The Message of Liberty

When I look at the landscape in America and listen to the news blaring a stream of lies into the air, I shudder to think how far we have fallen from the truth spoken in God’s word. The Apostle Paul warned Timothy of these days –

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” – 2 Tim. 3:1-5

Jesus warned all of us in His letters to the seven churches in Revelation. And I feel I must repost an article I wrote in 2020 –

In the beginning of the Book of Revelation, Jesus dictates letters to seven churches which were found in Asia. These letters have always carried an aura of mystery about them because at the time of Revelation there were more than seven churches existing so why did Jesus single out these seven? I believe these letters are both historic and prophetic. These churches actually existed but the message to them also has prophetic undertones of the end time churches. Five of the churches have fallen in different ways and need correction, one is suffering heavy persecution, and one is small but still standing on God’s word. The last of the five who have fallen is a ‘lukewarm’ church who has grown comfortable in her position – the church of Laodicea –

“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” – Rev. 3:14-16

These letters fit the church today exactly. Much of the church has given in to a Jezebel spirit, much has allowed spirits of sexual immorality to be within, much has allowed the lure on money and power to blind it, some of it is suffering heavy persecution in the Mideast and Africa, and a small remnant of faithful is trying to  “keep My word, and have not denied My name.”

Because of the church’s weakened condition, the demonic forces of hell are attacking our country with a vengeance. When the church’s light begins to dim, the forces of darkness cover the land. That is what is happening today in our land as the forces of Democrat Socialism, which is nothing less than Communism under a new guise, rise to the forefront. The spirit of lawlessness has been unleashed against us and many in the church have embraced it. But God is still on the Throne and He is speaking to His Church. I include here a three part prophetic message from an Australian Pastor to the church in America. I pray you will listen to it and heed it’s message.

Since I live in Wisconsin, I am earnestly looking for the sign that will come out of Wisconsin but, I already see small flames of revival beginning in the U.S. as true believers see past the lies the media tell us and the un-American restrictions those using the virus pandemic are trying to put on us (I’m not denying the virus but the overblown fear some have fostered by it.), and see the truth God is saying, truth that will call us back to our heritage in God and in the Constitution our god fearing founders gave us.

I will leave you with this last message by Bobby Conner, Bible teacher, which is a call to Bible believing Christians to fight for the Liberty our founders gave to us. Liberty that is written on the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

“‘And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family.” – Lev. 25:10


God bless you and God bless America.

Love Letter to Laodicea

Now we come to the last letter Jesus dictated to His Church, the letter to the Church of Laodicea. I call it a ‘love letter’ because when a parent corrects his or her child, it is out of love that they do it!

This is the last letter out of seven that Jesus dictated, and it is perhaps the saddest for it highlights how easy it is for all of us to get complacent and satisfied with the status quo. Hear the message –

(I would like to thank Day of Eternity for the background music used in this video)

I like to think of these seven letters as ‘love letters of Jesus‘ to me. He said, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore, be zealous and repent.” and just because He may chastise us it does not mean He does not love us. It is just because He loves us that He must correct us when we go astray because He desires our best.

The church of Laodicea had become comfortable with where they were, and we are not to be comfortable in this world. We are to be world-changers, pilgrims, citizens of heaven. The message of the true church is not to get us ready to live in this world but, in the next! We are not to move in the natural but in the supernatural.

The first lesson to learn from Laodicea is – the Church only functions with supernatural energy – the wisdom, the knowledge, and the life of the Holy Spirit of God. Nothing else will bring a lifeless, sleeping church to life. My ideas, your ideas, nor any of man’s schemes will suffice.

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Only you can open the door

The final lesson of Laodicea is – it is personal. Jesus is at the door but only you can open it – your friends can’t, your parents can’t, just you. That is why the message of Scripture is “you are the living stones that make up the Church.” – 1 Pet. 2:5.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” – 1 Cor. 3:16

Everything that is important in life, your family, and even your church, begins with you and you must be the one to choose your pathway – only you.

angel of rev 10-1The hour is late, the trumpets of yom teruah“ (day of trumpets) have sounded and we will soon face  yom kippur” (Day of Atonement) when God’s books are opened in heaven to see who is in them and who has been ‘blotted out’ (Rev. 3:5). One day Jesus will come, I believe to fulfill the Day of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement – it was not this year but, it may be soon. Will you be ready?

Please choose wisely.

An Open Door to the Church of Philadelphia

House church As those claiming to be Christian fail to follow the Lord’s commands or as political regimes turn their authority against those of faith in Jesus, causing those followers to meet underground or in small house groups, we need to remember Christ’s letter to the Philadelphia Church of Revelation.

God has a word specifically to small churches and home churches. It is found in Revelation chapter three, verses 7 through 13, and is known as the letter to the Philadelphia Church.

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”. I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; “ – Rev. 3:7, 8

This is part of the letters the Lord Jesus dictated to John on the Isle of Patmos. Notice in the very first of the letter the Lord emphasizes holiness and truth. These are two of the most important aspects for any church to recognize and follow. If their message does not include holiness and truth (God’s truth), they are not truly following the Lord.

The Lord then gives them an open door into the plans and purposes of God but, He makes sure they know that He alone can open such a door. Next He tells them why –

“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” – Rev. 3:8

“For you have a little strength” is translated from the Greek and means ‘small of quantity: i.e. number, or amount’ and ‘power and resources arising from numbers’. In other words the Philadelphia Church was a small church, maybe even a house church. But, they kept the word of the Lord and did not deny His name. When the authorities of their day told them to stop meeting, they obeyed the word of the Lord instead.

“not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Heb. 10:25

Or when the authorities told them to stop singing praise to the Lord, they praised Him anyway.

“To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.” – Ps. 32:12

“I will give You thanks in the great assembly;
I will praise You among many people.” – Ps 35:18

Indeed, the Lord promised that He would make those in authority, those being led by the devil, whether secular or religious, to come and bow down at their feet and recognize that the Lord loves them.

“Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.” – Rev. 3:9

We must remember that everyone serves some religion, whether it is demons, false gods, or humanism, which is really serving man.

And further the Lord promises that He will keep them from the ‘hour of trial’ that is coming on the whole world.

“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” – Rev. 3:10

Why is the Lord promising this? Because they had kept His command to ‘persevere’. This word translated in the Greek means “a patient enduring, sustaining, perseverance”. In fact, the KJV of the Bible translates it as “word of my patience”. Some, who believe in a pre-Tribulation rapture, interpret this to mean they will be raptured before the great tribulation but, the Lord promises to ‘keep’ them from the hour of trial, not take them out of it. The word ‘keep’ in the Greek means to “guard or to keep one in the state in which he is found”. It is like God kept Noah. He didn’t take him out of the flood but, He kept him in it with an ark of safety.

The Lord is promising them Psalm 91 –

“Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” – Psalm 91:3-11 KJV

What a glorious promise this is. Those in this church do not need to be afraid of a Covid19 plague or at the hate directed towards them. They will have angelic protection and they will certainly not face the wrath of God, which will be poured out on the wicked.

So, what does it take to be a “Philadelphia Church”? You need to live in holiness and honor the truth. You need to keep the Lord’s words and not deny His name. You can’t separate your secular or political life from your religious life. You need to persevere and in patience keep following the Lord, no matter what happens to you. You need to hold fast to the truth’s the Lord teaches, even when society does not. You need to resist any temptations to vary from the truth as the Lord speaks it so no one can take your crown of righteousness.

And most of all, you need to heed the Lord’s word – “Behold, I am coming quickly.”

canada-churches-vandalized-090The Church in Canada is facing these trials right now as their government is trying to shut them down. Some churches are bowing to the government’s wishes believing they are God’s authority but that is the same error the Jews facing the Philadelphia Church made claiming to represent God, but Jesus said they did not! Any government that has God’s authority would not willingly disobey God’s commands or force others to do so. So Canadian Christians are meeting in homes and small groups and some pastors are being arrested for being rebellious, but they are not, they are just obeying God!

These evil forces are being deployed against Christians around the world and they are beginning to also be felt in the United States – so I pray we will learn the lessons of the Philadelphia Church.

Sardis – the Church that had a name of being alive, but was dead!

The next letter of Jesus was to the Church of Sardis – a church more connected to the world than to Christ.

The church of Sardis presents us with the dilemma Jesus warned about in the parable of the tares (in Matt. 13:24-43): There will be true and false Christians in the church right up to the 2nd coming of Christ when the angels will gather out the tares and burn them in the fire. The message of repent and watch for the Lord’s coming is given to all but, only the faithful will hear it. The following video explains the church of Sardis –

The main lesson is “don’t judge success the way the world judges” but, remember what Samuel told King Saul – “obedience is better than sacrifice”. Many are putting their hope in false assurances such as infant baptism, church membership, faithful attendance at mass, giving, exuberant worship, or church growth – all of which may be good but, they do not secure your personal salvation.

You must be personally be ‘born again’; convicted by the Holy Spirit, being led to repent, and asking Jesus to come into your life. He will come and He will erase your sins and give you a ‘robe of righteousness’ to wear but, but, but, you must put it on and keep it on by surrendering to His commands and endeavor to obey them. He will help you with this but, you must be willing. You can’t be selective in what you will obey and what you ignore. As Paul preached, you must take the ‘full gospel’

“Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.” – Rom. 15:19

In other words, there are no Sunday only Christians! If you really mean business with God He will bless you but, the religious crowd will hate you just as they do to Jewish believers in Israel –

Not much has changed since the days of Jesus’ first coming. Jews who should have welcomed His coming rejected it and lost their place in God’s Book of Life.

We just celebrated Yom Teruah (feast of Trumpets) and that is what it is all about – a warning to get ready for God’s judgment 10 days later on the Day of Atonement. I’m not predicting that it will happen this Feast of Trumpets but, it will happen on one Feast of Trumpets. With all the signs presently taking place, surely it is time to get right with God, not with hate and threats but with love and truth.

That is the lesson from the church of Sardis.

I believe Revival is coming but, it is more than big church services, lively worship sessions, or even fiery messages – it is evidence of repentance with full altars, and it is changed lives in homes, in businesses, in social interactions and in government! This revival is coming to those who believe and want the message of Peter –

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus ChristIn his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” – 1 Pet. 1:3

The Spirit of Jezebel is Alive Today!

hand-on-wall Now we come to a church that forgot a key tenant of service to God – obedience is better than sacrifice!

The church in Thyatira had many good qualities and works, and their works were increasing. But, they had the cart before the horse, so to speak. Right relationship with the Son and Father will lead to good works, but works alone can never lead to right relationship with the Son and the Father. Jesus told a story that has always put the fear of God into me –

“Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” – Matthew 7:21-23

Who then can be saved? Those who are not lawless and obey Him. God told King Saul, through Samuel, “Obedience is better than sacrifice.”

While Thyatira was doing many good things, they were allowing disobedience to God’s word in their midst. They were allowing women to usurp the authority God placed in men. I know many today will disagree with my interpretation of this but, I must be faithful to declare the truth that God has revealed, not what a politically correct culture declares.

With this introduction I show the video on Thyatira –

The issue is being whom God designed us to be. I believe God knew us before we were knit together in our mother’s womb as David declared.

“For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!” – Psalm 139:13-17

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He alone decided if we should be male or female and our days were hand fashioned just for us. We are wonderfully special to God.

God also reveals His plan for womanhood and marriage through Malachi where He declares that He hates divorce –

“And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.” – Malachi 2:15

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‘and still counting’

We have been given the wonderful blessing to be able to procreate – to join with God in bringing forth new life dedicated to Him. Jezebel wanted to change all that and be in control. Like Satan, she desired what God had not given.

“And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.” – 1 Timothy 2:12-15

Christian ApostacyThe devil has been successful in destroying not only many families because of this lack of understanding but he has also corrupted the Church with his lies just like he did to the church of Thyatira with Jezebel.

The Jezebel spirit is alive and thriving in American churches today. And we can see that many of the so-called women pastors have been deceived into supporting Satan’s causes in the name of Christianity.

However, I must also say, many men are not exempt from the blame of this feminist movement. They often have not taken the God-given task of leading their families in a godly fashion. Men should be praying for their wives and children, leading them in prayer and teaching the Word of God to them. Men are to provide a spiritual covering for their families just like Christ provides for His church.

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church:” – Eph. 5:25-29

The letter to the church in Thyatira reminds us why these churches were picked by Jesus out of all the churches that existed in that time – because the church in these end-times will be facing the same issues they did. How do we react to these deceptions in the church? Jesus gives the answer –

Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—” Revelation 2:24-26

I believe Christ is in the process of cleansing His Church right now. His coming is not far away – hold fast! Love the Lord with all your heart and follow His word. As we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us.

Pergamos – a Modern Prophesy

Jaltar of Zeusesus’ letter to the Church in Pergamos is like reading a newspaper today! It’s history is being repeated before our very eyes.

The Apostle Peter wrote of false believers even in his day saying, “They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;”. In the Revelation letters Jesus dictated to John, the Apostle, He warns there would also be false believers in the last days.

“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write, ‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword:  I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” – Rev. 2:12-17

Now for a little history. When the Greek successor of Alexander the Great, Antiochus IV Epiphanes,  invaded Israel he took over the Temple and desecrated it by erecting an altar to Zeus. He even sacrificed a pig on the altar. It was forever after referred to as the “abomination of desolation”.

hanukkah-pt-3This led to what is known as the Maccabean revolt and the cleansing of the Temple. This re-dedication is commemorated in the Feast of Dedication, which we call Hanukkah , and marks the Jewish New Year.

A second similar event occurred in 130 AD by the Roman Hadrian, which  involved the visit of the Roman Emperor Hadrian to the ruins of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, which was destroyed in 70 AD by Titus. At first sympathetic towards the Jews, Hadrian promised to rebuild the Temple,  but the Jews felt betrayed when they found out that he intended to build a temple dedicated to Jupiter (the Roman version of Zeus) upon the ruins of the Second Temple. The resulting Jewish revolt led to the expulsion of all Jews from Jerusalem, the renaming of Israel to Palestine (Roman for Philistine), prohibiting the Torah law and the Hebrew calendar, and destroying the association of Jews to Judea and forbidding the practice of Jewish faith. This is history but, prophetically, Jesus predicted it would happen once more –

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)” – Matthew 24:15

Now to the question of what is Satan’s throne? When Hadrian built an altar to Jupiter on the Temple mount, a copy of it was built in Pergamum because it was the center of emperor worship at that time. Only they called it the throne of Zeus. This is what Jesus refers to as Satan’s Throne. After Rome became Christian under Emperor Constantine, the altar fell into disuse and was gradually covered

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by the sands of time. Eventually, it was re-discovered in the early 1900’s by a German  archaeologist and moved to Berlin, where it was reassembled and made into a museum. In 1930, Hitler’s architect, Albert Speer, designed a copy of it in Nuremberg where Hitler announced his famous ‘final solution’ to the Jewish problem. There is no doubt that Satan dwelt there when Hitler tried to destroy the Jewish people. It symbolizes hatred of the Jewish people, which we call anti-Semitism. It also symbolizes the spirit of fascism which inspired Hitler and his National Socialist German Workers’ Party.

When Jesus dictated this Revelation letter to John, Satan’s throne was literally in Pergamos. But in the 1930’s it was moved to Germany, and I believe it will be found somewhere in Europe at the end of the age (right now it is in Germany). One thing is sure however, wherever persecution and hatred of God’s people are found, Satan dwells there. This is the link between Fascism, Socialism, Marxism, and Atheism; they all hate God and His people! They push the new non-Biblical morality, they support abortion, and they want to close the Church down. But Jesus commended the believers in Pergamos because they held fast to His Name and did not deny the faith, even in the face of persecution.

But, Satan’s insidious ways had begun to creep in, in the form of the doctrine of Balaam. Balaam was the prophet who encouraged the Israelite people to follow the ways of the world; the world’s view on marriage and on adultery and on fornication. (Num. 31:16) (Sounds like today doesn’t it?). Next, he had them worshipping false gods and neglecting to obey God’s commandments. That led to an open door for the Nicolaitans to enter the Church. The Nicolaitans taught sexual immorality was OK (as many in the church do now) and they separated the people into classes of laity and priesthood and fostered the idea that only the priesthood could hear from God and read His words. Nicolaitan is a compound word made up of ‘Nico’, meaning to get the victory, and ‘laity’, meaning the people, so Nicolaitan literally means to get the victory over the people. Strong’s concordance says it means “destruction of people”.

Jesus said He hated the Nicolaitan spirit. He called all of us to read and know His word. He taught the Apostles to teach His word to us all.

“Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” – 1 Pet. 2:4, 5

There are those called to be ministers (Elders or Pastors) but, their purpose is equip us to be ‘living stones’ and ‘a holy priesthood’ that we may together offer up spiritual sacrifices to God. Jesus does not want mere ‘pew sitters’! We are to be holy as God is holy and we can if we rely on the Holy Spirit and on Jesus.

Now, our country, indeed the world, is under attack by globalist socialists and Marxists who want to destroy the United States of America and change it’s heavenly calling from a Republic founded by God and for God. But where are the ministers standing in the pulpits sounding the alarm? Where are the believers echoing President Trumps challenge, “We will never be socialists!” The National Review proclaimed The Democrats are the Socialist Party Again. But, the Republican Party also is filled with wimps who will not stand up and speak out about the election fraud going on in support of their own President! Maybe it is time for a new Party named the American Party who will once again stand for the Constitution and Christian principles!

In this letter to Pergamos, Jesus warned that unless they repent He will come with His sword and meet out justice. I’m expecting Him to move at the last moment in this election in just that way. We need to once again have the fear of the Lord ruling in our land. We need to have a church cleansing of all the half-hearted pastors and believers that are just there for a good time. And we need to have a cleansing of both political parties until justice once again reigns in the land! Oh Lord, let Your word to the prophet Amos come true in our land –

“But let justice run down like water,
And righteousness like a mighty stream.” – Amos 5:24

Christ’s Message to Smyna

THE-GREAT-WHITE-THRONE-JUDGMENTContinuing with the letters Jesus dictated to the churches in Revelation, we have the Church of Smyrna, which Jesus has nothing to say but encouragement.

Jesus wants to prepare His Church for facing persecution. That is what this letter is about because Jesus knows that all who will live godly will suffer persecution and we must be strong enough to go through it. We will begin with a video on the church of Smyrna.

One of the phrases used in this letter is “I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan”. Jesus dealt with this problem often during His ministry.

“They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. … Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” – John 8:39-44

The issue was the religious in Jesus’ day enjoyed the benefits of their religious positions but, they did not want to do what their religion taught. As Jesus said to the Smyrna church “they say they are Jews and are not, but are of the synagogue (congregation) of Satan.”

This truth applies to today as well as then. There are many who claim the name of Christian but, they do not follow the teachings of Jesus. When true Christians stand on the truth – they will be seen as judgmental, bigoted, discriminatory, and hateful. As we approach the end of days, this reaction will intensify causing many to be offended and to “sell out” to the world.

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President Obama claimed to be Christian but he celebrated the homosexual – lesbian lifestyle by lighting up the White House in rainbow colors, even though the Bible is clearly against it, because he exchanged the truth of God for the lie. God’s word says –

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.” – Romans 1:26,27

Churches and ministers are claiming Islam and Christianity are just different ways to the same God equating Allah with Jehovah. The Pope is seeking to establish a world religion where all religions are equal paths to the same God. But, Jesus clearly denied this –

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:6

I just received a comment on one of my former postings claiming all Bible prophets were Islamic, even Abraham. They showed a video of a Jewish professor claiming that Islam was the dominant religion from the beginning of creation. All of which reminds us that religion without God is full of deception and will be the main persecutor of true believers. Remember what Jesus told the false professors of His day –

“If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. … Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

Jesus was not ‘politically correct’ and He believed in telling the truth. His letter to Smyrna reminds us to be likeminded even though it may cost us the acceptance of the politically correct crowd. As we face these days, we can see the cost of being faithful to our confession of Jesus, as fellow Christians of all ages are being persecuted around the world, even to the cost of their lives. Jesus warns us that though many might say they are Christian, when He comes, He will find few that hold to faith in Him –

“And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” – Luke 18:7,8

Don’t buy into the ‘sloppy agape’ or ‘greasy grace’ message that the modern church dispenses. Many churches are preaching feel good, prosperity messages but, the message of the Smyrna church is faith! Faith that will withstand poverty, trouble, and persecution. It reminds us that this life is short but as Jesus said –

“Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” – Rev. 2:10,11

Remember God loves all people, even those that hate Him, and we should strive to be the same. Our message should not be one of antagonism but, one of truth. We may even win some to the Lord even by our suffering.

I know that there is a message of Revival going out to the Church right now, and I pray for it to happen and believe it will – but only to the remnant. Most will go on trying to exist in the midst of the evil happening all around us – blind to the danger we are in.

I will close this article with a message given by an Australian Pastor Steve Cioccolanti in which he interprets a dream given to an American Paster Chris Reed. I believe it was God revealing the future for America and the world – listen, and pray for God’s wisdom.

Final Letters

Jerusalem Coming John, the Apostle, had a revelation of Jesus Christ on the Isle of Patmos in which the Lord spoke to him showing things that are and the things which will be. The first words he heard was

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” – Rev. 1:8

The very first message given to John was ‘Jesus is coming again!’ That’s the word we, in our day, need to remember – He is coming again, and judging from world events and heavenly signs, His coming is soon! But before Jesus begins to unveil the future, He dictates letters to seven churches in Asia. Why just these seven? Why not the church in Jerusalem? I believe it is because these seven represent all churches that will come down through the ages. But, regardless of the reason, each church has strengths and weaknesses that we need to be aware of.

Here, I will take the first church Jesus addresses – the Church of Ephesus. Ephesus had many strengths: they had works, patience, and they could not bear those who were evil. They tested those claimed to be apostles and found them liars and they labored for Christ’s name’s sake and did not become weary in well doing. But, they had a major flaw – they had left their first love! Unless they corrected this flaw they were in danger of losing their heavenly Lampstand!

If we are to learn from their mistake, we need to know what ‘their first love was’. What is the first thing Jesus required of a church? I believe it is found in the Great Commission found in Matthew 28.

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” – Matt. 28:18-20

The very first thing Jesus asked of His Disciples was to convert sinners making disciples of them. The very purpose of the Holy Spirit, when He came, was to help us witness to Jesus and His saving grace.

“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.” – John 15:26-27

home church in chinaThis is not talking about just growing your church by children born to member parents, this is talking about active evangelism, reaching out to the lost. And it isn’t just the job of the Pastor, or some Evangelist, but of every member of the church! The church members are the ‘body of Christ’ and it’s their job to witness. It can come by a neighborly helping hand, or by prayer, or by handing out a tract about Jesus but the body is responsible for maintaining the Lampstand! WE are to be excited about our faith, and we are to be actively looking for ways to share it with the lost.

Jesus forms a church body to reproduce, just like God ordains a marriage to reproduce ‘godly seed’. Remember, Jesus likened Himself to the Vine and His Father as the vinedresser and every branch that does not bear fruit is taken away.

4horsemenlEvery church needs to examine itself with the Church of Ephesus in mind because the end is drawing near. After Jesus dictates to the Seven Churches, He begins to open the Seven Seals, and the first four seals describe the four horses of war; 1) White Horse – one going forth to conquer, 2) Red Horse – peace leaving and killing resulting, 3) Black Horse – famine following, 4) Pale (Green) Horse – the rise of Islam and death over a fourth of the earth. I will go into these Horses in a later article but, we need to ask ourselves – is the war in Ukraine leading to such a scenario?

Time is not the friend of those who want the status quo to continue. It will not and we need to prepare!

Truth in the Pulpits

The psalmist writes –

“Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven.” – Psalm 85:11

In other words, Righteousness is God’s response to Truth coming out of the earth, from men. God’s response is then linked to goodness, the land yielding its increase, and mankind’s pathway will follow in God’s footsteps!

But what do we see in the United States today? Evil is prevailing over goodness; famine is threatening us along with inflation. Our government is more concerned with lining their own pockets than caring for the people. It is all because of the lack of truth. There is no truth in the media who are nothing more than propaganda spokesmen for ‘one world’ globalists.  Education has been taken over by woke advocates seeking to subvert our children to their communist ways.

But, worst of all, there is no message of truth coming from the pulpits of America’s churches! Half the pastors are preaching Democratic messages that misdirect their litigant’s attention from the evils that are going on – preferring those politicians who are promoting the slaughter of unborn babies to those who are pro-life, preferring those politicians who promise a little money to those who open the eyes to the evil that is going on!  Then they dare to pervert God’s word by quoting Romans 13 –

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” – Rom. 13:1

But they fail to teach the rest of the scripture –

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.” – Rom. 13:3, 4

When leaders enact laws that are evil, they are not leaders appointed by God, but by the enemy, and we do not have to obey them! When they enact laws supporting abortion, or homosexuality, or lesbianism, or transgenderism – all of which God has clearly spoken against – they are not God appointed rulers! So why are these pastors telling you to vote for them?

The last prophet in the Old Testament spoke to the pastors of his day about these very things. Because they were not representing God correctly, they received a curse on their ways. God held up Levi as an example for them to emulate –

“My covenant was with him, one of life and peace, and I gave them to him that he might fear Me; So he feared Me And was reverent before My name. The law of truth was in his mouth, And injustice was not found on his lips. He walked with Me in peace and equity, And turned many away from iniquity.” – Mal. 2:5, 6

Malachi finishes his book by speaking about the coming of the Lord.

“And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the LORD of hosts.” – Mal. 3:1

The prophet Isaiah also speaks to this time –

” Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.” – Isa. 60:1, 2

Notice, Scripture does not say it will be a pleasant time when He comes, but one full of the darkness of evil.

“For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. and the day which is coming shall burn them up,” Says the LORD of hosts, “That will leave them neither root nor branch.” – Mal. 4:1

“But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD an offering in righteousness.” – Mal. 3:2, 3

Jesus said He did not come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it. The true Gospel message provides for forgiveness and healing from sin but it does not provide a free ticket to keep on sinning! His Redemption provides the Grace we need to overcome sin but as Paul writes,

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” – Rom. 6:1-4

Yet many pastors think that if they just teach John 3:16, they are teaching the Gospel. Jesus’ gospel not only covered John 3:16 but it also covered all of God’s truth, even the truth contained in the Old Testament! Jesus spoke against the evils of His day and warned about the evils to come and so did the Apostles. In other words, they engaged in politics! In the early days of our founding, most of the sermons preached from America’s pulpits were political in nature and they guided the nation and protected it from the evils that were enveloping other nations.

So, why are these evils overcoming our nation? Because truth has ceased being preached in our pulpits! The American Church has lived so long without hearing truth that it easily swallows every lie put out by the enemy, Satan. One of biggest lies perpetrated is the onslaught of the Chinese virus. Few have heard of the true origins of it and the media and health organizations carefully try to hide it. The truth is revealed by Dr. Ardis in the link that follows.

https://rumble.com/v10miez-world-premiere-watch-the-water.html

But, an even greater truth is the antidote to it – sheep’s blood!

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THE BLOOD OF A LAMB NEUTRALIZE POISEN

Jesus, the Lamb of God is still defeating Satan, the Serpent! This is the truth!

Signs that Point to the End

The year 2014 was a pivotable year, a year of new beginnings and I think God began to show us this in heavenly signs. With that in mind, I want to repost an article I wrote in 2016 –

(troubled timesreposted) I wrote this article in 2016 but I felt it was time to repost it. Many events have happened since then such as the fulfillment of the Revelation 12 sign of Virgo, the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal Capital of Israel, Israel’s recognition of President Trump as the 2nd. Cyrus, to name a few. Also, as the Church has further embraced the morals of the world it has become dull of hearing.

As turmoil and confusion sweeps through the nations of the world, it would be wise to consider that God Almighty has a plan for the nations and the peoples. It was in place from the Creation and it is working even now. No nation or people group is left out. God has not hidden His plan; it is written in the heavens and proclaimed by His prophets down through the centuries. In our time, it is beginning to be fulfilled. We would be wise to consider and accept it.

web pictures 001And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” – Isaiah 11:12

For 1000’s of years mankind has been laboring under the delusion that they can control their destiny without God’s oversight. The junk heap of history gives testimony to their folly. God has a plan for His creation and He has a destiny for the nations He called into being. The Bible declares He even sets their boundaries –

“When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations, When He separated the sons of Adam, He set the boundaries of the peoples According to the number of the children of Israel.” – Deuteronomy 32:8

“And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings” – Acts 17:26

countdownGod has used the tiny nation of Israel as a warning to the nations that His clock is nearing Midnight – their return to Land of Israel is like a flag waving to alert the nations – there is not much time left!

God even went so far as to provide a calendar for us to rehearse and prepare for the fulfillment of His plan. It consists of 12 thirty-day months and every 13 years a 13th month is added. But this calendar is just the framework for seven yearly appointed times when God makes a special effort to meet with His people, feasts of the Lordthose who have covenanted with Him. These appointed times are called The Feasts of the Lord. Four of them occur in the Spring of the year: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Weeks (Pentecost). The last three occur in the Fall, in fact in the seventh month of the year; Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles. These seven feasts remind God’s people of the most important aspects of our covenant with Him –

  1. Passover – we have failed to meet God’s standards and need a Redeemer to help us, One who is without sin who is willing to pay the price for our sin which is death.
  2. Unleavened bread – to walk in this covenant relationship we need to embrace God’s holiness and purge worldly sin from our lives.
  3. First Fruits – we must put God first in all that we do as our Redeemer did.
  4. Pentecost – we are to bear fruit for the Lord but we need a heavenly endowment of power to do it so, God will send a Comforter to be with us forever.
  5. Trumpets – we are watchmen for the lord and are always to be on alert against the enemy. God also warns us of His soon appearing to make sure we are ready.
  6. Day of Atonement – we need to remember there is a day of judgment coming and we are responsible to prepare our lives. Only we can do it through repentance and belief.
  7. Tabernacles – to remind us that God is faithful and He is coming to dwell with His people. He will rule on the earth for a thousand years to show all what God’s Rest looks and feels like.

These feasts are not only times of remembrance and preparation but they also act as a prophetic clock telling the time of God’s moving to fulfill His plan. When Jesus came to earth the first time, His ministry fulfilled the first four Feasts exactly on the appointed time of each feast.

  1. He was ‘cut off’ on the cross at the exact time the Passover Lamb was being offered in the Temple.
  2. He had no sin and was the ‘unleavened bread’ for three days in the tomb.
  3. On the third day, He arose as the ‘first fruit’ offering to God.
  4. 50 days later, He sent the Holy Spirit on Pentecost as He promised.

blood-moon-tetrad-2014-2015Now, if He fulfilled the first four Feasts exactly with His first coming, it is probable that He will fulfill the last three Feasts with His second coming. This is even more likely as we have been warned by the rare Biblical Blood Red Moon Tetrad occurring on the Feasts of Passover and Tabernacles in the years, 2014 and 2015 ( only the eighth one since Jesus was hanging on the Cross 2000 year ago). This is further accentuated by the fact that this year introduced the Jubilee year just as the year Jesus began His earthly ministry so long ago. (In the Bible, the number 8 is the number associated with new beginnings.)

The heavens continued showing us signs of His soon return as the Revelation 12 sign of the woman giving birth was fulfilled in the constellation Virgo in 2016 and 2017 and all the planets of the solar system were lined up in a straight line below her for the first time in 6000 years. In 2017 the nation of Israel celebrated the 70th anniversary of its rebirth Trump-half-shekel-768x450and President Trump proclaimed Jerusalem its eternal Capital and moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. The Sanhedrin Priests in Israel proclaimed him the 2nd Cyrus and minted a coin in his honor. These and other political and religious signs point to the soon return of Jesus. (Here ends the reposting.)

God continues with His heavenly signs warning mankind of the nearness of the end. The Constellation Virgo fulfills Revelation 12:1,2 for the first time in 6000 years –

“Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.” – Rev. 12:1,2

virgo-jupiter-retrogradeThis sign was seen in the heavens in September, 2017 as the Sun was under the head of Virgo and the Moon was under her feet. In November of 2016 the planet Jupiter entered the constellation Virgo and went into retrograde. Because of its large orbit compared to earth’s, Jupiter appears to be moving back and forth called retrograde motion. It continues in this retrograde motion until September 23, 2017, a period of 42 weeks minus 1 day, which is a normal human birth cycle, when it leaves Virgo on its trip to the constellation Taurus. Just above Virgo is the constellation Leo which has 9 stars. At this time there are also 3 planets just below Leo, Mercury, Mars, and Venus, thus making the 12 stars that form Virgo’s crown.

(Side note: It is interesting that November of Trump-half-shekel-768x4502016 also marked the election of Donald Trump to the American presidency. And Trump’s recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the moving of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem occurred December 6, 2017. For this the Jewish Sanhedrin minted a silver coin featuring the faces of Cyrus and Trump honoring him as the second Cyrus.)

taurus_mars_jupiterAs Jupiter reaches the horns of Taurus, it will be joined by the planet Mars on August 13, 2024, which is the 9th of Av on the Hebrew calendar: a day of trouble for the Jewish nation, the day on which the two previous Temples were destroyed. The Hebrew name for the constellation Taurus is Shur which means ‘coming to judge’. The Hebrew name for Mars is Ma-Adim which means ‘the red one’ or ‘the Son of Man’. Also in the constellation Taurus is a cluster of stars known as the Pleiades which means ‘the congregation’. The clear meaning of this is “The Son of Man comes to judge with His Congregation, or saints.”

Now the interesting thing about this sign is that the time from Jupiter leaving Virgo, Sept. 23, 2017, to the time it goes into conjunction with Mars between the horns of Taurus, August 13, 2024, is exactly 7 years. A time period the prophet Daniel predicts the Antichrist will confirm a treaty with Israel, which he will break in 3½ years.

“Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.” – Dan. 9:27

The ‘one week’ Daniel speaks about is of course 7 years. Now, I do not know if this ‘one week’ begins on September 23, 2017 of the Virgo sign or not. Perhaps this sign is just warning us that it is about to begin. But, the fact that this Virgo sign has not occurred before does make one wonder. Also to highlight this sign all the planets of our solar system were in perfect alignment forming a straight line below Virgo on the date Jupiter emerged from Virgo to begin its trip to Taurus.

Since the Antichrist places the Abomination that Desecrates in the Temple in 3½ years, we should expect to see a new Temple in Jerusalem soon. Could this abomination that desecrates be placed on August 2024, the 9th of Av, thus completing this disastrous day?

There is yet another sign which I want to draw your attention too and that is eclipses, which Biblical scholars believe spell trouble for the world. In my last article, Signs Point the Way, I mentioned the eclipses that were included in the Blood Red Moon Tetrad of 2014-2015. The Blood Red Moon tetrad of 2014-2015 contained two solar eclipses, one on March 20, 2015 and another on September 13 2015. And we did indeed see world-wide trouble, both on the political front and on the economic front as well. European banks were struggling and the Middle East was once again becoming a hot bed of contention. Headlines were blaring such titles as Global Economic Recession 2015: Global Events Pointing to Crisis Ahead. But, the average American person paid little attention to these events. After all, few even attend Church on a regular basis, let alone, pay attention to signs in the heavens! But, God was not done sending His warning with eclipses. August 21, 2017 He sent what is now known as the Great American Solar Eclipse, it was the first total solar eclipse that was visible in the U.S.A. and nowhere else. It was also the only total eclipse seen only in the USA since it’s founding in 1776.

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What is even more interesting about this eclipse is that it begins over Salem Oregon, in the Northwest,  and travels through six more Salem’s on it’s trajectory across the United States. They are: Salem, Oregon; Salem, Idaho; Salem, WY; Salem, NE; Salem, MO; Salem, KY; and Salem, SC. Not only are there seven cities named Salem in the path of the Great American Eclipse; but when it begins in Salem, Oregon, the sun sets in Jerusalem at the exact same time. Do you remember the Biblical story of Abraham paying tithes to Melchizedek, the king of Salem? Salem is short for Jerusalem and Melchizedek is called King of Salem. Jesus is called a priest after the order of Melchizedek. Does this eclipse indicate that the “King of Jerusalem” is soon to come? While this eclipse traveled from the Northwest to the Southeast, in just 7 years another eclipse will cross the US from Northeast to Southwest which is very unusual. Some have wondered about the crossing point being right over the famous Madrid fault line in the Mississippi Valley.

Sort of an x marks the spot. But, perhaps it’s not an “x’. ‘The last letter in the Hebrew Tavalphabet is “tav” and it means “truth” and has the meaning in Hebrew that was given to its symbol as: “mark, sign, covenant.” The original ancient letter looks like this:’ (comment taken from Ready and Watching blog). I also find it interesting that this sign happened in August of 2017, since so many other signs also happened right around that time: the completion of the sign of the heavenly woman, Virgo (Sep. 23, 2017), The Great American Eclipse (August 21, 2017), and President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital and moves the American Embassy to Jerusalem (Dec. 6, 2017). Israel also recognized this Presidential Proclamation as a signal to rebuild the Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount.

I notice that most of these signs are completed in 2024. And their completion also refers to the coming of the Lord. So, I expect something major to happen on the word scene in 2024.