This page updated 25th November 2022
The November/December 2022 Prayer/Newsletter of Jubilee Resources International Inc.
Events: Summer Schools '23
Mark your diary or calendar now for the 21st Annual gathering of Jubilee Resources Summer Schools
Wellington: Fri. 13th & Sat. 14th Jan. 2023
Venue: Maungaraki Baptist Church,
164 Dowse Drive, Lower Hutt
Christchurch:Mon. 16th & Tues. 17th Jan.
Venue: C3 Church, 269 Hills Road, Mairehau.
Auckland: Fri. 20th & Sat. 21st Jan.
Venue: Eastgate Christian Centre
5 Ben Lomond Cres, Pakuranga
Sessions - 9:30am to 5pm daily
Details including biographies of these may be found on Registration page
Register while you are there.
* Power in Intercession
* Changing the Spiritual Atmosphere
* Releasing Healing & Wholeness
* What’s God doing in Whanganui?
* Courts of Heaven: Another Means of Fighting Spiritual Warfare
* The Books in Heaven
To register, go to Event Registrations on our secure web-shop. https://jubileeresources.org/collections/event-registrations
Unmasking the Adventist Paradox: Foundation of Delusions.
I was challenged by a friend a while ago about the Seventh-day Adventist beliefs and why I hadn't written much about them. I had some material on the SDA's in Fatal Faith plus a tract, but hadn't thought they were worth a separate book. After all, aren't they basically evangelicals with legalism about the Sabbath & diet? But the more I researched, the more concerned I became. As we were having books in European languages translated, I checked my missions book for JW's & Mormons to see which languages were required for those. I found there are twice as many Adventists as JW's in almost every country. Translation for this title is already underway in 14 languages as the result of what we found, so far. The Paradox is explained in James 3:11-12.
Update on Translations
Jubilee Resources has uploaded our top 25 print & eBook titles in English onto Amazon globally. We have also completed 140 titles in non-English languages. These include Spanish (for the Americas), Afrikaans, Tagalog, French, German, Brazil-Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Greek, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, Hungarian, Slovak, Czech, Romanian, & Urdu languages. In addition, the following are now also coming in for production as we get to them; Japanese, both forms of Chinese, Hindi, Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil, Malaysian, Indonesian & Arabic. The eBook versions of all completed titles are already on Jubilee's web-shop, including some too small for Amazon. These may be found on the eBook section of our web-shop.
Please inform any of your friends who speak or read those languages. Thanks.
A Personal Note:
I've had increasing difficulty working on the computer this year, as my eyesight seemed to get worse. I went to my optometrist for a test. When he was finished, he said that selling me glasses would be pointless, due to cataracts that had developed in both eyes. He referred me to the hospital for cataract surgery. I then saw my doctor. He told me the levels shown in the tests could guarantee the public hospital won't see me until I'm basically blind. I asked if that was rationing of medical services, and he said, "Welcome to my world." So I've been referred to a private hospital. Surgery is scheduled for mid-December. Until the operation/s are completed, I really can't get much done on the computer, so as translation work arrives I put them into their language folder and wait for better days. Not having health insurance, this will be self-funded. Praise God for His faithfulness. When I can, I'll be able to start work on the 200+ books in 31 languages I have in the queue already.
We have been in the "End Times" since 30AD, and it seems we are getting much closer to the Return of Jesus than ever before.
* Imagine if we focused on preparing for Jesus Christ than an anti-Christ?
* Imagine if we focused on the mark of the Lamb, rather than that of the beast?
* Imagine if we focused on preparing for redeeming the Earth than escaping it?
* Imagine if we focused on Hope rather than fear?
What Christians Need!
Confidence: Like Moses, to stand still and see the Salvation of the LORD.
Commitment: Like Joshua, who will say “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Discernment: Like Joseph, to recognise that what some mean for evil, God means for good.
Faith: Like Peter, to step out of the Boat and attempt the impossible for Jesus
Fervency: Like Hannah, to trust God and pray in times of despair and joy.
Obedience: Like Samuel, to heed the calling of God.
Compassion: Like Luke, to care for the physical and spiritual needs of others.
Vision: Like Nehemiah, to persevere in what God calls success.
Salvation: Through Jesus Christ, Who is not willing that any should perish but that all should
come to repentance, restoration and relationship with their Creator.
SHOULD WE OBEY OR DISOBEY GOVERNMENT?
“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in authority have been placed by God.” (Romans 13:1)
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors.” (1 Peter 2:13)
These portions of Scripture have caused much confusion, conflict, and even chaos in the church. The key to understanding is in the word ‘submit.’ The word ‘submit’ in the Greek is the word “hupotassō” which literally means: “to arrange respectfully in an orderly manner underneath.” Paul and Peter saw governing authorities as necessary for keeping the peace. God is a God of order, not anarchy or chaos (1 Cor 14:33). But here’s where we can go wrong... There’s another word, “hupakouōm” which best translates as ‘obey.’ It literally means: “to conform, to follow a command, or to bow as a subordinate.” Paul and Peter could’ve used “hupakouō” (obey) instead of “hupotassō” (submit) but they didn’t.
Here’s the lesson: to submit doesn’t always mean to obey – they’re two distinctly separate actions. However... Though Paul, Peter and other followers of Jesus disobeyed laws that were in conflict with God’s, they still submitted to the authorities by accepting the legal consequences of their actions.
As believers, the law isn’t meant to be our ultimate moral guide. Remember: Slavery was lawful. The holocaust was legal. Segregation and apartheid were legally sanctioned. And yet all were wrong. Even many Christians were found wrong in them.
Simply put: the law doesn’t dictate our ethics. Jesus Christ does.
Our ultimate allegiance isn’t to any government, but to the Gospel. When devoted believers break unjust laws, you won’t see them struggling to avoid arrest, or being violent or promoting chaos. Instead, they willingly submit to the legal consequences of their actions. They show us how to interpret Romans 13 as Paul and Peter meant: if we ‘disobey’ an unjust law to highlight or protest its injustice, we must also be willing to ‘submit’ to the punishment for disobeying such laws, so that we demonstrate our respect for the role of government in general.
EXAMPLE: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednigo disobeyed King Nebuchadnezzar’s law, but willingly submitted to his punishment of being thrown into the fire. Daniel disobeyed King Darius’s law, but willingly submitted to the punishment of being thrown into the lions’ den. Paul, who wrote Romans 13, disobeyed the Roman law, but willingly submitted to the punishment of imprisonment and then eventually death. The Hebrew midwives disobeyed Pharaoh, Rahab hid the spies, Esther disobeyed Persian law, etc.
CONCLUSION: We do not follow a God of chaos, doing whatever we want, but a God of order and respect for all, including the governing authorities. There will be times when we as believers will be called to stand with a holy ‘NO!’ in the face of evil and injustice. Romans 13 does not undermine that – it informs it. Be wary of a common misuse of such Scriptures, one that justifies apathy and belittles those who protest injustice.
Be careful not to disobey unjust laws out of anarchy and carnal-mindedness. And be discerning not to merely accept and embrace what God might be calling us to oppose and resist. Pursue righteousness, live honourably, resist evil, seek unity, obey Holy Spirit, and respectfully submit to any legal consequences, should it come to that. What an exciting hour to be alive for our Messiah!
Pressure is increasing, hearts are being tested, but great things are coming from it and are still yet to come. Glorious days are ahead for us Keep the faith.
(Source: Anon, but very worthwhile)
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Selwyn R. Stevens, Ph.D.,
President, Jubilee Resources Intl. Inc.