THE BIBLE IS TRUE
By Dr. Wesley A. Swift - 3-26-66
Probably there is no other subject inside the Scriptures that is more important to us at this moment than our subject for today....”Is the Bible True?”
Let us turn in the beginning to II Timothy 3:16. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction and in righteousness.”
Prior to this then, the declaration given to Timothy was...”Know this; that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of themselves, boasters, covetous, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, Unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, fierce, despisers of those who are good. Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof, from such turn away. Therefore thou from a child, thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through Faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
The significance in these passages is that it was given unto a household and unto a race. It was given to a people who had the capacity to respond to such areas of distinction, and in the course of this declaration we discover that the pattern of the inspiration and the proper use of the Scriptures for doctrine was advocated.
Let us go back into the Book of Deuteronomy and we discover that God, in His declaration, had bestowed upon the Children of Israel a volume of documents and of records. He gave them the Scriptures and their scrolls. He gave them an area of precise and clear inspiration. And so....we read in Deuteronomy, chapter 33.....concerning this man of God, this man Moses blessed the Children of Israel before his death and he said to them.....
“The Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; and he shined forth from Mount Paran, and came with 10,000 of His Saints and out of His right hand went forth His fiery Law. Yea, He loved the people, all of His Saints, are in His hand, and they sat down at thy feet; and every one shall receive of thy word.”
Thus it was that God made His declaration. He came in with a mighty sweeping manifestation of power. He came in from outerspace with a great fleet and thousands and thousands of His believing offspring. He came to Mount Sinai.
Of course we have the record of the Holy Scriptures. The writings that start with Genesis and end in Revelations, but in the course of this time this Scripture was given to Holy men by inspiration, moved as God moved upon them, and He moved in unusual ways. In the beginning when He came to give His Word to Moses, and through Moses to His people. He came with a display of tremendous Power and Great Glory. Thus it is that He spake unto Moses:............
“Ye shall say to the House of Jacob, ye shall tell the Children of Israel, Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, how I bear you on Eagle’s wings and I brought ye unto myself. Now, if you will obey my voice indeed, and give my covenants, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all the people, for all the earth is mine. Ye shall be unto me a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation. These are the words ye shall speak to the Children of Israel.”
I think again of the declaration in the writings of Peter. Remember that Peter, while a fisherman called to be a disciple, was moved by the great truth’s which he had received from God. Then inspired to write, he then said in I Peter 2:4-9........
“To whom did He come, but unto a Living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God and precious, a Living stone made up of a household of people, a specific people.” “Ye are as living stones, who are built up a spiritual house, an Holy Priesthood to offer up Spiritual sacrifice, acceptable to God, by Jesus the Christ. Therefore, also, it is contained in the Scripture: I lay in Zion a chief Corner Stone, elect and precious, and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore, which believe, He is precious; unto them that which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient, whereunto also they are appointed.”
But what about your race? What about you? You are a chosen people, a Holy Priesthood, living stones, a chosen generation, that you should call forth the praise of Him who called you out of Darkness into His marvelous Light. By no stretch of the imagination could anyone say that in giving forth this proclamation by Peter that he was conveying the same story, the same messages, the same testimony. You are a Holy people, a Kingdom of Priests, and ye shall serve before me.
The people of the New Testament had to be the same people as in the Old Testament. The same race, the same household, the same people. By this course the writings of Peter are received as Holy Scriptures, by us. We are told by Peter that the writings of Paul were to be received by us as Holy Scripture, and we are told by Paul to receive the writings of Peter as the same. Because, God moved upon these men and they wrote as they were moved. Therefore, in this, the people of the Book, the Household and the race of the Most High God, have been identified by the very pattern with which this is reiterated.
We then turn to the Book of Peter. “Know ye therefore that we have a more sure word of Prophecy. Where ye do well that ye take heed. For as a light shineth in a dark place until the day dawn, and the day star rise in your heart.”
Know from the first that Prophecy in the Scripture is not of a private interpretation, for Prophecy came in the olden days not by the will of man, but Holy men of God who were moved by the Holy Will of God. Again, we have the declaration of Peter concerning the declaration of the things which God has unveiled. This Book is a solid text of substance and of History. From one end of the Scripture to the other, from one end of the Old Testament to the other. From the beginning of the New Testament we have fulfillment of these things declared by God. In fact, most of the Scriptures are Prophecy because they are things that God had declared and spake concerning His Household and His people. He said these things would come to pass and they did come to pass. The entire structure of the Old and New Testament’s History has been literally fulfilled.
We do not have any place where they have not been fulfilled except those things which are ahead. We are looking at the fulfillment of these things in the writings of Timothy concerning these times in which we live. For we have arrived at the period of History when there are in our midst those people who are....blasphemers... without natural affection...they are disobedient. In fact, the declaration of who these people are is contained in the words of Jesus, as He talked of the development of the Kingdom and their function at this end of the age. There has never been a period quite like this in our country, we have false accusers in our land, and despisers of those who are good. As we turn to the words of Jesus we note that He said concerning this:....John 6:33; “The bread of God is He who cometh down from Heaven and He giveth life unto the world.”
“They said unto Him... Lord, evermore give us the bread and Jesus said unto them; I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me, shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But ye have seen and ye believe not because ye have not received of this bread, but you were only expecting something out of the mouth of God, and out of the voice of God, something which would be a miracle, but you are not one of the believers. He said, I came down from the heavens, I came not to do thy will, but to do my will. All that cometh to me the father sendeth, and to him that cometh I will in no way cast out.”
Verse 44:...”No man can come to me except the Father which hath sent me...draw him; and I will raise him up in the last day. It is written in the prophets and they shall all be taught by God.”
Who is they? Isaiah 54:13. Jeremiah 31:34. Micah 4:2. Hebrews 8:10. Every man that hath heard and hath learned of the Father cometh unto Him.
He had also made a similar declaration. “He who hath seen me hath seen the father, for I and the father are one. But to the Jew’s, who had no capacity to recognize Him and to receive His word’s, to them this was a very strange message.
In the beginning of the Book of John the declaration was to demonstrate that He, Yahshua, was the fullness of the Word. He was the fullness of the WORD in the flesh. The word was God, the word was with God, the same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was Light and that Light was Life in men.
Then Paul in Colossians 1:17., when he referred to Jesus also referred to the one and only.....the same God. “He is before all things and by him all things consist.” The declaration is an eternal declaration. It came out of the mouth of God, and these words were intended for a people called by His Name.
We have never had a period quite like this one in our Nation, for there are people who are heady and high minded at the same time the strategy being used upon the Nation’s of God’s Kingdom and upon our great Nation is one in which the super deceivers on the world horizon come in and they so twist the patterns of truth and the doctrines for which the Nation’s stand that the people in response are falling for the areas of doctrine being brought into the lime-light.
This week has been an unusual week. The Arch Bishop Ramsey of the Church of England and the Pope met together this week for 3 days in Rome. They discussed the areas of the Ecumenical Conference, and they eventually signed a document which they said has started bringing the Church together. There was only one area that they disagreed on and that had to do with the structure of marriage. So the Church of England and the Church of Rome are going back together, but this does not represent, nor is it a part of the policies of God, nor is it a part of the Living Word of God. We are the children of this Book, we are guided by the revelation of the Scripture. This agreement signed in Rome is just another sign of the end of the age. The representatives speaking out are not the true leaders of the Church. I do not consider that the Pope of Rome, at the present time, is a fit leader for the Catholic Church. This Church of Rome started around the 2nd., Century and it is different than the first one. There came a great number of Jew’s into the Church and they were given Bishoprics’s and made leaders in many ways. At Nicaea, in 312 A.D., they selected the Books for the Scriptures. 66 of them from the 163 Books. 153 of those Books had the name of God and the purposes of God, and the revelations of the Scripture, but they are not easily found today, however, some of them can be obtained. Then they sought by rewriting and rearranging of the Scriptures to keep from us the things that we should have. The Church of England has existed every since the Hides of Land were given by Joseph of Arimathea for the building of the Abbey’s. Then Rome tried to conquer Britain but they didn’t get very far. St. Augustine was born soon after the Council of Nicaea, and he was committed to Christianity, but he became very interested in the Church of Rome. Like many others who were good and faithful men, he did his best to coordinate the doctrines and the truth’s of God and many were the great works done by St. Augustine. Then he traveled north to Britain and he said...”These people are not barbarians at all. They have cities and communities, and they call their Church’s Abbetries. They have men who are not called Priest or Ministers at the head of them but they are men of the Church. They do not have many Scriptures, but they have some and they do have the writings of the Apostle’s. He said....we note that they have a great number of Scroll’s, which are some of those in the Old Testament, and some of them we have not Canonized as yet. He said; I am fully convinced that these people have found the Truth, and they are following the Truth, and they are the people, as well as we, OF THE BOOK. This goes back into the History of this event.”
In 1534 the Church of England broke away from Rome because the Pope and other high officials inside of the Church were bringing strange doctrines into the Church, and were becoming licentious, and were selling indulgence and permission to comitt transgressions. If you paid for it ahead of time then you could get by with it. Of course, by this time the contention between the Abbetries and the Catholic Church had reached a climax. As of today we do not consider that all areas of the Catholic Church are in error, but we do contend that the Hierarchies are.
There are today inside of France, Germany, and Belgium Ministers and Priests who h ave been giving forth some tremendous prophecies concerning the end of the age, but they have had to go to the Scriptures for their prophecies, and not to their Church. The Church at Rome today says:...that the Church is more important than the Scriptures because the Church Canonized the Scriptures. But I want you to know that every word that came out of the mouth of God is important to the Household of God. So with this declaration, this pattern is one that marks the end of the age. The Pope came to America and attended the U.N. and held Mass, and he said.....”I want Peace.” But he also said..”I want Peace and co-existence with the Communist,” and this agreement just signed by the Pope himself is a mark that he is not telling the truth. The Pope sent representatives to the Buddhist and then Rome said they would be welcomed, and they would join with them in communion.
“THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME.”
This is a first. This declaration we see as a great evil. Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and Kali, the Temple gods of India were also invited to Rome because it was said that they worship God in some form and they can sit in the Ecumenical Council. I point out to you that this is the hand of Jewry, for this present Pope is 50% Jew on his mothers side, and 50% Jew on his fathers side. Thus we have an opportunity to see that the decisions are not a part of the Word of God. It is like the division of the Church of Philadelphia and the Church of Laodicean. The Word of God is clear and distinct in this matter. You are the people of this Book. There are people who are being deceived at the Conference in Rome. But I would point out that as even the Episcopal’s talks of bringing together the whole Church, this is not the coming together of the True Church.
The True Church lives by the Word of God. The True Church will not be visited by joining together with the Church of Rome as Rome joins with all the religions of the world. The moment you bring all the religions of the world into an Ecumenical Conference with Rome then you have let down all bars, and there remains no status of Truth in this gathering.
Again we say:.......
There is going to be One Faith, One Lord, One Baptism. You may be sure that you as a people will participate in the building of this One Faith, One Lord, One Baptism, because God has ordained that His Church will survive. He has ordained that the people who have followed His Word will be brought forth by it and be saved.
II Timothy 3:15............
“From a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are made known unto thee wise unto Salvation through Faith in Christ Jesus.”
So we have come to a Declaration that exists here. It is one of Salvation for the Household of God. This Book is a Book given to your race, it is possessed by your race, it is a story of the History of the continuity of the Word of God delivered by men, by Prophets, by Apostles to your race. It is the words out of the mouth of God, and even though we have some words in a few Books that did not come out of the mouth of God, we can ignore them.
I point out to you that we do not need to defend the Bible, we need to fulfill it. We need in this hour to recognize that we have traitors and those who are high minded in the areas of the Church, and therefore there comes forth this strange thing.
So we call upon all true Christians to recognize this strange thing and not go into this movement. We will watch the Powers of Darkness by this movement, thinking they have by this process put out the Light....and held every one acceptable as the Family of God....but this will not be.
The progress of God’s Kingdom has a plan, in His Grace, that reaches to the uttermost. All Israel shall be saved, as it is written, then all flesh shall be saved. But during this hour of first work then God is bringing in His own, and completing in it His Atonement and His Covenant.
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