voortrekker party were massacred at Hlomo amabuto, uMgungundlovu. In hundreds of historical documents it is recorded that King Dingane had met with Piet Retief, a leader of the Voortrekkers, in November 1837 and it was agreed that in return for the recovering of some stolen cattle from a rival Chief Sekonyela, Dingane would sign a deed of cession of lands (written in English) for the benefit of the Voortrekkers. Wikipedia records the record as follows,

It is generally believed that Dingane knew what he was signing, although he could not have had any formal education, and could not have read the contents of the document, nor could have understood the concept of permanent land ownership, since it was not a custom of the Zulus to permanently assign land to individuals. On 6 February 1838, after two days of feasting, the chief had Retief and his diplomatic party killed. They had been told to leave their firearms outside the royal kraal. Suddenly, when the dancing had reached a frenzied climax, King Dingane leapt to his feet and shouted Bulalani abatagati! (Kill the wizards!). The men were totally overpowered and dragged away to a hill called kwaMatiwane, named after a chief who had been killed there. Retief and his men were savagely butchered to death. It is alleged by some that the reason why they were killed was that they withheld some of the cattle recovered from Chief Sekonyela. The general opinion is that Dingane did not wish to yield the land ceded to them in the treaty and mistrusted the presence of the Voortrekkers. At the same time, Dingane’s forces massacred Retief’s undefended trek party, about 500 Boers and native servants, including women and children. The Boers called this the Weenen massacre. The nearby present-day town of Weenen (Dutch for “weeping”) was named by early settlers in memory of the massacre.

In a further act of war, Dingane ordered his army also to seek and kill the group of Voortrekkers under Andries Pretorius. The Zulu impis attacked the Voortrekker encampment [laager], but they were crushingly defeated in the ensuing Battle of Blood River [Afrikaans: Slag van Bloedrivier; Zulu: iMpi yaseNcome] on 16 December 1838. An estimated 3,000+ Zulus were killed from an estimated strength of 12,000-21,000 men, while three Voortrekkers were slightly wounded from a strength of 464 Pioneers + 200 servants.

Following the decisive Voortrekker victory at Blood River, Andries Pretorius and his “victory commando” recovered the remains of the Retief party. They buried them on 21 December 1838.

Also recovered was the undamaged deed of cession from Retief’s leather purse, written by Jan  Gerritze Bantjes, Retief’s secretary, as later verified by a member of the “victory commando”, E.F. Potgieter. Two exact copies survive, (either of which could be original) but legend states the original deed disappeared in transit to the Netherlands during the Anglo-Boer War.

Source: Wikipedia

Another document that can be read from Missionary Owen’s eye witness account, is: The Great Murder: Chapter 8 of ‘The Great Trek’.

South Africa has a government that GOD has allowed for a season, just as GOD raised up Pharaoh for HIS own purposes, as we read,

17  For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
18  Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. ~ Romans 9:17,18

And Pharaoh and Egypt were judged of GOD Who raises and destroys nations, for GOD has all righteous, just authority over HIS creation, as we read,

12  With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
13  With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.
14  Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
15  Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
16  With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.
17  He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.
18  He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.
19  He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty. 
20  He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged. 
21  He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty. 
22  He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death. 
23  He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them
again.
24  He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
25  They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man. ~ Job 12:12-25

In Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary we read concerning Job 12:12-25 the following,

This is a noble discourse of Job concerning the wisdom, power, and sovereignty of God, in ordering all the affairs of the children of men, according to the counsel of His own will, which none can resist. It were well if wise and good men, who differ about lesser things, would see how it is for their honour and comfort, and the good of others, to dwell most upon the great things in which they agree. Here are no complaints, or reflections. He gives many instances of God’s powerful management of the children of men, overruling all their counsels, and overcoming all their oppositions. Having all strength and wisdom, God knows how to make use, even of those who are foolish and bad; otherwise there is so little wisdom and so little honesty in the world, that all had been in confusion and ruin long ago. These important truths were suited to convince the disputants that they were out of their depth in attempting to assign the Lord’s reasons for afflicting Job; his ways are unsearchable, and his judgments past finding out. Let us remark what beautiful illustrations there are in the word of God, confirming his sovereignty, and wisdom in that sovereignty: but the highest and infinitely the most important is, that the Lord Jesus was crucified by the malice of the Jews; and who but the Lord could have known that this one event was the salvation of the world?

~ Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

This nation’s only hope is to cry out in sackcloth and ashes to the One and Only True and Living GOD – the GOD of Abraham, the GOD of Isaac, and the GOD of Jacob – Who is the GOD of Creation Who has commanded men everywhere to repent! YHVH has called the nations to turn back to HIM! Let GOD not bring a famine of HIS Word upon this nation or any other through wickedness, as we read,

11  Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
12  And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. ~ Amos 8:11,12

Judgment Day is coming . . . and before then, salvation of GOD can only be obtained through the Lord Jesus Christ – or else those who are not born again will stand naked, poor and condemned before GOD’s Judgment Seat. South Africa – Repent today . . .Soli Deo Gloria

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