“Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head:
they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away” (Isaiah 51:11).

From the Mirage
to the Oasis

by Rick Tyler

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

Most of us are familiar with the fictional scene. The sun scorched sojourner is plodding along through the searing desert sands. His canteen has yielded up its last drop of water. There seems to be no hope for escaping the deadly and oppressive elements that surround him on every side. As the pathetic pilgrim struggles to make it to the top of one more sand dune, there now appears a miraculous and glorious sight. Several hundred feet ahead lie glistening pools of pure, fresh water. With a renewed burst of hope and energy, the weary traveler quickens his pace and even manages to break into an intensely labored run. As he nears the water he so urgently requires to sustain life, he plunges headlong with reckless abandon. He yearns to feel the cool and refreshing elixir parting his sun baked lips. He can already fancy in his mind the sensation of the clear, thirst quenching liquid flowing down his parched, dry throat! And then utter devastation hits him like a ton of bricks as he comes up with nothing but a mouthful of sizzling sand! What he thought was liberating, life giving water was in reality a cruel, deceptive mirage!

What you have just read unfortunately serves as an apt metaphor for a debilitating religious experience that many have undergone over the years. Indeed, the world that surrounds us is very much like a spiritual desert. Death, destruction, and desolation confront us at every turn. Truth has been diligently suppressed for so very long that it seems to be a non-existent commodity. For certain of those seeking deliverance from this all encompassing treachery and deceit, there has appeared on the horizon an apparent well-spring of regenerative, life sustaining truth. An ecclesiastical institution calling itself the Church of Israel has appeared purporting to be a haven of rest and a fountainhead of righteous truth. Sadly, however, when the desperate pilgrim sojourners take the plunge into the beckoning waters of this religious institution, they find them to be nothing more than dry and scorched sands of deceit, confusion, and manipulation. Yes, the Church of Israel, which from afar seems so alluring and potentially satisfying, is in reality a mirage!

How Many Casualties Along the Way?

For those intimately familiar with the history and background of the Church of Israel, it is a mind numbing exercise to consider the sheer volume of individuals who have had the jolting experience of discovering the harsh reality that lurks behind the pristine veneer of surface religiosity. Attrition and turnover are extremely high within the ranks of church membership. Over a span of several years there typically occurs a major and continual purge of those in attendance to the extent that at the end of such a time period, relatively few familiar faces remain. Amazingly, there are always sufficient quantities of new prospects and recruits so that the overall numbers that comprise the active ranks of the church remain virtually constant at an optimum manageable figure. Those who wise up to the corruption and compromise that form the foundation of the church are dealt with in a variety of ways. The principle leader of the organization is quite capable in the art and practice of psychological and spiritual manipulation. He is skillfully adept at employing flattery, guilt trips, outright fear tactics, and other assorted methodologies in the pursuit of his overriding goals and objectives. If someone has been deemed unfit for long term involvement in the organization, appropriate plans will be formulated for ridding the church of such an undesirable personage. Prior to the ultimate purging of such a person, the leader executes strategies to extract the maximum quantity of whatever talent or resource the unwanted person possesses. At times, the carrying out of such charades necessitates the employment of massive and unbridled duplicity. The leader has become so proficient at this detestable art form that it never ceases to amaze onlookers and observers! Suffice it to say, it is difficult to contemplate, much less accurately assess the overall numbers that have been illicitly used, abused, and ultimately railroaded out of the Church of Israel. The number is indeed quite staggering and the trail of human wreckage left along the way very shameful and heart wrenching!

A New Day is Dawning

For the many weary pilgrims who have been victimized by the Church of Israel mirage, there is at last good news! The cumulative effect of the offenses, abuses, and injurious actions of the Church of Israel and its leadership have finally given rise to a climate where genuine reformation is likely to transpire. Like all corrupt regimes, political or ecclesiastical, the leadership of the Church of Israel has become intoxicated with material wealth and power. A long track record has been established of total unwillingness to heed the sincere voices of prophetic warning within camp. Those who would dare point out the unfettered hypocrisy and double standards within the institution have had their reputations sullied and their characters assassinated.

The leader of the Church of Israel, while claiming to be the arch exposer of the evil, global, Canaanite power brokers, has actually bested them in the employment and execution of their most debauched tactics. Through the bending and twisting of information he has sufficiently undermined the credibility of those who would resist him, to the extent that he could successfully excommunicate them from the ranks of the body. Time and again he has employed this ugly methodology and until recently has seemingly gotten away with his abusive actions! This religious leader has come to fancy himself as being invincible and beyond genuine accountability. He creates a bogus façade of accountability in the form of boards and councils that are either rubber stamp entities or paper tooth tigers. He effectively controls and uses money to cement the loyalty and allegiance of certain key and strategic individuals. He maintains a national following via the mailing out of tapes, publications, books, etc… and skillfully harvests noteworthy revenues from this significant and "untouchable" resource. He is a serial flatterer who knows with calculated precision, how to puff up and stroke those who mail him money and with whom he corresponds.

In spite of all the aforementioned factors, though, the stage has been set for new and revolutionary developments. In the past year the voices of dissent and reform within the Church of Israel have been of greater stature and credibility than at any previous time in the checkered history of the institution. These dedicated and principled individuals have charted a reformation course of direction under the auspices of the Reformed Church of Israel and, now, with the active participation of other past victims of the Church of Israel mirage, they are seeking to boldly carry the torch of truth into the future. Indeed, the Reformed Church of Israel has the potential to become, in reality, everything the Church of Israel only pretended to be! Activities of recent months have already set the Reformed Church of Israel on course to potentially emerge as an unprecedented beacon of light in the lives of God’s lost sheep of Israel throughout the nation and the world. It is a certainty that the corrupt forces that man the helm at the Church of Israel will only seek to escalate their ruthless and unprincipled assaults upon key operatives within the Reformed Church of Israel and all who are associated with its activities. Of course, we know that truth is more powerful than the lie (John 8:32) and that the God of scripture is not mocked (Galatians 6:7). He will eventually exalt those who stand for truth and will prepare a table for them in the presence of their enemies (Psalm 23:5). He will judge those who, in His name, mishandle and make merchandise of the things and people of God (2 Peter 2:3, 2 Corinthians 4:2). Yes, with God’s timely blessing and the courageous participation of those who hear the clarion call to reformation within the body of Christ, the Reformed Church of Israel is likely to become the clearest manifestation of that long sought after spiritual oasis in the desert of satanic abomination and darkness. If you are one to whom has been given, not a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power and love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7) then we encourage you to join with us as we chart a bold and visionary course to the glory of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of Israel!

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness,
and let us put on the armour of light” (Romans 13:12).

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