What Does it Mean That “By​​ 

His Stripes We Are Healed”?



​​ Editor: ​​ Jan Lilleby



This article is found on a website, …gotquestions.org, and I found it very interesting because there​​ is a misunderstanding out there regarding this. In Pentecostal/Charismatic circles this is most often taken as a “guarantee” from God, that we as believers can​​ just grab miraculous healing.​​ The brutal punishment and afflictions laid upon Jesus Christ, as​​ He was crucified, are used not only to give us salvation and forgiveness of sins, but also healing from sicknesses!


But as we scrutinize this topic to learn whether this is so, it is revealed to us by the Scriptures that the stripes and sufferings and death of Christ, were not for anyone’s sicknesses and earthly troubles physically, no, it all has to do with our fallen nature and spiritual lacking.


I can add to this article from​​ gotquestions.org​​ that it is proven that the ‘stripes and wounds’ of Jesus were for the sake of the​​ national salvation of Israel. God points to the​​ restoration​​ of the Davidic Kingdom, as we read Paul quoting Isaiah 6 to the Sanhedrin Counsel at Rome, Acts 28:25-28. ​​ It goes,


Ampl. Bible – verse 27, ​​ “For the heart (the understanding, the soul) of this people (Israel) has grown dull (stupid, hardened and calloused), and their ears are heavy and hard of hearing and they have shut tight their eyes, so that they may perceive and have knowledge and become acquainted with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their souls and turn (to Me and be converted),​​ that I may heal them.” ​​ (My emphasizing).


It does not say “that I may heal their sicknesses and diseases” – leaving no other realistic alternative than to understand that God offered to Israel to​​ restore Israel​​ as a nation – the same issue which His disciples brought up, after Jesus’ forty days of teaching on the Kingdom of God (the millennia) as we read Acts 1:6,


“So when they were assembled, they asked Him, Lord, is​​ this the time (Jesus spoke of the baptism with the Holy Spirit in v. 5)​​ when You will reestablish the kingdom​​ and restore it to Israel?”


But someone might object still: What then of Jesus’ healing the sick in His earthly ministry? ​​​​ And to – sort of – trying to fill this ‘gap’ they come up with yet another heresy to try to defend the present one regarding ‘healing in Jesus’ stripes’ – they go quoting Hebr. 13:8 on Jesus being the same today as He was in the past, thus He will heal the sick in our time. But​​ I have dealt with that heresy in another article here on my website. Hebr. 13:8 speaks not of Jesus still doing things…healings for instance…but it is regarding His unchangeable everlasting​​ character and person! He​​ IS​​ THE SAME, and it never meant​​ DOES​​ THE​​ SAME.


When checking out what usually​​ comes from Pentecostalism and the Charismatics, we find that Hebr. 13:8 plus quoting Isaiah 53:5 on the stripes of Jesus, are absolute​​ favorite quotations​​ in every campaign they arrange, especially when the topic is miracles/healings! Among the first known evangelists and pastors using these passages, we find T.L. Osborn, A.A. Allen, Oral Roberts, William Branham, and a long, long list of followers up until our time. Several of their historic campaigns can be viewed on YouTube. You can hear them and see them as they kept on in their derailed Bible quoting. Yes, they promoted lies as they took these Bible passages over into a misunderstood sphere…into a ‘dream-scenario’ using it as a magic occult formula.


So, here starts​​ the article of ​​ gotquestions.org:

“Stripes,” (Isaiah 53:5;​​ 1 Peter 2:24) in the language of the King James Version of the Bible, and in some others, means “wounds,” as seen in more modern translations such as the New International Version. These stripes were administered by whipping the bare backs of prisoners whose hands and feet were bound, rendering them helpless. The phrase “by His stripes we are healed” refers to the punishment Jesus Christ suffered—floggings and beatings with fists that were followed by His agonizing death on a cross—to take upon Himself all of the sins of all people who believe Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

The whips used were made of braided leather, with pottery shards and sharp stones affixed to the ends, which tore open the flesh of the prisoner with each cruel swing of the whip. When we picture this terrible, inhumane form of physical punishment we recoil in horror. Yet the physical pain and agony were​​ not all Jesus suffered. He also had to undergo the mental anguish brought on by the wrath of His Father, who punished Him for the sinfulness of mankind—sin carried out in spite of God’s repeated warnings, sin that Jesus willingly took upon Himself. He paid the total price for all of our transgressions.

Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the apostle Peter wrote, “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed.” In​​ Isaiah 53, Jesus’ future life on earth was foretold in the clearest of terms, to include his eventual torture and death: “But He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by​​ His wounds (stripes) we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5;​​ 1 Peter 2:24).

Although these two verses are central to the topic of healing, they are often​​ misunderstood and misapplied. The word “healed” as translated from both Hebrew and Greek, can mean either spiritual or physical healing. However, the contexts of​​ Isaiah 53​​ and​​ 1 Peter 2​​ make it clear that they are referring to spiritual healing, not physical. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24). The verse is referring to sin and righteousness, not sickness and disease. Therefore, being “healed” in both these verses is speaking of being forgiven and saved, not being physically​​ healed.

Matthew uses​​ Isaiah 53:5​​ and speaks of its fulfillment in the context of Jesus’ healing ministry: “Many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases’” (Matthew 8:16–17). Jesus was not actually bearing sin in​​ Matthew 8, but He was bearing some of the​​ consequences​​ of sin; thus, Jesus showed Himself to be the true Messiah prophesied by Isaiah. In healing the multitudes of their physical ailments, Jesus proved​​ His power to also heal them of their spiritual ailments (cf.​​ Mark 2:8–12). Matthew finds in Jesus’ healing miracles a foretaste of Jesus’ atonement for sin: the bearing of the diseases was emblematic of the removal of sin. The ultimate cause of sickness, the sin of the world, would be borne later on the cross, and our ultimate physical healing, with resurrection, will come at the end (1 Corinthians 15:42).





Is Heb. 13:8 On​​ Jesus,

Like, He Does the Same Miracles

And Healings Today?

No, not at all. The passage speaks

Of Jesus regarding His unchangeable, eternal

And Saving character!




 ​​ ​​​​ Heb. 13:8 has always been one of the main ‘slogans’ that you hear the tele-evangelists shout…in their sermons when trying to convince the viewers that Jesus will perform a miracle to the eventual sick believers watching their TV-​​ broadcasts.​​ 

Oral Roberts used that slogan in his tent-crusades (you can see him on YouTube), as did T.L. Osborn, as did A.A. Allen of ‘Miracle Valley’…yes, just about all Pentecostal camp, not to mention Word of Faith camp (!)​​ use this passage as a slogan to try to have their audiences believe that Jesus performs healing miracles in our time.​​ They are lying about the Lord.

But I have news for you, if you have bought their hoax: Jesus is the same today as He was yesterday – but that is in​​ character,​​ and not in works such as healings and things like that! The passage has nothing to do with what Jesus did in His earthly ministry as such. Miracles and healings for believers are not at all included in Heb. 13:8. But you don’t have to take just my word for it.

Check out what known recommended Bible commentators say,

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(8) Jesus Christ the same . . .—Rather, Jesus Christ is yesterday and to-day the same; yea, also forever. Their earlier guides have passed away (Hebrews 13:7); their Lord and Saviour abides the same for ever. He who is the subject of all Christian teaching is the same, therefore (Hebrews 13:9) “be not carried away​​ by divert teachings.” Thus, this verse stands connected both with what precedes and with what follows. “Yesterday” carries the thought back to the lifetime of the teachers now no more; what the Saviour was to them, that will He be to their survivors. The whole period since He “sat down on the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12-13) is covered by this word. What He was “yesterday and to-day” He will be forever. (See​​ Hebrews 1:11-12.)


MacLaren's Expositions

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How far back does this ‘yesterday’ go? The limit must be found by observing that it is ‘Jesus Christ’ who is spoken of - that is to say, the Incarnate Saviour. That observation disposes of the reference of these words to the past eternity in which the eternal Word of God was what He is to-day. The sameness that is referred to here is neither the sameness of the divine Son from all eternity, nor the sameness of the medium of revelation in both the old and the new dispensations, but the sameness of the human Christ to all generations of His followers. And the epoch referred to in the ‘yesterday’ is defined more closely if we observe the previous context, which speaks of the dying teachers who have had the rule and have passed away. The ‘yesterday’ is the period of these departed teachers; the ‘to-day’ is the period of
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But whilst the words of my text are thus narrowly: limited, the attribute, which is predicated of Christ in them, is something more than belongs to manhood, and requires for its foundation the assumption of His deity. He is the unchanging Jesus because He is the divine Son. The text resumes at the end of the Epistle, the solemn words of the first chapter, which referred the declaration of the Psalmist to ‘the Son’ - ‘Thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.’ That Son, changeless and eternal by divine immutability, is Jesus Christ,
​​ the incarnateRedeemer.

This text may well be taken as our motto in looking forward, as I suppose we​​ 
are all of us more or less doing, and trying to forecast the dim outlines of the coming events of this New Year. Whatever may happen, let us hold fast by that confidence, ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.’

I. I apply these words, then, as a New-Year’s motto, in two or three different directions, and ask you to consider, first, the unchanging Christ in His relation to our

The one thing of which anticipation may be sure is that nothing continues in one stay. True, ‘that which is to be hath already been’; true, there is ‘nothing new under the sun’; but just as in the physical world the infinite variety of creatures and things is all made Out of a few very simple elements, so, in our lives, out of a comparatively small number of possible incidents, an immense variety of combinations results, with the effect that, while we may be sure of the broad outlines of our future, we are all in the dark as to its particular events, and only know that c
easeless change with characterize it. So all forward looking must have a touch of fear in it, and there is only one thing that will enable us to front the else intolerable certainty of uncertainty, and that is, to fall back upon this thought’ of my text, ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day,​​ andforever.’

The one lesson of our changeful lives ought to be for each of us the existence of that which changes not. By the very law of contrast, and by the need of finding sufficient reason for the changes, we are driven from the contemplation of the fleeting to the vision of the permanent. The waves of this stormy sea of life ought to fling us all high and dry on the safe shore. Blessed are they who, in a world of passing phenomena, penetrate to the still centre of rest, and looking over all the vacillations of the things that can be shaken, can turn to the Christ and say, Thou who movest all things art Thyself unmoved; Thou who changest all things, Thyself changest not. As the moon rises slow and silvery, with its broad shield, out of the fluctuations of the ocean, so the one radiant Figure of the all sufficient and immutable Lover and Friend of our souls should rise for us out of the billows of life’s tossing ocean, and come to us across the seal Brother! let the fleeting proclaim to you the permanent; let the world with its revolutions lead you up to the thought of Him who is the same for ever. For that is the only thought on which a man can build, and, building, be at rest.

The yesterday of my text may either be applied to the generations that have passed, and then the ‘to-day’ is our little life; or may be applied to my own yesterday, and then the to-day is this narrow present. In either application the​​ 
words of my text are full of hope and of joy. In the former they say to us that no time can waste, nor any drawing from the fountain can diminish the all-sufficiency of that divine Christ in whom eighteen centuries have trusted and been ‘lightened, and their faces were not ashamed.’ The yesterday of His grace to past generations: is the prophecy of the future and the law for the present. There is nothing that any past epoch has ever drawn from Him, of courage and confidence, of hope and wisdom, of guidance and strength, of love and consolation, of righteousness and purity, of brave hope and patient endurance, which He does not stand by my side ready to give to me too to-day, ‘As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of Hosts,’ and the old Christ of a thousand years ago is the Christ of to-day, ready to help, to succour, and to make uslikeHimself.

In the second reference, narrowing the ‘yesterdays’ to our own experiences, the words are full of consolation and of hope. ‘Thou hast been my Help; leave me not, neither forsake me,’ is the prayer that ought to be taught us by every remembrance of what Jesus Christ has been to us. The high-water mark of His possible sweetness does not lie in some irrevocable past moment of our lives. We never have to say that we have found a sufficiency in Him which we never shall find any more. Remember the time in your experience when Jesus Christ was most tender, most near, most sweet, most mysterious, most soul-sufficing for you, and be sure that He stands beside you, ready to renew the ancient blessing and to surpass it in His gift. Man’s love sometimes wearies, Christ’s never; man’s basket may be emptied, Christ’s is fuller after the distribution than it was before. This fountain can never run dry. Not until seven times, but Until seventy times seven - perfection multiplied into perfection, and that again multiplied by perfection once more - is the limit of the inexhaustible mercy of our Lord, and all in which the past has been rich lives in the present. Remember, too, that this same thought which heartens us to front the inevitable changes, also gives dignity, beauty, poetry, to the small prosaic present. ‘Jesus Christ is the same to-day.’ We are always tempted to think that this moment is commonplace and insignificant. Yesterday lies consecrated in memory; to-morrow, radiant in hope; but to-day is poverty- stricken and prose. The sky is farthest away from us right over our heads; behind and in front it seems to touch the earth. But if we will only that all that sparkling lustre and all that more than mortal tenderness of pity and of love with which Jesus Christ has irradiated and sweetened any past is verily here with us amidst the commonplaces and insignificant duties of the dusty to-day, then we need look back to no purple distance, nor forward to any horizon where sky and earth kiss, but feel that here or nowhere, now or never, is Christ the all-sufficient and​​ 
unchanging Friend. He isfaithful.​​ Hecannot​​ deny​​ Himself.

II. So, secondly, I apply these words in another direction. I ask you to think of the relation between the unchanging Christ and the dying helpers.

That is the connection in which the words occur in my text. The writer has been speaking of the subordinate and delegated leaders and rulers in the Church ‘who have spoken the word of God’ and who have passed away, leaving a faith to be followed, and a conversation the end of which is to be considered. And, turning from all these mortal companions, helpers, guides, he bids us think of Him who liveth forever, and forever is the teacher, the companion the home of our hearts, and the goal of our love. All other ties - sweet, tender, infinitely precious, have been or will be broken for you and me. Some of us have to look back upon their snapping; some of us have to look forward. But there is one bond over which the skeleton fingers of Death have no power, and they fumble at that knot in vain. He separates us from all others; blessed be God! he cannot separate us from Christ. ‘I shall lose Thee though I die’; and Thou, Thou diest never.

God’s changeful providence comes into all our lives, and ports dear ones, making their places empty, that Christ Himself may fill the empty places, and, striking away other props, though the tendrils that twine round them bleed with the wrench, in order that the plant may no longer trail along the ground, but twine itself round the Cross and climb to the Christ upon the throne. ‘In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne.’ The true King was manifested when the earthly, shadowy monarch was swept away. And just as, on the face of some great wooded cliff, when the leaves drop, the solemn strength of the everlasting rock gleams out pure, so when our dear ones fall away, Jesus Christ is revealed, ‘the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever.’ ‘They tautly were many, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death.’ ‘This Man continueth ever.’ He lives, and in Him all loves and companionships

III. So, further, we apply, in the third place, this thought to the relation between the unchanging Christ and decaying institutions and opinions.

The era in which this Epistle was written was an era of revolution no great that we can scarcely imagine its apparent magnitude. It was close upon the final destruction of the ancient system of Judaism an external institution. The temple was tottering o its fall, the nation was ready to be scattered, and the​​ 
writer, speaking to Hebrews, to whom that crash seemed to be the passing away of the eternal verities of God, bids them lift their eyes above all the chaos and dust of dissolving institutions and behold the true Eternal, the ever-living Christ. He warns them in the verse that follows nay text not to be carried about with divers and strange doctrines, bat to keep fast to the unchanging Jesus. And so these words may well come to us with lessons of encouragement, and with teaching of duty and steadfastness, in an epoch of much unrest and change - social, theological, ecclesiastical- such as that in which our lot is cast. Man’s systems are the shadows on the hillside. Christ is the everlasting solemn mountain itself, Much in the popular conception and representation of Christianity is in the act of passing. Let it go; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever. We need not fear change within the limits of His Church or of His world. For change there means progress, and the more the human creations and embodiments of Christian truth crumble and disintegrate, the more distinctly does the solemn, single, unique figure of Christ the Same, rise before us. There is nothing in the world’s history to compare with the phenomenon which is presented by the unworn freshness of Jesus Christ after all these centuries. All other men, however burning and shining their light, flicker and die out into extinction, and but for a season can the world rejoice in any of their beams; but this Jesus dominates the ages, and is as fresh to-day, in spite of all that men say, as He was eighteen centuries ago. They toll us He is losing His power; they tell us that mists of oblivion are wrapping Him round, as He moves slowly to the doom which besets Him in common with all the great names of the world. The wish is father to the thought. Christ is not done with yet, nor has the world done with Him, nor is He less available for the necessities of this generation, with its perplexities and difficulties, than He was in the past. His sameness is consistent with an infinite unfolding of new preciousness and new powers, as new generations with new questions arise, and the world seeks for fresh guidance. ‘I write no new commandment unto you’; I preach no new Christ unto you, ‘again, a new commandment I write unto you,’ and every generation will find new impulse, new teaching, new shaping energies, social and individual, ecclesiastical, theological, intellectual, in the old Christ who was crucified for our offences and raised again for our justification, and remains ‘the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever.’ IV. Lastly, look at these words in their application to the relation between the unchanging Christ and the eternal life of heaven.

The ‘forever’ of my text is not to be limited to this present life, but it runs on into the remotest future, and summons up before us the grand and boundless prospect of an eternal unfolding and reception of new beauties in the old​​ 
earthly Christ. For Him the change between the ‘to-day’ of His earthly life and the ‘forever’ of His ascended glory made no change in the tenderness of His heart, the sweetness of His smile, the nearness of His helping hand. The beloved apostle, when he saw Him for the first time after He was ascended, fell at His feet as dead, because the attributes of His nature had become so glorious. But when the old hand, the same hand that had been pierced with the nails on the Cross, though it now held the seven stars, was laid upon him, and the old voice, the same voice that had spoken to him in the upper room, and in feebleness from the Cross,’ though it was now as the ‘sound of many waters,’ said to him, ‘Fear not, I am the first and the last; I am He that liveth and was dead and am alive for ever more’; John learned that the change from the Cross to the throne touched but the circumference of his Master’s Being, and left the whole centre of His love and brotherhoodwhollyunaffected.​​ 

Nor will the change for us, from earth to the close communion of the heavens, bring us into contact with a changed Christ. It will be but like the experience of a man starting from the outermost verge of the solar system, where that giant, planet welters, away out in the darkness and the cold, and travelling inwards ever nearer and nearer to the central light, the warmth becoming more fervent, the radiance becoming more wondrous, as he draws closer and closer to the greatness which he divined when he was far away, and which he knows better when he is beside it. It will be the same Christ, the Mediator, the Revealer in heaven, whom we here dimly saw and knew to be the Sun of our souls through the
clouds​​ andmistsofearth.

That radiant and eternal sameness will consist with continual variety, and an endless streaming forth of new lustres and new powers. But through all the growing proximity and illumination of the heavens He will be the same Jesus that we knew upon earth; still the Friend and the Lover of our souls. So, dear friends, if you and I have Him for our very own, then we do not need to fear change, for change will be progress; nor loss, for loss will be gain; nor the storm of life, which will drive us to His breast; nor the solitude of death, for our Shepherd will be with us there. He will be ‘the same forever’; though we shall know Him more deeply; even as we shall be the same, though ‘
changed from glory into glory.’​​ If we have Him, we may be sure, on earth, of a ‘to-morrow,’ which ‘shall be as this day, and much more abundant.’ If we have Him, we may be sure of a heaven in which the sunny hours of its unending day will be filled with fruition and ever new glories from the old Christ who, for earth and heaven, is ‘the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever.’


So far the commentaries of Ellicott and Mac Laren. ​​ There are many other fine commentators also, but none of these connects Heb. 13:8 to Jesus as one Who performs healing miracles for us today.

Jesus is simply​​ not one Who does​​ the same today as He did yesterday.

For instance, take His role as a sacrificial Lamb of God, letting Himself be trampled upon and spit upon and beaten by ungodly men. He does not have any such role today folks! He is no longer in any suffering – on the contrary, He sits now at His Father’s right hand in the heavens up above, in splendor, might and glory.

Col. 2:15-19 ​​ Ampl. –

When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross.

16​​ -Therefore let no one judge you in regard to food and drink or in regard to [the observance of] a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. 17​​ -Such things are only a shadow of what is to come and they have only symbolic value; but the substance [the reality of what is foreshadowed] belongs to Christ. 18​​ -Let no one defraud you of your prize [your freedom in Christ and your salvation] by insisting on mock humility and the worship of angels, going into detail about visions [he claims] he has seen [to justify his authority], puffed up [in conceit] by his unspiritual mind, 19​​ -and not holding fast to the head [of the body, Jesus Christ], from whom the entire body, supplied and knit together by its joints and ligaments, grows with the growth [that can come only] from God.


Why did not Paul tell the Colossians that Christ performed healing miracles to the believers in their day, since he obviously was writing of the greatness of Christ’s divine status and heavenly rule? ​​ Isn’t miracles and healings for His believers today a great enough issue, since after all, Paul wrote of Christ’s​​ greatness and superiority, not His earthly sufferings?


Note also the MacLaren-comments above: How far back may​​ yesterday​​ go? If it goes way back into when Israel wandered in​​ the desert, Paul wrote of Christ as One Who​​ was with them, He was the ‘Rock’ upon which Moses struck his staff and have water flow out!​​ MacLaren takes Jesus further back in time: Into the eternity before He came to earth born by virgin Mary. So,​​ yesterday​​ is actually not a reference to His earthly ministry at all, it refers to His eternal existence before He came to earth. ​​ Paul’s exhortation in Col. 1:17 read, Ampl. -


“And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together)”.


Think about it.


Ephesians and Colossians​​ are the only epistles which contains the Doctrine of Faith for this Church dispensation. ​​ All others are written in the Acts period, and concerned only​​ Israel’s hope of the promised millennial kingdom.​​ The two epistles are the only writings in N.T. promising the believers a heavenly salvation with Christ in glory in heaven (Col. 3:1-4). But all other writings teach​​ salvation for​​ Israel’s Messianic believers​​ in the promised earthly kingdom, and Jesus as King in Jerusalem (Dan. 2:44; Luke​​ 1:31-33).


But as we find Paul’s post-Acts epistles, we no longer learn of miracles and healings, no Holy Communion, no confession of sin, no laying on of hands, no exorcisms,​​ no tongues or interpretation of these, no prophetic gifts or the gifts of Wisdom, and the Word of Knowledge. It just isn’t there – but you find most of it in the epistles​​ written in the time period of Acts.​​ 


Those TV-evangelists offering ‘miracles and healings’ – and what not, to try to make their viewers send their money to them, are entirely wrong in their assertion of Heb. 13:8 as a passage which tells of Jesus as one Who will perform miracles and healings for the believers of our time. They are lying, and they are using cynically such miracle-promises to try to have their viewers donate as much money to them as possible.​​ 


There is a saying out there, ​​ ‘In Europe the Gospel was made a religion, but in the USA the Gospel became a business’. ​​ This is unfortunately pretty close to the truth!






Paul’s Way of Greeting the Church.

His Words Were Literally Meant.



 ​​ ​​​​ The apostle Paul​​ was​​ first​​ sent out by the Holy Spirit to preach the Kingdom Gospel (the millennial Kingdom promised Israel) to Jews and proselytes in the Roman Empire outside of Israel, in the dispersion.​​ 

Acts 13:2-4, says of​​ this (Paul at Antioch, Syria 45​​ AD), ​​ Ampl. -

“While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting,​​ the Holy Spirit said,​​ Separate now for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. ​​ 3: Then after fasting and praying, they put their hands on them and sent them away. ​​ 4: So then, being​​ sent out​​ (Greek: Apostolos)​​ by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from (that port)​​ they sailed away to Cyprus.”

This is the​​ first time​​ in N.T. that we find servants of God and Christ is​​ sent out, that is: Outside of Israel’s land​​ to preach the Kingdom Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We cannot find Peter and the eleven being sent out of Israel to operate in any mission to Gentiles (or even Jews) – on the contrary, Peter himself witnessed that his commission was to preach to the Jews only (the circumcised, Gal. 2:6-8). The translation work regarding Matt. 28 and the ‘Great Commission’ is at best a very doubtful one…it does not tell of the distinction between Peter and Paul and the two different callings/missions these leaders had been given by Christ.​​ (See my article series on the Great Commission).

This is the very reason that we find the​​ launching of Paul’s apostolic ministry​​ to Gentiles and proselytes as a totally​​ separate affair​​ from the ‘Great Commission’.​​ The latter was a commission​​ only for the salvation of Israel, at the Second Advent of Jesus Christ to establish His promised Kingdom, the so-called Millennia (Dan. 2:44; Luke 1:32, 33). In prophecy, we find God’s nation Israel as a nation in the form of a millennial reign with Christ as their King,​​ on earth​​ and not up in the heavens! But we, the Body of Christ, according to Paul’s free Grace Gospel (found in Ephesians and Colossians) are​​ destined for heaven​​ up above, where Christ now sit at His Father’s right hand.

According to Jesus’ words to Ananias at Damaskus, Acts 9:15,​​ this was Paul’s calling,

“Go, for this man (Paul) is a chosen instrument of Mine to bear My name before the Gentiles and Kings and the descendants of Israel.”

The word​​ here of​​ ‘Gentiles’​​ must be read: To the​​ proselytes,​​ the Greek). We find that those were being used by Paul – permitted him by Christ – to make the stubborn Jews jealous and angry, to have them converted finally. Rom. 11:11-15.

The religious map regarding the Jews in dispersion and their ability to hear the good news of Jesus - the Kingdom Gospel – was at that time as follows: A majority of Jewish pilgrims, as they were present at Jerusalem in the Passover and the Feast of the Weeks (Pentecost) ​​ 28 AD,​​ had been so fortunate to hear the gospel preached to them by Peter and the eleven. But several districts in the dispersion, especially the one in the eastern region of the Empire, had not heard the gospel. Thus the Lord found it right to send His chosen apostle, Paul, to let these Jews and their proselytes hear what already had been preached by Peter at Pentecost Acts 2.

In other words, Paul’s mission to these regions was in the same errand as that of Peter, namely to let the Jews hear the good news of the Messiah, Jesus. Acts tells of this mission of Paul in many details.

Paul’s​​ message in that time-period (44/45​​ – 62 AD) can be summed up in his words found in Acts 13:39,

“And that through Him​​ (Jesus) everyone who believes is absolved from every charge​​ from which he could not be justified and freed by THE LAW of Moses and given right standing with God.”

The Kingdom Gospel was taught by​​ Peter and the eleven, as well as Paul in the early ministry to Jews in the dispersion, related TO THE LAW OF MOSES!

But what say the Bible of us Gentiles and the Law? ​​ - ​​ It tells us that we never had been under that Law (or covenant) as Paul wrote in Rom. 2:14,

“When Gentiles​​ WHO HAVE​​ NOT​​ THE LAW….”

If we Gentiles did not have the Law of Moses at the time of Paul, then we sure do not have that Law in our time! ​​ It was actually ABOLISHED says Paul, Eph. 2:14-15,

“For He (Christ) is our peace. He has made us both (Jew and Gentile) one body, and has broken down (destroyed, abolished) the hostile dividing wall between us. ​​ 15: By abolishing in His own (crucified) flesh the enmity (caused​​ by) the Law with its decrees and ordinances​​ (which He annulled); that He from the two might create in Himself one new man (one new quality of humanity out of the two), so making peace.” ​​​​ Paul, in the year 63 AD after the fall of Israel as a nation for God (ref. Acts 28:25-28…Israel would NOT repent).

The very ‘spine’ of Paul’s Free Grace Gospel, as found in Ephesians and Colossians is based/founded upon the spiritual fact that God, at the time of Israel’s fall in Acts 28:25-28, had turned to us Gentiles as He used Paul to establish an entirely new dispensation, the dispensation of God’s Grace for all mankind, and no longer just to Jewry and proselytes. For this purpose it was that Paul declared to the disbelieving Sanhedrin counsel at Rome,

“So let it be understood by you then that (this message of) the salvation of God HAS BEEN SENT TO THE GENTILES, AND THEY WILL LISTEN TO IT.”

In other words, the Gentiles​​ would listen and repent and believe on Jesus Christ​​ for salvation! As opposed to the unbelieving Jews…since that was the actual settings and scene we can read in Acts 28:25-28.​​ 

This is the actual status in the world today – Paul’s prophecy was fulfilled – we Gentiles​​ happily received the fantastic message of the free Grace Gospel of Paul for us.​​ (Minus of course those knuckleheaded Gentiles in this world who comes forth as atheists and disbelieving humanistic philosophers.)​​ The Gospel went ‘overnight’ from being a message offered to Jews and proselytes only, with an​​ earthly Kingdom in Israel​​ as their hope, to now a hope of salvation awaiting us in the heavens up above, ref. Col. 3:1-4; Eph. 4:30.

It went from a​​ national segregated​​ salvation message to Jews and proselytes, over into an​​ international message​​ for all peoples in the world. Israel had fallen, and thus God let Paul emerge with this new free Grace Gospel to​​ the​​ entire​​ world. ​​​​ Eph. 3:1-9 is his Grace dispensational declaration of a new era, a time in which the Free Grace is available to all believers world-wide, and there is no claims to have such believers keep the Law of Moses.

Think of this every time you read Paul’s greeting to the church…as for instance in Eph. 1:2,

“May grace be yours from God our Father​​ and from the Lord Jesus Christ”

And Col. 1:2,

“To the saints and believing and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.”



Then I shall come to a​​ serious issue, dealing with pastors and preachers anywhere, who dare preach judgment upon their respective nations…because they think that their nation is so​​ full of sin and ungodliness. Such preachers can be found on YouTube channels – with their​​ totally twisted​​ understanding of the grace of God and the​​ dispensation of grace​​ which we still live in.

Allow me just to quote one of these headlines from YouTube…saying,

Its Too Late For America” -​​ ​​ pointing to that the nation have gone too far in sin and ungodliness….When a Nation Rejects God”.

The pastor in this YouTube video is John MacArthur, a Christian pastor who chose to use Paul’s greetings in Ephesians/Colossians as a name for his series of preaching: Grace To You!​​ His assembly, in Sun Valley, CA, is named “Grace Community Church”.​​ Photo: MacArthur in his pulpit.

It’s a pity though, that he​​ ‘meets himself in the doorway’, saying totally against that slogan…threatening with heretical ‘No more Grace to you’. Trying to tell his nation,​​ USA, that it has gone too far​​ and​​ that​​ there is no way back.

However, John MacArthur​​ also​​ comes up with a lot of good stuff, and he knows the Bible well it seems.​​ He is not a bad Christian or some reckless talkative preacher. I am not trying to drag him down into the mud or anything, but I​​ couldn’t help being surprised​​ that he, of all pastors, came up with such a message telling USA that there is​​ no way back. Actually, it is​​ too late!

So, with that in mind I cannot understand how he can make a ‘Turnaround​​ on a Dime’ like this.​​ Unfortunately he seems​​ to me as a pastor who –​​ among a host of other American pastors​​ – thinks​​ that the ‘Great Tribulation’ will come upon the entire world, USA included. But the Bible has lots of proof that this is not so. The tribulation will only come upon​​ Israel​​ in the end times.​​ Jeremiah wrote in Jer. 30:7 that the tribulation would come upon Israel –“the time of Jacob’s trouble”.​​ The idea of the tribulation coming upon the entire world seem to have become an​​ obsession​​ with 80% of the pastors and preachers in USA, and also other nations.​​ But Revelation displays a scenario which takes place in Israel. (Check out my free Word-book​​ “Moses and Elijah Coming with the Day of Vengeance” –​​ in which I fully explain this Bible truth).

This​​ dispensation of Grace​​ has in it that there will be no judgment and interference with anyone, from the average citizen up to the very president or prime minister of a nation. No doom will ever fall upon any nation today from God, for sin or ungodliness, whatsoever.​​ Not as long as we still have this Church dispensation.

Wars come​​ and​​ wars​​ go. Much​​ chaos and unrest,​​ suffering​​ much​​ poverty, hunger​​ and disasters around the world, yes. It has always been like that. Perhaps it​​ is worse than ever…I will let​​ you​​ be the judge of that.

But there is no way that God will cast doom and destruction over any nation, because they are sinful,​​ derailed,​​ degenerate…even reprobate.​​ Not in this dispensation of Grace.​​ 

If they die in such a condition and mindset, they​​ will​​ go lost for salvation. But God will​​ not​​ push them into an early death because of sin! This latter would have been a judgement and punishment. God did such judgements in the time of the apostles, but not in this present dispensation. The case of Ananias​​ and Sapphiras theft​​ of money and lying to the Holy Spirit as we learn from Acts 5,​​ causing God to execute them in Peter’s presence, cannot be repeated in this present dispensation. In the apostolic era He did, but after the fall of Israel and the apostolic era gone, no such judgmental actions will be cast upon any person, group or nations whatsoever. Including a ‘sinful’ USA.

In history, we find only one​​ single​​ nation which was charged with such a​​ rule. That was Israel. They had​​ a​​ covenant​​ with God and​​ were​​ His own people. They would be blessed abundantly if they​​ obeyed the Law of Moses and listened to the voice of their God.

Well, they​​ were destroyed in 70 AD​​ by the Romans because they had come to the point of no return: They turned down ultimately the offer to have the millennial Kingdom, with Jesus Messiah as their king. Not only so, but they added sin-to-their-sins, piling up against them, as they killed the Lord’s apostles.

Matt. 22:6, 7 is clear, as Jesus prophesied of their destruction in His parable of the​​ “King’s Servants”,

“…while the others seized​​ his​​ servants, treated them shamefully, and put them to death. 7: Hearing this, the king was infuriated; and he sent his soldiers and put those murderers to death and burned their city.”

The king’s servants​​ were the apostles​​ and their followers. The city which was burnt, after the murderers had been put to death, was Jerusalem.​​ It happened the 10th​​ of September 70 AD. It was a Sunday in our calendar.

History, according to​​ Flavius Josephus, tells of the Messianic Assembly at Jerusalem and how​​ they were killed​​ by stoning. It happened at the same time​​ as we find Paul in Acts 28 in 60-63 AD at Rome.​​ (Paul actually managed to escape the murderous mob at the temple site in Jerusalem, by the help from the Roman ruler there. They actually tried to kill Paul!​​ Christ had thus given up on Jerusalem – but as​​ a​​ last resort​​ He sent Paul to the​​ Sanhedrin​​ counsel, Rome,​​ to try to convert these leaders) Acts 23:11.

Josephus wrote that​​ Governor Festus took ill and​​ went away to Rome​​ for cure (he died there, finding no cure). But that made the priests in the temple​​ aroused into full persecution​​ of the assembly, killing James and all the elders by stoning. They took advantage of the absence of Festus, whom they had an agreement with of rule at the temple site. It was under the leadership of High Priest Ananias II (who​​ had Paul​​ slapped in his face, Acts 23:2).

The survivors fled up to Pella because of this.​​ The assembly was thus split up and did no longer have any more influence in Jerusalem.

Ananias II was​​ later​​ killed by his own​​ political​​ followers as the rebellion against Rome got on in 66 AD.​​ 

There exist not any Christian ministers today who can say on God’s behalf that He will destroy a nation if that nation does​​ not repent to Jesus, all of them. We cannot lawfully take this kind of claim, as it was in times before Israel’s destruction, and apply this to our time.​​ No nation – other than Israel – has ever been a nation under God.​​ 

For crying out loud: USA has by no means been such a God-fearing nation. But it has had and still​​ has God-fearing citizens in it;​​ real Christian believers who believes on Jesus Christ. But never did God set forth a claim to the nation to​​ repent as a whole, or else He will destroy it! ​​ Anyone who comes up with such nonsense is lying.

America did not crucify Jesus, Israel did. America – or any other nation in the world of Gentiles, did not kill God’s apostles, Israel did.​​ Of course we have history of Roman​​ Caesars​​ persecuting Christians,​​ Nero was the very first who mass-murdered them;​​ but it was mainly the Jewish religious leadership who went after the apostles and their followers. God destroyed Israel in 70 AD, but He did not destroy Rome and their Empire…they lasted for several centuries after the time of the apostles, and after the destruction of Israel. We must keep this in mind. Even after the evil Caesar Diocletian and his mass-murdering the Christians in 303 AD, God​​ did not send doom and destruction upon the Romans. This is a fact we cannot deny.​​ You can travel to Split in Croatia, and have a close look inside his summer resort, a magnificent large town house where he lived for recreational purposes.​​ 

So, John MacArthur (Note:​​ He is​​ not​​ the only one saying so) is entirely wrong in his assertion of USA being a nation no longer having any hope for salvation. I suggest that Pastor MacArthur should be so obedient to the Word of God and its Grace Gospel of Paul, that he​​ will want to beg his audiences of​​ forgiveness for such a blunder. It is entirely unbiblical that God will destroy and overthrow a nation into destruction while we still have the dispensation of the Grace of God for all peoples, according to Paul’s Gospel.​​ 

God is not performing any sort of doom and punishing judgement in the dispensation of the Church.

But on the other hand, this does​​ not​​ mean that God does not care whether we go on in sinful ways! Of course not. We should all follow Paul’s exhortations as found in Eph. 5:5,

“For be sure of this: that no person practicing sexual vice or impurity (homo)in thought or in life, or one who is covetous – for he is an idolater – has any inheritance in​​ the kingdom of Christ and of God.” ​​ (Ampl.)

From NIV: ​​ “For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person – such a person is an idolater – has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” ​​​​ (Leaving out “in thought or in life” as in Ampl.)


Grace to You!








Hillsong Mega-Church Has

Same Heretical Roots​​ as Azusa Revival


From an article on ​​​​ www.disntr.com ​​ - ​​ “The Dangerous Cult of Hillsong”

Maybe some of you readers have asked yourself why I have not

mentioned this​​ odd​​ branch of the Word Faith Movement, so –

here it is…but its not written by me though.

Editor: ​​ Jan Lilleby


 ​​ ​​​​ Hillsong is a charismatic Church that teaches the continuation of the apostolic sign gifts.​​ 

These include things such as prophesying, speaking in tongues, and healing. While the regular manifestation of these particular practices at Hillsong is insignificant, one teaching that comes out of Hillsong is extremely dangerous — the prosperity gospel.

Hillsong is one of the premier promulgators of this popular false gospel. Al Mohler of the Southern Baptist Convention​​ labeled Hillsong​​ as​​ “a prosperity movement for the millennials,” which has “[minimized] of the actual content of the Gospel.” Hillsong’s seductive doctrine comes out in every sermon and much of its music. While not all of its music rises to the level of heresy, much of it places its emphasis on carnal ideas of man. One song, What A Beautiful Name it Is, teaches that the reason God saves sinners is that “He didn’t want Heaven without us.”​​ Cameron Buettell of Grace to You​​ writes,

That’s a nice sentiment, but it’s not remotely biblical. In fact, it’s doctrinal​​ malpractice​​ by people who should know better.

In reality, they don’t know better. This is the doctrine of Hillsong — it is all about man becoming like God. In fact, one of the main tenets of prosperity theology is “little-god” theology​​ which teaches​​ that we, as “little gods,” have the kind of power that God has to create by speaking things into existence. Brian Houston’s teaching on this comes out clearly in his two books,​​ Live Love Lead​​ and​​ There Is More: When the World Says You Can’t, God Says You Can.

But the most dangerous aspect of Hillsong and their cultish operations are their mass appeal to the carnal desires of the flesh. Jesus said,​​ 

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

John 15:18-19

This is a huge problem. The reason the world hates the Church is that the Church stands as a witness to both the current and the coming wrath and judgment of God upon sin. The world loves sin and rebels against God, but the true Church loves God and loves the truth. Hillsong Church does not gather a massive following from the world because they preach the true, unadulterated gospel. They may give lip-service to the Scriptures and Jesus, but it is largely used as a means to benefit the carnal needs and desires of their selves. God is used as a means to provide temporal relief from afflictions in this life instead of a means to lay down one’s life to glorify God. And it plays on one of the most seductive tools of Satan to distract people from God — entertainment.

The Hillsong cult attracts people through entertainment and keeps them there by their addiction. They have it down to an exact science. They know what sells and they know what keeps customers. Whether it be their watered-down music, their​​ nuanced affirmation of homosexuals, that they​​ hold Roman Catholic masses, that they produce​​ sleazy renditions of Silent Night​​ during Christmas or​​ pose a nearly naked man on stage​​ at a women’s conference, that they​​ defend abortion​​ and​​ complain about the death penalty, or that​​ celebrities love them because​​ they “don’t teach that book with Moses and stuff,” one thing is for sure, they know what the world opposed to God likes.

So Hillsong Church is a dangerous cult that follows the personality of its leader, Brian Houston. If your church uses their music for worship, even if the lyrics in the songs they use are doctrinally sound, there is a great danger of leading people astray and you may be placing young men and women at risk. Hillsong​​ should be avoided by Bible-believing Christians and pastors should not be feeding their flock to these wolves.


Since I am operating here in Norway, let me just inform you that in Norway the​​ Hillsong cult​​ is mainly represented by the well-known ‘Word of Faith’-type church called​​ Oslo Kristne Senter, which has pastor Åge Åleskjær and his sons as leaders. Pastor Åleskjær once attended the infamous Rhema Bible Church seminars and is​​ thus a ‘disciple’ of​​ Kenneth Hagin Sr.​​ – the lying super-heretic and the father of the ‘Word of Faith’ movement.

The internet has tons of critical material exposing the Hillsong cult, for you who may want to know more details of this Australian ‘Word of Faith’ branch.



Stolen from Jewry!



 ​​ ​​​​ Incredible as it may look, the whole idea which the Pentecostal movement rests​​ their beliefs on​​ is​​ stolen goods​​ originally​​ given to Jewry exclusively.

The ridiculous fabrication of a​​ ‘new Pentecostal feast’​​ to appear, 1874​​ years since the one mentioned in Acts 2,​​ (28 AD)​​ was performed by a bunch of spiritual hobos, street-preachers – or​​ perhaps​​ more likely: Ignorant​​ unlearned​​ spiritual Hillbillies!​​ These Hillbillies announced in their little revival paper (The Apostolic Faith) proudly in 1906:​​ “Pentecost Has Come”.​​ Their hinting to what happened in Acts 2 in 28 AD as The Holy Spirit fell on those gathered in the ‘Upper Room’- making them burst out in tongues and seen with flamed fire-tongues sitting on top of each one of them.​​ 

Check the​​ article on Azusa Street revival​​ here on my site, in which you will find hair-raising​​ details told, of sheer​​ lunacy and demonic utterances (false tongues) and odd animal-like behavior propagated in Azusa street meetings as​​ something coming from The Holy Spirit of God.​​ 

This article is a follow-up of the one mentioned, which was written by K.B. Napier. ​​ Just to make an additional point: The Pentecost Feast in the Bible, was given by God EXCLUSIVELY for His own segregated elect nation, Israel, to keep. It was called “The Feast of the Weeks” – it was a​​ sabbatical​​ week (7 weeks) and added by one day, thus making a total of fifty days from the 14th of Nisan – the Passover - ​​ and it is from that number 50 (days) we get​​ Pente, which is​​ Greek for fifty.

Such was​​ the command​​ of that Feast​​ God gave Israel through Moses’ ministry,

Lev. 23:15,16 – Amplified ​​ - ​​ And you shall count from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering,​​ seven Sabbaths;​​ (seven full weeks) shall they be. ​​ 16: Count​​ fifty days​​ to​​ the​​ day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall present a cereal offering of new grain​​ to the Lord.”

Following verses 15 and 16, we read on through verses 17 – 21 where we find offerings of new grain, 7 lambs, one young bull, two he-goats, and several other ordinances included in the Pentecost celebration.

So, actually, the Jewish people, and in Israel’s land at large, followed these ordinances. It was done each year in same manner.

Only, at​​ that​​ particular Pentecost in 28 AD, Acts 2, there was an obstacle to this tradition of offerings: The temple had been altered severely: The​​ thick curtain separating the Most Holy​​ (The Holy of Holies)​​ in there had been torn! ​​ It could not entirely be used as a full closing curtain…in other words: There was​​ no possibility for performing offerings in the temple by their High Priest shift.

But God had seen to it​​ that He had a flock of​​ new covenant priests​​ who took over that ministry: The apostles of Christ!

So instead of appearing in His power (behind that temple curtain) at a regular offering service in the temple, He appeared to His​​ new priest shift, the ones gathered in that ‘Upper Room’.​​ There had been made a totally new unheard of offering: Christ had died on the cross​​ for all sin​​ – forever, and thus ended the regular temple offerings​​ (in the eyes of God)​​ as we know them from the Law of Moses.

And​​ what an entrance the Lord made -​​ we read of a rushing loud sound of a stormy weather, audible to not only those assembled, but also to all by-standers outside of their facilities, followed by the said flaming tongues of fire sitting on each one of them, and finally – they​​ all​​ started to speak aloud in tongues (different​​ genuine national​​ languages) so that all the​​ Jewish​​ visitors from the provinces could hear the message in their native tongue!

Acts 2:1-6 cannot be misunderstood,

And when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place. 2:​​ When suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting. 3: And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them. 4:​​ And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other (different, foreign) languages (tongues),​​ as the Spirit kept giving them clear and loud expression (in each tongue in appropriate words). ​​ 5: Now there were then residing in Jerusalem Jews, devout and God-fearing men from​​ every country under heaven. 6: And when this sound was heard, the multitude came together and they were astonished and bewildered, because each one heard them (the apostles) speaking in his own (particular) dialect.”

Like an investigating police detective just having arrived​​ a​​ crime scene, I ask ‘What have we got here?’

What we have got here is told already in the Bible texts:

One​​ – all the apostles were assembled there. Note: Not any​​ gentile peoples! As a matter of fact – as opposed to the Azusa-revival – only Jews were there. And not just any Jew, but the​​ elected apostles of Christ, plus a flock of believers who held to them, the​​ early Messianic Assembly​​ at Jerusalem. They participated in​​ the regular yearly Feast of the Weeks, Pentecost, thus obeying the Law of Moses.​​ Only Jews/Israelites are obliged to observe and keep the Law of Moses, while we​​ (the present Church, the Body of Christ) are NOT a body of Christ believers who must keep the Law; for to us in this dispensation the​​ entire Law with its ordinances are fully ABOLISHED and thus out of function (Eph. 2:14, 15). Thus we know for sure that it is​​ not​​ the birthday of the Church we witness in Acts 2, but the Messianic believers in Jesus Christ, who at the time of Acts were a minority inside Jewry.​​ These were the very same type of assembly which Paul called for ‘The Israel of God’ (Gal.​​ 6:16). They never represented the Church dispensation, - not for a second!

Two​​ – three​​ super-naturally manifestations​​ of God’s presence hit the place: An enormous sound-effect likened with a stormy weather; a super-natural yet visible kind of fire, as flaming tongues, sat on each one of the people present in that ‘Upper Room’; and finally, they all suddenly started to speak existing real national languages/dialects (of God’s mighty works, Acts 2:11).​​ None of these signs and utterances was present in the Azusa-revival. There never was any arrival of a new Pentecost era, like the first one seen in Acts 2! ​​ It was and it is still a hoax, a​​ fabricated spiritual monster, and not the genuine God-sent Holy Spirit. The ‘tongues’ of Pentecostalism in​​ our time are absolutely false, - men’s own inventions and​​ soulish theatrical​​ fantasies. The same is to say about all the other things propagated by the Pentecostal camp. Healings, prophecy, Exorcism, and other spiritual gifts are not those same kinds we see with the apostles. It is all fake and fabricated by man. Having​​ real​​ miracles and healings was​​ only for such believers as we find at that time:​​ Jews and Israelites, who were observing the Law of Moses, and who also was being offered the New Covenant presented them (Heb. 9:15), and who also were offered to have the​​ earthly millennial​​ Kingdom of God​​ established in Israel the same moment the whole nation repented and was baptized. Then Jesus would return from heaven. Gentiles never had the Law of Moses to keep (Rom. 2:14) – but, says Paul, they had the​​ Law of their conscience. It is quite a different thing.

Only such believers,​​ who had this​​ described​​ situation and spiritual status, could lawfully participate in the Feast of the Weeks, Pentecost, and no Gentiles. Gentiles mentioned in Acts were only accepted as proselytes, and not free independent Christ believers.

Three​​ – It says in Acts 2:5 whom the listeners were, those who heard the tongues spoken to them by the apostles: It was NO GENTILE THERE, only​​ Jews​​ devout and God-fearing men from every country under heaven.

None of those believers present at Azusa-revival had any of these features. God NEVER ever sent them any ‘New Pentecost’ – like they have been lying about for over a century now.​​ 

The present audiences in​​ that infamous Azusa-revival were​​ a wild mixture of Gentiles from the USA, mostly from Los Angeles and the districts. Some was already Christian believers, but it​​ was​​ reported of witches, sooth-Sayers,​​ Spiritistical​​ occult​​ oriented​​ mediums,​​ and they managed to influence what was going on in those meetings.​​ Charles Parham, one of the leading preachers involved in the revival, gave up on it and quit, protesting to the entire calamity and started to go up against it as something​​ which had the devil​​ behind it. The audience was as far away from real Christian practices and beliefs as one could possibly get. The​​ atmosphere​​ obviously attracted not many Christians, but a lot​​ of lewd and gloomy persons​​ already involved in occultism and White Magic.

Four​​ – Acts 2 reports of a sound of​​ stormy wind blasting through the house, and followed immediately by visible tongues of flames sitting upon each of them. None of these signs ever happened in Azusa-revival. So, consequently, Azusa was never​​ a revelation from God with a ‘New Pentecost’ happening. It would have to include all three features: The sounding of a storm wind, the appearance of tongues of fire, and the utterance of tongues as each one spoke a​​ real genuine national language​​ which was understood by the listeners.

Five​​ – A very important condition for being able to experience this first ‘Holy Spirit’ Pentecost seen in Acts 2, was the fact that Jesus Christ had opened their​​ minds and full understanding of the Word of God. There never were just regular every-day-believers there. They had a​​ super-natural gift​​ given them prior to Pentecost: They had ability to understand the entire Word of God. They did not get that gift​​ after​​ Pentecost. They got it right after Christ appeared to them right after His resurrection.​​ But regardless of whether only the apostles had their minds opened by Christ, or all the believers present there….the most important condition for being present at Pentecost in Acts 2, was that there were ALL 12 APOSTLES​​ OF CHRIST. ​​ At Azusa-revival there was​​ NO ONE – NOT ONE SINGLE APOSTLE OF CHRIST present. Paul was the very last appointed apostle in Bible History. There is​​ no​​ Bible Word on the apostles establishing any​​ new generation of apostles to follow them. ​​​​ It stopped with these thirteen apostles!

Luke 24:45,

“Then He (thoroughly) opened up their minds to understand the Scriptures.”

This is often forgotten when considering what happened to the apostles at Pentecost. They were all​​ prepared​​ for what was going to take place.

Judging from all there is to read of that Azusa-revival regarding who was there and what took place, I can safely declare that it seem rather the opposite way: They had​​ not the least clue​​ of what the Scriptures say in the matter! They seem to have been a bunch of ignorant spiritual Hillbillies. It is totally wild all of it.