THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND
Today I have a bone to pick with
Bill Koenig! You know the famous Guru Bill Koenig of Koenig’s International
Now, I don’t usually pay much
attention to what other people teach about end time prophecy because you and I
know what I teach, and I don’t have much time or energy to bother with what
others are saying. But today is different!
Most of you know that all I teach
about the Church is from the teachings of the Apostle Paul. So, when anyone
takes Paul out of context and makes a mockery of his teaching, it makes me
angrier than a wounded tiger.
This is a perfect example of the
blind leading the blind, and I’d like to help straighten it out.
Here is a direct quote from
Koenig’s text today that was sent to me by a concerned Watcher:
News Watch: The New Year-Bill
The New Year-Looking Ahead
January 6, 2002
“Mixed emotions might be
appropriate for this moment. There is so much for which to be thankful in this
world, and yet, at the same time, there is also so much heaviness.
Many significant variables are in
play right now. I sincerely believe that no one knows how this year of 2002 is
going to play out. We can sense the times and the seasons in the Spirit, but we
don't know the details.
"But of the times and the
seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know
perfectly that the day of the Lord cometh as a thief in the night." (1
Thessalonians 5:1-2 KJV)
As in previous years, a lot of
"tickle the ears" personal prophecies are appearing. Last year, we observed that
many of these prophecies circulated, and a very large majority of them turned
out to be way off base. You might consider noting this year's prophecies,
writing them down, or printing them, and setting them aside for later review.”
Good idea Bill, I wish you would
have written ours down, you would have seen that we were 100% correct in
everything we said, in fact, we’ve been right for the past 21 years which is
when we first wrote our story. And what is true is that we can know the
details! But, it takes study – you can’t just phone it in. And another thing
that is true is that most of the fantasy predictions came form those who call
themselves Gurus. The truth doesn’t come to you by osmosis – you have to crack
Now, I wouldn’t be upset with Bill
but for the fact that I have sent countless teachings and articles to help him
along with his understanding, but it seems it all fell on deaf ears.
Now, here is my bone – from the
context of what you just read, especially the Paul quote, who is Mr. Koenig
Surely he cannot be speaking to
the Church, because that quote form Paul to the Thessalonians is out of
context! That teaching doesn’t end at verse 2, it goes on to say the following:
Verse 3(same Bible – KJV): For
when THEY (the Jews and non Church members) shall say Peace and safety; then
sudden destruction cometh upon THEM (the Jews and non Church members), as
travail upon a woman with child; and THEY (the Jews and non Church members)
shall not escape.
Verse 4: BUT
YE, BRETHREN (Fellow Church members), are NOT IN DARKNESS, that that day should
overtake YOU AS A THIEF. (No, you will see it coming, because I told you what
to look for)
Verse 5: For YE (Fellow Church
members) are all the children of the light, and the children of the day; WE
(fellow Church members) are not of the night or of the darkness.
Verse 6: Therefore let US (fellow
Church members) not sleep, as do others (the Jews and non Church members); but
let US (Fellow Church members) WATCH and be sober.
Paul says WATCH! Watch for what?
Guru Koenig is telling you in his teaching that there is nothing to watch for
because in his version, Christ is coming like a thief in the night and you can’t
know the day or the hour, and that is Pure Camel Spit, because that’s not what
And, even to the casual reader,
let alone the ardent student, Paul is teaching that there is something to watch
for if you are a Christian, who he is addressing in this chapter.
And, since chapter 5 begins with
the word BUT, it’s obvious that it’s a continuation of the thought expressed
just before Paul speaks those words. So, lets go back and put this in the real
context to see what Paul is telling these Thessalonian converts.
Chapter 4, verse 13 – you should
have your Bibles open, lest you think that I too would make up such a story.
“But I would not have you be
ignorant, brethren (fellow Church members) concerning them which are asleep,
that ye (fellow Church members) sorrow not, even as others (the Jews and non
Church members) which have no hope.
Verse 14: For if we (fellow
Church members) believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which
sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
Verse 15: For this we say unto
you (fellow Church members) by the word of the Lord, that we (fellow Church
members) which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not
prevent them which are asleep. (God isn’t going to wait till we all die before
he comes back)
Verse 16: For the Lord himself
shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and
with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (40 days ahead
of the rapture) check it out yourself Bill
Verse 17: Then we (fellow Church
members) which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them (the
dead IN CHRIST that rose) to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be
with the Lord.
Verse 18: Wherefore comfort one
another with these words (fellow Church members).
Now Chapter 5: But of the times
and seasons, brethren (fellow Church members), ye have not need that I write
unto you. (about this)
Verse 2: For yourselves (fellow
Church members) know that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the
night. Back to verse 3 . .
The context is the Rapture! The
catching away, the gathering together, being caught up! Now, if the context is
the Rapture, and Paul wants you to watch for it as he states in Verse 6, then
there must be something to watch for!
Now, skip down to verse 14. Now
we exhort you brethren (fellow Church members), WARN them that are unruly,
comfort the feeble minded (Like Gurus leading us astray)!
Now, Paul has been extremely clear
in his teaching here. Then he follows it up with after you watch and see it,
warn them and then finally in verse 16, Rejoice evermore!
There is only one thing that is
indicated by this passage in Paul’s teaching. He’s teaching a Rapture of the
Church and there is something to watch for and when you see it, you are to Warn
and then rejoice that you know about it.
Yet, Mr. Koenig tries his best to
leads us to believe that there is only doom and gloom on the horizon. I wonder
if it’s because like so many of the Gurus of today he has an agenda of his own,
or maybe he truly just doesn’t know.
Well what a shame and tragedy for
the Christian world! I can’t believe that the Church of today is so sound
asleep that they would give someone so misguided the time of day let alone raise
him to the stature he commands in the Christian world.
Bill, if you happen to read this,
I would love to debate you on this or any other part of Paul’s teaching on the
Rapture. But, I must advise you, you’d better be packing heavier than your are
Gurus of the world, move over,
because there’s a new Guru in town, and it’s Ascension/Rapture, and that’s
straight out of the mouth of the Apostle Paul! Get out of his way!
Now, I didn’t mean this to be to
rough on Mr. Koenig, this is written in the spirit of love for the Word, but his
commentary is leading you astray and someone has to tell him and tell him
bluntly. Paul was a blunt talking preacher, and he never would have stood for
it, so I won’t either! And that goes for any of the blinded Gurus out there who
mislead the Christian world for their own agendas.
Thanks for listening and God bless.
Your brother in Christ
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