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Schedule a “Telling Time” conference for your church! Until The Shout Ministries is dedicated to teaching the whole counsel of God’s word and we offer a variety of conferences and curriculum from various areas of scripture all for the training of the Saints and the edifying of the church. With that said, our most popular conference has become “Telling Time”, our expedition in Biblical prophecy. Given the accuracy of the material and the relevance of our times perhaps it’s no surprise. Maybe your church would like to schedule a “Telling Time” conference. Please contact us today at bjohnson@untiltheshout.com or call 770-530-6029 to inquire about available dates that will work for you. Serving Him by serving you… Until The Shout!

Starting Sunday morning at 11:00 AM and continuing each evening through Wednesday at 7:00 PM. I am looking forward serving the Lord with Pastor Bill Calhoun & the folks at FBC located at 2595 Highway 323, Gillsville, GA. Contact us at bjohnson@untiltheshout.com or call the church at 770-869-3976 for details. Join us for a blessed time in the presence of our God!

Join Brian Johnson of Until the Shout Mnistries, Pastor Mike Vernatt and the wonderful folks at Chattahoochee Baptist Church for their Spring 2011 Revival Conference! The Conference will begin Sunday Evening at 5:00 pm and will continue both Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm each evening. Chattahoochee Baptist Church is located at 6325 Lights Ferry Road, Flowery Branch, GA. Please feel free to contact us at bjohnson@untiltheshout.com for details or call the church directly at 770-869-3976. You won’t want to miss this fantastic event as we come into the presence of the Lord! Plan to join us this coming Sunday evening.

Join Brian Johnson, Pastor Bill Calhoun and the wonderful congregation at First Baptist Church Gillsville, GA for their Spring Revival Conference. Services will begin Sunday May 22nd, 2011 through Wednesday evening the 25th. First Baptist Gillsville, GA is located at 2595 Highway 323, Gillsville, GA 30543. Call the church for more details – 770-869-3976. Mark your calendars! See you there!

Good Thursday??

21.04.2011

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Christians have long recognized Good “Friday” as the day our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was crucified. The Friday tradition is largely based on the misunderstanding of the Scripture saying the next day was the “Sabbath” and the day after that the “first day of the week”. (Matt 28:1; Mark 16:42; Luke 23:54-56; John 20:1) Therefore the obvious assumption is that the “Sabbath” was Saturday with Sunday following and Friday preceding.

The Bible tells us that Jesus’ body was taken down from the cross because the following day was the “Sabbath”. It also tells us that He rose again on the “first day of the week”. Therefore Jesus must have been crucified on Friday, in the grave on Saturday, and rose again on Sunday.

The Scriptures state plainly that Jesus was in the grave for three days and rose again on the “third day”. Despite the fact that, no matter how we count we can’t get three days between Friday at sun down and the following Sunday morning, the Friday tradition has always held firm.

Incidentally, the point here is not to upset our traditions per say or to formally change the day we recognize the Crucifixion. What is most important is that we do in fact recognize what Jesus did for us. That He, by God’s will and His love for us, sent His only Son to die for us thereby paying the price for our own sins. And that He rose again on the third day demonstrating that His sacrifice was sufficient and complete. Jesus, having died once for all, defeated death eternally, made forgiveness for our sins available to us through faith, therefore granting us eternal life in Him. That is what is most important for us to understand, not just in head but in heart!

The point here is simply to bring clarity to the Scriptures and to provide understanding of what seems to be the paradox in Scripture. Jesus was simply not crucified on Friday! A better review of Scripture and a better understanding of Leviticus 23 (yes, that valuable book that so few care to even read, let alone study!) will exposed the truth.

Let’s start with fact that Jesus was crucified on Passover (John 13:1; 13:29; 18:28; 18:39; Matt 27:15). First of all, while “Passover” did involve a specific meal, the term “Passover” also referred to the collective series of feasts that made up the Passover week. This was actually three separate feast meals. 1) the Passover meal. 2) the Feast of Unleavened Bread 3) the Feast of the First Fruits.

The Passover meal was eaten the evening before (Exodus 12). The feast of Unleavened Bread was eaten the next day. The Feast of the First Fruits was eaten on the first day of the week after the first (temporal) Sabbath after Passover. The order of events for Passover are given in Leviticus 23. It is God’s instruction for the ceremonies that will commemorate for future generations the events in Exodus 12 – 14. Passover is always the 14th day of the month and the Feast of Unleavened Bread is the 15th. The point being these days land during the week most of the time. A little history tells us that these “Festival Sabbaths” or feast days were called “High Days” or “High Sabbaths” to distinguish them from temporal Sabbaths in conversation and reference. Understanding Leviticus 23 is critical here since clearly there are other Sabbaths besides Saturday.

OK. Now that the stage is set, let’s raise the curtain and watch as the events of the Passion Week A.D. 33 unfold before us…

KEY 1 – John 12:1 : Jesus travels from Jericho to Bethany “six days before the Passover”. If Jesus was crucified on Passover, and we know He was, and this was a Friday as the tradition holds, then six days earlier would have been the previous Saturday, the weekly temporal Sabbath. Jesus being an obedient Jew would have traveled no more than roughly half a mile that day, a Sabbath’s day journey. The distance from Jericho to Bethany is several miles. Jesus would never have made this trip on Saturday. Therefore six days later could not have been Friday! Jesus made this trip before Saturday, rested on the Sabbath, then on the first day of the week, Palm Sunday, road from Bethany across the Mount of Olives and into Jerusalem. The Passover meal would have been eaten late Wednesday evening (using our civil clock) but this would have officially been Thursday given that the Jewish day is from sunset to sunset. Then Passover would have been the day of Thursday and the day Jesus was crucified. It would have also been the preparation day for the Feast of Unleavened Bread the next day.

KEY 2 – John 19:31 confirms the above and also clarifies for us that these were “high day” Sabbaths not temporal Sabbaths. The day after the crucifixion was a Sabbath but it was not Saturday!

KEY 3 – Matthew 28:1 in the Greek clearly describes Mary and Mary Magdalene coming to the tomb “After the Sabbaths…”, plural. The English translation is here is just plain wrong leaving the “s” off of “Sabbaths”. Discovering this again confirms there was not just one Sabbath, i.e. Saturday, between the crucifixion and Sunday, “the first day of the week” but multiple Sabbaths. The Feast of Unleavened Bread would have been the first and the temporal Sabbath would have been the second.

Once again, we see the Biblical record is clear and provides us with all we need to see clearly. Yet many see dimly preserving the traditions of men.

John 20:1; Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2; Luke 24:1 – Jesus rose from the grave on the “first day of the week”. This was the first day after the first temporal Sabbath after the Passover which made it the Feast of the First Fruits. Jesus rose as the First Fruits of the first resurrection. He is our First Fruits, (1 Corinthians 15:20 & 23; Revelation 20:6) and like Him, we will one day rise again! : ) (Romans 8:11)

Until the Shout!
Brian

Chattahoochee Baptist Church will be hosting Brian Johnson & Until The Shout Ministries for their 2011 Spring Revival Conference. The conference will begin at 5:00 PM on Sunday evening May the 15th and continue Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM. Check out the church website for further details. www.chattahoocheebaptist.org Join us for time of Worship and Spiritual renewal before the Lord Jesus Christ!

The prophecies read more accurately than the daily headlines. Moreover, current global events are contributing to the fulfillment of prophecy right before our eyes. Hear God’s voice through the prophets Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah and John the writer of The Revelation. We live in one of the most exciting times of human history. The greatest adventure of all time is just ahead – because the King is coming! You will be part of it one way or another. How are you at telling time?
Check out this link http://untiltheshout.com/?page_id=155 and please join Until The Shout Ministries in conjunction with CrossTown Chapel for the Telling Time Prophecy Conference on February 5th – 7th in Port St. Lucie, FL. The event will be held at the new Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens at 2410 Westmoreland Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34952. The schedule will be February 5th – 7th beginning at 6:30pm until 8:30pm each night. For further details, please call CrossTown Chapel at 772-985-2244 or email at crosstownchapel@yahoo.com. What a joy it will be to break the Bread of Life together and see how God is preparing this generation for the coming of His Son!

We are reminded in Romans 3:23 and 6:23 that we have all sinned and that sin has terrible price: death.  Why bring up sin and condemnation during the season full of  joy? 

 Because if we do not understand the weight and penalty of our sin, we cannot truly appreciate the events in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago.  Indeed, Christmas is no more that packages, parties and material ecstasy if we loose sight of the fact that Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).  That would be you and me! Left in our sin, we would have no hope of an everlasting life with God but only the expectation of death. 

Remember the manger yes, but remember as well that while He was a baby, He was also the Ancient of Days!  Out of an incredible love for us and out of an amazing grace He entered time and space for the purpose of forgiving sin and putting our transgressions as far away as the east is from the west.  His purpose was foreshadowed even as He lay in that manger. 

The Wise men brought Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh as gifts for the Christ child.  Gold, to symbolize His reign as King.  Frankincense to indicate the fact that He alone would be our High Priest.  Myrrh, the aromatic embalming fluid, to foreshadow His death on the Cross. 

Over the manger in Bethlehem loomed the shadow of the Cross at Golgotha.  But beyond the Cross was heaven!  That place in which even as this is written, He is preparing a place for those who will admit their sin, turn from it and place their faith and trust in Him. 

To receive the benefits of His birth, sinless life, death and resurrection, we must each come to repent of our sins and trust Him to save us.  Jesus came to save sinners.  Only with our own sin in perspective does Christmas erupt in joy and thanksgiving.  All the extra trappings pale in comparison.

Jesus came not only in the fullness of time, but also in the fullness of meaning. All things are made complete in Him. All things become possible.  Whatever hopes you have this weekend, whatever troubles you may have while the rest of the world celebrates a “holiday”, remember  Jesus isn’t in the manger. Jesus isn’t on the Cross. He is alive and well at the right hand of the Father. He is in the hearts of all who believe.  He is as close as the mention of His name.  Now there’s reason for great joy!!

Merry Christmas from Until the Shout Ministries! 

Until the Shout!

Brian

Thankfully there is not a mini-WikiLeaks that reports on us personally, giving up our darkest secrets and our hidden sins! Oh wait, – or is there?

With so many world events today seeming to point to the fulfillment of end-times prophecies’, the international Wikileaks scandal almost has a prophetic ring to it itself. Consider Luke 12: 2-3:

 “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.”

Wow. Exposing the secrets of the world at large may well be a further sign of the latter days if not an actual prophetic event. That is not to say dogmatically that Luke 12:2-3 is an end-time prophecy and/or that the current information scandal is a fulfillment of prophecy per say.

 However, in today’s electronic age much of what we do is recorded in cyberspace. Big brother is always watching, “inquiring minds want to know”, and it is simply not realistic for us to expect our secrets to remain so for very long. The information age is a two sided coin. We begin to understand what the Bible means when it says the righteous man may be at peace. If we are living in righteousness, there is far less reason for us to worry about who’s watching.

Nonetheless, the WikiLeaks event absolutely demonstrates a Biblical concept that many tend to loose sight of. Your sins will find you out!  And the living God is always watching and knows our every deed. The Bible tells us that our adversary the devil is roaming about like a lion looking for opportunities to destroy us. He is always happy to give us enough rope when he knows we will hang ourselves in the end! The Scripture also tells us that God will not be mocked and that we will reap what we sow (Galatians 5:6-7 & 9) either good or evil. There is another disconcerting reminder in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14:

“The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”

If we are Christians, aren’t we forgiven by the sacrificial work of Christ on the cross? Certainly, but still there are always harmful consequences to our sins and our testimony for Christ dies a 1000 deaths when hidden sins are exposed. If we are not followers of Christ then our sins have never been forgiven. The Bible is clear that if we have not been forgiven every wicked, deliberate and even careless deed will be exposed on the Day of Judgment. Furthermore, we will be held accountable. (Revelation 20:12)

 On the other hand, the Bible says that God takes no pleasure in the judgment of humanity. (Ezekiel 18:23). God loves us with an incredible passionate love and wishes that none should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Tim 2:4). Even in our sin God has reached out to us in His Son Jesus Christ. Romans 5:8 says:

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

 John 12:46-48: “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.”

Christmas is the perfect season to realize the love of God and redemption through His Son Jesus. His greatest desire is not to judge us but to forgive us, redeem us and transform us. He wants to give us another chance and a new start. He wants to prosper our lives and use us in powerful wonderful ways.

The Greatest Story ever told will unfold before our eyes this season in churches all across the world. John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Acts 2:37-39: “Now when they heard this [gospel message], they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brethren, what shall we do?’ Peter said to them, ‘Repent [turn around], and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”

The free gift of salvation is available to every man, woman and child! Would you admit your sins before God today and place your faith and trust in Him. He wants to forgive your sins and put them as far as the east is from the west. Now that’s good news!

Merry Christmas…

Until the Shout!

 Brian

The fall is a beautiful time of year. But some Christians and especially those with children, often question the latter days of October as it brings that secular celebration of ghosts and goblins – Halloween. Although some Christians understand that stock Halloween celebrations are rooted in the occult, many are not aware of the specific history behind this autumn festival.

Historically, November 1 was the new year for both Celtic and Anglo-Saxon calendars. It was also one of the most central and yet sinister calendar festivals of the Celtic Year. In ancient times as the summer months waned, Celtic groups in Britain and Ireland observed the Celtic festival of Samhain (“Sah-win”) on October 31. The Celtic people worshiped nature, giving it supernatural and animistic qualities.

The priestly class of the Celtic religion was the ancient Druids. Among their beliefs were reincarnation and the transmigration of the soul, which is the idea that a person’s spirit would not leave the earth but return in another form even as animals. The Druids held that on October 31, the night before their new year, the Lord of Death, would gather the wicked souls of the dead who were condemned to return as animals or other non-human forms. The Druid belief was that you could lessen the penalty of these wicked souls by appeasing their Satan figure, Samhain.

This fall festival grew with disturbing implication as the evil souls were said to return to their previous homes on this last night before new year. These spirits were said to manifest themselves as ghosts, demons, fairies, witches, monsters, black cats, and as the walking dead or what we have come to call zombies today. The people believed these forces of horror could not be overcome but had to be appeased both for the sake of the living and the dead. It was the time to placate the supernatural powers via sacrifices, prayers and appeasing ceremonies.

For many Christians today, Halloween is an “innocent” involvement in which fun and games can lead to associations unawares with real witches, the occult, neo-pagans, New Agers, and astrology. Naïve celebrations with costumes that pay tribute to the seemingly benign forces of evil offer Satan the subtle forms of worship and honor that he craves. Even the casual pastimes of the Ouija board, Dungeons & Dragons, Tarot cards, Astrology, and Pokemon are all rooted in mysticism and the occult. As such, they have serious demonic implications according to Scriptures. Even the books and movies of Harry Potter and Twilight can lead innocent children into the occult. Christians should not be ignorant or complacent in their treatment of Halloween or of the implications of the seeds they sow in the name of “holiday fun”. Demons have a vested interest in Halloween because it supports the occult, and it also offers novel and unexpected opportunities to influence people – especially our children!

What does the Bible say about such things? Certainly, occultism includes the obvious evils of Satanism and witchcraft. But it also includes areas in which Christians may be largely unaware. Gnosticism, theosophy, clairvoyants, psychics, spiritists, diviners, mystics, gurus, shamans, psychical researchers, Yogis, and psychic healers, all fall into the area of the occult. It includes activities seeking the acquisition of “hidden” things – which are expressly forbidden by God in the Bible. Halloween practices can open the door to the occult and can introduce forces into people’s lives that at best they are not equipped to combat and at worst may not even be aware of. There is genuine power in the occult, but it is demonic power (Mt 24:24; Acts 13:6-11; 16:16-19; 19:18-20; 2 Cor 4:4; Eph 6:7-11, 22).

The Bible is clear in revealing Satan as the power behind false religion, witchcraft, idolatry and the occult (Deut 32:16,17; Ps 106:35-40; Acts 16:16-19; 1 Cor 10:19-21; 2 Thess 2:9, 10; 1 Tim 4:1ff). The Word of God states plainly that the supernatural in any form apart from the Holy is to be shunned as dangerous. In ancient Israel, occultism in any form, was punishable by death! Why was God so adamant in His command to shun mysticism? The spiritual power and reality behind idols involves demons (1 Cor 10:20; Ps 106:37). The Bible commands us to flee from such activities. Yet many believers shrug their shoulders and use the “holiday” as an excuse to join with the secular culture by entertaining practices and associations that are expressly prohibited (Lev 19:31; Deut 18:10, 11, 14 2 Chr 33:6). They believe their intellect is sufficient protection. Nowhere in the Bible are such practices acceptable.

There are positive alternatives to celebrate. For example, did you know that October 31st is also Reformation day? On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. He pierced the heart of many non-Biblical concepts that had become popular and launched the most significant movement in modern church history. And he did it on Halloween!

Furthermore, ministry opportunities abound! We have been entrusted with a message of priceless value. Churches can open their doors to children young and old by hosting harvest parties or trunk-or-treat outreaches. Not only to let people know what is truly behind the celebration of Halloween but to let them know that Jesus is the Victor and that all powers and principalities are subject to him! What a great occasion to the share the only true source of protection, hope and salvation.
Why would we celebrate death when we can celebrate the only one who has triumphed over death? Let the words of Jesus in Luke 10:20 be your guide this Halloween: “Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather because your names are written in heaven.”

Until the Shout!
Brian