Children of the Light

By James Jacob Prasch


The subject I have been given is The Children of the Light. This was a well known concept in the ancient Near East; it was well known among various peoples. In Greek mythology they had the concept the same as we have apocalyptic literature in the Hebrew Scriptures and in the New Testament there is pagan Greek apocalyptic in terms of a literary genre. The Greeks had a concept of it. So too did the Parthians in the time of Jesus. The Parthians are the modern Persians, the Iranians. They had this from the teachings of Zoroaster. Zoroaster and the later Zoroastrians were influenced by the Hebrews. They knew that there would be this idea of a war between the children of light and children of darkness. But in the Hebraic context, in the Jewish context, several of the Dead Sea Scrolls have the children of the light, the Qumran war manuals, speaking about an apocalyptic conflict, actually several wars, the final one being the last one. And this conflict, again being apocalyptic in nature, does something that we see in the book of Revelation, in the book of Daniel, in the book of Zechariah and certain other portions of scripture, certainly the book of Joel. It relates the spiritual battles in the heavenlies to the spiritual battles taking place on the earth. We see this many places but nowhere more clearly than the book of Daniel. Daniel shows us the principalities over certain nations, Iran being one of them in Chapter 10, and explains how the military conflicts unfolding on the earth in the last days are a reflection of a spiritual conflict. We also see this in the book of Zechariah. Zechariah was broadly contemporary with Ezra, Nehemiah, with Haggai. Those people show you what was happening on earth after the Babylonian captivity. Zechariah lifts up the curtain, the apokalypsis, and shows us what was happening in heaven at the same time as Satan was accusing the Hebrews and accusing their brethren. And so it was. It was a shared concept.


The Jews had the concept, the pagans had the concept, the Parthians had the concept, but the New Testament comes along and Jesus and the apostles give the right interpretation of the concept. The others knew about it in some vague sense but Jesus gave the right understanding of what it meant, the “Sons of Light” or the children of light, benay or. You have the day and night, dark and light motif; the day and night, dark and light motif. We see it in the scriptures, we see it in the apocalyptic literature and again, it involves these battles, these conflicts. We understand, now in retrospect, that the final one, the ultimate one is the one when Jesus returns in Zechariah Chapter 12. When we interpret the book of Zechariah in light of the New Testament, we see that will be the final conflict. Again, it was something that was known at the time. The Greeks were talking about it. The Parthians were talking about it. The two civilizations of the East and West were talking about it but the Jews were also talking about it. But none of them had it right. Jesus came along and he explained what it would actually be and what it was.


Turn with me please to the Gospel of St. John, Chapter 12:35-36.


Now remember everybody was thinking about this; everybody was talking about it, Jews, non-Jews, pagans, Parthians in the east, Greeks in the west and above all, the Essenes. They were all consumed with this idea of the sons of light.


John 12:35-36: Jesus therefore said to them, "For a little while longer the light is among you. Walk while you have the light, that darkness may not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. "While you have the light, believe in the light, in order that you may become sons of light." These things Jesus spoke, and He departed and hid Himself from them.


Notice he told the Hebrews that becoming a son of light was something to be achieved and that those who don’t become sons of light are not going to know where they are going. They are not going to know what they are really doing.


Now he spoke in verse 35 of his physical, literal presence on the earth. The apostles were with him; the light was in the world. After he left, where would that light be when Jesus was not here? When he left that light was to be with us, the spirit of Jesus dwelling within us, we were to be that light that he had. When he was here physically, the light was incarnated in him, he was the light, not only personified but incarnate. Well that same light that he had, that he was, is supposed to be in us after he goes. Either you will have that light of Jesus or you will be in darkness and you won’t know where you are going. People can talk about all kinds of things, all kinds of philosophies, all kinds of religions, but if they don’t have the true light they are not going to know where they are going. They’ll know where they went once it is too late but they won’t know where they are going in the meantime. We have to understand this in John 12 in light of what Jesus first told us in John 1. It very closely, of course, parallels the creation narrative of the Septuagint. Look with me please to John 1:


John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, en arche kia Logos, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.


Well this is quite a term as we will look at in a few moments. It does not comprehend it, does not overtake it, does not overcome it. There is obviously a cosmic darkness because of the fallen nature of man, because of the fall of Satan; there is a cosmic darkness. Jesus is the true light. In him was life and that light was the light of men. Somebody either has the Lord Jesus or they are in darkness. Mohammed will not give this light. Buddha will not give this light; in fact, Buddha never claimed to. What people believe about Buddhism were things Buddha himself never actually even taught or believed about himself. There is a big difference between Buddha and Buddhism and Guatama. Well, they are in darkness, they are in darkness. Hinduism speaks about the light and about the inner light. They are in darkness; there is no light because there is no Christ. The only way to have the light is through the Jewish Messiah. The others are in darkness. They do not know where they are going.  They may think they know where they are going, if they are following other religions, if they are following the teachings of Mohammed or of Hinduism, or of Janism or any other “ism” but they are in darkness. They do not know where they are going. No matter what they say, no matter how convinced they are, they really don’t know where they are going. It is like having a defective GPS; it is just not working. It is just not getting the right signal. They may think they know where they are going but they really don’t know where they are going. You must have this light of Jesus within you.


Now something was to happen when the Gospel came, although Jesus came unto his own, John tells us, his own did not receive him”. But the Greeks, again, had this concept to a degree. They knew about the Logos. A Greek would have no problem until you got to verse 14: The Logos became sarx, the Word became flesh. They could not handle God becoming a man. Islam could not handle God becoming a man; it still cannot handle it. Talmudic Judaism, not scriptural Judaism but Talmudic Judaism cannot handle the concept of God becoming a man. The only religions that can accept God becoming a man are ones that are not monotheistic, essentially, such as Hinduism, everybody can be auto-deified or something like this, but let’s look at this.  The one true God becoming flesh; the Greeks could not handle that. They would be okay with everything until you got to verse 14. In other words, they had a part of the truth. They had a part of the truth. When Mohammed became a monotheist he was told he had part of the truth. He met Jews and Christians who told him he had part of the truth and the word that was used from some Christians from Ethiopia he met was a word in Arabic, a puppy dog is just opening their eyes for the first time, newborn puppies. That is how they compared Mohammed. “You are beginning to see the truth” but then he remained, of course, in darkness, and so it goes.


Acts Chapter 26:16-18—when Jesus appears to Rabbi Shaul of Tarsus: Arise and stand on your feet, for this purpose I have appeared to you to appoint you a minister and a witness, not only to the things which you have seen but also to the things in which I will appear to you, delivering you from the Jewish people and from the gentiles to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and the inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in me.


Understand Rabbi Shaul of Tarsus, Paul the Apostle being struck blind. He personified the blindness of the Jewish people. They are blind to the meaning of the Torah. God has blinded them until the veil is removed. The Jews are microcosms of the human condition. The same as people who are born blind, people are born again from being blind. The blindness of Paul represents religious blindness, specifically the religious blindness of Israel. They could not see the meaning of the Torah until they saw the light of Jesus. And he says “That others may turn from darkness to light, from the dominion of Satan to God.” It does not matter what religion or what philosophy someone adheres to. It could be anything from atheism to Darwinism, to Eastern religion, it does not matter. They are in the kingdom of Satan. They are in the kingdom of Satan. The world is in the power of the wicked one. Now this is a frightening thing. I warned some years ago, when the Ecumenical Movement began, once you get in bed with the Pope, he is in bed with the Dali Lama. Where does it end? Now you have mainstream evangelicals looking for salvation in places other than in Christ—things that frighten me. People are being pointed to darkness. I am only stating facts. I watched something that was put out my Youth With a Mission and they were telling people you can call Jesus by the name of the secret Hawaiian God I’o in witnessing to Polynesians. Other gods are demons.


There is a person in England called Steve Chalke and he said “Hindus can be born again and saved by Jesus and Moslems can be born again and saved by Jesus, even though they don’t believe in Jesus because of the true things in those religions.” This is the kingdom of Satan. They are telling people to stay in darkness. There is only one God. They are in the kingdom of Satan. But let’s understand this further.


The Gospel came, we are told, that they may turn from darkness to light, from the dominion of Satan to God. If people are not saved by Jesus, if they are not regenerate., if they are not born again in the Biblical sense of the word, not in the televangelist sense of the word, if they are not truly saved they are in darkness. They are in the kingdom of Satan and there is only one way out and that is to become a child of light. If you are not a child of light you are a child of darkness. You won’t know where you are going. It does not matter what they say. They don’t know where they are going.


Turn with me to 1 Thessalonians 5:1-8, where this becomes eschatological:


1 Thessalonians 5:1-8 Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. [Most of you understand the Day of the Lord is that period that is inaugurated when the faithful Church is removed, either by resurrection (those who are asleep) or those who are raptured; that inaugurates the Day of the Lord, when God will pour out his wrath on the kingdom of Antichrist and he will come not like a thief, it is emphatic, just like a thief.] While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.


Now let’s understand this. The word here, that that day should not overtake you, is the same word we find in John 1: katalambano. The darkness does not comprehend it, does not overtake it, is not able even to receive it. It is translated variously but it is always the same word. In other words, that same darkness that could not overtake Jesus should not overtake us. He is the light and if he is in us, that darkness that could not overtake him, could not even comprehend him, neither should it be able to overtake us if we are indeed in the light. Same term. Look with me please about the caveats. It begins now to warn about being in the light, making sure we are in the light. This is not warning unsaved people. It is exhorting and admonishing Christians … us.


1 John 2:8  On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.


The true light is already shining and it follows with an exhortation of love of the brethren. The light that is coming to destroy this darkness should already be shining in us. We should be a harbinger of the great light that is to come again. The light, when Jesus came the first time was the beginning. He passed that light onto us; it is already shining in the darkness. We should be a beacon that the people in darkness should be able to see the light. The Church is to have a testimony that the people in darkness will see the light of Jesus.


The day before yesterday, I was on a web site called ex-Messianics. It is in Hebrew, it is a Hebrew web site and I clicked on it and I was reading it and it was quite distressful some of the things that these rabbis who are known as anti-missionaries were saying about believers, especially about Jews who believe in Jesus. And on this web site, trying to persuade Jews not to believe in Jesus and to equip them with arguments against the Messiahship of Jesus it had a YouTube clip where you click on it. It shows little children, and this rather obese woman in some church somewhere in the United States, obviously from her accent, was whipping the children up to go into a frenzy with tongues. It was completely chaotic. Now I do believe in a Biblical gift of tongues but this was completely, completely chaotic. It was insane. Now understand, Jewish people are skeptical of anything Christian to begin with. They are skeptical of anything Christian to begin with. When they see that lunacy what do they think? “Look what these people do to children! They make the children psychos.” This web site knew all about the money preachers, all about the Televangelists, they were showing people everything that is crazy. Where is the witness? Where is the testimony? Remember, the Church will be ready for Jesus to come back when? When will the bride be dressed and ready? What is the litmus test? What is the acid test? When will the Church be ready for Jesus to come back? When it can provoke the Jews to jealousy. That is God’s litmus test, Romans 11, when the Church can provoke the Jews to jealousy. That is going to take one spotless bride. That is going to take one incredibly Spirit-filled and righteous Church. That is going to really be something, but what are they seeing now? They are seeing darkness. How great is the darkness. If the light is dark, how great is the darkness? This is frightening. I was so, I wouldn’t say disgusted or angry. I am way past that. But I have a burden for the salvation of Israel. I want everybody to be saved but I have a burden for the salvation of Jewish people and to just look at that. How can they be drawn to the light out of that darkness of Talmudic Judaism, of Kabbalah, of a false Judaism of the rabbis that reject their own Messiah? How can they be drawn out of that darkness by this, by a broken light, by a lamp with no oil? It was quite sad. But let us continue.


Look with me please to Revelation 3:3. Jesus warns the church at Sardis. Now Sardis comes from the Greek word sarx, of the flesh.


Revelation 3:3 'Remember therefore what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. If therefore you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you.


We are not supposed to be in darkness about the time of Jesus’ coming. We won’t know the day or the hour, but we are certainly to know when it becomes impending through the signs. But this church and the people in it are not going to be ready.


Revelation 16:15 ("Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his garments, lest he walk about naked [that is without the garments of salvation] and men see his shame.") [or his disgrace].


Nakedness in the Bible is not (what is seen on a) beach in Maui. Nakedness in the Bible is not having the garments of salvation.


But then we get the Noahide connection where it relates to the days of Noah. Look with me please to 2 Peter 3:1-6.


2 Peter 3:1-6 This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,  that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. [Now that in itself is something. There was a book written a few years ago called “The God Chasers” where the author of that book demeaned the writings of the apostles as “dusty old letters to churches that don’t exist anymore.” He said “That was where God was at then.” Those books, those epistles, the New Testament, as it were, were written to Christians then, to those churches then. We have to go to where God is now. That was the theme of the book! Peter, James, John, Paul, that was for them. No, it’s your apostles, they are also for us. Do you understand? If the light is in the darkness, how great is the darkness. Yet this book was widely read, written by a man with a fundamentally heretical belief and the book was widely read, widely recommended.] “Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation." For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, [Hydrogen is the most common element on the periodic chart] through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. [Again, the days of Noah. ]


2 Peter 3:7-10  But the present heavens and earth by His word are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. [Now it is interesting, a hydrogen bomb, that which is water, kill by water, it can kill by fire.]  But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. [Now I have explained verse 10 before]:  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.


I have explained this before here in Tempe; the word there is stoicheion where you get stoichiometry, elemental chemistry like the periodic chart of the elements, gram atomic weight, atomic number, etc. The Greeks did not know about subatomic physics. They knew nothing about neutrinos or protons or electrons or neutrons or quarks, they knew none of that stuff. They had an idea about atoms, atomos, “that which is invisible.” That’s all. It was the basic unit of matter; that is all they knew; they had no idea about subatomic physics. It was not until the 20th century when people began to experiment with Uranium 238 and Plutonium that they understood they could achieve critical mass and dissolve and element. How did a fisherman from Galilee write that? That is exactly what it says. You will have a dissolution of elements, of stoicheion. Nobody before Einstein and Oppenheimer thought of such things. Nobody! That is exactly what it says. Am I saying this is an exact prediction of thermonuclear holocaust? Yes. That is what it says. That is what it says. They mock. They mock. It is frightening to me. Let the world mock. You have a country named Pakistan that is a hair-breath away from being taken over by an Islamic fundamentalist government. What will happen if they achieve what they want to achieve. They already have nuclear weapons. How far is Iran? It can’t be too much longer, or so the experts tell us, but Pakistan already has them. India, it is the same. Now remember, the Western world thinks differently. The Western world thinks of mutually assured destruction, that is was “MAD” meant to us in the Cold War. To them, MAD just means mad! They will push the button. They will die in a jihad because that is the only assurance of salvation in Islam is to be shahadi. A Hindu will push the button. He will be reincarnated as a Brahman because he died…..


The world is in a very precarious situation and it is getting more precarious. The only thing stopping us from wiping ourselves out is the hand of God. But they are going to mock. They are going to mock us the same way as they mocked Noah. But it is not the world I am concerned with, it is Christians. It is Christians. The dissipated interest in prophecy, in end-time events is frightening to me. It is frightening. Watch the news today. These things have been building up for years. It is simply a fact that in the 1956 Suez crisis, for some reason President Eisenhower handed Egypt over to the Soviets, the sphere of influence on a silver platter. He forced Britain and France to back down from the Suez Canal and he stopped Israel. The Suez Canal went to the Moslem world. Today you are looking at the Suez Canal on the news. What will happen if they shut down the canal? The price of oil, some of them were saying, will go to 300 dollars a barrel--300 dollars a barrel! What will that do to the world economics, globally? This has been building since the 1950s? No, it has been building since 1948 and before that, but there are people who are oblivious to it. They are just oblivious to the reality. Well, we should not be like the sons of darkness, we should be sons of light, we should know what these things mean. We should know what Jesus said the Jews would be back in Jerusalem for him to return in Matthew 23 and Zechariah 12, and in Luke 21. But let’s go even further with this.


The days of Noah. Peter draws on this Noahide connection in eschatology. We see this in Jude. Look with me please to Jude 1:6.


Jude 1:6  And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day.


He is talking about the Nephilim, those who fell down. It says they came down then and they came down afterwards. The Rephaim, the Anakim, these things were demonoids, demonic incarnations. Something that happened in Genesis 6:1-3, the mixing of seed. The Torah forbad the mixing of seed. You have rats with 1% human DNA. We are no longer talking about science fiction, we are just talking about science. What happens when you eventually begin giving predatory animals higher degrees of intelligence through biogenetic engineering? Monsters that can think like humans but they are not human. Jesus did not say “As in the days of Noah,” he never said that. He said “Just as in the days of Noah.” We are going to see some kind of an enfleshment of the demonic before Jesus comes. This is in the book of Revelation, it is in the book of Genesis. It is going to happen again. Obviously you see people who are involved with extraterrestrial phenomenon and UFO cults are obsessed with this stuff. They look upon it as provident. Look at it however you want, biogenetic engineering is going to go out of control into the hands of fallen man. Anything fallen man can use for evil he will. This is not the problem with science. It is not the problem with biogenetic engineering, it is the problem of fallen man. The darkness. Even if Western countries try to regulate it--you are going to get some third-world despot or dictator who is going to allow it. I can genetically manufacture armies, I can genetically manufacture servants, I can genetically manufacture sex slaves. People will do this. They don’t have human rights, they are not human, even though they behave like it. It is easy to see how the prophecies of the image of the beast can become a reality. Again, this is not science fiction, it is just science. These things have to be addressed now. It is not a joke. Yet, people who are in darkness don’t know what they are playing with. They don’t understand what is happening. Just as in the book of Genesis, in the days of the Tower of Babel. It will seem nothing is impossible to them, nothing. But let’s go look at this further.


It should not overtake, it should not overtake! The Greek there is subjunctive in the mood. In other words, the theoretical possibility of it happening exists but it won’t happen to those who are truly living as sons of light. Look with me once again, please, to what we are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:


1 Thessalonians 5:5  For you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;


1 Thessalonians 5:8  But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.


Let’s begin: It should not overtake us. How will it overtake people? This teaching of the light and darkness. While they are saying peace and safety, destruction will come upon them. This is not simply speaking of man’s quest for peace. That goes back to the League of Nations, that WW1 was the war to end all wars. That is not going to happen. I am not worried about the world being deceived; the world is deceived already. I am worried about Christians buying into that agenda, people who should be sons of light buying into that agenda. Oh, there is a peace but it is a peace that passes all understanding. There is the peace of Jesus. Yet today, the Church is being marketed with global peace plans based on interfaith unity, based on ecumenism, based on uniting with Islam, uniting with Hinduism. I recall the book written by Peter Kreeft, about 15 years ago nearly and it was endorsed by major evangelical figures such as Chuck Colson and JI Packer. I have warned about this book a number of times. It actually says we need to have ecumenical union with Islam to morally redeem society. This is Chuck Colson endorsing this. Saved Christians are buying into it. A Christ-less book and they think it is Christian. There is no Christ in it but they think it is Christian. There is no peace in it but they think it is peace. It is darkness but they think it is light. When men say “peace and safety” then the end will come. Jeremiah warns this repeatedly. They say “Peace, peace, but there is no peace.” That is what happened before the Babylonian captivity and that is what is going to happen before Babylon the Great. Now if you point this out and you say “There is no peace without Christ” they are going to say “You believe in war, if you were a real Christian you would be working for peace.” I work for peace. I work for peace, everywhere I go I try—what happened to Rabbi Waxman. Are you good enough to go to heaven? There is only one way to have peace. There is only one way to know where you are going, to get out of the darkness. Oh, I pray for peace, I pray for the world’s leaders, but I know what is going to happen. I know it is inevitable. Even if we can delay it, even if we can cause these things to tarry, it will only tarry because people turn to Christ in significant enough numbers, because enough people repent and believe in him, that he may withhold his judgment for a season. Without the Gospel you are not working for peace. The Antichrist will make a false peace in the Middle East. It should not overtake! Those people believing this nonsense, this global peace stuff, this Purpose Driven Lie stuff—they are setting themselves up. It will overtake them. Can you imagine? Rabbi Shaul of Tarsus, Paul the Apostle speaking to the American College of Rabbis in Los Angeles and not mentioning Christ or the Gospel? Just telling them how to grow bigger synagogues based on unbelief and rejection of your own Messiah? I am only stating a fact. Rick Warren did that. He did that. Where’s Jesus? They’re in darkness! And instead of us being the light, turn the light out and keep them in darkness. It will overtake them like a thief. Look what it says next—sleep:


“Let us not sleep.” Isaiah 28 warns about those who get into the bed of the flesh. This kind of complacency; the hallmark of Laodicea, “Ah, go back to sleep.” Look what is happening just today on the news. We are supposed to believe it is of no prophetic consequence that these same nations at the center of world events are at the center of world events again. They are afraid it is beginning to spread to Jordan; how far it will go we don’t know. Certainly, if you have a Hezbollah government in Lebanon, every, every embassy of Lebanon in the world will be an outpost of Hezbollah terror controlled by Iran. I remember in 1991, President George Bush took Lebanon and gave it, once more, as a present to Syria. Then there was another war in 2006 in Israel and now they are getting ready for another war again. People don’t understand this. The church should understand it but they are asleep! I am only stating facts; I am not attacking people, I am simply stating facts. In this country John Piper teaches people to ignore the prophetic significance of the Middle East and Israel. Rick Godwin teaches people that these events you saw on TV today have no prophetic significance. John Stott in England teaches people to be against Israel. He teaches saved Christians to oppose Israel saying it has nothing to do with prophecy. They are asleep. How will it not overtake them? But it is worse than that. Jesus commanded us to be alert. I have pointed this out before. He commanded it! If you go on the Purpose Driven web site, on the Saddleback web site, it actually says “avoid end-time prophecy, it is a diversion.” Jesus says “watch out for this stuff”, Mr. Warren says keep away from it. Who needs Jesus Christ if you’ve got Brother Rick? How will it not overtake them? How will it not overtake them? False proclamations of peace, no peace is coming! A false peace will come with the Antichrist but then things will really blow up. Sleep!


The third is sobriety. Look what it says “Be alert, be sober.” That word there is related to the Greek word egkrateia, self control. I’ve actually seen it on video after video. I’ve watched it on web site after web site, major Evangelical leaders telling Christians to be drunk, falling down as if they were inebriated in drunken hysterics. Rodney Howard-Browne from South Africa singing a song “Drinking at Joel’s Place,” getting drunk in the Holy Ghost. However, when you read Joel 1:5, Joel says “Awake ye drunkards,” stop getting drunk! “Oh, forget about what Joel said, Rodney said ‘Joel said have a drink.” They are laughing and getting drunk. This goes from one thing to another, it is absurd. Toronto, Pensacola, Lakeland, it is absurd. We are told be sober, they say “No, get drunk.” How will this day not overtake them? I am not talking about the world, the world is going to hell in a hand basket anyway, unless we reach them with the Gospel, but how can we reach them with the Gospel when Christians are jumping into that same hand basket at the behest of their own leaders. Sobriety? But now let us look at what it says next.


1 Thessalonians 5:8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.


It is not the same armor that is listed in Ephesians 6 or in Isaiah; however, it uses the same kind of analogy. The breastplate protects the heart and vital organs of the thorax. What is going to be attacked is our faith and is our love. Most men’s love will grow cold. Now understand something, it has become so twisted, so perverted, so crazy that if somebody loves the Church enough to say “Wake up, sober up, don’t listen to this stuff, Jesus is coming, deception is here, get away from that stuff” … “You’re unloving, you don’t love the brethren, you’re critical. How dare you shoot that wolf in sheep’s clothing? You don’t have the love of Jesus.” Why not just pick up that little lamb and serve it to the wolf, be a good believer. This is how dark the darkness has become. This is how perverted and twisted their thinking has become. I am not an alarmist, I am a realist. I am not a sensationalist, I am not sensationalizing anything. Go on the Internet and see for yourself. You know what is out there. Forewarned is forearmed. Put on the helmet of the hope of salvation. Our thinking about salvation is being attacked. We have to unite with other religions? We have to unite with Hinduism, with Roman Catholicism? We have to unite with Talmudic Judaism? We have to unite even with Islam? That is what we are being told! Those religions cannot save. They cannot give anybody the hope of salvation. In the New Testament elpis, hope, is future fact. I will tell you the future fact. It is only those who call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who will be saved; that is the fact. The rest is darkness. But then it goes on.


Revelation 3—again this carnal church, the church of Sardis, it so much parallels historical mainstream Protestantism.


Revelation 3:1 "And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars, says this: 'I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. [Just look at the Televangelists, they think they are alive. They are dead. They are a corpse on an artificial life support machine. They have no spiritual life in them anymore. They have gone into heresy and carnality.] 'Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. [Just like the Reformation, it went back a certain degree but it wouldn’t go all the way back. The reformers went back to the Church Fathers; they wouldn’t go back to the New Testament radically.] 'Remember therefore what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. If therefore you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you. 'But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white; for they are worthy.


Oh, there are some people. I do not say there are not some Protestants who are truly saved, who truly love Jesus, but look at the mainstream Protestant denominations. I live in Britain. You have heard me say it before; the five biggest Protestant denominations in Great Britain are all ordaining homosexuals and lesbians. In this country Brian McLaren says we shouldn’t even debate that issue … the Emergent Church people. What does Jesus say? “I have a few names….. strengthen the things that remain. Hold fast to what you have heard, repent!” Calvary Chapels heard the truth. In the beginning of the Jesus movement Calvary Chapels heard the truth. You’ve got pastors of Calvary Chapels who no longer believe what Chuck Smith has always taught. You’ve got Calvary Chapels who call themselves Calvary Chapels but they no longer believe what they believed 20 years ago. Some of them don’t believe what they believed 5 years ago. Now they heard the truth; Chuck Smith told them the Gospel; he told those hippies the Gospel, what he told them was right. Now? Oh, some of them are holding on, a lot of them are not. And Calvary Chapels are better than most other movements. Calvary Chapels are better than most of the other ones. If the darkness is dark ... oh boy, and if the light is dark?


Strengthen the things that remain. We heard the truth, hold on to it. Then it says “Repent.” It is always that but they are not preaching repentance any more. This is the big one. This is the instrumental one about the sons of light. This parable is very difficult to interpret. Different commentators look at it differently. We would need a whole Bible study just to pull it to pieces. Nonetheless, let’s read it:


Luke 16:1-13: Now He was also saying to the disciples, "There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and this steward was reported to him as squandering his possessions. "And he called him and said to him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.' "And the steward said to himself, 'What shall I do, since my master is taking the stewardship away from me? I am not strong enough to dig; I am ashamed to beg.  'I know what I shall do, so that when I am removed from the stewardship, they will receive me into their homes.'  "And he summoned each one of his master's debtors, and he began saying to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'  "And he said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' And he said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.' "Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' And he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.' "And his master praised the unrighteous steward because he had acted shrewdly; for the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light. "And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of the mammon of unrighteousness; that when it fails, they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. [That is interesting in itself for all of us] "If therefore you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous mammon, who will entrust the true riches to you? "And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?  "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."


It very much parallels what we see in Timothy about the qualifications of an elder and the qualifications of the deacon are almost identical, first the physical, then the spiritual. If you cannot look after the physical affairs of the church, you can’t look after the spiritual affairs of the church. It is no coincidence that the deacons in Acts Chapter 6, people like Philip and Stephen went on to become elders and leaders and things like that. A good way to begin ministry in the church is to begin as a deacon. What is a deacon? A servant. A shamash in Hebrew. You want to be used by God and climb the ladder of ministry? Well stay after church and vacuum the carpet and put the chairs away. People with a servant spirit like that, they are good candidates for leaders. That is how it begins. But look at how it talks about money. It warns about loving money but it says if you can’t handle it, be shrewd. In this fallen world, money talks. That is all there is to it. In the fallen world, money talks. But in the worldly church, money talks. My favorite rabbi said: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. Nothing will show our real attitude towards the things of God and towards the Lord himself than our attitude towards material wealth. Don’t love that stuff, look out for it, but be shrewd. Unsaved people are shrewd. Unsaved people wouldn’t send money to a televangelist, they can see right through him, they know he is a con artist. The sons of darkness are shrewder than the sons of light. Jesus told us to be “Innocent as a dove, wise as a serpent.” The serpent beguiled the woman. We should be just as clever, just as slick as the one trying to seduce the Church. We should be just as wise in the ways of the wicked as the wicked one. Just think of a policeman in a big city like Chicago or New York, or L.A. He is not a member of a drug gang. He is not a pimp, he is not a drug dealer, he is not a prostitute, he is not a burglar, but he knows how they think. A sharp cop knows when somebody is telling the truth and when somebody is lying to him. I have seen off-duty cops in New York, they can tell that guy is going to break into that car. They just read the body language and they know it. I have seen cops like that in New York. They are shrewd in the ways of the world. Now they are not criminals, well, some of them are, but most of them are not. One of the biggest drug dealers in my neighborhood when I was a kid on the Lower East side was a cop, but he was an exception. Most of them were not like that. They are shrewd in the ways of the world. Jesus commanded we be shrewd in the ways of the world. But the ways of the world have permeated the Church. The mega churches are based on marketing, psychology. The Christian media is based on hype. What used to be the Christian music ministry has become the Christian music industry owned by secular conglomerates. It is a racket, everything is a racket. It should not be like that, we should see through it, we should be slick. We should be clever. But there is a lack of discernment. The sons of darkness have more sense than the sons of light. How will that day not overtake us like a thief? If we are sons of light we will have discernment. If we are sons of light we would understand how the world thinks, how unsaved people operate. A few days ago I was watching the news, I was watching Glen Beck. Now, it so happens and if you disagree with me, that is fine, if you agree with me that is fine, it does not matter to me, but I agree with most of what he says, not all, but most of what he says politically I agree with. But he had some town hall meeting thing with some good ol’ lovely folk, most of them seemed to be saved Christians, and they were quoting Bible verses and saying things that were true, oblivious to the fact he is a Mormon, that he believes Jesus Christ is the spirit brother of Satan. Completely oblivious to it. The man is in terrible spiritual darkness. The fact that I agree with what he says politically, on most issues, does not change the fact he is in darkness. I hope he gets saved. I certainly hope he gets saved, but he is in darkness. These Christians just reading…. “If my people, called by my name…” They are talking to him like everything is alright. If the light is dark, how great is the darkness?


It should not overtake us. It should not! But if you are swallowing these false proclamations of global peace and false plans to achieve peace you are on the very slippery slope; you have already got your head in the trap. If you are not being alert—if you are not watching the prophetic significance of the times in which we live, certainly events in the Middle East. If you’ve got your head in the sand, you’ve got your head in the trap. If you are caught up in these counterfeit revivals that are not revivals, if you are following these false prophets and these crazy people teaching heresy, you’ve got your whole body in the trap. You better pray that God sends an angel with an acetylene torch to get you out of there because you are in trouble. If you believe that stuff you will believe anything—not forearmed, not putting on the armor! You are vulnerable and not understanding what the Lord is saying to churches that once had the truth and have gravitated away from it. Discernment evaporates. This should not happen to sons of light. This day should not overtake the sons of light. It shouldn’t happen to us, it shouldn’t. But friends, I can tell you something, those foolish virgins are going no place! This is dangerous. I see this in my own life. I struggle with it every day. Brother Jacob Prasch the preacher, or whatever you are…. If you are a son of light, why don’t you try living like it? Knowing the theology and the doctrine is one thing; picking up your cross daily and following Jesus and living it out is another. Oh, the devil is a deceiver, the world is a deceiver. Even sin has an innate capacity to deceive, sin itself deceives. But there is nobody who can deceive us like ourselves. There is nobody who can lie to you like yourself. There is nobody who can con you like yourself; there is nobody who knows you better than your old nature. The darkness. They don’t know where they are going. Glen Beck does not know where he is going. Those politicians don’t know where they are going. THEY DON’T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE GOING! How can we tell them when we don’t know where we are going either? Once the light gets dark, how dark is the dark. We, by the grace of Jesus and only by the grace of Jesus, we are sons of light. By the grace of Jesus, in these last and perilous days, may be enable us to live like it. God Bless.