Hello everyone, and thanks for coming back. We left off last post, understanding that William Bradford was writing that there was a desertion of the truth. The truth being, the proper translation of scripture, when the congregation fell away from the truth the institution of the “church” was born, and the true congregation hidden away, a remnant still there, but only a few, God will always have his remnant. We will later be looking at the history of the early congregation later in this study, and we will find when this occurred. So let’s move right on with William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation, chapter 1, paragraph 6 and see what more he has to say on this falling away, and find out who was behind it.
Paragraph 6 For to let pass the infinite examples in sundry nations and several places in the world, and instance in our own, when as that old serpent could not prevail by those fiery flames and other his cruel tragedies, which by his instruments put in use everywhere in the days of Queen Mary and before, he then began another kind of war and went more closely to work; not only to oppugn (call into question the truth or validity of) but even to ruinate (to ruin) and destroy the kingdom of Christ by more secret and subtle means, by kindling the flames of contention and sowing the seeds of discord and bitter enmity amongst the professors and, seeming reformed, themselves. For when he could not prevail by the former means against the principle doctrines of faith, he bent his force against the holy discipline and outward regiment of the kingdom of Christ, by which those holy doctrines should be conserved, and true piety maintained amongst the saints and people of God.(histarch.illinois.edu/Plymouth/Bradford.html)
So satan set out a more subtle, sneaky, secret way to persecute the Congregation of Jesus, and that’s by using other so called professed Christians, in the form of the man made institution called the “church.” For many centuries, the truth that the early congregation of the apostolic era, knew and believed was hidden and replaced with the apostasy of the “church.” I will touch on this in more detail later, however it is important to note, that once the truth fell away, and the church was formed, it gave satan a means to use this institution not only to keep the truth hidden, by means of false teachings and lies, he also had a new means of persecution, Christians vs. true Christians. What do I mean by this? What I mean is this; people who claim to be Christian and are not, people who have falling away with lies, and have abandoned the truth, vs. those who are the true believers of Christ, the true members of His Congregation, which is His body. There is Christ, and His true believers, and there is antichrist, and his false believers, one group belongs to Christ, and one group belongs to antichrist. Satan has accomplished all this with the formation of the church, this is a very cunning deception, and it’s working all the way to today. When the truth was hidden, the church went along just fine in its apostasy, but once the Lord picked a specific time when the truth would emerge again by the translations of ancient scripture into the English language, especially after the invention of the printing press, where the common man who could read, could understand for himself through the Holy Spirit’s teaching, and not the apostate churches teaching, the real truth of doctrine. This all took off in 1517, by Martin Luther, and his 95 theses, which was a document written that challenged the teachings of the apostate Catholic Church, on many things that they believed, and deceived others to believe. Once this occurred, Satan became very angry, he hates the truth to be known, because in that truth lies salvation, and a true understanding of Jesus. When satan see’s that the truth of Jesus’s Congregation maybe understood once again which is, the following of the true doctrine of the early congregation taught by the Apostles, and is taught now to us by scripture, found in the New Testament, not taught by man’s interpretation of scripture, but taught by the Holy Spirit, to those who seek it out, and are obedient to Christ. Once this occurred, satan attacked; and when the truth comes to light, what does satan always do? He persecutes, he goes out to slaughter, and he disguises himself as an angel of light, and uses what people perceive to be holy “the church,” but they are deceived into believing the apostate lies of the church, and so it appears one against the other. Ones doctrine fighting against another’s doctrine, this is going on this very day, however not what we see as Christians persecuting other Christians, not yet, but it is coming and it will be horrific. There are 2.18 billion Christians in the world, and they comprise roughly a third of the world’s population. Two thirds of the world’s Christians live in Europe and the Americas, and the other are spread throughout the rest of the world. Do you think that all 2.18 billion are true followers of Jesus? Absolutely not, if that were so this world would not be this evil place that it is, and satan wouldn’t have a leg to stand on. Actually out of that 2.18 billion and it could be much more than that, only a very small remnant are followers of Jesus. What makes a follower of Jesus? Who are those true believers in Jesus’s Congregation? This is how you can tell. A true disciple of Jesus, submits his or hers life to him, they seek out his will for their lives and not live by their own wills, they seek him out by a having a thirst for scripture, and the truth, they also seek out scripture to get to know him more and more, because they love him. They live in obedience to him and his commands to please him, because they love him. Don’t fall for that once saved always saved crowd that says obedience is works, obedience is not works, but is a act of love towards our Savior. A true disciple of Jesus, knows their home is not here, but is the kingdom of heaven, that’s where their heart is also, they are not materialistic, and love to help people, because they love others and they give generously to the extent they can, but not out of obligation, they are not greedy. When they sin, they repent and listen to the Spirit and not their own selfish desires. After repentance they do all they can, to do better and stay out of that sin, instead of staying in the sin, because that’s really what they want, is to stay out of the sin, because they don’t want to hurt the Lord in anyway, they want to please him. They have a thankful spirit unto the Father for all they have, and their greatest gift is their salvation. They often pray for God’s will to be done, in their lives, and in all things, they don’t follow their own will, and lust after the things of this world, and the list goes on and on. As I’m sitting here, I know for a fact that there is not 2.18 billion people living their lives that way. The true followers of Jesus are not perfect, we fall into sin, we struggle with various types of sin or addictions, we know we need to repent daily, because each day we fail and fall short, the difference however is, we try, we try and keep trying because we love the Lord our God, and we want to please him, more than ourselves. If you are a true disciple of Jesus, than to you my brothers and sisters, you are very blessed, because you are the remnant of Jesus, members of His Congregation. Now to get back to William Bradford, and by the way I can’t count, I was counting the paragraphs that he wrote and not the ones he was quoting, so in my last post I wrote paragraph 4 but was really 5, and 5 is 6, sorry about that, so ok let’s take a quick look at paragraph 8, of chapter 1, because here he further explains how satan pulled this off using the church.
The one side labored to have the right worship of God and discipline of Christ established in the – church, according to the simplicity of the gospel, without the mixture of men’s inventions; and to have and to be ruled by the laws of God’s Word.
And there it is, following God’s Word and not man’s inventions. This is what the church became, I believe it’s the very reason it even came into existence. In several places if you read the entire chapter you will find where William calls this apostate church and its governance antichristian, a very good and proper term I might add. So now let’s jump ahead and look at King James I and his persecutions on the true congregation of Jesus, and I know, your saying finally, right. I know I go way, way, way around the block to prove a point or show a truth, but listen, if you are going to go around and call this so-called Protestant saint, who has his own version of the Bible, that the Protestants adopted, that we use today, and claim he persecuted the true Christians, and was a form of antichrist, which I will be getting to soon, you better have a lot to back that up with. Friends that’s just the way I’am, I won’t write to you anything that I feel I can’t back up, and even then I ask you to do your own research, I do appreciate your patience though, and I do very much appreciate those who keep coming back to this study, because it’s for you, I have already been over all this myself, and I was compelled and led by the Spirit to tell others. Anyway let’s now jump ahead and see what William says about this beloved saint of the Protestants King James I. Chapter 1, bottom of paragraph 13.
And that their offices and callings, courts and canons (general law, rule, principle, or criterion by which something is judged) etc. were unlawful and antichristian : being such as have no warrant in the Word of God, but the same that were used in popery and still retained. Of which a famous author thus writer in his Dutch commentaries, at the coming of King James into England:
“The new king (Saith he) found there established the reformed religion according to the reformed religion of King Edward VI, retaining or keeping still the spiritual state of the bishops, etc. after the old manner, much varying and differing from the reformed churches in Scotland, France and the Netherlands, Enrden, Geneva, etc. whose reformation is cut, or sharpened much nearer the first Christian churches, as it was used in the Apostles’ time.” (Dutch commentaries)
So many, therefore, of these professors as saw the evil of these things in these parts, and whose hearts the Lord had touched with heavenly zeal for His truth, they shook off his yoke of antichristian bondage, and as the Lord’s free people joined themselves (by a covenant of the Lord) into a church estate, in the fellowship of the gospel, to walk in all His ways made known, or to be made known unto them, the Lord assisting them. And it cost them something this ensuing history will declare.
This right here is the Congregation of Jesus coming back to life once again, and being like that of the early congregation of believers under the Apostles, they joined themselves under a covenant with the Lord to follow His ways, and His ways only, not man’s. I wonder how disappointed William Bradford would be to one day find out, that the very man who persecuted them, for their true beliefs in Gods Holy Word, and not the traditions of men, would one day be praised by the Protestant churches and the ensuing history not told, but covered up in the institutionalization of the church with lies brought about by satan. After everything he and others went through, I couldn’t even imagine what he would think and feel. This again is how satan will use the institution of the church, and attack the Congregation of Jesus. This will happen again in the western world, it will be different, but the same, just as William Bradford said of his time, it will happen again in the now future, but it will be the worse persecution that ever occurred on the planet. Let’s continue Chapter 1, paragraph 16
These people became two distinct bodies or churches.
Now they have made the split away from the Apostate Anglican Episcopalian church, and formed their own assemblies. King James did not like this at all, either you worshiped his way, or you cannot worship God in the land at all. He was a prideful arrogant man, who loved power and wealth, one who does not fit the description of a true follower of Christ. Paragraph 18 now.
But after these things they could not bug continue in any peaceable condition, but were hunted and persecuted on every side, so as their former afflictions were but as fleebitings in comparison of these which now came upon them. For some were taken and clapped (into irons) in prison, others had their houses beset. Now let’s drop down to paragraph 20.
Yet seeing themselves thus molested, and that there was no hope of their continuance there, by a joint consent they resolved to go into the Low Countries, were they heard there was freedom of religion for all men.
So there you have it, King James persecuted these true believers to the point of fleeing the persecutions. You can read more in Of Plymouth Plantation, were William describes more of what King James had done to them, but as for my proof of persecution of the Congregation of Jesus, I rest my case. And we know the rest of the story, after they were in Holland roughly 12 years, they eventually came to the new world, were Jesus protected them the whole way, these people were very tough, brave, men and women, and all this was done in the name of Jesus, and truth, and Jesus and His truth will always prevail. You will have to notice however, that compared to the number of people in England that conformed to King James apostate Anglican Church of England, and coward down to his rulership as king, compared to those who split from the apostate church, and followed Jesus, and eventually fled, where nothing but a few in comparison, a remnant if you will, God always as His remnant, and satan used so called Christians, but they were not, to go out and be his tool for the persecutions, against the true believers of the congregation of the Lord. So now let’s look at this King James I, and see now where he was an antichrist. First off let me start by saying that, there has been a lot of controversy regarding King James being a closet Catholic, when really I’m going to say right now, I could care less what King James was or wasn’t, I could care less what he said of himself, whether Protestant or Calvinist, I could care less, this man’s actions showed who he was, and he was a fake and a phony, and an antichrist. Therefore I myself could care less what he or anybody else says, this man opposed Christ, he went to war against Jesus, he persecuted Jesus’s children, His followers, and as the Bible says, His family, His brothers, His sisters, His mother, that’s how He describes us as His true followers, we are His family. So whether he (king James) was a “closet” Catholic, a Protestant Calvinist, or what ever he called himself, his actions scream antichrist. So now let’s look at the Bible and get a definition of what constitutes being an antichrist.
We will go right to the Apostle John for a definition of antichrist.
1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as you heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
1 John 2:22 who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
I want to look at these two verses, because many would say this; where did King James deny that Jesus is the Christ? He may not through word but he did through deed. Any one that opposes Christ is an antichrist, anybody who wars against His people, wars against Jesus Himself, therefore that person also is an antichrist, if your against Christ, you are the opposite of Christ therefore you are an antichrist. But understand this, and don’t fall for all the nonsense you read about how great he was, or how the Anglican Church is a Protestant church. First the Anglican’s believe you can confess your sins to a Priest, and now today an Anglican can confess even to a Catholic Priest, how special is that. Where in this is Jesus? Where in this confession of sins is Jesus the Mediator between us and the Father? He’s not there, He has been replaced by a man, therefore they deny that Jesus is the Son of God, and the Mediator between us and the Father, and they have replaced Him with a man, this is antichrist. Concerning King James I, who was the head, the leader, the supreme ruler of the Church of England? Was it Jesus? Was Christ the head of this church? No, King James was, therefore he again replaced himself, instead of Christ, as the head of the church. This is antichrist, this my friends is that subtle, sneaky way, satan uses to deceive the church, and deny Jesus, this is what William Bradford was speaking about. Before I end this post I want to share one more thing with you, it is a quote from this Protestant saint King James I, and this is it. You can read this for yourself at britroyals.com, under King James I, then if you scroll down, you will see some of his quotes, this is the last quote listed “Kings are justly called gods for they exercise a manner or resemblance of divine power upon earth” King James I. Really King James? Gods, divine power, this is the true King James, this the Spirit of Antichrist, that man of sin, this is how he really felt, and the lie, the delusion, was so subtle and covered up, that it is still believed to this day that this antichrist James Stuart, King James was a great Christian, a saint, and by the way, just saying something like his quote, denies Jesus, and is stepping over that line that Domitian did, and it’s the very thing the final Antichrist will do, claim divinity. When you say that you resemble divine power, and are like a god, you are an antichrist. You are an enemy of Jesus, and guess what? In the end Jesus destroys His enemies. But after all this time why the coverup, how does this lie still continue that this King James was a great saint? Because satan wants the lie to continue, he needs the Protestant church, and the Catholic Church to do his biddings in the future, the last thing he wants is the truth to come out, and possibly a collapse of the man made church. Fact be known, the Protestant and Catholic church are both doing his work today, right now, so the lie continues. This is why in the next post we will be reading what Paul said, about this future Antichrist, that is still yet to come. The whole point of this study is to bring people to a point where they are equipped, and watchful, and spiritually ready, to understand and recognize this Antichrist, this man of sin when he comes on the scene, and not be fooled, so now is a perfect time to look at scripture on this very subject, because we need to start planting this scripture in our minds now, and throughout this study, so we as followers of Jesus, true disciple’s, will not be deceived, and not be cowards when the persecutions come, but be strengthen in wisdom and in truth, to be able to endure, like the early Congregation, and the Puritans, the ones who separated from the evil church, and be able to stand in the evil day, when it arrives. So we have concluded that King James was a persecutor, and antichrist. After we go over Paul’s writings in 2 Thessalonians, I have one more thing I want to uncover and expose about this beloved Protestant saint King James, and this I believe is where his heart was really at, I can’t judge a man’s heart even after his death, by the history written about him, but Our God does allow us to discern his actions, I will leave you with this, I don’t think King James was Catholic or Protestant, or a Calvinist, or even a mix of the two, I think his beliefs were more on the sinister side, but that will come later on, so keep coming back. Next post the Apostle Paul, until next time, may the Lord bless your search for truth, leaving no stone unturned.