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Waterless Clouds: False Promises (Jude 12b)
Date Posted: July 5, 2007

They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds (Jude 12b)

Water in the Bible often refers to the Word of God. It also typifies life; without water, all life would cease.

Luke 12:54 says, Then He also said to the multitudes, “Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming;’ and so it is.’” People who raise crops will often look to heaven and the clouds for much needed rain. The clouds Jude makes reference to are the false promise of rain to a barren, desert world.

In November, 1970, a 12-year-old boy made this pledge: “I declare I will establish peace in this world.” These were the words of Guru Maharaj Ji. In three short years he formed a massive world wide organization dedicated to removing war and suffering from the earth. A man in India claims when the astronauts first walked on the moon Jesus Christ appeared to him and he became the Christ. Joseph Smith claimed there were human like creatures who lived on the moon.

False prophets promise rain for a thirsty world, but deliver dust. They promise Jesus will show up on the platform at their meetings, but they themselves have never accepted the living water of Jesus Christ. These clouds without water not only deceive and discourage those who are desperate for rain, they also carry a storm warning for the Christian. They attempt to darken the sky and dim the light of Christ, the Sun of Righteousness, but these clouds will pass (see Hosea 13:3).

The expression, “without water” is translated in Matthew 12:43 as the “dry places” or “desert places” where evil spirits are said to wander. Taken together, the two passages suggest a connection between apostates and the unseen demonic spirits who influence or control them. That idea is given further credence by the expression "carried about by the winds.”

I believe the power and strength of many false teachers and false teaching are under girded by powerful, invisible demonic influences. The word for "wind" and "spirit" are identical in both Hebrew and Greek. The translation is dependent upon the context; here, the context applies to false teachers and false doctrine.

Unstable Christians are said to be carried or blown about by every wind of doctrine (Eph.4:14). But mature Christians must not be carried aside by the winds of the prince of the power of the air. A cloud cannot go where it pleases--but must go where the wind carries it. Do not be deceived. Unsaved men like clouds are easily blown by demonic winds.

False teachers can never quench the real spiritual thirst of their hearers.

© 2007 by Gino Geraci

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Biography Information:
Gino Geraci is the founding Pastor of Calvary South Denver.

He has served as a police chaplain for several police departments and currently serves as a Police Chaplain for the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department. Gino has provided emergency service support in many national tragedies. He was a first responder at Columbine High School, Ground Zero in New York, and Platte Canyon High School.

Gino has appeared on scores of national and local radio programs as a guest, including television appearances with Lee Stroebel's Faith Under Fire. He currently hosts a daily radio program with Salem Media in Denver, Colorado area.

Gino is a much sought after conference speaker. He has conducted leadership conferences, Bible conferences, and emergency service support conferences with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Samaritans' Purse, Gospel for Asia in India and Sri Lanka, the Bible League in Africa, Food For The Poor in Jamaica, Mike McIntosh Crusades in Mexico, Somebody Loves You Bible Conferences with Raul Ries in Chile, Columbia and Peru, and pastor's conferences in much of the continental United States.

Gino is currently the pastor of Calvary South Denver where he continues to minister, preach, teach, and serve.
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