Chapter 2 – the Lost Church

Chapter Two

The Lost Church

a city on a hillAs turmoil sweeps through the earth it is needful of someone to hold up a standard, a city on a hill that can show the way to go and give hope. That is exactly what the Puritans who help found this country hoped and prayed it would become, but they knew it would need a Church that would be salt to preserve and light to show the path.

The American Church has lost its way and it needs to repent and return to its original calling, which is not to build big edifices, big organizations, or big ministries. The Church is not to be a ‘big business’. Jesus said His house would be a ‘house of prayer’ – one that hears from God and talks to God and does God’s will on the earth. In other words, the Church is made up of those who are filled with the Holy Spirit and operate with His direction. The Church is to be a family more than an organization and the family is to be more important than most other things the Church is occupied with.

This creates a problem for most denominational and organizational leaders because, they will not be in control – the Holy Spirit will be the One controlling. After all, there may not be a pastoral message one Sunday or worst of all; they may not take an offering that Sunday. They may have communion instead. They may have a worship session that is not directed by the worship leader but by the Holy Spirit with His gifts displayed. After all, Scripture instructs,

“How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine (a teaching), hath a tongue, hath a revelation, or hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.” – 1 Cor. 14:26.

church serviceThis sure doesn’t sound like the typical American church of performers and spectators. Most church services are more like attending a concert than like Paul’s description. Paul’s type of Church life is suited more too small settings than to big congregations. Those who believe in big organizational churches will no doubt say, “But, look at how much we do for the kingdom of God!” After all, they say, the work of the ministry needs money and the bigger the church the more the money. But, that overlooks the statement of Jesus, “I will build My church.” The issue is one of control – who is in control? God is not against something being big, He is against the Pharisees’ mentality that puts man in charge instead of God.

The Church is also to be light and salt to the world but it cannot be either without a firm commitment to the truth of God’s Word – all of it. Not just those truths that we like or make us feel good, but all God’s truth. Before the Hebrew Priests could enter the Holy Place, they had to look into the Laver where the water acted like a mirror showing them every unclean spot. Then the same water was used to cleanse them making them fit to go into God’s presence. This is a picture of the way God’s Word is to us today, but if it isn’t applied in totality, we are not going to be prepared to be cleansed in repentance so we can go into God’s presence. No sinner (one who is actively sinning) should be comfortable in church until they have repented. Yet the churches are filled every Sunday with people living in adultery, divorce, lying and stealing, gossips, lacking in prayer, unfilled with the Holy Spirit, etc… Evangelism was never meant for the Church but for the world however, today the American Church has invited the world into the church and they need an evangelist to reach them.
apostacy in the church
The American Church, every branch of it, seems to have lost its way. They need prophets instead of pastors; men that will point out the sin in the church and call for turning back to God in repentance. They need to hear the truth that their Christian faith is to permeate every part of their life; such as work, politics, entertainment, and family. One cannot be a Christian in Church and not one on the job, nor in their politics, and I’m not talking just about talking their Christianity but also living it. They are the Church and they are to be the Church in every part of their lives! For example, how you vote is as important as how you worship and how you live in your family as important as how you act in church. You cannot knowingly vote for those who support the murder of the unborn and confess to follow Jesus, who said, “Suffer the children to come unto Me.” You cannot support divorce and re-marriage in the church and confess to honor the God who said, “I hate divorce.” You cannot accept the homosexual-lesbian lifestyle yet claim to follow the One who called it “an abomination”!

America prides itself in being the land of freedom, but if you are a slave to sin, you are not free. Only the truth will set you free and God’s Word is the source of all truth.


The Apostle Peter reveals how God’s judgment will begin on any nation and it applies to us as well.

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” – 1 Pet. 4:17

“The time” certainly has come for us and I believe it has begun. God will dry up finances, take away members, and remove pastors of those churches that have committed adultery with the world. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit is also raising up those who will obey Him. He is pruning them to bear much more fruit, preparing them for the great harvest that is coming in our day. Preparing us for the coming of the Lord.

I pray you are in such a church, it may be big or small for God is not so much interested in numbers as in faithfulness.

The Call: Analysis of the World Today

Chapter One

Analysis of the World Today

Newspaper columnist Charlie Reese wrote, “It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted – by present facts – of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.” Of course, he is referring to the House of Representatives, Senate, and Supreme Court.

web pictures 032I understand why, because we have received a “strong delusion” from God as was promised in 2 Thessalonians 2:10, 11.

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

We have forgotten what President Ulysses S. Grant said,

“Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future.”

Our leaders have forgotten that our first allegiance is to the God of the Bible as they bow to the gods of political correctness, money, and power. Thus we have leaders that squander our freedom and prosperity by giving in to Mideast threats, by accommodating despotic nations such as Russia and China, and by actively supporting the United Nations under the guise of claiming to seek peace while in reality they actively work against God and His Anointed.

Pakastan hangs christian parentsWe give billions in so-called aid to Mideast nations and groups who hate the principles of freedom we believe in and work against us whenever they can. We send our young men and women to protect them militarily only to have them told they cannot carry their Bibles visibly in public. If we had not forsaken God’s word, we would know that there will never be peace in the Mideast, or anywhere else, until the Jews call on Jesus. Only then will He return and bring peace as Zechariah 12:10 states,

And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

Revelation 12 gives an analysis of the conclusion of this age. Jesus comes the first time and is caught up into heaven. Israel is dispersed into all the nations where Satan tries to destroy them – Satan fails. (It must be comforting to all those nations who have persecuted the Jews to know they were doing the devil’s work for him.) Israel comes back to the Land again only to be attacked in a final attempt to destroy them by nations marching to the Devil’s tune. When that fails, Satan will turn his hatred towards the Christians who hold the testimony of Jesus. But, that time is cut short by the return of Jesus to rescue His own and to punish the wicked.

Israel's 70thMy generation has witnessed the closing drama of this scenario as Israel became a nation once again May 14, 1948, after nearly 2000 years of exile from the land. We have seen one Muslim nation after another try to destroy her only to be defeated themselves. We have seen Jerusalem once again come under Israeli control. The Arab nations continue to threaten in every way possible to destroy Israel but what the world doesn’t seem to understand is that their real war is against the God of the Bible.

Why do the nations rage and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.’ He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure; “Yet have I set My King on My holy hill of Zion. – Psalm 2:1-6

Nations are choosing sides right now and most choose against God. The only issue that remains to be settled is whose side you will choose to be on.

Here ends the first chapter of the book, The Call. But, this chapter is yet being fulfilled as we have a new President who is once again turning against God’s plan for Israel and against God’s moral precepts. He is multiplying the shedding of innocent blood and promoting homosexuality and transgenderism, which God calls abominations. He is setting enemies of our Constitution in high office where they can continue to spread their rebellion against our country and the principles it was founded upon.

Thankfully, there is a remnant who is rising up against him and the work of the Lawless One as some churches begin to turn back to their first love, seek the LORD and His word, and seek to be refilled with the Holy Spirit. They are proclaiming the true Gospel, which is the Word of Truth found only in the Bible.

I pray these chapters will be a blessing to you and that you will share them.

Pastor Charles Cooley (Retired)

Introduction to the Call

web pictures 090In 2010, I wrote a book, that I never published because of several reasons but, I felt I should introduce it here on my blog. Remember, the chapters of this book were written in 2010 and 2011. I will begin with the Introduction –

INTRODUCTON

This book is a compilation of articles written and messages given in the past year and a half. My desire was and is to get America to wake up to the mortal danger she is in of losing her call in the Lord.

King David wrote, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.” – Psalm 33:12. As a nation we have proven the accuracy of this truth as our early history clearly proves. Our founding fathers understood this principle as Noah Webster wrote in the preface to his famous dictionary –

noah-webster-quote“In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed … No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.” – Preface by Noah Webster in his 1828 Dictionary.

Our colleges and universities were originally founded to promote this principle as well, as the Harvard Rules and Precepts states –

“The main end of the scholar’s life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life. Therefore, to lay Christ in the bottom is the only foundation of all sound knowledge and harmony.” – Harvard Rules and Precepts, 1638

As long as we adhered to these sentiments, we did indeed prosper in every arena of human endeavor. We became that “city on a hill” that Puritan John Winthrop preached about. However, in the 50’s we began the downward slide away from God. By the 60’s we had declared God was not important enough to remain in our schools, preferring instead the doctrine of ‘pluralism’, which is just another name for idolatry, and was quickly followed by the concept of ‘Separation of Church and State’ which was falsely attributed to our founding fathers intents. Soon we were removing God’s Ten Commandments from public places and even baring students from praying in school. This has been followed by a host of evils all resulting in the destruction of our foundational principles.

Once these principles were relegated to the ash heap, so to speak, the United States began its downward slide into moral decay and spiritual deadness that has resulted in the current troubles we face. In our early history every move of government was examined and judged according to Holy Scripture and was thus kept on an even plain. National debt such as we face now could never have happened then. Today’s military adventurism such as we have today wouldn’t have happened then. We were not the world’s policemen but the world’s conscious. We carried proudly the flag of Christianity and the standards of truth found in the Holy Bible.

father training childrenThe American family was firmly anchored on the foundation of Jesus Christ and the Holy Word of God. Since all aspects of society depend on the family, American society was stable and free to grow. It could even correct itself from its own weaknesses because of its firm foundation. Today, such is not the case and families are suffering and dysfunctional. When we left our moral foundation which is found only in Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible, we left the only foundation able to support our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. It was only a matter of time before the decay would affect every area of society; families, churches, education and government. Now we have politicians who transgress the intent of our Constitution with impunity, education which denies or fails to teach our founding principles, churches which commit adultery with the world and have lost their saltiness, and families which are falling apart.

However, there is still some remnant of Americans who believe in Jesus Christ and long to return to our early strengths as is seen in the ‘home school’ movement and in the Tea Party movement. There is yet time to do as Jesus advised the Church of Ephesus in the Book of Revelation –

RememberRemember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place – unless you repent. – Revelation 2:1-5 (emphasis added)

Pastor Charles Cooley

This is the introduction to a book that will contain 13 chapters which are listed here:

Chapter One                               Analysis of the World Today

Chapter Two                               The Lost Church

Chapter Three                             God is Speaking

Chapter Four                              The Role of Prophesy

Chapter Five                               How is He Coming?

Chapter Six                                The 2nd Coming and the Restrainer

Chapter Seven                            The Gifts of the Holy Spirit Today

Chapter Eight                              Not A Time to Sleep

Chapter Nine                              The Harlot of Revelation Rides

Chapter Ten                               The Return of Israel

Chapter Eleven                           Israel Established

Chapter Twelve                           Is the Restrainer being Removed

Chapter Thirteen                         The Call

I hope and pray you will follow along for the next chapters and respond to the message they bring.

Pastor Charles Cooley

The Fear of the LORD

US money funds Wuhan labWe are living in a time of fear. The Covid19 virus has released a spirit of fear upon the land but, there is a worse condition that has existed long before the virus came – it is the loss of the Fear of the LORD. The government, the churches, the educational institutions and the courts of the land have lost any fear they once had of the LORD. In fact, the churches have failed to even teach about the Fear of the LORD. All they teach about is God’s Grace and His mercy and they turn a blind eye towards sin. After all, if they teach too much about sin, it may drive people away from church and dry up their source of money!

Supreme Court BldgThe courts and the judges that rule them need to read once again God’s standards for judges. King Jehoshaphat set judges throughout the land and he commanded them “Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.”

“Now therefore, let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes.” – 2 Chron. 19:7

In our fraudulent elections held in 2020, the Supreme Court had the opportunity to step in with justice but, they hid away in their chambers and refused to hear. They had no Fear of the LORD!

founding-fathersOur educational establishments, who are charged with teaching wisdom and knowledge, have eliminated God from their curricula and substituted the false god of humanism in His place. They have also forsaken the Fear of the LORD.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” – Prov. 9:10

Now we have a government that is bent on destroying this country by selling our secrets to foreign governments, by discarding our foundational principles, such as the 1st and 2nd Amendments, and opening our borders to a flood of illegals. And it is even openly rejecting God by open and free abortion of God’s most precious lives and by exalting Homosexuals and transgenderism. They have no Fear of the LORD and they need to hear what God says to them –

“When your terror comes like a storm, And your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD,” – Prov. 1:27-29

Our forefathers knew the Fear of the LORD and they guided this country to it’s conception by obeying God’s laws and by reverencing Him. They knew the ‘severity’ of the LORD, that He judges according to a nation’s deeds and so they feared the LORD –

“According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, Fury to His adversaries, Recompense to His enemies; The coastlands He will fully repay. So shall they fear The name of the LORD from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him” – Isa. 59:18, 19

They took a message from the Book of Acts for their churches –

“Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.” – Acts 9:31

china virus connectionThis present government is about to experience the terror of falling into the hands of the living God. They are about to experience His fury and His recompense. But, in the midst of this judgment let us not be like those of Jeremiah’s day because He will also remember mercy and pour out the latter rain of the Holy Spirit on the faithful –

“They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the LORD our God, Who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.” – Jer. 5:24

There is yet to be a latter rain to bring in the final harvest on Gentiles and Jews.

“Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They shall fear the LORD and His goodness in the latter days.” – Hos. 3:5

To the faithful, do not give up, keep on obeying His Word, keep on praying, for God is not asleep and He is watching those who are faithful –

“Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, And the LORD listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the LORD And who meditate on His name.” – Mal. 3:16

Finally: what is the Fear of the LORD? Moses best explains it –

“Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.” – Deut. 6:1, 2

They can best be summed up in the Ten Commandments of the LORD, which you can read in Exodus 20. But, they can only be understood as the Fear of the LORD guides your understanding.

The Bread of Heaven

Democrats and VirusAs many are worried about the Covid Virus, they don’t want to socialize, go to the stores, or even go to work out of fear. In fact the Lawless One that Paul spoke about (2 Thes. 2:10) has sent a spirit of fear upon the land. And his henchmen have joined right in closing ‘non-essential’ places of gathering and giving out government Covid checks to keep people from reporting to work. Now businesses are having to close because of lack of employees willing to work because they get more from the government not to work! Those that do report are often faced with masking and threats to get the vaccine shot, even though it is unproven and many well qualified doctors are warning about taking it! Through all of this the government wants to become God, giving out ‘bread’ to the people like Pharaoh did. But, Pharaoh’s bread brought slavery!

In this article, I want to explain Who the Bread of Heaven is and how you can get Him. In the Gospel of Mark is described two accounts of Jesus performing the miracle of multiplying bread –

gal-3-7-know-then-that-they-who-are-of-faith-these-are-sons-of-AbrahamBut He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties. And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish. Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men.” – Mark 6:38-44

Immediately He made the disciples get into a boat to cross to the other side of the lake to Bethsaida while He Himself went up on the mountain to pray. Later, as the disciples were struggling to cross, He came walking on the water and His first words were “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” But they were greatly amazed and marveled, not because He was walking on water, but because of the bread!

“For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.” – Mark 6:52

A short time later, Jesus again multiplied the bread, this time feeding 4 thousand, and when Jesus and His disciples departed, the disciples forgot to take bread with them and when Jesus said, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” they thought He was talking about their taking no bread, so Jesus said to them again –

““Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? “Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember? “When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments did you take up?” They said to Him, “Twelve.” Also, when I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of fragments did you take up?” And they said, “Seven.” So He said to them, “How is it you do not understand?” – Mark 8:17-21

As I re-read this story, I wondered, “How many today would understand?” To explain it, I will have to go back to a time when the Hebrews were coming out of Egypt and in the wilderness. They were hungry and complained, so God gave them manna from heaven, as David later remembered –

“Therefore the LORD heard this and was furious; So a fire is kindled against Jacob, And anger also came up against Israel, Because they did not believe in God, And did not trust in His salvation. Yet He had commanded the clouds above, And opened the doors of heaven, Had rained down manna on them to eat, And given them of the bread of heaven. Men ate angels’ food; He sent them food to the full.” – Psalm 78:21-25

When referring to this miracle, the Pharisees challenged Jesus, asking Him what sign would He do. –

“Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? “Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ” Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. “For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” – John 6:30-35

This was a direct fulfillment of what Nehemiah said about God –

You gave them bread from heaven for their hunger, And brought them water out of the rock for their thirst, And told them to go in to possess the land Which You had sworn to give them.” – Neh. 9:15

Jesus told the Pharisees again –

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” – John 6:51

It is no wonder that when Jesus came as a baby, He was born in Bethlehem. The word ‘Bethlehem’ means “House of Bread”. In the beginning when Adam fell from Grace, God pronounced a curse on him –

In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return” – Gen. 3:19

That curse remained in effect until Jesus came and became a curse for us on the Cross. Jesus is here proclaiming that He is the Messiah, the One who is sent to erase the curse and give life back to mankind. And by multiplying the bread, He was demonstrating that He is the “bread from Heaven” sent down from God!

He was telling the Pharisees that anyone who “eats of this bread”, in other words, anyone who accepts Him as the Bread of Heaven, will have everlasting life. As Jesus took the last Passover meal with His disciples, He instituted what we call “The Lord’s Super”.

“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many. “Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” – Mark 14:22-25

Paul adds, “Take eat; this is My body which is broken for you” and “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” (1 Cor. 11:24).

When a person accepts Jesus and is ‘born again’ by the Holy Spirit, he or she becomes a new person in the Spirit, “old things are passed away and all things become new”. (2 Cor. 5:17). They are now welcome at the Lord’s table to partake of His New Covenant. Every time we meet we should partake of this Supper, reminding ourselves of His sacrifice for us and this New Covenant.

In this Last Supper there is regeneration; old wounds are to be healed, old resentments are to be forgiven, old sins are washed away in His blood, and by His blood we can come boldly into the Throne Room of God for help in time of need! What a blessed time this time of remembrance should be! No wonder why we should take it as oft as we gather.

When Jesus multiplied the bread, this is what He was declaring. He was the answer to Adam’s sin sent down from Heaven with the mercy of God to restore us to all that Adam lost. And remember, Adam had the Tree of Life in the Garden and Jesus promised us eternal life.

So, when the spirit of Lawlessness tries to intimidate you with fear, remember Jesus’ word to the disciples, Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid “ When his henchmen try to control you and manipulate you and buy your allegiance with government handouts, remember Pharaoh and that you have the “Bread of Heaven” come down from God to meet your every need. 

May this message be a blessing to you.

The Mustard Seed

Democrat garbageI have been considering what God is saying to America during these times of assault by the spirit of Lawlessness that Paul speaks about (2 Thes. 2:9) and those who follow it. The Corona virus was the weapon they used to shut us down but, their plans are much more far-reaching. They want the world. And they have a multitude of followers who are willing to sell out their country, their families, their friends, and even themselves, for a piece of the pie. The list of these Benedict Arnolds is too long to publish here; it includes Governments, Courts, News Media, Educational Institutions, and Corporations. Most don’t even realize what they are doing because they have lost their ‘love of the truth’ – God’s Word, which would be able to save them. I see two streams moving in mankind: one of this ‘spirit of lawlessness’ and another by the Holy Spirit of God. And I believe the moving of the Holy Spirit can best be seen right now in the nation of China, the nation that hates Christianity the most and does its best to shut down the move of the Holy Spirit – but it is failing!! Consider this video by Wayne Cordeiro as he tells of his visit to China –

It is reported that in China upwards of 72,00 Chinese become Christians every day! It reminds me of a parable that Jesus told about the Mustard Seed –

Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.” – Mark 4:30-32

This seed represents the Word of God and all it needs is for someone to sow it.

Most people, even Christians, don’t realize just how powerful the Word of God is. It contains life within itself and when planted in the earth it cannot help but grow! When God created the  earth in Genesis –

“Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.” – Gen. 1:11, 12

God formed the land and it’s purpose was to respond to the Word of God and produce! Now in this parable the seed is the Word of God and the land is the people of earth, who were formed out of the dust of the earth. They have a spirit and a soul in them that have the capability to produce what is planted. If they receive the lies of the lawless one, they produce that which is evil but, if they receive the Word of God, they grow a good tree that produces good fruit! Oh, how wonderful and powerful is the Word of God!

King David declared, “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” And the Apostle Paul wrote, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Do you want more faith in your life? – Study the Word of God! And you will begin hearing the Word. Paul also wrote –

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” – Eph. 5:25-27

God is looking for a Bride for His Son, Jesus Christ and the water He washes her with is the Word of God. It will make her into a Bride clothed with the Glory of God and clean.

Many have settled for crumbs from the table of the Lawless One’s Table when they were made for much more. Your life is no accident and you came to this earth with a heavenly purpose, as King David declares –

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. . . . 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 (from birth). 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

God has a Book in heaven with your name on it. It contains His purpose for you on the earth and your times. That Book will be opened at the Great Judgment described in Revelations and you will be judged by how you fulfilled what is written – how we fulfill what God promised for us.

“And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.” – Rev. 20:12

Paul writes about this to the Ephesians –

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” – Eph. 2:10

God has a book with your name on it and written in it are the ‘Good Works’ that God has planned for you to do. These are not man-made works but, God-made works that the seed of the Word will produce for you when you plant it according to the Holy Spirit’s leading. They may include preaching to thousands or they may include giving a glass of water to a thirsty soul or a smile of encouragement to a soul in depression’s grip. God is the One who has planned them from the beginning and it is His Holy Spirit who will lead you if you hear Him. And remember! “Hearing comes by the Word of God!”

Be encouraged, the Lawless One cannot win and the stream of God’s Holy Spirit is already moving, performing miracles and giving life to the dead!

The Difference between Called and Chosen

Many Christians have heard a watered-down version of the Gospel of the Kingdom that Jesus preached. They have been told “just confess Jesus as Savior” or “just say you believe in your heart”. These are true sayings but, they are only part of the story! Jesus also said, “When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Mark 8:34) and “Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” (Matt. 19:21).

The fear of the Lord is seldom taught because it is foreign to the “seeker friendly” movement. Many preachers want numbers, they want to grow their congregations, which is not wrong in and of itself but, they want large numbers for their fame and for the money they generate – this is wrong. They seldom preach Jesus’ words – “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matt. (22:14). There were many Hebrews in bondage in Egypt who wanted the freedom from slavery that Moses offered but, they complained in the wilderness, “And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” (Exo. 16:3). They may have left Egypt but Egypt was still in their hearts! And not many of them made it to the Promised Land.

Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom in parables to separate the called from the chosen. To the crowds around Him, who were just there for the benefits Jesus gave, He gave the truth in parables but, to those who chose to truly follow Him, He explained the truths hidden in the parables.

“But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, “so that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them.’ ” – Mark 4:10-12

He came to fulfill the Word of God and (Isaiah 6:9, 10) says, “And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed. Why would God want to do that? I thought He wanted everyone to be saved? The answer lies in the parable that Jesus told about the Sower.

““Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred. And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” – Mark 4:3-9

Jesus’ words are truth and some who hear them are listening too much to the world and they judge truth by what CNN, ABC, NBC, or MSNBC are saying is the truth and the truth is snatched away like birds snatching the seed. Some hear the word and in their emotions gladly receive it  but when the sun rises with it’s hard choices they shrink into their closets and quietly deny the truth. Then there are some who make a beginning with the Lord but self interests and allurements of the world choke their commitment to take up their cross and follow the Lord. But, there are some, likened to good ground, who receive the Word and make the commitment to fully follow the Lord in every area of their lives. I do not say they are perfect but, they are steadfastly committed to follow. These are the ones who are chosen.

Paul writes about this as he explains the actions of the Lawless One.

“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” – 2 Thes. 2:9-12

This Lawless One directs the ‘birds that snatch away the seed in Jesus’ parable of the Sower. He turns up the heat on new believers and keeps them from hearing the Word that will deepen their roots. He entices with the temptations of the world to drown out the Word. And most of all, he deceives by twisting the Word of truth and keeping it from being heard. If one responds to the Call, he will get them into a church that waters down the Gospel and doesn’t preach against sin. Or he gets them into a church that preaches a ‘comfortable’ word, one that takes a tithe offering every Sunday but only has Communion once a month. Or one that preaches pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, pro-BLM type messages.

But, I pray that you will receive the Word in good ground and I leave you the words of Peter-

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy. . . . Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the LORD endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.” – 1 Pet. 1:13-25

Those who do these things will be called chosen.

The Path to the Glory of God

The United States, indeed the whole world, is suffering under the Covid19 virus and the resulting lockdowns that it generated. While many secular businesses closed, I believe the main thrust was against the Church. Those in control of government and the health industry certainly aimed their repression against the Church. Many churches are still shut down and many calling themselves Christian are yet walking in fear, wearing a mask to hide from the virus instead of trusting in the Lord. This is especially troublesome in a country such as ours that was founded on Biblical principles and in which the Church and faith in Jesus has played such a supporting role, as John Adams, our second President, so eloquently stated.

The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”

Holy Scriptures command –

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 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. 10:24, 25

While many blame the virus on China or on Dr. Fauci, and they may indeed have been the vehicles used, it would be well to remember that God allowed it to happen and He has certainly used it to do His work. John the Baptist warned –

“And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” – Matt. 3:10

The “trees” are representing those claiming to be believers, or in our day, the Church. And the Apostle Peter further expands on this thought –

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?

Now, “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.” – 1 Pet. 4:17-19

Remember, a few days before Jesus went to the Cross, He entered the Temple and drove out the money changers and those who sold animals, cleansing the Temple and saying “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” Now, shortly before His second coming, I believe He is once again cleansing His Temple, which is the church. When the Lord returns, He is coming for a Bride who is without spot or blemish. As John said, the ax is laid to the root of all the trees but those trees that were not bearing fruit were cast into the fire. Those that were bearing some fruit, were pruned so they would bear more fruit. Those churches that were not bearing fruit will have a sign placed on the door – “Ichabod” for the glory has departed! They were too concerned with man’s traditions and were Christian in name only but had denied the power. What they had was religion but they were cold and lukewarm not allowing the fire of the Holy Spirit and it’s giftings to freely move.

To those churches that are being pruned, the latter rain is about to fall and they will bear much fruit. They will allow the Holy Spirit to freely move and the gifts of the Holy Spirit will be evident among them. Remember one of the works of the Holy Spirit is to make the Word of God precious once again and He will illuminate it and reveal it’s meaning. He will make real the blessings of God and the severity of God. He will make real once again the Fear of the LORD. And He will reveal the meanings of the Feasts of the Lord and the meanings of the harvests contained in them. The great harvest feasts of the Lord are about to happen: the Barley harvest of the First Fruits; the Wheat harvest of Pentecost; and the fruit harvest of Tabernacles. I believe the Barley harvest has already begun and the Wheat harvest is soon to begin, except the harvests won’t be Barley and Wheat but souls of the lost brought into the kingdom.

But, when the judgment at the house of God is finished, it will begin on the world! Many Christians are praying for the judgment to fall on the world but they want to skip it on the house of God, but God is not going to change His plan – the house of God first then the world. He is most concerned with His House because they will become His Bride. Then the world will be given a final chance to respond to His call to repent and accept Jesus as Savior or face the fires of hell.

Peter concludes –

“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.” – 1 Pet 4:12, 13

Rejoice, for I believe the glory of God is about to be revealed.

The Joy of Life

I was at one of my Granddaughter’s wedding yesterday and it was so interesting to see all the young people rejoicing and celebrating and I suddenly realized, ‘I’m getting old!’ It was one of those realizations that sneaks up on you. But, it was such a blessing to see that the joy of life still goes on. This wedding truly honored God and I’m sure He enjoyed watching it too. It made me realize once again that God never gives up on mankind, He is a God of Hope. Even though wickedness is abounding in this world, God still blesses those that seek Him and love with His love. In fact, God has planned a heavenly wedding for us to take part in –

“And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” – Rev. 19:9

At 84 years old, I have a lot of loved ones and friends who have gone to be with the Lord. And strangely this wedding, where there was so much life, made  me think of them and the joy we will have in our great reunion. It brought to mind Paul’s writing of encouragement –

“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” – 1 Thes. 4:13-18

Now I know there is a lot of disagreement about this ‘catching away’ (Rapture), whether it will be a ‘pre-trib’, mid-trib’, or post-trib’ , but I prefer not to get into that argument. All I know is what the Word states plainly: Jesus is coming back; there will be a heavenly shout, the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God will sound; the dead in Christ will rise first then we who are alive will be caught up to meet the Lord in the sky. Paul write further in 1 Corinthians about this reunion –

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.” – 1 Cor. 15:22-24

At some point those who are alive and remain will rise to ‘meet’ the Lord in the sky. The Greek word translated ‘to meet’ is apantēsis. This word is only used one other time in the New Testament in Acts 28:15 as Paul was nearing Rome, the brethren went out to ‘meet’ him and escort him into Rome. So, according to Paul, when we rise to meet Christ in the clouds, we will escort Him back to the earth.

The Apostle John also describes the resurrection of the dead in Christ that Paul talks about and calls it “the first resurrection”.

“But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” – Rev. 20:5, 6

Verses before this describe who will be included in this first resurrection: The souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus, and that includes all who have been beheaded throughout history up until the times of the Antichrist; those who had not worshipped the beast or his image and had not received his mark and that includes all those who have died in Christ. We of course are concerned about the times of the Antichrist but, down through history there have been many who have died at the hands of those driven by the spirit of Antichrist, some by beheading.

We all will suffer the first death but, those who choose Jesus Christ will be spared the second death where they will spend eternity in hell fire. How precious it will be to reign with Christ for a thousand years and then for all eternity. It will be somewhat like this wedding I just attended where joy and life will reign. Every time I witness the birth of a new Great Grandchild, I think, God has not given up on mankind YET! He is still giving new life.

I pray you also will witness this new life in Jesus – it is wonderful!

Fresh Rain

socialism is the answerOur young people are being attacked by demonic forces with the doctrine of Humanism, the Woke culture and the Cancel culture. The educational establishment has portrayed the republican model of government as repressive and glamorized socialism. The teachings of Christianity are eliminated and replaced with the tenants of Marxism. While this has been going on, the Church has been asleep and Christian parents have blindly surrendered their children into the clutches of government run education. A government system that began by buying public school compliance with grants and incentives. Once their hooks are set, they gradually set curriculum standards that were against Biblical standards. All this happened right under the Church’s nose, so to speak. After two or three generations of this kind of indoctrination, these student became the future leaders of the country and now they are passing laws that reflect their humanistic teaching. And now we have such laws as the For the People Act of 2021, otherwise known as HR1, and the Equality Act, otherwise known as HR5. This bill would  add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes under federal civil rights law. Which would have multitudes of negative effects, especially on Christians.

The ‘older generations’ are to blame for letting these things happen. We were asleep and too concerned with making money and we did not seek God for help and direction. And we allowed our churches to give us pastors that were more interested in building big churches and money than they were in the truth. But, it is not too late to seek the LORD, and He has an answer. It is called Revival! God knew these conditions would be prevalent in the last days and He has an answer for them –

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” – Mal. 4:5, 6

Elijah will turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children – how? He will remind them to remember the 10 Commandments that used to be taught in America’s public schools –

“Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, With the statutes and judgments.” – Mal. 4:4

These commandments embody the ‘general principles of Christianity’ that John Adams, our 2nd. President, referred to.

The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”

God told the fathers “Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren,” – (Deut. 4:9). As the fathers do this, God will turn the hearts of the children to the fathers.

God cares for the youth of every generation, in fact nearly every move of God has begun with the youth. King David, Jeremiah, King Josiah, John Calvin, Martin Luther, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, D.L. Moody, and Evan Roberts of the Welch revival were all young men when God used them to start revivals. In our day, the Jesus People Movement began with the youth. God has promised the outpoured Holy Spirit to the young –

“And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams  Your young men shall see visions.” – Joel 2:28

Most of the disciples Jesus chose were young and were among those who received the Holy Spirit when He came on Pentecost. I think God often chooses the young because the older generation has become too set in it’s ways and they have substituted man’s traditions for the life-giving word of the Holy Spirit. Jesus referred to this in His parable about new wine skins.

“Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” – Matt. 9:17

Now ‘old wine skins’ can be used but, they have to be soaked in water for a time, which refers to the Word of God, and go through a massaging process with oil to soften the skins and make them pliable again and most old skins have grown too comfortable to endure this process!

The Holy Spirit will be poured out again in the Latter Rain and many young people will be recipients. We should encourage them and make room for them, even if they act differently form us old wine skins! One evidence of this outpouring is already occurring in China, a nation of much persecution.

“According to a recent estimate, more than half of China’s one billion population are under 20! China is a nation of young people, so it is not surprising that the house churches have a preponderance of people in their 20’s and 30’s. Some of them are ex-Red Guards.“1

Some sources estimate over 72,000 people a day are being converted in Red China! All across the world there are indications of a significant move of the Holy Spirit in our generation. Revivals are breaking out in Tennessee, and they are beginning in California as well.

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We should all take the prophet Zechariah seriously and begin to ask for fresh rain of the Holy Spirit –

“Ask the LORD for rain In the time of the latter rain. The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone.” – Zech. 10:1

Don’t forget our heritage from the Lord – our children!

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.” – Psalm 127:3-5

They will be like arrows in the hands of the prayer warriors and they will stand in the gate and confound the enemies of this age in the Name of the LORD! Pray for them and equip them to rise up in Jesus’ Name.

  1. Arthur Wallis, China Miracle, p. 86.