The Jerusalem Council and its Message for Today

One of the most significant events in the days of the early church was the meeting between the Jewish and Gentile believers at Jerusalem. The Gospel message was gaining traction throughout the known world. This Gospel expansion provided many challenges and questions particularly as it related to the effected groups of people. There were the Jewish Christian believers, the Jewish (Judaizers) who believed in Christ as well as the Gentiles. The momentum was growing but so was the confusion and conflicts among these groups. This paper is not a review of the entirety of the Council but rather a zeroing in on a verse that causes much speculation in today’s church context. Here is the verse:
But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood (Acts 15:20).

Let’s begin by looking at the reason why these 4 instructions were cited. We will then seek to develop an understanding as to what it all means. Do these verses have relevance for today? It would be helpful to give a bit of background to this so that a greater understanding can be gained.

Paul and Barnabus’s first missionary journey had already taken place (Acts 13:1-14:28). Though the Gospel was spreading there were problems that arose. There were Jewish believers who felt that the Gentiles had to be circumcised while observing the old Jewish customs in order to be saved. They believed in Christ and the message of the Gospel but held firmly to tradition such as temple sacrifices, feast days and circumcision. We will see this group’s influence in some of Paul’s later writings. We will also see this influence at work in the last days.

The twelve apostles in Jerusalem had broken free from these traditions and were not bound by them. Clarity came as a result of Peter’s experience at the house of Cornelius (Acts 10). A period of about 10 years has now gone by in the lead-up to the Jerusalem Council.  Paul and Barnabus had encounters with these Judaizers at Antioch. It was primarily for this reason that all the related groups gathered at Jerusalem to discuss this and other issues of importance.

One of the key questions was how best to bring the Gentile and Jewish brethren into agreement on a mutually understood basis. This is where Acts 15:20 comes into play. It was understood that the Gentiles were not to be governed by all the Levitical laws as given by Moses. The church had now entered into a new dispensation as a result of Christ’s death and resurrection. The Levitical ordinances for the most part pointed to Christ and He was able to fulfil them during His earthly ministry. At the same time there were instructions from Leviticus that would prove helpful to the Gentiles such as the points covered in Acts 15:20. They are as follows:

1) Abstain from Fornication                           (Lev 18:6-24)
2) Abstain from Food offered to idols           (Lev 17:7)
3) Things strangled                                        (Lev 17:15)
4) Drinking of blood                                       (Lev 17:11-14)

The Book of Leviticus had many other areas of instruction but these four issues were mutually agreed as being pertinent and necessary if the Jewish brethren and Gentiles were to go forth as a united voice. We will see how wisdom prevailed in this unique gathering of early church believers. The same wisdom is needed today if the church is to be effective and faithful in fulfilling her task. Let’s examine each of the four points in some detail.

1) The abstaining from fornication
This instruction included all forms of immorality including adultery, homosexuality, incest and any other sordid sexual practice. One must take into account the laws of God when addressing this subject. God was very clear regarding sexual intimacy; it was meant solely for a man and woman who exchanged wedding vows together. It is a gift from God that was to be enjoyed and celebrated as man and woman become one in union together. This gift also serves as a beautiful illustration of the intimacy and love that Jesus as the bridegroom has for the church (His bride).  Any deviation from God’s intended purpose on this subject opens the door for abuse and compromise. If the sin of fornication goes unchecked it can lead to greater perversions.

It should be understood that paganistic practices were commonplace in much of the known culture of their day. In fact one can see a thread of pagan concerns in each of the four points mentioned in verse 20. These four points’ help to isolate and flesh out this demon led assault against the early church.

If there is a breakdown in morality there will be a breakdown in trust. The resultant fallout will be a gateway to lawlessness. But the question needs to be asked; whose trust has been violated and who defines it? If man is the final arbiter of that which constitutes right from wrong you then have a guaranteed recipe for chaos. It’s clear that God alone is the one who can occupy the position of lawgiver on issues of morality. The mix of Jewish and Gentile positions on culture and native law will have challenges as they come together as a New Testament Church but there are areas of common ground that can unite them together; morality being chief among them.

God’s Law is clearly stated as it relates to morality. The council identified the matter of morality as a common thread that both the Jewish and Gentile brethren could unite on. This battle rages on today. It is disheartening to see the growing influence of paganistic practices infiltrating once enlightened nations. The breakdown can be traced to a loosening of God’s absolute laws on matters of morality into a redefined doctrine of acceptance and tolerance. The Jerusalem Council was right in asserting the matter of fornication (morality) as one of the benchmarks that bound the Jewish and Gentile brethren together. It is a benchmark that needs revisiting in today’s established world-wide church.

The next three items zero in on specific cultural problems that were common amongst many of the Gentile nations. It was a problem that plagued the Jewish people of the Old Testament. The reason why Israel went into a period of captivity in Babylon was due to their idolatry. They were given the privilege and call to be an example of God’s ways to the nations. Consider carefully the following verses from Ezekiel because they present a message and warning for all of us today:

Eze 5:5  Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.

Eze 5:6  And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries that are round about her: for they have refused my judgments and my statutes, they have not walked in them.

What is the first of the Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses?

Exo 20:2  I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Exo 20:3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Exo 20:4  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

God’s first commandment addressed the subject of idolatry. God’s people were without excuse; they experienced the power and provision of God, had the best of leaders and instructors in the ways of God and yet still exhibited a heart of rebellion and idolatry. Their hearts became aligned with the gods of other nations which included the likes of King Solomon.

1Ki 11:3  And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.

1Ki 11:4  For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.

2) Abstain from food offered to idols, things strangled and drinking of blood
It is probably easier to place these instructions under one heading seeing they are somewhat related. This is a subject that has stirred much controversy in church circles throughout the ages. What is the context in which James is sharing this point? First, it needs to be noted that Paul addressed this subject extensively as seen in his letters to the Romans and the saints at Corinth (Rom 14:13-21, 1 Cor 8:1-6). In Paul’s letter to Corinth we see the key word as being knowledge and knowing. A believer has liberty in this area provided his conscience is clear regarding the eating of meats. The problem arises when a weaker believer comes to the place of stumbling as a result of ones partaking of meats. This may be better understood when taking into the account the subject of wine. I could be presented a glass of wine at a meal and it would have no effect on me. What if a weaker believer saw this or heard that I as a leader have taken a glass of wine. One may then take license by my act in believing that it is acceptable and goes about the drinking of wine to excess. My liberty can prove a stumbling block to others. This was a concern in the areas of meats and things that could be eaten.

James felt to include this restriction on food offered to idols to help protect non-believing Jews from stumbling. This was an instruction directed at the new Gentile believers many of which would have been exposed to paganistic practices. The Lord dealt with His people in their area of idolatry by allowing them to be subjected to a Babylonian captivity for 70 years. A Gentile believer may not be bound by idolatry however the appearance of partaking of meat in certain places could potentially pose a problem to the Jew.

We as believers must be clear on the fact that the kingdom of God is not food or drink but rather righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom 14:17). Contentions over the subject of meat and drink can cause needless strife provided we are not being insensitive towards the conscience of others.

I personally feel there are times we are to abstain from food when it is deliberately offered to idols as part of a paganistic ritual. What can be done if one is unsure? It is here where we trust in the sanctified prayer of thanksgiving for the food presented before us. The issue of food offered to idols can be delved into greater detail by tracing the origins of idolatry. Idols themselves have no power but the spirits behind many of them do. Do these evil spirits have appetites akin to our flesh and blood nature? Two primary appetites come to mind on this subject which I will lightly touch upon.

1) Worship-Satan desires worship as seen in his initial fall from heaven (Ezek 28:13-15). He sought the worship of Christ after his time spent in the wilderness (Math 4:9). His methods prove subtly affective in getting people to come under his influence. The offering of food to idols can be a preliminary step in the conditioning of a candidate for the worship of the evil one. This will be a hallmark characteristic of the soon coming antichrist.

2) Offering of blood-This is a separate subject all its own but worthy of a brief mention here. The paganistic practices of heathen nations often involved the blood of sacrificed humans; usually children in the appeasement to the gods they worshipped. The featured god was Molech accompanied by Ashtoreth who seemed to have their roots among the Ammonites. A primary belief among these people was that the sacrificing of the firstborn would ensure financial security for the family and future generations. This is in contrast to God summoning Abraham to offer his son Isaac on the altar of sacrifice (Gen 22:7-14). God provided a ram resulting in Isaac being spared. It was a picture of the ultimate sacrifice that would be given when the Father would offer his Son for the sins of mankind. An offering that would bring prosperity, blessing and most importantly eternal life to all generations that would believe.

Molech and Ashtoreth are pagan substitutes of the most sordid kind. Are these kind of offerings being made today in our civilized world? Is there a demand and price to pay in selling one’s soul to the devil? Perhaps one should examine the abortion industry as more than just a convenience and woman’s right issue. One should also take into account the worldwide child trafficking and paedophilia plague gripping today’s world.  I am merely putting forth an opinion as to the depraved nature of fallen man and his quest for power and the extent that he may go in achieving it.

One must recognize the enemy’s ability in perverting the precious institutions that God has put into place. Satan is the master counterfeiter. In John 8 you have the Lord presented as the TRUTH (John 8:32). In the same chapter you have Satan depicted as the father of lies (John 8:44). The godhead is beautifully revealed through the Trinity; Satan counterfeits this with his alliance of the unholy trinity (Rev 13). God demonstrates the beautiful relationship of His Son with the bride through the institution of marriage. Satan perverts this institution through the promotion of homosexual unions. We now come to the sanctity of the precious blood of Jesus that was shed for the sin of man; an act that gives life to one and all who accept him by faith. Does Satan have his perverted portrayal of blood? As Christians we partake and commemorate the shedding of the Lord’s blood at communion by faith. Is it a stretch to suggest the partaking of physical blood by modern day paganists for both enlightenment and empowerment? Is the shedding of new-born blood via abortion and genocide a price paid to demons? Is this a reflection of the true appetite and food that is offered to demons? In many cultures this is seen as a primitive act of idolatry.

The statements made above may be considered off topic but one must bear in mind that we are living in the last days. The issue that James was addressing at the Jerusalem council was a problem based more on tradition. Paul had to wrestle with this in many of his writings such as the churches at Galatia and Colossae. If traditions go unchecked they tend to lead to other things due to taking the emphasis off the true and good. We are living in an age of lawlessness; it’s a time when many things are coming to a climax and fulfilment. There will be the beautiful bride of Christ made ready for the Lord and there will be the manifest expression of evil as the cup of iniquity becomes ripe (Rev 18:5-6). What James is addressing in seed form is playing out in its fullness today.

The drinking of blood is not a term one would consider common in our modern world. Many Christians tend to apply meaning to this issue by solely referring to the blood of animals as it pertains to meat. The life is in the blood so there is the danger of assimilating the nature of a beast or to contract diseases as a result of toxins and contaminants that can be found in an animal’s blood. This is a true statement and precautions should be in place in the preparation and consumption of meats. It is understood that there will be trace elements of blood even in meat that has been cooked as “well done”. I personally feel this is not what is being referred to in the instruction that both James and Paul are presenting to their respective audiences.

The question could be asked as to what constitutes the line between meats that can be consumed as opposed to that which is to be avoided. Can a person order his steak rare and be free from this instruction? First, placing an order for a “rare” cooked steak is not to be equated with the drinking of blood from an animal which was strictly forbidden. Still, one should be very careful about excess blood drainage from a piece of meat. “The life is in the blood” (Lev 17:11).

To better understand the potential implications of the partaking of the blood as stated by James it would be good to be reminded concerning the power of the blood of the Lamb. If there is power in the blood of Jesus to save, preserve, heal and empower be aware then that the enemy will seek to counterfeit. This brief overview will not delve into the origins of Old Testament idols such as Molech and Ashtoreth but one must understand that these gods required offerings of blood. The offerings consisted of children that had to pass through the fires. Those who were adherents to these gods experienced a power and strength which aided in bringing them into a place of empowerment. It is difficult in trying to reconcile how such abominations can be done without remorse. We make a mistake if we relegate such practices and atrocities to Old Testament occurrences alone. It is still happening; in fact it may be more prevalent than we know. There is a recently published article that states that the blood of a child helps in stimulating poor memory loss. Do you think there is the potential for abuse in this area?

This report on the instructions given to the Jerusalem Council will now seek to expand to a bigger platform with ramifications that go beyond the observance and adherence to traditions. A ceremonial act can express itself through an ordinance or form of tradition. The ritualistic aspect of such worship oftentimes covers a root concern that is not easily observable in its initial stages. The continual worship of such an idol or practice can result in a strengthening of that root. Sin in its early stages may not seem significant or threatening.

Satan’s ability in getting Adam and Eve to disobey was crafted in a subtle and appealing fashion. Once sin was able to grasp its host its demands intensified resulting in man having to go to abominable lengths in satisfying its urges. Through this process God will seek to afford man the opportunity to repent and stem the rot and growing power of sin. This is what the blood of Jesus can do to a man who repents. The consequences of failing to respond to God’s overtures will result in one potentially being given over to a reprobate spirit. When this takes place the most vile practices and examples of evil will begin to manifest (Rom 1:18-28).

What makes the above statement relevant is the day and hour in which we live. The church is being confronted with Truth by way of the Atonement. How one responds will make all the difference. The subject of idols, blood, fornication and strangling are all linked. We can also see how they can be linked to Romans 1. What is the common denominator that brings all of these abominations to light?

Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 

On one hand you see God desiring to reveal His righteousness as a message to the believer. This is a righteousness that can be worked out within a person as they choose to walk in the light as he is in the light (1 John 1:7). This is a choice many choose not to make due to its cost and commitment. We are now in a season of time where God is requiring a choice to be made by a believer with no option of settling for a “status quo” brand of Christianity. Ideally, it is wisdom to choose to allow God to lead us in truth and light; its goal and destination is the holy hill of Zion (Psa 43:3).

Many desire to come to this destination however many will choose not to pay the price. How do such people justify their method and means of going on in God? I believe we can make a reference to Rom 1:18 above as an example in how this process takes place. It is a method where the truth of God’s Word is cleverly refashioned through a means of appealing doctrines that circumvent the realities of the true path to be taken. It is subtle at first but notice how quickly the heart begins to be affected as expressed in verse 21. The digression continues as seen in verses 24-27 where God eventually gives such people up to vile affections. Let’s not forget that is a group who once knew God. Once the people of God begin to abandon God’s laws and standards it opens the floodgates for lawlessness to take hold. Once this materializes there will be no holding back. This was the picture of what it was like in the days of Noah where violence and corruption prevailed (Gen 6:11-13). Did not Jesus warn of a similar event to take place in the last days (Math 24:37-38)? How does this relate to the instruction that James gave to both Gentile and Jew at the Council?

The immediate concern at the Council was for a proper assimilation between both the Jew and Gentile as it related to the propagation of the Gospel. These notices addressed the primary areas where stumbling-blocks and disagreements could occur. The legalistic aspect of the Levitical laws could prove problematic to the Gentile brethren if they were to be enforced by the Jews. There were Jews (Judaizers) who still observed the full form and ordinance of the Old Testament order. Christ’s sacrifice was the fulfilment of these ordinances which rendered them dead. By observing the ordinances they were diminishing Christ’s sacrifice at the Cross. This would then pose a problem to both Jews and Gentiles who followed such practices.

This instruction had a short term objective in not causing the Gentiles to be hindered in their ministry work. There is the long term implication of what these restrictions represent. It matters to us due to the culmination of wickedness which will be on full display in the last days. It is a subject that requires an investigation into the roots of these idolized practices. The full manifestations of what these restrictions represent were not seen in the days of the early church; they are however coming to ripeness today. A pulling back of the curtain of these demonically inspired practices is both sordid and shocking. Is there an Old Testament precedent that can be relied upon to provide a modern day perspective?

Eze 8:12  Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth.

The days of Ezekiel are very similar to ours. The children of Israel were about to be subjected to a Babylonian captivity due to their excessive idolatry. The Word of the Lord had been persistent to Israel in warning about becoming like the world and its paganistic practices since the time of Deuteronomy. In fact, God spoke about what was going to happen to them (Deu 30:1-8). These same warnings are echoing throughout the church in our day but who is heeding? The Lord was preparing Israel for Babylon and he was allowing Ezekiel to see first-hand the kind of abominations that were taking place behind the scenes. God pulled back the curtain so that Ezekiel could see what God saw. This further honed his message as he was about to go forth in his prophetic ministry. The sins of idolatry that Ezekiel had to deal with were far more than traditional pagan practices; they were full bore abominations. Let’s not forget what Elijah did to the prophets of Baal at Mt Carmel.

1Ki 18:38  Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 

1Ki 18:39  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.

1Ki 18:40  And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

Did this event put an end to the power of Baal worship? Absolutely not; it was a temporary victory but by no means the final nail in the coffin. The daughter of Ahab and Jezebel (Athaliah) married into the lineage of King Jehoshaphat of Judah resulting in an escalated threat to the purposes of God. Satan was able to manoeuvre into the godly thread of Judah through a compromised king who found common ground with Ahab.

2Ch 18:3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramothgilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war.

It was this point of time where we note the intervention of the priest Jehoiada and his wife Jehosheba as they preserved the one remaining “royal” son Joash from the diabolical scheme of Athaliah as she sought to annihilate all of the royal seed of Judah. If successful how then would be there a future king (Christ) being able to come forth as a lion from the tribe of Judah. There was a similar intervention earlier when the priest “Phineas” executed God’s judgement upon the sin of Balaam as expressed through the slaying of the Israelite man and Moabite woman (Num 25:7-8).

Jehu, king of Israel was used of God to purge and cleanse Israel and Samaria from the treachery of Jezebel. He also executed judgement upon the prophets of Baal. Did this end the influence of Baal worship and idolatry? Nope, it resurrected again amongst the tribes of Israel in the north resulting in their being destroyed by the Assyrians in 722 BC. Surely, this example of God’s judgement upon His people for their sin and idolatry would finally resonate upon Judah. This would be in addition to the revival that was experienced under King Josiah. Again, the answer is no as Israel slid further into idolatry in spite of the prophetic warnings from prophets like Jeremiah.

The level of sin and corruption has now reached a climax; God was about to allow His beloved nation of Israel to be subjected to a 70 year captivity. Ezekiel was allowed to see the sordid state of affairs involving the so-called leaders. He saw what God saw and his message was direct and emphatic. The fruits of such a revelation allowed him to prophesy the following allegory of two sisters who played the role of harlots (Ezek 23). This prophesy clearly illustrated Judah’s inability to learn the lessons from her brethren in the north. Ezekiel needed this measure of insight in order to convey the impassioned heartbeat of God. The roots of idolatry that are being judged in God’s people had its intended affect. Those who heard and responded to God’s prophetic warnings came to a place of being established in the period of Restoration after the exile; they had the added blessing of knowing His heart (Jer 24:6-7).

A similar scene is about to play out in the last days. The Book of Revelations makes clear that there will be two extremes in the church; a path that leads to filthiness and uncleanness as opposed to the path of righteousness and holiness (Rev 22:11). The sin and idolatry of the last day church is coming to ripeness. How bad is the sin and what lies beneath the veneer of its well camouflaged exterior? Will there be latter day Ezekiel’s who will have the privilege of seeing what is taking place in secret? Is it possible for the hidden sin to be on par or worse with what Ezekiel was able to see? Is it possible for there to be a greater fulfilment of what James was addressing at the Jerusalem council, regarding fornication, idolatry, strangling and drinking of blood? I believe there is and it is worth looking into these matters in a bit more detail. The difference between the days of the early church and ours is that these four restrictions are now coming to a state of ripeness. The reason why these issues are inflated to such heights is due to the prevailing lawlessness that abounds worldwide. The same lawlessness that was evident at the time of Balaam and the reign of the kings is still with us today only on a much more heightened scale. Has not the church learned any lessons from history? Where are the true priests and keepers of the law? We will later see that the upholding of God’s law will in fact be the remedy.

OK, so what does all of this mean for us today? It is one thing to be able to address the issue as it relates to the formation of the early church but what are its ramifications for today’s church?

Jesus made clear that in the last days there would be great deception. What does this entail? He goes on to state that even the very elect would be deceived (Math 24:24). In this context we will see the greatest expression of lawlessness on display when the antichrist presumes himself to be god (Math 24:15, Rev 11). The antichrist is defined by lawlessness and it will be on full display in Jerusalem in the midst of the last 7 year period (Dan 9:27). He is a picture and embodiment of evil in its rawest and fullest form.

Prior to this event his way will be prepared by the spirit of antichrist which is already working in the world (1 Jn 2:18). The four restrictions given to the Gentiles at the Jerusalem Council will have their full-blown manifestation in the last days. These are not trivial traditions to be avoided; they represent the root of latter day demonic activity. That which has been hidden is now beginning to be brought to the light; that which has been sewn in seed form through the generations is now coming to ripeness. It is important to be able to discern and to know the remedy in being able to counter these enemies of the cross. This is why there needs to be modern days Ezekiel’s that have the privilege of having their eyes opened to see what is truly taking place. This will help shape a true prophetic voice that fully aligns with the purpose of what God is doing in the last days. Let’s begin by examining the breakdown of morality.

Breakdown of Morality
Act 15:20  But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

The issue of morality has been a continual problem from the time of Genesis all the way through Revelation. God’s laws concerning morality and marriage have been very clear from the very beginning (Gen 2:22-24). Sadly, God’s established order is being redefined even from within the institution of the church itself.

It is refreshing to see the current US president embracing the tenets of Christianity. He has allowed himself to be surrounded by godly men and women who have helped to pray and support his efforts. Still there are some serious concerns:

Citizen Trump was inspired by a particular well known ministry as he viewed a Christian TV program. He followed up by inviting this speaker to his office. One of the first acts of contrition that Mr. Trump made to this minister was concerning his being married three times. The minister responded by stating that she too has been married three times. Please understand that I am happy that the president has allowed himself to be surrounded by godly leaders but the concern is in the trivializing of the marriage covenant. Being a Christian leader entails responsibility and a higher standard. A Christian leader being married three times is not a badge of honor; there needs to be repentance. It is not a joke!

Is it really surprising that the church is seeing an increase of divorce and subsequent remarriages? Lawlessness comes into play when the church allows the standards of God to be redefined and altered. It is here where sin and iniquity can begin to gain a foothold which paves the way for increasing depravity. Is it really surprising to see homosexuality becoming more acceptable in the church; where does it end? Honestly, let’s go back a few decades and see how the church viewed such indiscretions; they may have existed but there was restraint due to the upholding of God’s laws and statutes. What changed, did God alter His laws so as to accommodate these lifestyles or have we allowed the laws of God to be cleverly repackaged through humanistic and soulish ministries? Once the truth of God’s Word becomes altered, even in a most subtle form it opens a Pandora’s Box of potential iniquity.

Whoever thought that one bite of a forbidden fruit would result in the firewall of sin that would separate man from God? This is the potential of what can happen when root issues of sin are not taken seriously. In writing the above I am not trying to be hard and judgemental rather it is an expression of love. The fact that someone may have been married three times does not disqualify them as believers but there should be repentance. Such a statement by a recognized religious leader who has favor with the US president seems to authenticate divorce and remarriage as being acceptable. If the church fails on this point then we should not be surprised as to what is coming down the road. Let’s look at an event that transpired two years ago.

On June 30, 2015 the US Supreme Court ruled that individual states do not have the right to enact homosexual/sodomy laws. This legislation became federalized resulting in a whole new wave of perversion gaining traction throughout the nation. This ruling opened the door or should we say abyss to a whole new realm of evil. It was far more than just making allowance for same sex marriage.

Former speaker of the House of Representatives Tom Delay referred to a justice department memo that looked to push 12 more perversions as a result of the same sex ruling by the Supreme Court. Once again, it is not just about recognition of marriage privileges that these groups are after, it is far more. It only is a means of opening the door. Consider what Mr. Delay wrote back in June of 2015.

In the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling extending same-sex marriage rights to all 50 states, many have warned to a “slippery slope” leading to other perversions of marriage like polygamy.

Former Texas Rep. Tom DeLay recently appeared on Newsmax with host Steve Malzburg to discuss a “secret memo” from the Department of Justice that he had become aware of, which reportedly discussed attempts to legalize “12 new perversions,” including bestiality and pedophilia.

“We’ve already found a secret memo coming out of the Justice Department,” DeLay claimed. “They’re now going to go after 12 new perversions, things like bestiality, polygamy, having sex with little boys and making that legal.”

Delay continued by stating, “Not only that, but they have a whole list of strategies to go after the churches, the pastors, and any businesses that tries to assert their religious liberty. This is coming and it’s coming like a tidal wave.”

Malzburg was understandably shocked by DeLay’s claims, and asked him to clarify if he really was saying that the Justice Department had plans to legalize pedophilia.

“That’s correct,” DeLay said. “They’re coming down with 12 new perversions. LGBT is only the beginning. They are going to start expanding it to the other perversions.” (H/T RWW)

Whether this holds true remains to be seen, but judging by some of the other actions conservative America has witnessed from the progressive activists of the Obama administration, this insane assault on morality and values may not be too far-fetched.

For the most part Tom Delay’s remarks were not taken seriously however look what has happened since that ruling. It should also be noted that legislation is pending to soften the terms of what constitutes paedophilia; why would there be the need to do such a thing? Today, there is a movie that is being touted that glorifies cannibalism. On top of this a major news network featured its correspondent eating a human brain under the guise of connecting with certain primitive tribal groups. The Disney cartoon classic Beauty and the Beast is now featuring a movie where homosexuality is slipped into the narrative. Have you noticed the recent obsession with programming featuring zombies?

The conditioning process is injected into society through other subtle means such as CSI programs which features human autopsies as part of the narrative. The repulsiveness of human flesh being cut up to help solve crimes brings with it a certain de-sensitizing that paves the way for a greater appetite for blood.

Our culture is so clever in its ability to veil and hide behind artificial coverings and fig leaves of violence. In many parts of the world there is the reality of true violence and the fruits that come with it. In so called civilized societies we satisfy our bloodlust through video games and organized sports such as caged ultimate fighting. The ancient Romans were rawer in allowing their vanity to play out in real life coliseum battles. Today we hide behind the veneer of sports and games but the appetite for blood has its demands. True bloodlust cannot be hidden and covered up forever. This is the purpose for outrageous legislation that is beginning to make allowance for such proclivities. We as Christians have a difficult time understanding how people can be so depraved; it’s high time we wake up and begin to see the true picture. If Ezekiel was brought into the inner chambers of the temple to see what was taking place what about the church and high positions of government in our day? Is it possible that there could be such evil hidden and concealed in the corridors of power?

This paper began by addressing the 4 restrictions that James presented to the new Gentile believers. It is one thing to define them in relative terms but they also need to be understood as to what these restrictions truly imply; where is it all rooted? It also becomes clear that these restrictions are in fact related; it is paganism pure and simple and it poses a significant threat to the church of the last days. That which has been hidden is coming to the light; do we discern it, what will we do about it?

This brief report is leading to a conclusion; one that is difficult to fully digest and comprehend. What is really the root of the four restrictions and the relevance that it has for our day. In the Book of Genesis we see man covering up his transgression through the applying of mere fig leaves; today these coverings are much more sophisticated. What will the modern day Ezekiel’s observe as they prepare for their respective ministries in these last days? Do the Molech’s and Ashtaroth’s of the Old Testament live today? Does the matter of drinking blood as addressed at the Jerusalem Council have a 21st century application? Is the church of today at risk? The answer to each of the questions above is an emphatic YES.

The recent US presidential election caught the attention of a worldwide audience. The recent election cycle proved to be a sad commentary as to how far America has fallen. The level of corruption, deceit and lying was treasonous.  Both political parties are to blame for the back and forth rhetoric but something most unusual took place the last week before the election. It was highly reported that indictments were about to go forth to the Democratic nominee and other political officials from both parties for child trafficking. The reports became even more sordid as further details emerged. There were reported satanic rituals involving the drinking of blood coupled with full blown paedophilia involving power brokers in politics and power. Is this even possible, what kind of person could even think of doing such things? Anyone making comments about suspicions regarding these allegations were either ignored or charged as being overly conspiratorial. All of a sudden there was absolute silence concerning this issue as the election drew near. This matter dropped off the radar screen as fast as it appeared. As the months have gone by it becomes clearer that there is much more to this story; it has not gone away.

I am of the opinion that the Lord allowed the veil to be lifted, albeit briefly so that one could see what is taking place behind the scenes. It is a modern day example of what Ezekiel came to experience. It is not a pretty picture and it should send shockwaves to the church. The Book of Ezekiel and Revelation highlights those who sigh and grieve over the sins of the nations (Eze 9:3, Rev 7). We desperately need the mercy of God. So what is exactly the nature of the depravity that is being inferred? What are the stakes and what needs to be the role and position of the church?

In 1973 the US Supreme Court made a ruling which forever changed the spiritual landscape of the country. The Roe versus Wade decision opened the door for the sin of abortion which has resulted in over 50 million innocent lives being placed upon the altar of Baal. Of course abortion proponents would never subscribe to such a definition but make no mistake that is exactly what it is. The fig leaf covering of “a woman’s right to choose” is but an ill-conceived camouflage of the truth of the matter. As with every enemy counterfeit the truth eventually becomes exposed in its raw form. This can be done due to people exchanging their soul for power and riches at the expense of morality. How does this occur?

As mentioned earlier it begins with a redefining of Truth whereby man accepts the terms of the enemy if he or she were to violate God’s absolute law. It begins subtle but like leaven slowly permeates through the fabric of culture. If not corrected through the blood of Jesus the poison will only continue to grow. An infected culture is established when media, politics and culture collide resulting in power and influence being placed in the hands of the few at the expense of the masses. What is then needed is the ability to control and program the people to the predominant narrative. A good example of this is Daniel 3 where the herald (vs 4) puts forth a conforming message that insisted that all people bow down to worship the image of the king. It is a method of programming that is well established today.

Do you know that the worldwide media is centred within 6 different conglomerates? Each of them are controlled by banking interests who have ability to create money at will. Think of what can be done with that money when placed into the hands of the right people in the right positions. Take a look at the nexus between politics and lobbyists for worldwide enterprises. People in positions of influence who effect legislation can be compromised if money is poured into their campaigns. Laws can and are rewritten in matters of morality as part of the arrangement. The corruption at the start may not seem significant however once it starts it will not abate. The enemy will constantly come knocking at your door for more. It is now coming to a head.

This past year has seen significant shifts in the political spectrum. The people of the UK voted to exit the European Union; a Nimrod like institution that has stripped Europe of its sovereignty in its pursuit of a one world government. The 2nd blow came by way of the USA election where the establishment consisting of both democratic and republican representatives took a huge hit in their efforts to blend America into the one-world orbit. So what does this mean and what should we do?

It is time to pray as never before and plead with God for mercy for the sin in America but also for the sin in the church. The failure of the church to hold and maintain God’s standards could well be the primary problem. If what was unveiled the week before the recent USA election is true we then need to seek the seal of God as we pray and intercede (Eze 9:4, Rev 7:3). The battle taking place in Washington has become a life and death matter; both in the natural and spiritual. This is not an exaggerated statement. The four restrictions that were debated at the Jerusalem Council are now expressed in full-blown satanic expression. There are people in high positions of power and influence who have much blood on their hands. The genocides of scripture seen in the days of Moses and Jesus pale in comparison to what is taking place in our modern day society. The enemy is exacting his price in blood and it can no longer be kept under wraps.

Remember, the revelations from Tom Delay referred to earlier? It’s now true that laws regarding paedophilia are about to be rewritten. Why is this so; can it be that inevitable disclosure is at hand? This is not an easy report to put together but the time has come when all is coming to the light. May God help us to be among those who choose to be on the side of Truth.

How does one view an article such as this? Is this one of those overly hyped conspiratorial essays that speculates on the sensational? Is it really possible that trusted elected officials and people of influence can be engaged in such sordid and abhorrent behaviour? To me the real conspiracy lies in the intentional deception that is employed that covers up the truth from among the masses. The Old Testament accounts of Molech, Baal and Ashtoreth have their modern day counterparts. It is high time that the church understands that the enemy exacts his price for the temporary yielding to a pleasure.

It is not difficult in linking the four restrictions together as prescribed at the Jerusalem Council.  They may seem to be isolated areas of concern at the time of the early church however each of them can be traced to Satan. In these last days they are seen in its raw form; the fruits have come to ripeness. It is imperative for the church to come into a place of enhanced discernment. Secondly, this stench must be fleshed out and destroyed. There is constant talk of revival but how enduring will it be if this underlying sin is not addressed? This was the same problem that Jeremiah and Ezekiel had to deal with. Ezekiel was able to see into the hidden chambers of the church and so must we. The sin is not limited to the church but woven throughout the fabric of culture. It is the true priestly role that can stem the tide of rot and corruption. This requires an embracing of the atonement message. It’s a message that the majority of the church seems to dismiss or circumvent.

We find great inspiration when considering the exploits of the early church; greater things are in store for us. The instruction given at the Jerusalem Council is good advice. The history of idolatry, fornication, death and drinking of blood is more than idle tradition; it is pure evil. Today’s culture of immorality, death, idolatry and lust for blood is on full display for all to see. There are merits in seeking to understand its implications during the early church. It is wisdom to understand its full blown expression of destruction for our day. Now is the time to pray while pleading God for His mercy. The call is for a nation of priests in the church to emerge and take their place.

The time is at hand for the church to step up to its duly appointed role. May we be among those who hear what the Spirit is saying in this challenging and yet exciting season. Let us not forget that it is the true priests of God that will reign with Christ. This article is a calling out for that measure of priesthood.

Deu 28:13  And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: