Do NOT be deceived by Dominion Theology #EndTimes #Maranatha


1934. epizéteó
Strong's Concordance
epizéteó: to inquire for
Original Word: ἐπιζητέω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: epizéteó
Phonetic Spelling: (ep-eed-zay-teh'-o)
Definition: to inquire for
Usage: I seek after, desire, search for, make inquiries about.
HELPS Word-studies
1934 epizētéō (from 1909 /epí, "on, fitting" intensifying 2212 /zētéō, "seek," see there) – properly, seeking that follows through on the personal objective of the seeker (note the force of the prefix, epi).

 Seek after truth. What is Dominion Theology and why is it part of building the kingdom of the AntiChrist.  Why are the Trump MAGA Evangelicals falling into this trap?


What is Dominion Theology aka Kingdom Now Theology?

Simply stated it is false teaching completely taken out of biblical context and void of proper hermeneutics that teaches the church must be involved in the political arena of today and fight God's battles in order to prepare the way for Jesus' 2nd Advent when in reality they are preparing the unaware followers for the Tribulation since most Dominion Theologians do not believe in the Catching Away (Rapture) of the Body of Christ clearly found in Scripture (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17, 1 Corinthians 15:51,52; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; Revelation 12:5 KJV). 
 
  There is another group of Dominion teachers who correctly believe in the Rapture of the Church but still believe Christians are required by God to get into the political arena to make change.   Here's a great study on the subject:
 
Study on Dominion Theology and why it's a dangerous fringe theology today
 
https://www.texasobserver.org/dominion-theology/


Another great study on Dominion Theology also known as Kingdom Now is found in the book, "The Coming Kingdom" by Dr. Woods. Please refer to notes below for an excerpt of his teaching.

 Note: although Dr.Woods does a great job exposing Kingdom Now Theology, there are errors found in the book most noted his use of the NASB Bible translation. For details please read my Blog

https://www.thethirdheaventraveler.com/2018/10/reproving-dr-andrew-woods-case-study-in.html
 
 
 
  Note:  although E511 Video is a great Wake up call to the Saints! Do not be deceived by Dominion Theology.  Sadly E511 is terribly confused about the Rapture of the Church. Please read:

https://www.thethirdheaventraveler.com/2020/09/take-youtuber-e511-with-grain-of-salt.html
 
 
Additional Blogs and Notes:


 I don't go to church: from a blood-bought, born again Christian with over 50 years of going to church
Dear People,

These 501c3 brick and mortar buildings  (and even those run under private or limited liability corp) run by apostate trained CEOs called pastors are not BIBLICAL.  They are literally making Merchandise of you and your children and your children's heritage. They are cursed by God under both Galatians 1:8,9 and 2 Peter 2:3... In fact 2 Peter 2:3, literally says these false teachers through feigned (study the word feigned: invented. fake.  counterfeit. deception. fictitious. ) words make merchandise of you...
I've completed an 800 page Ebook containing over a thousand references, several thousand pages of source documentation titled: " I don't go to church. A 50 year testimony of attending church to say in agreement with Dr. Larkin, that today's churches are building the kingdom of the Antichrist. " see note 1 below...  If anyone wants this open public  domain book. I will email you a copy for free. Email me your request to vietrandy@gmail.com.  Amazon lists it for $0.99. We wanted to post it for free. But Amazon requires a fee.
But this church going issue has now become my focus.  I'm a retired US naval officer,  and finished a career in  consulting. and recently retired from teaching High school as a licensed teacher.  I also spent years living in other countries, including over 6 yrs in Vietnam sharing Jesus with the Vietnamese people. 
Here's my testimony below:
To God be the glory Forever! Amen!
Maranatha!
(1) "I Don't Go to Church: The Church is The Body of Christ not a Building "reading it: 
 

(2) My 50 year testimony of going to church to know today’s churches are building the kingdom of the antichrist LINK
(3) Brick and Mortar 501C3 buildings called churches run by apostate CEOs called pastors are not biblical LINK

(4) Why Bible Translations are important LINK


(5) MEGA TRAP CHURCH TRAP Double Bind of the Nicolaitans LINK
(6) Doing the Math on the Kingdom Parables of Matthew 13 LINK
https://thirdheaventraveler.blogspot.com/2018/08/doing-math-on-kingdom-parable-of-sower.html
(7) Manna and Leaven: How the modern false teachers use it LINK


(8) Our Sins (sinful nature before Salvation) are wiped clean at salvation. Eternal Salvation is NOT a process… working out our salvation in the flesh is... Know the difference.  False teachers use this against the unlearned..... Be a good Berean... LINK



(9) Christian, You don’t have to pay tithes LINK
(10) Salvation is secure our Eternal Security is Scripture LINK


(11) Bible meaning of True Salvation LINK

Our Gospel for Today for Salvation 
Entitlement = Imputed Righteousness of Jesus Christ our free gift at Regeneration LINK

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 NOTES:

Quote from The Coming Kingdom by Dr. Woods:

General Problems with Kingdom Now Theology Preview In prior chapters, the biblical teaching on the kingdom of God has been surveyed from Genesis to Revelation (chapters 2‒14). In view of this, why do so many believe that the Messianic kingdom has already materialized? Is there a biblical basis for such a belief? The same handful of New Testament texts are routinely and consistently employed in an attempt to argue for “kingdom now” theology. The purpose of the next major section of this book is to scrutinize those passages that “kingdom now” theologians routinely use and to demonstrate that these texts really do not prove “kingdom now” theology. First, this chapter will set forth some general problems with a New Testament based kingdom now interpretation (chapter 15). Second, future chapters will examine a few isolated texts that kingdom now theologians use and show their insufficiency to convey kingdom now theology (chapters 16‒21). Third, the book’s final major section will conclude by noting why this trend of equating God’s present work in the church with the Messianic kingdom is a matter believers should be concerned about since this theology radically alters God’s design for the church (chapters 22‒26). Problems with Kingdom Now NT Interpretations  There exist two general problems with how kingdom now theologians use the New Testament to argue for a present, spiritual form of the Messianic kingdom. First, as explained throughout this work, the Old Testament portrays the kingdom in earthly, terrestrial terms (Gen. 15:18–21). When the kingdom comes, it will exercise dominion over a repentant Israel (Ezek. 36–37). Although the kingdom certainly has other qualities, an inductive study of the kingdom as portrayed in the Old Testament makes it impossible to divest the kingdom of these terrestrial, geopolitical characteristics. Thus, an understanding of the kingdom in strictly spiritual, non-geopolitical, non-terrestrial terms is not found in the Old Testament. This reality causes Renald Showers to observe:  Several items of Scripture reveal that no form of the future Kingdom of God foretold in the Old Testament will be established before the Second Coming of Christ. . . . No Old Testament revelation concerning the future Kingdom of God indicated that the Kingdom would consist of two forms, one spiritual and the other political, established at two different points of time in the future.1 Therefore, the problem with using New Testament verses in an attempt to argue that the Messianic kingdom now exists in spiritual form only is to interpret the New Testament in a manner that contradicts the Old Testament. Hebrew-Christian scholar Arnold Fruchtenbaum explains the fallacy of such a proposition: [I]t is incorrect to say that the Old Testament should be interpreted by the New Testament because if that is the case, the Old Testament had no meaning and seemed to be irrelevant to the ones to whom it was spoken. On the contrary, the validity of the New Testament is seen by how it conforms to what was already revealed in the Old Testament. The Book of Mormon and other books by cultic groups fail to stand because they contradict the New Testament. By the same token, if the New Testament contradicts the Old Testament, it cannot stand. It is one thing to see fulfillment in the New Testament, but it is quite another to see the New Testament so totally reinterpret the Old Testament that what the Old Testament says carries no meaning at all.2 Yet, kingdom now theologians consistently seek to sell their hearers on the notion that somehow the New Testament has changed how the kingdom is portrayed in the Old Testament. The reason for such advocacy relates to the fact that kingdom now theology is not possible unless the New Testament is understood as promoting something entirely different than the Old Testament. According to kingdom now theologian Colin Chapman: When the New Testament writers like John had seen the significance of the land and the nation in the context of the kingdom of God which had come into being in Jesus of Nazareth, they ceased to look forward to a literal fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies of a return to the land and a restoration of a Jewish state. The one and only fulfillment of all promises and prophecies was already there before their eyes in the person of Jesus. The way they interpreted the Old Testament should be the norm for the Christian interpretation of the Old Testament today.3 Furthermore, when confronted with “difficult” Old Testament passages that contradict his New Testament pre-understandings, note the hermeneutical methodology of replacement and kingdom now theologian Naim Ateek: The use of this “new” hermeneutic is accessible to all Christians, even to the simple of faith. . . . The constant application of this hermeneutic, therefore, is the best key for Christians to interpreting and understanding the biblical message. Furthermore, this theological understanding can determine the validity and authority of the Scriptures for the life of the Christian. It is grounded in the knowledge and love of God as revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The revelation of God, God’s nature, purpose, and will as revealed in Christ, becomes the criterion by which Christians can measure the validity and authority of the biblical message for their life. When confronted with a difficult passage in the Bible . . . one needs to ask such simple questions as: Is the way I am hearing this the way I have come to know God in Christ? Does this fit the picture I have of God that Jesus has revealed to me? Does it match the character of God whom I have come to know through Christ? If it does, then that passage is valid and authoritative. If not, then I cannot accept its validity or authority.4 This interpretive approach should be rightly criticized not only on the grounds of its subjectivity but also on the basis of its failure to allow the Old Testament to have its natural contribution. Yet, the authenticity of New Testament interpretations must be judged by their harmony and congruence with prior revelation. Determining what is true by its conformity to prior revelation is a principle that is taught throughout Scripture (Deut. 13:1–5; Acts 17:11; Gal. 1:6–9; 1 Thess. 5:21; 1 Cor. 14:29; 1 John 4:1; Rev. 2:2). If such congruence did not exist and God could rewrite concepts found in prior revelation, then the various biblical commands to test what one hears according to what God has already revealed (1 Thess. 5:21; 1 Cor. 14:29; 1 John 4:1) become impossible to follow. The Bereans were commended because they tested Paul’s teaching by its conformity to the Old Testament Scriptures that they already possessed (Acts 17:11). Christ commended the Ephesians for a similar reason (Rev. 2:2). Kingdom now theology, with its emphasis upon a New Testament understanding of the kingdom that is allegedly present in spiritual form only, contradicts the Old Testament’s teaching that never bifurcates the kingdom’s spiritual quality from its terrestrial element. This point, in and of itself, causes kingdom now theology of any sort to be suspect. Such an Old Testament understanding of a literal and earthly kingdom explains why the bulk of the New Testament passages referring to the Messianic kingdom unambiguously refer to it as a future reality rather than a present one (Matt. 6:10; 20:20–21; 26:29; Luke 23:42; 1 Cor. 6:9–10; 15:24, 50; Gal. 5:21; Eph. 5:5; Col. 4:11; 1 Thess. 2:12; 2 Thess. 1:5; 2 Tim. 4:1, 18; Jas. 2:5; 2 Peter 1:11; Rev. 5:10). For example, why did Jesus instruct the disciples to pray for the coming of the kingdom (Matt. 6:10) if the kingdom had already been realized somehow in His First Advent? Interestingly, as will be discussed later, the entire prayer outlined in Matthew 6:9–13 revolves around a request for the coming kingdom and interim requests to be fulfilled during the kingdom’s absence.5 Similarly, Acts 14:22 says, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” Regarding this passage, Thomas Ice observes, “If they were in the kingdom, this statement would make no sense.”6 Second, the Old Testament teaches that the Messianic kingdom will only manifest itself after a time of unparalleled tribulation (Dan. 9:24–27; Jer. 30:7). In other words, the Old Testament predicts that the kingdom cannot be established until judgment precedes it. Thus, if the New Testament is interpreted to teach that the kingdom has come despite the absence of the preceding time of tribulation, then the New Testament is again rendered contradictory to the Old Testament. This problem causes Stanley Toussaint to ask, “If the kingdom began in the ministry of Christ, where is the prophesied judgment in the Gospels? Were the Old Testament prophets and John incorrect in their message?”7 In sum, the primary problem with using New Testament verses in an attempt to argue that the Messianic kingdom now exists in spiritual form is to interpret the New Testament in a manner that contradicts the Old Testament.  1. Renald Showers, “Critique of Progressive Dispensationalism,” Friends of Israel National Conference (June 2003), 5. 2. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, “Israel’s Right to the Promised Land,” 17–18, accessed March 9, 2013, http://www.pre-trib.org.com. 3. Colin Chapman, Whose Promised Land? The Continuing Conflict over Israel and Palestine (Oxford, England: Lion, 2015), 262. 4. Naim Ateek, Justice, and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation (Maryknoll, NY: Ortis, 1990), 81–82. 5. Stanley D. Toussaint, Behold the King (Grand Rapids, Kregel, 2005), 108–12. 6. Thomas Ice, “Amillennialism,” in The Popular Encyclopedia of Bible Prophecy (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2004), 20. 7. Stanley D. Toussaint, “Israel and the Church of a Traditional Dispensationalist,” in Three Central Issues in Contemporary Dispensationalism (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1999), 231.


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  1. Thank you for your time and diligence in writing this article.

    Carl, just journeying through.

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    1. Thank you Carl. I was impressed by your well written, powerful comment on that Lamb and Lion Video, "The Election Omen". I had to edit and update this Blog to include this new flavor of Dominionism that "The Election Omen" introduces to the mix. Thank you for your diligence in being a good Berean and fighting the good fight. God bless you.

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