One of my favourite Christian books is The Final Quest by prophet, minister, and writer Rick Joyner. It was published in 1996 when I was still very, very young: 36! Now, I’m just very young. Compared to the Ancient of Days, just a speck in the womb of life..
Rick Joyner relates a series of prophetic trances, dreams and experiences he was given wherein he went to Heaven. There he witnessed our last days’ battle, met various Christian heroes whose bodies have died, was accompanied by angels, and was honoured to speak with Yahshua Himself. I recently finished reading the book for the umteenth time and noticed in the last chapter Mr Joyner met the apostle Paul.
It seems Paul is a king with a throne on the dais around Yahshua. No surprise there. But I was struck by what Paul told Rick Joyner. It’s been awhile since I last read the book and had forgotten.
The man of today is effusive in his praise for the letters written by the man of the first century A.D., and their contribution to the Church, even now. But to Rick Joyner’s surprise, Paul laments how his writings have been used wrongly, and taken precedence over Yahshua’s words of life. Paul’s revelations can only hold weight, he says, if they are built on the foundation stones laid by the King Himself. Yet there are those who are using the apostle’s words as foundation stones.
“The greatest wisdom, and the most powerful truths,” emphasizes Paul,” are His words, not mine.”
It isn’t often we have a window into the here and now of contributors to Scripture who have died. What Paul told Rick Joyner should act like a rein to pull up all those who quote him as if he is the be all and end all of New Testament Bible prophecy, wisdom, and knowledge. We must never forget, as the apostle Peter wrote, that Paul’s letters are by some ‘misunderstood and twisted’. I often correct Christian friends when they quote one of Paul’s letters but have understood or interpreted it erroneously. When I quote Yahshua’s words or his brother James’ letter in answer to what they have said, it is dismissed as unimportant or rationalized! (Who knows there is an evil spirit called Rationalization?) Yet the Bible IS Yahshua’s Word. And James was the head of the Yerushalem Church. He knew Yahshua all his life intimately, was present for the three-year ministry, Yahshua’s crucifixion and resurrection, and the birth of the early Church.
James writes in his epistle many of the same points I make in this last series of posts that tomorrow night I will complete.
But whoso looketh into the perfect Law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed (JAMES 1:25).
If you fulfill the royal Law according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well (JAMES 2:8).
Ye see how that by works (of the Law) a man is justified, and not by faith only (JAMES 2:24).
And what about the words of John the beloved, disciple and apostle who knew Yahshua for the three initial years of His ministry: By this we know that we love the children of YHWH, when we love YHWH, and keep His commandments. For this is the love of YHWH, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not grievous (I JOHN 5:2-3).
And my old favourite from the mouth of Yahshua Himself: Think not that I have come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven: but whomsoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven (MATTHEW 5:17-19).
Stern warning. Which are you? Least or great?