MILLION DOLLAR MIRACLE

In October, I had the privilege of ministering in Watertown, South Dakota for Pastor Mark Brown. Its an inspirational story – one that is too good not to share. I hope you enjoy it and it speaks to you!

Million Dollar Miracle

Ten years ago after graduating IBC my wife and I moved to Watertown, South Dakota to launch the Jesus Church at the age of 22. We really had no idea what we were getting into other than obeying the call of God to go. The excitement was there in hopes for explosive revival. Unfortunately everything exploded in our faces. The first 5 years was the most depressing. Finally we turned a corner and had 100 first time visitors in 5 months! Many of these folks were business owners, leaders, lawyers, board members, etc. The house church we were in was filled and they started talking about purchasing property and waving their money around. We had a revival week in hopes of seeing these folks born again. They were filled with the Holy Ghost and baptized in Jesus’ name. Surely we had arrived! What happened next was not what I anticipated. They received revelation about what they had experienced and questions began to pour out concerning their friends, family, and others in the community that did not experience Acts 2:38. The first group questioned me about the essentiality of Jesus name baptism. I stood for truth and they left. The next group asked about the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of tongues. I stood for truth and they left. The next group and largest, left after making a stand for the Oneness of God. I tried to hold myself together with the remnant. They attacked my wife and I verbally after taking a stand on holiness. As they insulted me in front of my wife I began to weep as they shouted “This church will NEVER grow because of what you believe” and they slammed the door. I fell on the floor and wept uncontrollably. All the revival we just had, GONE! All the building plans we just had, GONE! All I could utter to God was “I’m trying! I’m trying”! The Lord spoke to me and said “Now I can trust you with revival”. There was only a handful of us left. I made a commitment to God that I did not ever want to be pressured or held hostage by people’s money. I began to preach to our group by faith boldly declaring that God was going to give us a building debt free that will host the revival He now trusted us with. For altar call we went out in a blizzard to a church property and anointed the key hole with my fingers freezing to it declaring it to be ours debt free in Jesus’ name. The property was a church on a main road that was a 11,000 square foot building, 4 acres, parking lot, offices, Sunday School rooms, Sanctuary for 250, Chapel for 60, kitchen, fellowship dining area, marquee sign etc. One small obstacle. It was $1.3 million dollars and we had $0. I shared what I believed with many and most shook their head and said “You’re being unrealistic”. I was at BOTT when a complete stranger spoke to me and said “The Lord told me to tell you that when you go home pray around the property you want that is about 4 acres and He’ll give it to you”. I couldn’t get home fast enough. We put our property for sale, and made an offer on the new property. I told them $250,000 and they said “yes”. I told them that we would have to sell what we have first. They said that they did not want to wait. We had a prayer meeting that same day and asked God for someone to buy our property. My phone rang and a man made an offer of $115,000, but only if he could move into it in 3 weeks. There was a church that was in contract, that was renting the property we made an offer on. I called that pastor and asked when they would be out of that contract. The pastor said “In 3 weeks”. We still needed $135,000 if we went forward with this offer. I told our church God will provide and we stepped out by faith not knowing where the money would come from. Miraculous giving began to occur within & without our congregation. Within 3 weeks, on August 4, 2015 we walked in to sign papers with $250,000 in hand! No bank loan. No debt. The church has been growing with truth and without debt. This is the story of our Million Dollar Miracle. But this would never had happened if we compromised the Truth or quit early. As fast as this happened it really has been 10 years in the making. Tarry in your city till Pentecost.

1Co 16:8 But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.

PS All of this happened while increasing record offerings to SFC, MM, SOC, CFC, & Global Missions

Pastor/SD District Youth President
Mark Brown
Ephesians 6:6

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IS THE RAPTURE NEAR?

 

THE LORD IS NOT SLACK

The UN International Day of Peace, the Jewish year 5777 and the Great Revelation 12 Sign have come and gone. God’s Word has not changed, but skeptics pile on more callousness against belief that a rapture of the church will take place. Humanity does not seek out their own salvation in this hour and they perish for lack of knowledge! (Philippians 2:12; Hosea 4:6)

2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

The Lord tarries, delaying His return, giving all that will the opportunity to repent, wishing none would perish. In this delay, signs and warnings increase attempting to motivate individuals to pay attention!

SIGNS INTENSIFIED

Consider news reports following the 30 days after the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse that some said was a warning from God for U.S. citizens to repent:

Aug. 21-31, over 2,300 earthquake clusters in Yellowstone National Park.
Aug. 25, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas.
Aug. 30, Hurricane Harvey hit Louisiana.

Aug. 30, at least 41 million around the world displaced due to flooding
Sept. 2-6, dozens of small earthquakes in Idaho.
Sept. 3, 229,000 acres have burned in California this year.
Sept. 6, 250,000 acres have burned in Oregon this year.
Sept. 6, Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean.
Sept. 6, Hurricane Irma passed near and badly damaged Puerto Rico.
Sept. 6, Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. Virgin Island.
Sept. 8, 8.1 earthquake hit Mexico.
Sept. 9, Hurricane Katia hit Mexico.
Sept. 10, Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. Florida Keys.
Sept. 10, Hurricane Irma hit the state of Florida.
Sept. 10, wildfires have burned one million acres in Montana this year.
Sept. 12, Hurricane Irma hit Georgia and South Carolina.
Sept. 19, Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean.

Sept. 19, 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico City.
Sept. 20, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.

Sept. 22, 6.1 earthquake hit Mexico
Sept. 23, 4.5 earthquake hit Mexico

I am skeptical many times of too much that is made out of events, but something I read dealing with these recent events is interesting:

The names of Hurricanes Jose and Maria are Spanish. The English equivalent is Joseph and Mary. While the Revelation 12 Sign (Virgo and Leo: Virgin and Jesus; First and Second Coming) was in the heavens for the first time in 6,000 years, Jose and Maria (Joseph and Mary) were impacting each other on earth.

Can anyone but God arrange this in the heavens and on earth?”

I do know that Jesus said:

Luke 21:25-28 (KJV)

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

PEACE

On Sept. 22, 2017, White House Correspondent, William Koenig, said the following about President Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan:

It is comprised of the following elements: a U.S. coalition of Sunni countries with Israel to oppose Iran, while calling on the Sunnis to normalize relationships with Israel; expecting Arabs to force Abbas to accept a peace plan with Israel; and requiring Israel to give up most of Judea, Samaria and maybe parts of East Jerusalem.

Trump is motivating Egyptian President el-Sisi and possibly King Abdullah of Jordan to get involved in the Israeli-Palestinian talks, with the inducement of U.S. foreign aid to two countries in great economic need, as well as providing much needed military equipment. Moreover, they have the Saudis and other Sunni countries supporting a U.S./Sunni/Israel coalition out of great concerns over Iran. This follows President Trump’s Sept. 18 statement, “I think there is a good chance it could happen.”

Also, Egyptian Pres. el-Sisi’s Sept. 22 appeal to the Palestinian people said to “be ready to coexist with the Israelis in safety and peace to achieve stability and security for all” (see 1Thess. 5:3).

Notice that while President Trump was talking about his peace plan on Sept. 18, 2017, the very powerful Hurricane Maria was moving in on the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, and the devastating earthquake hit Mexico (Joel 3:2).

GOG AND MAGOG

Late Aug. 2017, Israel advised the White House that it is nearing the end of its diplomatic efforts to stop Iran from stationing of troops and building bases and factories in Syria.

Aug. 30, 2017, Russia warned Israel “not to authorize an attack on Iranian military facilities in Syria.”

On Sept. 1, 2017, it was reported that Israel has notified the world to stop Iran’s buildup in Syria or “Israel will take military action.”

Sept. 20, 2017, Russia advised the U.S. in a secret meeting that Russia will respond with force if the Syrian army or Russian assets are fired upon by U.S. proxies (possibly including Israel).

Sept. 22, 2017, Israel destroyed an Iranian-backed Hezbollah weapons convoy near Damascus.

BIRTH PAINS

The disciples asked Jesus, what will be the sign of your coming, what will the signs be? (Matthew 24:4-7) Jesus answered them listing signs, wars and rumors of wars, famine, pestilence and earthquakes. He called these things “the beginning of sorrows.” The Greek word translated “sorrows” means travail (labor pains or birth pangs).

Birth pains increase in frequency and intensity as the birth of a child nears. The idea is that sorrows or travail (deception, war, famine, pestilence and earthquakes, etc.) will become more severe (closer together and more intense) as His return draws near.

INTENSE FOCUS

Never has there been an hour more critical than now to be watching, waiting and anticipating the return of Christ!

Hebrews 10:25 instructs us to meet and exhort the glorious return of Christ! It is a time of great anticipation and happiness. A time to be intently focused on the return of Christ!

Hebrews 10:25 (KJV)

25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

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When You See These Things

WHEN YOU SEE THESE THINGS

Matthew 24:33 (KJV)

33  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

A familiar passage of scripture, worn out, preached, taught and people are weary of hearing.

The disciples in a few verses before had approached Jesus and asked Him, what will be the sign of your return. In chapter 24 of Matthew, Jesus gives them a prophecy bible study.

As God breathed out the signs to ancient prophets to write down for a time yet to come, He also breathed out the warnings, don’t allow blindness, lukewarmness, coldness, slumber, don’t let this catch you unaware!

He warned there was a Laodicea age that would end the times of the gentiles! People so increased with goods, in need of nothing, that they would seek pleasure and entertainment, more than they would seek God.

SIGNS IN THE EARTH

EARTHQUAKES

Matthew 24:7

It is estimated that over 500,000 detectable earthquakes occur around the world every year. Earthquake clusters of 2 and 3 hundred and more are taking place one after another regionally around the world. Oklahoma has felt over 620 earthquakes from January to June this year. Since August 30, Yellowstone has set a new record with swarms of over 2,300 earthquakes! The 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico this past week, set off tsunami warnings. It is the most powerful earthquake every recorded in Central America.

Scripture tells us, the closer we get to the coming of the Lord, earthquakes will intensify and increase!

EXTREME WEATHER

Luke 21:26

A study by researchers reported that heat waves are occurring every 200 days that use to take place every three years. It explained that precipitation is rising in fearful extreme amounts around the world.

CNN Headlines read September 1, 2017 – “It’s Not Just Harvey: August marked by deadly floods around the world.” News reports that thousands have died due to flooding and mudslides, over 40 million people have been affected by flooding. We’re still in the aftermath cleanup of Harvey, now Florida is dealing with Irma cat 5 hurricane that is roaring ashore with devastation predicted and Jose cat 4 hurricane is close behind.

Global warming is blamed, other reasons are given, but the earth is changing to the volatile environment scripture says will be the norm during the tribulation! It’s happening right before our very eyes!

OLD AND BORING

We can continue going down the list of signs that has been discussed for years

– war and rumors of war

– knowledge increase

– perilous times

It’s a long list, a list that has fulfillment after fulfillment checked off, it’s old news today mundane and boring, we’ve all heard it over and over! The facts may be old, tiring, boring and there are those that are weary of hearing them, but the facts remain they are screaming Jesus is coming soon!

We can continue listing:

I can’t help thinking:

God is using every billboard, every earthquake

– every flashing marquee every blood moon

– every Virgo constellation, every street shooting, school shooting, every bombing

– every stunning attention getter possible, every tornado, hurricane, typhoon

– every sign on earth,

– wars, terrorism, atrocities

Loud and clear He’s thundering would you please wake up?!

ISRAEL’S 70TH YEAR AS A NATION

Israel’s 70th anniversary as a nation is quietly creeping by; very few are talking about it, even though it’s a significant piece of bible prophecy!

Matthew 24:34 (KJV)

34  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

September 21–22 is the Feast of Trumpets the same time the constellations Virgo, Jupiter, Leo, Mercury, Venus, Mars, the sun and the moon are forming a phenomenon likened to Revelation 21.

Revelation 12:1-2 (KJV)
1  And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2  And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

Then also on the 23rd is Saturn and Mercury circling and going into motion for a couple of months that eschatology scholars say is the dragon of verse 3 of Revelation 12 waiting to devour the child, and Michael warring against the dragon

I’m just wondering, could it be the cosmos is unfolding its mysteries to us. Is anybody paying attention?

Along with this being the 70th year anniversary of Israel becoming a nation

– It is the 50th anniversary or Jubilee for Jerusalem

– It is the 70th Jubilee year since Israel’s Exodus

If you are in to symbols and numbers, here’s one for you:

2017 marks the year 5777 on the Jewish calendar

– 5 is the number of grace

– The number 7 means perfection

– 7 repeated three times means completion

– The biblical number of 5777 means “perfect grace made complete” or “the completion of the period of grace.”

WHAT’S GOING ON?

What’s this all about?

Is this the rapture?

What’s the point?

I don’t know when the rapture is going to take place!

I’m just as clueless as I ever was, other than I believe strongly we can know the season, and if we aren’t in the season of His return, God help us!

I also still believe in His imminent return, meaning, He could return at any moment! I believe scripture is emphatic that, Jesus is taking His bride out of this earth before His wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9)

I believe according to scripture, the bride is holding back the revealing of the wicked one (2 Thessalonians 2:7)

I haven’t changed my belief that, the antichrist shows up after the rapture of the church (2 Thessalonians 2:7; Revelation 13:7; Matthew 16:18; James 4:7; 1 John 4:4)

Revelation 13:7 tells us that the antichrist will be given authority to overcome the saints. By-the-way the word from the original for saint in13:7 is hagios which pertains to Israel The word used for saints of the Christian church, the bride of Christ is Ekklesia.

But scripture tells us that:

the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church (Matthew 16:18

resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7)

greater is He in you than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4)

The antichrist which is the very embodiment of satan would have no authority over the saint or bride of Christ, the ekklesia. Therefore he, the antichrist would not have the power to carry out His atrocities with the church remaining here on this earth, because he would be fighting against the spirit of God.

1 Corinthians 6:19 (KJV)
19  …know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost

I don’t see or understand the controversy around any of those scriptures!

So in light of all the signs that are prevalent today, and indeed we can see these things, the question is…. how close to the rapture of the church are we?

 

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TAKES NO IMAGINATION

TAKES NO IMAGINATION

Today, you can take any number of days and find biblical fulfillment in every day. You can put them together as a series, run them together however you want to. There is not a day that goes by that some part of prophecy is not fulfilling. We live with headlines telling prophetic stories on the march to the rapture, tribulation, the beast, and Armageddon!

Vice President Pence

Vice President Mike Pence spoke to Christians United for Israel. In his speech, he said, “Though Israel was built by human hands it is impossible not to sense that just beneath its history lies the hand of heaven.”

Pence also stated, “The state of Israel and her people bear witness to God’s faithfulness as well as their own. How unlikely was Israel’s birth? How more unlikely has been her survival and how confounding against the odds has been her thriving?”

Not from a prophecy preacher or teacher, but from the Vice President of the United States of America.

WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE: Remarks by the Vice President at Christians United for Israel Washington Summit read more.

LGBTQ Activists

Liberals will not be satisfied until everybody participates in their lifestyle. It is indeed Sodom and Gomorrah all over again. As in the days of Lot…

“It’s not enough to resist the hateful policies and attacks from the Trump-Pence regime – we’ve got to accelerate the pace of progress toward full equality and secure protections for LGBTQ people.”

CBN NEWS: LGBTQ Activists Double Down to Fight Trump’s ‘Hateful Policies’ read more

Russia and U.S.

Russia and U.S. relationship deteriorate more. On the surface it’s over property, but even the article states there’s a host of issues that are being discussed. Russia continues to have issues that keep it in the spot light. Russia vows to retaliates.

CNN POLITICS: Russia warns US over seized diplomatic compounds  read more

Earthquakes

Powerful earthquakes don’t make mainstream news any more they are so frequent.

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck in the Northern Pacific ocean causing fears of Tsunami.

Matthew 24:7 (KJV)
7  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

EXPRESS UK: Massive 7.7 magnitude earthquake sparks tsunami warning for nearby Pacific coasts  read more

Russia In Golan Heights

Jerusalem Post reports that Russian troops are preparing to take up positions in the Golan Heights.

Gog Magog continues to form, is anybody paying attention. Gog Magog forces are defeated on the mountains of Israel by the hand of God with natural occurrences. When you see news of this type it makes you wonder, could these be some of the forces? Ezekiel 38:16-39;7).

JERUSALEM POST: Russian Military Police Deploy Close To Israel’s Golan To Monitor Safe Zones  read more

Occultism and Demons

News headlines from a prophetic perspective read “U.S Plunges Toward “Occultism And Demons.” They were reporting from chatter among news sources discussing occult, demonic, and satanic glorification by entertainment giants.

Isaiah talks about a time that people would stand for evil and like it.

Isaiah 5:20 (KJV)
20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

John follows Isaiah talking about the last days when individuals would love darkness more than light. We live fulfilling those days.

John 3:19-20 (KJV)
19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

There is a focus and exploitation of death and darkness in entertainment. Satan attempts to drag individuals down into his pit of hopelessness in these last hours as we rush toward the brink of tribulation living. He conquers minds and trains them to be like minded with him for the debut of the beast!

WND: Wicked within: U.S. plunges toward ‘glorifying occultism and demons’  read more

In an article for Vice, Satanic Temple founder Lucien Greaves claimed that he wouldn’t be surprised if more than half of the group’s members were LGBTQ because of the Temple’s “radically inclusive space.”

Could it be that satanic possession is not any less in the U.S. than other countries, that it is hidden and medicated greater than other countries. It has recently been reported that the U.S. is in an opiate epidemic to the point we are losing workers in America due to this crisis.

Galatians talks about the works of the flesh and mentions witchcraft.

Galatians 5:19-21 (KJV)
19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Finally there is a day that people are so caught up in their Godlessness that they will not repent of their sins including sorceries.

Revelation 9:21 (KJV)
21  Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

The same root word is used for both witchcraft and sorcery from the original.

Greek Word: φαρμακεία
Transliteration: pharmakeia
Phonetic Pronunciation:    far-mak-i’-ah
Root: from <G5332>
Vines Word: Sorcery
from <G5332> (pharmakeus); medication (“pharmacy”), i.e. (by extension) magic (literal or figurative) :- sorcery, witchcraft.
Strong’s Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.

Pharmakeia is part of the arsenal of end time tools that satan uses. We have reached a point where drugs are more common and laws are relaxing against them. The gateway drug marijuana is becoming acceptable in all circles, a strong push is being made for it to be legalized in all facets of life even in sports.

The picture you get of the tribulation is one of total chaos and barbaric human appetites out of control. It takes no imagination to realize that it is a mixture of demonic forces, anguish, and even self-given chemical imbalances that will make all of this a reality.

VICE: How the Satanic Temple Became a Queer Haven  read more

No Imagination Needed

As this world continues its march toward a rapture, the tribulation, and Armageddon. No imagination is needed any longer to see any of it.

One only needs faith in God, a belief that the bible is the infallible Word of God, to know that a rapture of the church is soon to take place. Scripture has fulfilled, we are simply on extended borrowed time.

2 Peter 3:9 (KJV)
9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

This time that many are calling a “reprieve” is actually prophetic. It’s not a setback to prophecy, not some kind of second thought by God, not a mistake – it is biblical. We are in an extension of time that the Lord is reaching for everyone that will turn to Him so that no honest hearted individual will perish in this evil hour as we swing into the end time revival that we are beginning to experience!

The future atrocities of a tribulation that the bible lays out so vividly do not take any imagination.  We see brief snapshots in earthquakes, extreme weather, natural catastrophes, humanities animalistic wickedness, and world Godless philosophy. Scientific concern in natural shifting of platelets, future weather extremities, the instability of heat and cold, etc. allows one to realize, future tribulation conditions is no mystical fable, but a very future reality.

Armageddon language has been hyped for years. Without biblical description or explanation, it takes no imagination to see that this world is headed for a showdown. It’s grown bigger than itself and everybody (nations) can no longer live on planet earth together. Too many different philosophies and powers taunt each other. Billionaires are soon to become trillionaires and beyond – earth just isn’t big enough. Religion factions are all mixed up in it, some believe, some don’t, but the radicals want you believing just as they do, or they plan to send the infidels to hell, literally! So Armageddon? Absolutely – we can see it, just how far away is uncertain, but it’s becoming more ascertainable the further along we go. Showdowns within nations are taking place and others are boiling to that point including our own. A future showdown on earth is a real reality and we can see it coming!

The beast waits in the wings of time for the appropriate time to step on to the scene with the answers. This no longer takes imagination, because we can see, everybody is voting, asking one extreme to the next to give us an answer – this isn’t taking place in just America, its taking place around the world with people begging for somebody, something that has the answer to all the turmoil – the beast, the mark, the One World System all makes sense and takes no imagination!

Can you see it – look closely – study intently – it’s all right in front of you – fulfilling! We are experiencing the fulfillment of prophetic scripture at ground zero in real time!

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PHYSCHOLOGICAL WARFARE MANIPULATION

PHYSCHOLOGICAL WARFARE MANIPULATION

Hitler was able to convince an entire nation that people of a particular ethnicity were inferior and should be eliminated. The Germans implemented a program of “disinformation,” false information was deliberately distributed to the German people.

Every phase of life was covered, from media, art in art galleries, to the classroom, etc.. Jews were presented as sub-human and not worthy of the air they breathed. This manipulation was so effective that by the time Hitler implemented the “Final Solution,” those who murdered Jewish children thought they were doing the right thing.

As we consider the state of the world in 2017, what is taking place in the natural, is already operating in the spiritual realm. Nations leaders play mind games with each other manipulated by demonic forces that are determined to draw all nations to a showdown.

Revelation 16:13 (KJV)
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

BEIJING – The Chinese and Russian navies launched eight days of war games in the South China Sea on Monday, in a sign of growing cooperation between their armed forces against the backdrop of regional territorial disputes.
Read more – http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/09/12/china-russia-launch-naval-war-games-in-south-china-sea.html

ARABIAN GULF — As U.S. tensions with Iran rose last week, 17 ships from the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Australia launched a major war game just 50 miles from the Iranian coast.
Read more – http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/06/arabian-gulf-war-games/

SOUTH KOREA – The US and South Korea have kicked off Foal Eagle, an annual joint military exercise that has been denounced by North Korea as a rehearsal for invasion. The exercise comes amid tensions in the region following North Korea’s recent missile test.
Read more – https://www.rt.com/news/379039-korea-us-drills-tensions/

Constant headlines from around the globe report nations coming together as an act of force or simply partnering strategically with each other in deterring offensive maneuverings against them.

Tactical strategies both defensive and offensive by countries showing military might without firing a shot at other nations, keep nations aware that they have capabilities to wreak great havoc on opponents. Ancient mind manipulation and war games are as old as the ages.

There is an old English proverb worth heeding that says, “Age and treachery will always defeat youth and zeal.” One should be knowledgeable when engaging in spiritual warfare, that our enemy is an ancient treacherous foe.”

Globally there is a state of lawlessness that seeks to consume humanity. It is a perpetual state of insanity against laws of God that seek to destroy sound minds and become the authority in the lives of individuals. What we see in the natural is already warring in the spiritual.

Jesus prepared His disciples for everything including war. They saw Him casting out demons. In fact, He sent them out doing the same. But before He sent them out, He charged them to become “wise as serpents yet innocent and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16).

Matthew 10:16 (KJV)
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

The combination of divine wisdom and Christ-like innocence is the source of all spiritual victory. We can defeat the enemy. But we must learn the ways of God, which means we must think with wisdom, and we must be pure of heart, that we may see God and gain discernment.

I am convinced that the enemy strategically practices war games against humanity to find our weaknesses. For thousands of years, he’s had the advantage of studying reactions, body language, and speech. If that be so, exploiting individuals as they react to life can show weaknesses and therefore the attack plan can be implemented.

We have witnessed numerous who have fallen. Jesus warned that the love of many would grow cold. It’s a mistake to think it can’t happen to me. Our enemy has been deceiving mankind for thousands of years. He’s strategized against great and powerful men and women of God that folded up under the stress and pressure of intense battle.

Allow me to present the reality of this writing. We are not perfect, it does not matter your Apostolic pedigree or heritage, your name – who you are, your title – office you hold, how great your prayer life, how incredible your walk with God, how inclusive your relationship with Him. We are human and the reality of the attack against us is proportionate to our walk. When an individual hits the wall and things come crashing down, there better be a safety net of prayer, fasting, and relationship that can withstand the enemy’s onslaught, because for a period of time it will seem to be a never-ending ordeal. To turn a blind eye, a deaf ear, or simply ignore what this cautioning is attempting to warn against is foolishness on our part that we can handle all the aspects of ministry without recognizing our own human vulnerabilities.

It’s incredible to be on the mountaintop operating in the gifts of the Spirit, walking in miracles, signs and wonders. It’s just as devastating to be in the valley of disillusionment sinking under self-questioning of where is all this heading, attempting to answer why is all this going on, or why do I feel the way I do, or… you get the idea! Questions, that you recognize are strategically regurgitated from an enemy that is on the warpath against you! The problem is, you can’t seem to find the answer, although you know the answer, because it’s right in front of you, you’ve heard it all your life, you’ve lived it, I mean my goodness – its simply biblical and you understand what’s going on, you go to fitful sleep and the war rages through canals of the mind, you wake up and its still roaring, and you go about your day wondering what’s wrong with me, when is this going to end. Step into the pulpit, there’s a great move of God, and for those few minutes during the service, the anointing, there’s peace, but then it begins all over again! You can ignore for a time and deny it, but the struggle is real and the war is a battlefield of the mind! The only reprieve is when the enemy regroups for a different angle of attack.

Our enemy has been deceiving mankind for thousands of years. We must be bold in our prayer life. Many well-meaning Christians have approached this field of battle with flippant attitudes and have suffered greatly for it!

Satan’s strategy starts in the mind; this is his primary means of beginning his destruction. Few Christians realize this. Too many times things that happen are put off as just stuff – life. No, there isn’t a devil under every rock, but you can believe he’ll exploit every possible stumble and even the victories.

Super powers use insight to strategize mind games in manipulating policy, doctrine, plans, strategies, and tactics used by anyone in many fields: military, politics, business, games, etc., creating, changing and influencing the endless flowing streams of plans, control all interconnected goals and actions, deciding dominant tactics and setting into motion any unstoppable strategy and plots.

Whether well-laid battle plans, strategic mind fields, or war games; whether world super military powers, demonic forces, or our own mind playing games against us, the struggle is real, and reality is, each and everyone of us will face conflict of some sort during our lifetime. On the spiritual side of things, its not if, its when! We are at war!

Then there are nations and leaders like North Korea Kim Jong-un. If the sources are correct about his regime, then we see the demonic openly on parade before our very eyes in this leader.

This is a leader that has reportedly executed thousands, rather than truly register his own psychological annihilation. His rage manifest as an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, coupled with raw hostility toward other nations. It may sound astounding to think that one human being, suffocated psychologically, could threaten the entire world with his internal fury bent 180 degrees and then released from the caldron of his psyche, but that is Hitler’s story too.

These are examples of war games of the mind to the extremes, and many Christians fail to recognize the strategies pitted against them, even ministry play off mind thoughts as no big deal, when there really is meaning behind it all! If its important for forces of darkness to hijack nations to an Armageddon finale, then doesn’t it make sense its strategic to get into the minds of Christians to sabotage their thinking?

THE ATLANTIC – Thirty minutes. That’s about how long it would take a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched from North Korea to reach Los Angeles. With the powers in Pyongyang working doggedly toward making this possible—building an ICBM and shrinking a nuke to fit on it—analysts now predict that Kim Jong Un will have the capability before Donald Trump completes one four-year term.
Read more – https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/07/the-worst-problem-on-earth/528717/

Kim Jung-un seemingly sits with a hand poised above the nuclear ballistic war button, or does he. He holds hostage a world afraid of taking him down according to news articles.

In the spiritual realm individuals so many times are held captive by thoughts and inaction against a loud-mouthed demonic foe that is many times just a bunch of mouth but no fight. When you are in the midst of the battle all you can hear is the mouth, it can seem the fictitious is factual.

In the middle of battle, when the enemy has attacked with viciousness, its no longer a war game, but he’s now strategically attempting to take you out, sideline you, and ultimately trip you into the pits of hell! A tenacious faith in God must rise up that has been birthed out of prayer, fasting, and relationship.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (KJV)
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Satan is out to deceive us, torment us, destroy us. He wants to keep us from the truth, because he knows that the truth, the Truth of the Word of God, when it’s applied to our lives will set us free. The attack of the enemy is raging against individual lives! If God be for us, who can be against us, and at the end of the day, at the end of the battle, that is all that really matters!

It’s important that we recognize we are at war, all out conflict, life and death, physical and spiritual. On this side of glory, this war will never end, it is a relentless barrage of attacks from an enemy out to kill, still and destroy. From this war, there is no discharge. It begins with a spiritual fight for our lives and it can often end in spiritual death as well as physical. Sound extreme? Count the fallen, analysis their history, again I’ll repeat it, don’t be so flippant that it can’t happen to us!

There are many verses in scripture that address conditions written in this posting, but one that fits well is Jeremiah 1:10 followed up by verse 5 of 2 Corinthians 10 already mentioned:

Jeremiah 1:10 (KJV)
10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Verse 5 speaks of “demolishing arguments and pretenses.” Scripture says “casting down imaginations.” The word from the Greek translated for imaginations or arguments, means “a reasoning or thought.”

Many are held captive by a thought or a bombardment of thoughts. Those thoughts bring fear, anxiety, and perplexity. Thoughts that take root in our mind and then we begin to speak them. What was once the voice of the accuser, now becomes our voice, questioning our effectiveness, worthiness, value etc..

May times we often take the plain truth of God’s word, twist it and turn it in such a way that it’s no longer absolute. We reason that our specific situation is so special and unique that we are not bound by the same rules as everyone else. We rationalize and excuse the truth into what we want to hear and apply it the way we want it applied. We raise the problem above God’s power, we forget when we’ve done all we can do, we must simply stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.

Exodus 14:13 (KJV)
13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

Faith is an action. To believe is to have faith in the Word of God and to act on the Word of God. Sometimes “standing still” is an action. We must replace the enemy’s words with the Word of God. God gives us a sound mind and sometimes from underneath the lily of the valley, walking through seemingly a spiritual shadow of death, we have to let God’s everlasting arms wrap around us and hold us through times that we really don’t understand what’s going on! Its in those times, we must not despair and stand like no other time and see God work, because its in those times, we know that only God can – we must have it settled in our spirit that we really do know God will if we will just rest in His everlasting arms, for we know that God has never failed us and He never will. He is not man that He can lie!

2 Chronicles 20:17 (KJV)
17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

Deuteronomy 33:27 (KJV)
27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

Exodus 33:14 (KJV)
14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

Isaiah 14:3-4 (KJV)
3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,
4 That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!

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DIVINE WRATH

Apostolic evangelistic end time themed ministry.

MISSIONS UPDATE

We spent Pentecost Sunday in Reading, PA. Three powerful moves of God with God moving mightily. Individuals were renewed, set free, break throughs and deliverances!

This is a home missions plant in the heart of Reading, PA that Pastor Stacy MaGee, his wife Christi and daughter Savannah left Bossier City, LA to continue. Its a hard work embedded among the row houses with street only parking and a rough neighborhood. These guys are mission heroes on American soil.

The first time I was with Pastor MaGee, we left the church and barely had driven a block or so and gunshots rang out, a shootout was in progress. Not long after that in broad daylight, Sis. MaGee parked her vehicle across from the church, passed two guys on the corner where she crossed the street to go into the church, and behind her right after passing the men, one of the men fattally knifed the other man.

In the midst of all of this, a church brawl one Sunday, its a long list of stories, five years have passed since the MaGees have moved there taking on this work, progress is apparent, a structure among the saints, individuals in the neighborhood and city are being reached. People are being filled with the Holy Ghost, they are consistently baptizing individuals in the Name of Jesus! God is indeed pouring out of His spirit.

Thanks to Pentecostals of Bossier City, Pastor Jerry Dean; First Pentecostal Church of Arcadia Pastor Donnie Underwood; Truth Tabernacle of Middletown, OH Pastor Daniel Hidlebaugh for making this weekend possible. This was a revival sponsored weekend funded by the mentioned congregations.

MISSIONSPOSSIBLE

…how can they preach, unless they are sent?

Romans 10:13-15 (KJV)
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

MISSIONSPOSSIBLE is a ministry of KFM ministries both national and internationally. Donations is the primary funding for this ministry.

We have several home mission church plants that we are ministering in during 2017 and others that have asked us to come minister to their congregation. We are in need of funding to accommodate these churches and pastors.

We’ve all heard the stories, the church planter, the home missions pastor that feels that they are struggling alone. A weekend of revival is a big deal to these congregations! Please help us help the American Missionary!

You can give a one time donation or setup a monthly contribution amount by going to the link listed here MISSIONSPOSSIBLE

Thank you for your consideration and contribution!

God Bless!

THE WRATH OF GOD

Part Three of a series of The Rapture vs The Second Coming

SEVEN YEARS OF DEATH

The tribulation begins a false peace with the Antichrist negotiating a seven-year peace deal between Israel and nations of the world.

Daniel 9:27 (KJV)
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Very quickly after the tribulation begins Rev. 6:8 ¼ of mankind will be killed and following on the heals is Rev. 9:15 stating another 1/3 of mankind is killed. This takes place within the first 3 ½ years of the tribulation. 7.5 billion 4.3 billion

World War I 20 million deaths 4 year war
World War II 58 million deaths 6 year war
Vietnam War 1.7 million deaths 20 year war

2017 Earth’s Population = 7.5 Billion
Rev. 6:8 Pale Horse (Death) 1.8 Billion
Rev. 9:15 Sixth Trumpet 1.9 Billion
First 3 ½ years of the Tribulation – 3.7 Billion people die (approximately)

Revelation 6:4 (KJV)
4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

Very quickly at the beginning of the Tribulation, a sword is issued to execute the “wrath of God.” How does more than 3.7 billion people dead in a three and a half year period compared to all other war and death periods constitute anything but the wrath of God. It is called divine wrath for a reason. Mixed up in all of this death are earthquakes, pestilence and disease. Man doesn’t cause this. Satan has not yet been given the times and the seasons to control, he is still controlled, and this period is the wrath of God.

The entire seven-year period of orge, which means “wrath of God,” is God’s wrath poured out against humanity that has rejected Him, His principles and laws.

Nature of the seventieth week
There are a number of words used in both the Old and New Testaments to describe the seventieth week that gives us the nature of this time period:

wrath (Rev. 6:16-17; 11:18; 14:19; 15:1, 7; 16:1, 19; 1 Thess, 1:9-10; 5:9; Zeph. 1:15, 18);
judgment (Rev. 14:7; 15:4; 16:5-7; 19:2);
indignation (Isa. 26:20-21; 34:1-3);
punishment (Isa. 24:20-21);
hour of trial (Rev. 3:10);
hour of trouble (Jer. 30:7);
destruction (Joel 1:15);
darkness (Joel 2:2; Zeph. 1:14-18; Amos 5:18).

We must understand that these references describe the period in its entirety, not just a portion of it. The whole period bears the characterization of “wrath.” The nature of the Tribulation is divine “wrath” (Rev. 11:18; 14:8, 10, 19; 15:1, 7; 16:1, 19) and divine “judgment.” (Rev. 14:7; 15:4; 16:7; 17:1; 18:10; 19:2).

Our Lord and Savior, the Lamb of God, bore for us the wrath of God and His judgment; therefore we who are in Him “shall not come into judgment.” The reverse of I Thess. 5:9 is conclusive evidence: “For God appointed us not unto wrath, but unto the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Wrath for others, but salvation for us at the Rapture, “whether we wake or sleep” (vs. 10).

Range of the seventieth week
There are those that believe certain nations will not face the tribulation. Scripture leaves little question that this period will see the wrath of God poured out upon the whole earth. Revelation 3:10; Isaiah 34:2; 24:1, 4-5, 16-17, 18-21, and many other passages make this very clear. Yet, while the whole earth is in view, this period is specifically in relation to Israel. Jeremiah 30:7, is emphatic that this period is “the time of Jacob’s trouble,” makes this certain.

The events of the seventieth week are events of the “Day of the Lord’ or “Day of Jehovah.” This use of the name of deity emphasizes God’s peculiar relationship to the nation of Israel. When this period is being anticipated in Daniel 9, God says to the prophet, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city” (Daniel 9:24).

This whole period has special reference to Daniel’s people, Israel, and Daniel’s holy city, Jerusalem. Many passages in the New Testament such as Ephesians 3:1-6; Colossians 1:25-27 make it clear that the church is a mystery and its nature is a body composed of Jew and Gentile alike was unrevealed in the Old Testament, the church could not have been in view in this or any other Old Testament prophecy.

Since the church did not have its existence until after the death of Christ (Ephesians 5:25-26), until after the resurrection of Christ (Romans 4:25; Colossians 3:1-3), until after the ascension (Ephesians 1:19-20), and until after the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost with the inception of all His ministries to the believer (Acts 2), the church could not have been in the first sixty-nine weeks of this prophecy. Since it had no part in the sixty-nine weeks, which are related only to God’s program for Israel, it can have no part in the seventieth week, which is again related to God’s program for Israel after the mystery program for the church has been concluded.

The world is going through the tribulation, I see no place where the church faces the wrath of God. I am convinced however, the main thing is to be ready for we do not know the hour in which the son of man will return for His bride!

Credit:
Things To Come – J. Dwight Pentecost
The Literal Word – Dr. M.D. Treece

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TRIBULATION DEALS WITH ISRAEL

TRIBULATION DEALS WITH ISRAEL
Part Two of a series of The Rapture vs The Second Coming
THE 70TH WEEK DEALS WITH ISRAEL

Jeremiah 30:7 (KJV)
7  Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

Daniel’s 70th week or Great Tribulation deals with Israel, not the bride – the church! Jeremiah describes the Tribulation as Jacob’s trouble.
Jesus explains in the book of Matthew to His Jewish followers what life will be like during the Tribulation. God has always dealt with Israel through plagues and judgments, and the period of the Tribulation is no different. A difference between Old Testament times and the New Testament era, the church age, is the Bride. The Bride of Christ is removed before Christ deals with Israel.

Daniel 9:24 (KJV)
24  Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Daniel 9:24 is directed to the Jewish people. The opening words of this prophecy make this clear: “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city.” The focus of the prophecy is the nation of Israel and the city of Jerusalem.

There is no question that the 70th week or Great Tribulation as it is called will see the wrath of God poured out upon the whole earth. Revelation 3:10; Isaiah 34:2, 24:1, 4-5, 16-17, 18-21, and many other passages make this abundantly clear. Yet while the whole earth is in view, this period is specific in relation to Israel. Jeremiah 30:7, calls this period “the time of Jacob’s trouble,” makes this certain.

The events of the seventieth week are events of the “Day of the Lord” or “Day of Jehovah.” This use of the name of deity emphasizes God’s peculiar relationship to Israel. When this period is anticipated in Daniel 9, God says to the prophet, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city” (v. 24). This whole period has special reference to Daniel’s people, Israel, and Daniel’s holy city, Jerusalem.

Passages in the New Testament such as Ephesians 3:1-6; Colossians 1:25-27 make it clear that the church is a mystery and its nature as a body composed of Jew and Gentile alike was unrevealed in the Old Testament, the church could not have been in view in this or any other Old Testament prophecy. Since the church did not have its existence until after the death of Christ (Eph. 5:25-26), until after the resurrection of Christ (Rom. 4:25; Col. 3:1-3), until after the ascension (Eph. 1:19-20), and until after the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost with the inception of all His ministries to the believer (Acts 2), the church could not have been in the first sixty-nine weeks of this prophecy. Since it had no part in the first sixty-nine weeks, which are related only to God’s program for Israel, it can have no part in the seventieth week, which is again related to God’s program for Israel after the mystery program for the church has been concluded.

There are two major purposes of the seventieth week (the tribulation) and they are stated in Revelation 3:10.

Revelation 3:10 (KJV)
10  Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

In Revelation 3:10; we see that its talking about them that dwell on the earth, not the church because they are kept from the hour of temptation. This same expression occurs in Revelation 6:10; 11:10; 13:8, 12, 14; 14:6 and 17:8.

The first major purpose of the tribulation is the testing of “earth dwellers.” In its usage, it’s not giving a geographical description but rather a moral classification. Even though the world is not a geographical location, the passage still expresses that it is a earth view or the entire glove, It is “earth dwellers!” The teaching that a nation, or people that is here after the rapture take place is erroneous and gives false hope!

Thiessen writes: Now the word “dwell” used here (katoikeo) is a strong word. It is used to describe the fullness of the Godhead that dwelt in Christ (Col. 2:9); it is used of Christ’s taking up a permanent abode in the believer’s heart (Eph. 3:17), and of demons returning to take absolute possession of a man (matt. 12:45: Luke 11:26. It is to be distinguished from the word oikei, which is the general term for “dwell,” and paroikeo, which has the idea of transistorizes, “to sojourn.”

Thayer remarks that the term katoikeo has the idea of permanence in it. Thus the judgment referred to in Rev. 3:10 is directed against the earth-dwellers of that day, against those who have settled down in the earth as their real home, who have identified themselves with the earth’s commerce and religion.

Since this period is related to “earth dwellers,” those that have settled down to permanent occupancy, it can have no reference to the church, which would be subjected to the same experiences if it were here.

Another consideration is the use of the infinitive perirasia (to try) to express purpose,

Thayer defines this word, when God is its subject, “to inflict evils upon one in order to prove his character and the steadfastness of his faith.

Since the Father never sees the church except in Christ, perfected in Him, this period can have no reference to the church, for the true church does not need to be tested to see if her faith is genuine!

The second major purpose of the seventieth week (the tribulation) is in relation to Israel. In Malachi 4:5-6 it is stated: Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord; And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. The prophet states that the ministry of Elijah was a ministry to prepare the people for the King who was shortly to come. In Luke 1:17 it is promised that the son born to Zacharias would “go before him in the spirit and power of Elias” to perform this ministry and “to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Elijah which was to have been a sign to Israel, the Lord states: Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at naught. But I say unto you, that Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him [Mk. 9:12-13]. The Lord was showing the disciples that John the Baptist had this ministry of preparing a people for Him. And to remove all doubt, the word in Matthew 11:14 is conclusive, “if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.” John’s ministry was a ministry to prepare the nation Israel for the coming of the King. It can only be concluded then that Elijah, who is to come before the great and terrible day of the Lord, can have only one ministry: that of preparing a remnant in Israel for the advent of the Lord. It is evident that no such ministry is needed by the church since she by nature is without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but is holy and without blemish. These two purposes, the testing of earth dwellers, and the preparation of Israel for the King, have no relation to the church whatsoever. This is supporting evidence that the church will not be in the seventieth week.

It should be observed that the entire seventieth week is in view when it is described and predicted in prophecy. While all would agree, on the basis of Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15; and Revelation 13, that the week is divided into two parts of three and one-half years each, yet the nature and character of the week is one, permeating both parts in their entirety. It becomes impossible to permit the existence of the church in the week as a unit and it becomes equally impossible to adopt the position that the church, although exempt from a portion of the seventieth week, may be in the first half of it, for its nature is the same throughout. The impossibility of including the church in the last half makes it equally impossible to include it in the first half, for while Scripture divides the time of the week, it does not make any distinction as to the nature and character of the two parts of it.

One must carefully observe certain distinctions between the church and Israel which are clearly set forth in the Scripture, but often neglected in the consideration at hand.

There is a distinction between the professing church and national Israel. It should be observed that the professing church is composed of those who make a profession of faith in Christ. To some this profession is based on reality and to some on no reality at all. This latter group will go into the tribulation period, for Revelation 2:22 indicates clearly that the unsaved professing church will experience this visitation of wrath. Membership in the group called national Israel is based on a physical birth, and all in this group who are not saved and removed by rapture and who are alive at the time of the rapture will, with the professing church, be subjected to the wrath of the tribulation.

There is a distinction between the true church and the professing church. The true church is composed of all those in this age who have received Christ as Saviour. Over against this we have the professing church composed of those who make a profession of receiving Christ without actually receiving Him. Only the true church will be raptured.

There is a distinction between the true church and true or spiritual Israel. Prior to Pentecost there were saved individuals, but there was no church, and they were a part of spiritual Israel, not the church. After the day of Pentecost and until the rapture we find the church, which is His body, but no spiritual Israel. After the rapture we find no church, but a true or spiritual Israel again. These distinctions must be kept clearly in mind. The rapture will remove, not all who make a profession of faith in Christ, but only those who have been born again and have received His life.

Acknowledgement & Credit to:
Things To Come – J. Dwight Pentecost
The Literal Word – Dr. M.D. Treece
To be continued…
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THE RAPTURE vs THE SECOND COMING Part 1

THE RAPTURE vs THE SECOND COMING Part 1

It’s an age old discussion, the question, when will Christ return? There are varying opinions with labeled timelines. Today as in no other day though, there is a difference! Within most views, the return of Christ is anticipated as could happen at any time. The difference has become by some opinions, is it the Rapture or the Second Coming of Christ?

In this posting, the first of several, we are going to examine the difference in the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ and what scripture says.

Regardless of your or my opinion, the main thing is to simply be ready – for in a day you know not Christ will return, when according to scripture, we least expect it!

WITHOUT WARNING

Jesus stated in Matthew 24:42 & 44 to watch for no one knows the hour when Christ will return. Indeed His return is imminent!

Matthew 24:42 (KJV)
42  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Matthew 24:44 (KJV)
44  Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Other verses indicate no one knows when Christ will return.  (mat 24:36, 42, 44, 50; 25:13; 1 Thess. 4:18; Tit. 2:13; 1 Jn. 2:28; 3:2-3)

The Second Coming, is preceded by many events, such as the rise of the Antichrist (Rev. 12:13-17; Zech. 13:7-9), a treaty with Israel (Dan 9:27), the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple (Mat. 2:15; 2 Thess. 2:3-4; Rev. 11:1-2), as well as plagues, judgments, and persecutions destroying most of the world’s population (Rev. 6 – 18)

The Book of Revelation reports these events occurring during the 70th week of Daniel or the seven year great tribulation as it is called, which Revelation reveals precedes the Second Coming.

The Rapture is imminent and could happen at any moment and without warning and the Second Coming is preceded by many signs, then the Rapture and the Second Coming must be different events.

The Rapture occurs before the seven years of wrath (orge) and the bride is called to look, watch, and wait for the Lord’s return. The bride is not looking for the antichrist and signs of his arrival.

Once tribulation events begin, then the seven year countdown begins towards its end with Christ returning at the Second Coming.

THE RAPTURE AND THE RESTRAINER

The Rapture and the removal of the Restrainer occur at the same time.

In 2 Thessalonians, the church of Thessalonica were afraid due to a false report that they had entered the Day of the Lord (Tribulation) and had somehow missed the Rapture. The Apostle Paul assured them that the Antichrist would not be revealed until a restraining force would be taken out of the way so that the Man of Lawlessness could be revealed.

Because the revealing of the Antichrist coincides with the beginning of the seven year Tribulation starting with his peace treaty with Israel (Dan. 9:27), then the Restrainer has to be removed before the Tribulation.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-7 (KJV)
3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6  And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

He who letteth, the Restrainer, must be the Holy Spirit. All other suggestions fall short of meeting the requirements.

The Wicked One is a personality, and his operations include the realm of the spiritual. The restrainer must likewise be a personality and a spiritual being… to hold Antichrist in check until the time for his revealing. Mere agencies or impersonal spiritual forces would be inadequate.

To achieve all that is to be accomplished, the restrainer must be a member of the Godhead. He must be stronger than the Man of Sin and stronger than satan who energizes him. In order to restrain evil down through the course of the age, the restrainer must be eternal. The theater of sin is the entire world: therefore, it is imperative that the restrainer be one who is not limited by time or space.

This age is in a particular sense the “dispensation of the Spirit,” for He works in a way uncommon to other ages as an abiding Presence within the children of God. The church age commenced with the advent of the spirit of Pentecost, and will close with a reversal of Pentecost, the removal of the Spirit. This does not mean that He will not be operative – only that He will no longer be resident.

The work of the Spirit since His advent has included the restraint of evil (John 16:7-11; 1 John 4:4). It will be unbelievably different in the tribulation.

Although the Spirit was not resident in mankind during Old Testament days, He still exerted a restraining influence. (Isaiah 59:19)

To be continued…

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THE WORLD UNDER PRESSURE

THE WORLD UNDER PRESSURE

Daniel prophesied that war was going to happen in the Last Days. Jesus also said that there would be wars and rumors of war. These prophecies coupled with many other prophesied events happening everywhere and increasing in intensity should quieten the skeptic, but they’re not.

The president called out president Assad of Syria, for using chemical weaponry on his own people, including children. Russia and Iran (Gog and Magog?) who are friends of Assad are angered. North Korea continues building ballistic missiles and testing them. We’ve sent warships to North Korea and negotiated with China to keep Kim Jong Un from inciting war through nuclear arms production. War ships are on the way there and China is threatening to bomb their nuclear bunkers as well. War and rumors of war abound. Is the new administration a hero or narcissist power monger?

Damascus is being turned into a ruinous heap right before our very eyes, which could very well be the fulfillment of Isaiah 17 and the war spoken of in Psalm 83.

The U.S. Embassy may be moving to Jerusalem. Isis, with help from Iran, is advancing on Israel, while some in Israel are intent on building the third and final temple. A practice sacrifice was recently offered close to the western wall recently with over one thousand in attendance, something that is commemorated every year. The difference this year, a lamb was used for an actual sacrifice.

All around the world people are using their smart phones to videotape strange sightings and sounds in the skies. Witches and would be witches are springing up everywhere, some trying to put a hex/curse on the president. Homosexuals, transgenders, and transvestites rule the day, with other special interest groups backing them up. Black lives matter, the Klan is attempting to make a comeback, law enforcement killings are out of control, all of it spins the chaos.

Isis is terrifying the world and seems unstoppable. Outside the church walls unbelievers are going mad, becoming paranoid and committing suicide because of fear of what’s coming upon the world.

Pedophilia is on the rise. There isn’t much difference between statistics of those viewing pornography among non-churched as there is among Christians.

Divorce is prevailing even in Christian circles and is on par with the rest of the country’s divorce rate. All the while, well respected church leaders are falling because of adulterous affairs. Televangelists with the prosperity gospel continue to rob millions from their gullible followers.

In the meantime, the falling away from the Church is happening, especially in England, Canada and the U.S.A. Mosques are popping up where churches once stood. Sharia law is being propagated in various parts of our country. Muslims are taking over everywhere they set foot.

The Muslims who are already here have no intention of assimilating into our Judeo-Christian culture and many of their leaders are demanding Sharia law in places like Dearborn Michigan while Lansing, continues to be a sanctuary city. Muslims are also making demands in Minnesota. Public schools in some places are teaching young students how to worship Allah in class. In New York City the body of the first female Muslim judge was found floating in the Hudson River today.

Persecution of Christians in other lands continues rising, with Christian men, women and children being slaughtered; this while we here in the United States live a life of plenty without a care in the world. We need to wake up and smell the coffee. But from the look of things we may live to see these atrocities reach our shores; and it may already be here waiting to strike. It is said that there are over forty radical Islamic compounds in the United States and more on our north and south ready to move when the time is right.

As big and strong as our country is it appears to be crumbling from within; there are various reasons for this happening. First is the apostasy taking place within in various Christian denominations, and then come the apathy and/or complete spiritual blindness of many others. We have built our houses on sinking sand. We only desire the acquisition of money and things it will buy.

Some may be anticipating the persecution of the Christian church and are getting out of dodge while they still can. But these are the ones who only came to play church and never took these spiritual things seriously anyway. On another front some church leaders are saying that everyone goes to heaven. But Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me.” No shades of grey in those spoken words by the King of kings—Jesus.

There is so much demonic possession taking place that the Catholic Church has been recruiting exorcists. Fear of what individuals are facing drives individuals to look for greater power that begins with drugs, alcohol, and chemical abuse and it can culminate into demonic possession.

Pestilence and disease is rocking our world. Everywhere you turn, you hear of this disease, or somebody fighting different types of illnesses, some new and others making a comeback! Aids, Zika and sexually transmitted deceases are rampant around the world already with 42 percent of Americans infected with the papillomavirus.

Movies have become more violent, sensuous, and vulgar. People are fascinated with death themes and driving ratings to highs. The gay agenda is promoted and marketed through movies and sitcoms. Devil worship is made to be no big deal. Witches, sorcery, war, violence, promiscuity, foul language is viewed as normal.

Technology is incredible and a curse at the same time. Our world is hurting and about to burst.

Seeing all these things happening we would have to be blind, deaf and dumb not to think that these are the last of the last days. Sadly, there are those that are blinded to the time we live in!

There ARE people in parts of the world already praying the prayer, come quickly Lord Jesus!

Truly, look up your redemption draweth nigh, is a fulfillment that is soon to take place!

During the end time, we have the promise prophesied in Joel 2:28, discussed in Acts 2, God will pour out of His spirit upon all flesh. It’s happening around the world! Its time as Apostolics that we rid ourselves of every weight that would hinder our experiencing every bit of His power in this end time!  God is coming soon!

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THE BUCKLING

THE BUCKLING

Thlipsis

Definition
1. a pressing, pressing together, pressure
2. oppression, affliction, tribulation, destress, straits

1 Thessalonians 3:4 (KJV)
4  For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

Paul is telling the early church, you will face trouble, pressure, tribulation, (thilipsis) even while I am with you.

That pressure, trouble and tribulation has increased exponentially over the years spinning us toward the breaking up of a world gone mad all around us.

The world is buckling under great pressure. Earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, tornadoes, torrential rains, flooding, mass animal deaths, on and on, etc. The things listed are just a fraction of the destruction raging throughout our world. Nature isn’t the only thing going wrong. Everything else seems to be in a dive! War, terrorism, economic trouble, increase in sin and Godlessness. Confusion and strife reign globally. This world is a mess. And it seems the further in time we go, the further so-called “Christianity” distances itself from end time prophecy.

Years ago, bible prophecy was at the forefront of individuals thoughts, now it is scarcely considered in much of society. The blindness, deception, and skeptism has thickened and scripture, Hosea 4:6 is more real today than at any other time.

Hosea 4:6 (KJV)
6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

BUCKLING

As we look at news from around the world, here in our own country, we see events bursting at its seams – a buckling – or a coming apart at its seams is taking place. Something that has been said for years, “how can we last another 10 years,” yet we do, and the decades continue to pass.  But, truly how much more can we sustain with all the murder, property destroying protest riots, government issues, this and that special interest group rising and pressuring, etc. etc., then add in the natural upheavals of this earth, and the outright living directly opposite of what the bible teaches. Truly we are in the prophetic end times that ancient writers predicted would come to pass and the rapture, regardless of how numb individuals have become to it, how hard it is to wrap ones mind around it, is about to take place!

SIGNS EVERYWHERE

PSALM 83 ISAIAH 17 WAR

Is the Syrian civil war the Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17 war? Is this the chaos, mayhem, and confusion that leave Damascus in a heap of rubble and is its escalation into uncontrolled weapons of chemical warfare that perhaps brings about the anti-Christ debut? Could it be? Regardless of the answer and what it is, this conflict is not going away, and it poses significant possibilities!

Government forces target rebels in Syrian cities

The Syrian government has launched attacks on rebel-held areas around several cities, including Homs and Damascus suburb, according to opposition activists and a monitor.  Read more…

Russia, China block U.N. sanctions on Syria over gas attacks

Russia on Tuesday cast its seventh veto to protect the Syrian government from United Nations Security Council action, blocking a bid by Western powers to impose sanctions over accusations of chemical weapons attacks during the six-year Syrian conflict.  Read more…

GOG MAGOG

Military jostling and muscle flexing continues to shape toward the Gog Magog conflict.

Royal Air Force jets scramble to intercept Russian bombers circling UK and Ireland

Independent.ie understands the Russian Tu-160 “Blackjack” bombers entered the UK’s area of interest from the northeast, flying between the Shetland and Faroe islands, then flew down the west coast of Ireland and over the Bay of Biscay. Read more…

Putin orders Russia’s air force to prepare for a ‘time of war,’ putting NATO in rocky standing

Russian President Vladimir Putin has again scrambled his jets in a snap military drill meant to prepare his air force for a “time of war.”  Read more…

Russian spy ship patrols 30 miles off the coast of Connecticut

A Russian spy ship patrolled 30 miles offshore a U.S. Navy submarine base in Connecticut on Wednesday in what that state’s congressman called an effort to test the resolve of the new Trump administration. Read more…

AMERICA FROM WITHIN

Post election protest and anti-Trump presidency has turned our nation into the “drama-queen nation,” and continues to spill out all over our country. One has to wonder where the end result of this leads. Loosed by the last many years of liberal control, now the hounds of liberalism will not be satisfied until America has knuckled under to their ways! Forefather’s warned that the only thing that could defeat America was America itself, taken down from within.

Witches cast ‘mass spell’ against Donald Trump

Most of Donald Trump’s opponents believe they will have to wait four more years to see him leave the White House. But America’s witches are more optimistic.  Read more…

Holder: Obama is ‘ready to roll’

Barack Obama is getting closer to making his public reappearance in politics, his friend and former Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday.  Read more…

How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump’s presidency

When former President Barack Obama said he was “heartened” by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency.  Read more…

Town hall agitators explode at the name of Jesus

A group of enraged protesters exploded in anger after a chaplain prayed in the name of Jesus at a town hall meeting in Louisiana hosted by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy.  Read more…

HATE SPEECH

We’ve all known it’s a matter of time before our sermons are labeled hate speech. This isn’t even the beginning, but maybe one of the first times that main stream media has picked it up and broadcast it. We can expect more to come.

Stockton Pastor Accused Of Hateful Sermon

Pastor Nathaniel Haney is the senior pastor at Christian Life Center in Stockton, and his message about Islam has struck a nerve. See the video…

ISRAEL THE PROPHETIC TIME CLOCK

Israel, God’s prophetic time clock continues to tick down. There is so much going on in the world and in our on country that Middle East events is many times overlooked, but the clock continues to tick, Israel is the vital time piece of prophecy that is the red flag warning of the approaching seven year tribulation escalation of terror.

ISRAEL’S SOUTHERN RESIDENTS: NEXT GAZA WAR IS ‘A MATTER OF TIME’

Residents of Israeli communities in the Gaza vicinity believe that the next round of serious rocket assaults is a matter of time, though those involved in the area’s security matters have emphasized that it is not in Hamas’s interests to escalate matters.  Read more…

The IDF Has Become a Promoter of Godless Values

The army was supposed to stay out of this socio-political struggle. There’s nothing more damaging than a politicized army, but the IDF has nevertheless adopted the liberal agenda lock, stock, and barrel.  Read more…

TIRED; NOT DEFEATED

Listed in this posting is just a few recent news headlines and links to their articles. Many more could have been listed, by the time of this posting more devastating news will have been made!

I don’t know about you, I’m tired of it all! Physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’m understanding scripture that points out prayers will be prayed, “even so Lord Jesus come quickly!”

I’m tired of seeing the ravages of sin take people out! Tired of watching this world used as a whipping post by satan. Tired of watching disease win! Tired of hearing about this one or that giving in to satan’s attack’s.

I’m tired, but not defeated! Greater is He in you and I than He that is in the world! Knowing this I continue to face this hour knowing God has got all of this and He has equipped the end time church with everything necessary to win this war!

I’m tired, but I’m motivated, because I know we’ve yet to see the greatest revival and outpouring of His Spirit!  I really do believe what the prophet Joel prophesied:

Acts 2:17 (KJV)
17  And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

I believe that we are already seeing the outpouring of His spirit, but there is more still to come!

John 14:12 (KJV)
12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

As Christians we are living behind enemy lines, we are on the front lines of this battle. Temptations abound. There are many special interest groups that want to do away with us. Much of society would like to purge us from existence. We are in the way of progressive ideology. Unless you are such a liberal “Christian” that you have given in to abortion mentality, same sex marriage, sex outside of marriage, etc. then you are old-fashioned in your beliefs and it goes without saying that tongues and baptism isn’t necessary, just cool!  Living at this time in history is trying.

If you are concerned about someone’s soul, and you express that concern, consider yourself labeled judgmental, because that is that is the state of the sinners mentality! This world is living in a twisted, numbed, state of mind that an anti-Christ spirit has spawned!

But what we must never forget, God is in control! And there is a mass of good hearted hungry people searching for Truth that we need to reach while there is still time! There is still prodigals that are tiring of the cesspool slime pits they have been living in, readying and ready to come home! It does not matter how out of control things seem to be, and in the world culture, they are! We must remember the culture that we are part of, because of this, it’s more important than ever, that we strive for more of Jesus, and less of this world. He must increase in our lives, and the world has to decrease!

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