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Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor? (Isaiah 40:13 NIV)

Last week, those on Florida’s east coast evacuated to the west coast. Too late on the western side to evacuate, Hurricane Irma surprisingly changed tracks and threatened the state’s Gulf Coast. While southwest and southcentral Florida prepared for the worst, Irma altered her path again and shifted to the east. The idea that man can somehow control natural forces, like hurricanes, or predict what they will do, should be permanently put to rest.

His thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are his ways our ways (cf. Isaiah 55:9).

Our God is the Sovereign Lord. His thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are his ways our ways (cf. Isaiah 55:9). If people affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma did not gain some humility or fear of God, will they ever?

Life is full of ironies. When we feel confident everything is under control, something usually happens to prove otherwise.  Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote, “The best laid plans of mice and men, gang aft aglee [translation often go astray].” Go ahead mice, make plans, but be aware of conditions beyond your control.

Several posts ago, we announced the book The Priests of God would be available by late July or even earlier. We are now a few days from the first day of Fall, and still the book awaits publication. I will not bother with the details except to say our best laid plans gang aglee. Our Sovereign God takes note of the sin of presumption. Assuming we have it all under control is rooted in pride. It is then our God manifests his sovereignty by foiling our plans and thwarting our purposes (cf. Psalm 33:10).

“You ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (James 5:15).

In James, we find an admonition to mice and men: “You ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (James 5:15). What yours truly should have announced was, “God willing, we will have a book by… (fill in the date).” Sovereignty, as I see it, acknowledges God is in charge. When our Lord is satisfied that we do indeed understand who is the mouse and who is the Almighty One, then The Priests of God will go to print. In God’s time, it will find those for whom it is intended.

God willing, I’ve learned my lesson. When circumstances are out of my control, I know who controls my circumstances. Now, who moved my cheese?

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It is with great joy that we at The Prophets of God blog announce “The Priests of God: Unveiling the Order of Melchizedek,” the next installment in THE PROPHETS, PRIESTS AND KINGS SERIES. God willing, we expect a release on or before July 26th. Below is part one of a question and answer with writer, pastor and teacher, John Finkbeiner.

Q- First off, I congratulate you. I do not recall any books on this subject. Are you aware of any? How did you come up with the idea for The Priests of God?

A- I’m reluctant to accept congratulations after all the patience and grace God has shown me. This book was written because God wanted it to be, not because of anything I’ve done that deserves congratulations. For some reason, the Lord chose me and never gave up on me. Eventually, we produced a book I am proud to be a part of, but it took awhile.

No, I don’t know of anything like it. There may be, but I never researched the topic. My approach is to dig into the Bible. I heard recently the Mormons have had a shared interest in Melchizedek. Not sure what they came up with, but it does not really matter. I write on Biblical-rich topics. I don’t have any reason to read commentaries or extra-Biblical materials.

As to the last part of your question, the idea for The Priests of God was born of necessity. The idea for the series Prophets, Priests and Kings, came to me first. I noticed it was a theme in Scripture as a whole and felt it was begging to be explored. It was too big a subject to treat as one book so I had to individually examine each part.

Q- How long did it take you to write?

A- I like the answer “All my life.” I heard that from a writer once and believe it’s true for me. I was a ripe old age before I published anything. The People of God came out in 2010, then it was two more in three years. Here we are, more than four years after Lifesaver. There were months of no writing activity, but ideas were marinating and my Scripture reading was producing great results. Thinking seriously about the topic started ten years ago. There were times I wasn’t sure whether I was going to write this book, but that’s all history now. The Priests of God is in book form and I could not be happier.

“Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.” Jeremiah 23:16 NIV

Before the D-Day invasion of Normandy in World War II, an unprecedented campaign of disinformation was carried out on behalf of the combined Allied forces. Realistic photos of what was, in fact, cardboard U.S. ships and  landing craft, were part of a clever ruse. It was the Nazi’s spy team in England that convinced Hitler the attack would center to the north, at Calais.

Prior to this momentous battle, Britain’s secret service converted several key German spies into double agents. Their espionage had proved credible making the spies’ disinformation all the more effective. Hitler ordered massive numbers of Nazi soldiers to defend Calais instead of the Normandy beaches. On the fateful day of June 6th, 1944, the deception proved to be the difference maker.

How many of our fellow Christians are aware that Satan is preparing an invasion of monumental proportion? (“What?” you say!) Soon the whole world will be under his control. (“Huh? How can that be?”)

Why do Christians not know this? For the same reason Hitler was fooled into looking the wrong way–disinformation.

Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians was written to counter disinformation from the pulpit that threw God’s people into confusion. Brothers became alarmed after receiving a prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from Paul, saying the day of the Lord had already come (2:2). The Apostle recalled what he had taught them. The message then was exposed as fiction.

“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come [my emphasis] until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction…”          (2 Thess. 2:3 NIV)

From established and credible pulpits, disinformation has spread which has convinced many Jesus is returning at any moment. Thus, the new breed of Thessalonian is lulled into apathy by these supposedly accurate Bible prophecies. The context of Paul’s letter teaches that before Christ comes in glory for his saints (see vs. 1) the rebellion occurs (sign #1) and the man of lawlessness is revealed (sign #2).

Wake-up! It is a set-up. From our pulpits we are told to expect Jesus; but, the Bible informs us the Lawless One arrives before Jesus does. The disinformation about who comes first will deceive many into believing that the Beast is, in fact,  Christ–so we have the rebellion or falling away. When disinformation like “no more signs” and “any moment” is promoted by an array of believable sources, it is certain to take hold among those who will not read their Bible.

Don’t fall for a cardboard Jesus. Reject the disinformation of Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) preachers. Expect the complicity of leaders who claim loyalty to Christ, but offer false prophecy. This is war! Soon the wrath of Satan will be upon us.

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