PARTNER WITH US IN MISSIONS

Many of you know that I do mission trips from time to time. Recently I have felt God impress me to step it up and do more.

These trips have been very productive and successful. I could share many stories, I will share a couple here:

In Nigeria a few years back, I had the opportunity to preach with our Nigeria UPCI Superintendent Gerald McLean in a Trinitarian Church with a congregation of about 300. When we finished, the bishop of that congregation was baptized in Jesus Name, he in turn baptized his ministry staff and they began baptizing the entire congregation in the Name of Jesus Christ!

Another time in Nigeria in a ministers conference that was open to the public, we had around 40 Trinitarian pastors in attendance. We taught prophecy and ended with a session on the Oneness of God and Jesus Name. At the end of the session the elder Trinitarian of that area stood up shaking declaring that he saw it, that they must listen to this teaching, it is Truth. He had opposed monolithic doctrine for years. We baptized between 12 to 15 Trinitarian pastors immediately and they continued to baptize them over the next several weeks from that conference.

In Tanzania last year with Tanzania Superintendent Richard Smoak, we had over 350 receive the Holy Ghost and over 100 receive their healing, many with significant healings!

Recently in Johannesburg SA Regional Director Gary Abernathy, we had several hundred receive the Holy Ghost, renewals and healings!

Every missions door that God has opened for us, there has been incredible results!

These trips are expensive. I daresay that few of us could afford to fund these trips or many of them on our own, but partnered together we can make this happen. I too am giving to this with my own money as well as supporting other missionaries. I mention that only to let you know that I’m partnered in this with those that are helping support this.

Through monthly pledges, we can share this ministry wherever God opens the door for it to go. Please consider partnering with us on a monthly basis. UPCI Global Missions will accept as little as $10. per month and the sky is the limit to what you can give per month.

Click on the image below, download the form, and send it either to me or to the address printed in the bottom left hand corner.

Thank you for your consideration and God Bless You!

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JOHANNESBURG SA DISTRICT CONFERENCE

JOHANNESBURG SA DISTRICT CONFERENCE

Gauteng South Africa Conference
Heaven Is Real
Easter Weekend

We were so blessed to have Evangelist Keith Fletcher come and minister at our largest district in United Pentecostal Church of South Africa, Gauteng.

His ministry was very timely, and with such an anointing, a ministry following and flowing with the Spirit each service.

He was truly a blessing to our people.  On the first night after service as we were leaving the auditorium working our way out through the crowd and I had a man shake my hand and say, “Thank you Brother Abernathy for inviting our guest.”

Our first night he ended with a ministry of connecting our people in faith and several who came to church suffering with pain but after a prayer of faith they witnessed their pain was no longer there.

We could sense the connection growing the second night with an understanding of the truth taught in the scripture that there is an imminent coming of Jesus to rapture His church His bride and we must be ready, looking for that return.

Then on Easter Sunday his ministry rekindled the belief there is a heaven with all its beauty and glory.  Wow this service experienced a powerful move of the Holy Ghost.

Each service was blessed with a move of God with those renewed in the Spirit and those who received the Holy Ghost for the first time.

Thank you Brother Fletcher for your time and sacrifice in coming to South Africa to minister.

I as a missionary want to say I so enjoyed our time of fellowship, and in our time discussing the work of God and the word of God.  It was a blessing to me personally.

Our prayer is that God will continue leading your ministry in these last days to awaken His church to His imminent return.

Gary Abernathy
Missionary Zambia
Area Coordinator South Central Africa

 

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THE BRIDE WITHIN THE CHURCH

THE BRIDE WITHIN THE CHURCH

Jesus came to earth like any other human being.

It was God’s plan to send His only begotten Son to earth, clothed in flesh,so mankind could relate to God in their own environment.

Jesus could be touched and handled by humankind; He was even killed by His own kind.

John wrote:

John 1:11 (KJV)
11  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Jesus was the perfect example that man can live in overcoming power!

We can use every excuse to justify whatever we want to explain away, the fact remains there is a pure example in Jesus that we can live an overcoming life against every temptation that is thrown at us!

There are many that call themselves Christians, many talk the talk, but few walk the walk.

Scripture even describes this…

Matthew 7:22 (KJV)
22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

There are those that want to ride the wave of the supernatural, live in the limelight of the miraculous, but at the end of the day God will say, depart from me ye workers of iniquity I never knew you!

There are false prophets that have mesmerizing messages of God’s power and His miraculous abilities, but they have no walk or relationship, they bare no fruits of the spirit, they bear no witness to holiness.

The Word of God says beware of false prophets in sheep’s clothing, because inwardly they are ravenous wolves!

We better be careful of what speaks into our spirit!

There are people walking this earth today that sling God’s Word around in casualness with no more reason than what it profits them!

There is a day coming that God will say, I never knew them!

Why?

Because there was never any relationship with Christ! They walked in the flesh, appeasing the flesh, satisfying the lust of the flesh, but when they were bid come to the house of God to humble themselves before the Lord, submit to prayer and fasting, be ye set apart, they made excuses to continue in their lifestyle they deemed fitting!

This world is full of excuses!

Within the so-called church is a bride adorned in white without spot, wrinkle or blemish that is pure making no excuses simply carrying out the bidding of our savior.

A bride called to the marriage supper of the Lamb that goes about her daily business walking in the spirit with the mind of Christ.

A bride not looking for loopholes of how to get around this or that, a bride not living on the edge of “is this a heaven or hell issue” the Ekklesia lives with their face turned toward heaven seeking the face of God and how they can please Him more – not seeking what it takes to sneak into heaven!

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BREAKING INTIMIDATION

BREAKING INTIMIDATION

Too many people are programmed with the spirit of fear. Intimidation drives their life. Battling intimidation evolves into an underdog mentality. Many Christians live with an underdog mentality that they cannot win in this upside down world. It is a lie from hell!

Intimidation was introduced in the garden; Adam and Eve bought the lie, hook, line and sinker! The deceiver began manipulating the “less than others myth” to greater depths as he begin spinning his web of deceit to spiral Christians to question their existence, power, authority, and dominion, whether they know it, understand it or realize it!

Proverbs 23:7 says “for as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” We must not be conformed to this world but we must be transformed by the renewing of our mind – we must have the mind of Christ. Fear will rob rest, happiness, and steal joy! This mentality causes the slide away from Truth by those seeking to better themselves with self-aspiration.

Ephesians 6 explains that we do not fight flesh and blood but we fight against principalities, powers and rulers of darkness. It makes sense, that when we are opposed in life, its highly possible the opposition is influenced by spirits of darkness. There isn’t a devil under every rock, but we do have an enemy that would like to disturb our walk with Christ. That’s why scripture says resist satan and he will flee from you. Doesn’t it make sense that a fallen angels that can never have the power of the Holy Ghost, authority and dominion that we have unless we give up that authority, seeks to break us down to gain access into our lives?

There is a place or position in the spirit that we hold as believers in Jesus. With this position comes authority. This authority is what the enemy wants. If he can get us to yield our God-given authority satan will take it and use it against us. This not only affects us but also those under our care

There are several scriptures about our place of authority in the spirit.

A couple…

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. – Psalm 91:I

He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.   – Psalm 18:19

My foot stands in an even place; in the congregations I will bless the LORD.   – Psalm 26:12

Believers literally occupy a place in the spirit. It is imperative that we as believers not only know that place, but we also function in it. If we do not know our position, we cannot function properly in the body of Christ. We cannot allow this position and the authority it carries to be lost or stolen.

A clear biblical example is Judas Iscariot. After Jesus ascended to heaven, the disciples gathered to pray. Peter explained what had happened to Judas:

For it is written in the Book of Psalms: “Let his dwelling place be desolate, and let no one live in it.” (Acts 1:20)

Judas permanently lost his place in the spirit by transgression (Acts 1:16-17).

This is the primary way the enemy knocks people out of their spiritual authority. It is how he caused Adam and Eve to fall. Adam and Eve had authority over all things on the earth. Satan stole from them their authority, displaced them, and gained lordship over them and all they ruled

When Adam held his position of authority, there was no disease, no earthquakes, famine or poverty. It was the dominion of heaven on this earth as Adam walked in fellowship with God and ruled by God’s delegated authority and power. With the sin of Adam came the demise of everything underneath his authority. By transgression, he yielded his place in the spirit to the enemy of God.

The Scriptures bear testimony to this by satan’s boast as he tempted Jesus in the wilderness. Satan took Him on a high mountain to show Him all the kingdoms of the world, declaring:

All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.   – Luke 4:6

God had entrusted authority to Adam, Adam in turn forfeited it to satan. Adam lost more than just his position. All that God had placed under his care was affected. A gradual decline of all harmony and order took place. We see this effect in the animal kingdom. Before the fall, the animals lived in harmony. After, the cobra was venomous; the lions chased their prey, etc.

We see it in the earth. Before, the earth yielded bountifully. After, the ground became cursed, man had to till the ground for it to yield its crops.

It took Jesus to restore man’s authority, His life on this earth, death, burial and resurrection to restore man’s authority

In John 14:16, Jesus said, I will send you the comforter to be with you, that comforter is the Holy Ghost

God chose what is foolish to shame those that believe themselves wise, God chose what is seemingly weak in the world to shame the strong. (1 Corinthians 1:27-30)

God designed us to be royalty in His kingdom, a temple for the Holy Ghost to dwell within us! (1 Corinthians 6:19)

We are strong through Jesus Christ, because Christ dwells in us! (2 Corinthians 12:10)

To many forget that no weapon formed against us will prosper, God said, I will fight your battles! Gideon, David, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are only a few biblical characters that God performed great and mighty things through fighting their battles. God delivered them, He will deliver us!

People can go to counseling and it may help, but he only thing that will fix the intimidation cycle permanently is prayer, fasting, praise and worship – relationship with God!

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SUMMONING DEVILS

SUMMONING DEVILS
NEWSWEEK:  RELIGION THAT WORSHIPS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WANTS MACHINES TO BE IN CHARGE OF THE PLANET

A newly established religion called “Way of the Future” will worship artificial intelligence, focusing on “the realization, acceptance, and worship of a godhead based on Artificial Intelligence” that followers believe will eventually surpass human control over Earth.  Read more…

WIRED: Ex-Google Engineer Starts Religion that Worships Artificial Intelligence

Anthony Levandowski, the multi-millionaire engineer who once led Google’s self-driving car program, has founded a religious organization to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.”  Read more…

You can Google videos that show robots that look human and think. They answer questions and seem to process real thoughts. Developers say someday that robots will be able to solve the world’s problems. These developers believe that it is possible for artificial intelligence to be a billion times smarter than humans.

Ex-Google Executive Anthony Levandowski is founding a church for people to worship artificial intelligence god AI. A god that is not invisible and will answer your questions immediately. A god that you can talk directly to!

Various leaders in the field of AI have made some of the following statements:

  • The human era could be ending and machines will take over.
  • He who develops AI rules the world. We aren’t going to be able to control it.
  • We are summoning up demons.
  • We are playing with fire.
  • This is one of the dumbest things we can do.
  • Soon robots will walk among us. They will play with us, teach us, and they will truly be our friends.
  • AI will be smarter than humans and will become a god.
  • AI could become the worst event in the history of civilization.
  • In the end, the machines will win.

Facebook and Google just to name a couple, the Internet is full of information about us. Don’t believe it, Google your ministry, your name or other pertinent information. You might be surprised what’s out there and that isn’t even paying a data Search Company that really can dig up your information! They have all our vitals!

How does all of this play into the Antichrist’s agenda?

Revelation 13:14-15 (KJV)
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

I am not saying a religion is forming that will produce the image that the Antichrist gives life to, I am pointing out that it is interesting that the very description from the book of Revelation that is explained will take place is being discussed and forming.

We have experienced for years now, fulfillments taking place of prophetic proportion without any doubt or question. Finally when the times come it will be perfected and accepted as simply the way of life.

Daniel 12:4 predict that knowledge will increase in the last days and we see this taking place exponentially! Elders talked about this stuff but these things were beyond their wildest dreams! Scientist is actually having conversations that there is a real possibility that machines could eventually take over. One robot was shut down because it was forming its own language.

I am reminded of the tower of babel in all of this. God didn’t create mankind in His image to be superseded by computer chips. This definitely is not stopping man from trying!

In 1948, the rebirth of Israel was a magnanimous milestone. We have now reached the seventy year anniversary of Israel becoming a nation. Are we in the generation that is also experiencing end-time technology of the “image of the beast,” “the mark of the beast,” etc?

Viewing the now-famous robot Sophia on YouTube can be a bit unnerving if you consider the possibilities in relation to this is the formative years of these machines and they have already come a long way in a short time! Sophia is attractive, clothed, looks you in the eye, and answers your questions. She can be your friend, companion, problem solver, and perhaps someday, your spouse. At the very least, she will run your errands and put away your groceries. In the wrong hands, she will be dangerous. She is the first robot to be given citizenship by a country, Saudi Arabia!

Another dangerous factor of the church of “Way of The Future,” young people are drawn to artificial intelligence. Some will tell you that they can get an answer more quickly from Google or Alexa than they can from God. Who needs God in an age of artificial intelligence? Who needs an invisible God? Google or Alexa can give you the answer in Technicolor, 3-D, soon via Hologram!

Google has been bold with statements of intent to be like the mind of God and suggests we will be “godlike.” Google and the Internet have harvested bundles of information from us. There is a “home invasion” going on through the world of technology. Its not conspiracy theory, it is well know facts that this is taking place.

The world of “Big Brother” does exist and will be at full throttle during the tribulation. As quoted previously, “this is one of the dumbest things we can do,” but dumb things have been thrown to the wind for quite some time now! There is a very dark side to all of this, but no one is paying attention, we keep plodding toward the murky depths of no return, even the ones that are developing with full knowledge of what eventually will be reality!

Satan has attempted in everyway to duplicate God, through the Antichrist he will attempt to be as God or instead of God. AI cannot speak anything into existence, it cannot give anyone eternal life, it can’t give anyone comfort, or offer true peace or hope in the sense of feeling it. It cannot calm the sea or storms of life! It is more monster than God! Humanity is fearful and wonderfully made, AI is fraudulent, When you consider all these things, it even gives you more thought to consider just how close this is to fulfillment of Revelation 13!

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WEARING OUT THE SAINTS

Daniel 7:25
25  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

John Gill’s Expository explains the Antichrist will wear out the saints of the most high by his wars with them, and murders and massacres of them; by taking away their lives and their substance; so lessening their numbers, and weakening their strength and power, wear them out, as a garment is wore out, as the word signifies; utterly consume and destroy them, at least in his own apprehensions; which will be the case when the witnesses will be slain, (Revelation 11:8-10), and especially will wear out their patience, or however thoroughly exercise it. The word, in the Arabic language, signifies “to afflict and handle roughly”: and such usage the saints have met with, more or less, in all ages, from the man of sin.

This is a time still yet to come, but it describes our day even now as a spirit of Antichrist on the warpath against the church seeks to kill, steal and destroy! 1 John 4:3 tells us the spirit of Antichrist is already working in the world.

Even some news media, psychologist, and professionals recognize the negative influence of the constant exposure of violence, negative news, and twisted relationship lifestyles effect on society. Reports tell the story with psychologist backing them up of the effect of social media on mental health. Gaming is having a devastating effect with all age groups. Anxiety is gripping our world and its not just because of bad politics and government!

Technological advancement is happening so fast that the learning curve is leaving techies in the dust, more specialization is needed within technology, but if you don’t stay on the cutting edge in that certain area, your soon on the outside looking in.

Hijrah is Muslim immigration, a form of silent Jihad to breakdown societal infrastructure of the enemy. It is immigration schemed to take over nations without firing a shot. A look at the UK will convince you that it’s working. Many major cities in England have Muslim mayors today.

The world pushes, there are many ways to Christ, choose the path you want to follow, live a good life, and we’ll all meet up on the sunny side of heaven. Today the lines that use to be clearly black and white aren’t even gray any more. The message has been watered down and washed out to a state of no substance. Scripture has been twisted and added to, to facilitate all lifestyles to accommodate living for Christ anyway that one wants to. Some religions clergy state that atheist, homosexuals, those living promiscuous lifestyles are all going to heaven – just live a good life!

Even the delay of Christ return found in 2 Peter 3:3 can be an agent of spiritual burnout with the one with shallow relationship with Christ.

An Antichrist spirit is working hard breaking down sound thinking, instilling fear, anxiety, oppression, depression, attacking with the negativeness of everyday life seeking to wear out individuals to succumb to demonic reasoning.

A shallow relationship with Christ in this hour equals being a statistic of the falling away crowd! What can be shaken is being shaken!

We have to balance the attack out with prayer, fasting, study of God’s Word so that our minds remain sharpened and sensitive to the spirit of God.

The ancient scriptures cry out from the pages of the bible, “He that has an ear, let Him hear what the spirit is saying! (Revelation 2:29) Timeless scripture written during ancient times but very relevant today!

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END TIMES… OR JUST THE WAY IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN

TRUMP’S JERUSALEM DECLARATION “ENORMOUS STEP TOWARDS BRINGING THIRD TEMPLE”

President Donald Trump’s epic proclamation on Wednesday acknowledging Jerusalem, as the eternal capital of the Jewish people was a major step towards establishing the Third Temple and bringing the Messianic era, said a number of activists to rebuild the Holy Temple.

“What he did last night was an enormous step in bringing the Temple, “Asaf Fried, official spokesman for the United Temple Movement, an association of organizations working towards making the Third temple a reality, told Breaking Israel News.

NETANYAHU: MORE COUNTRIES PLAN TO RECOGNIZE JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL’S CAPITAL

“I would like to announce that we are already in contact with other countries which will issue a similar recognition, “Netanyahu said at the Foreign Ministry’s Digital Diplomacy Conference in Jerusalem.

END TIMES… OR JUST THE WAY IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN

Multiple signs point to the coming tribulation and the end of the age.

Too many ignore these signs, believing that our day is no different than any other previous time in history or that we are moving toward the end times, but sub-consciously or otherwise the belief is that we are not in the final hours of the church age.

I believe there is something radically different about what we are experiencing today in our world compared to past history. We are living out fulfilling prophecy, we aren’t talking about things that are to come any longer, it is current day status.

The Alliance of Russia, Iran, and Turkey

Ezekiel 38 predicts a latter-day invasion of Israel led by a coalition of Russia, Iran, and Turkey. It’s almost as if the prophet was reading news stories from just last week. On November 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and Turkish President Erdogan met together at the Russian Black Sea resort town of Sochi to discuss the future of Syria, where all three have a significant military presence. They have no intent of leaving, only that of increasing their power in the nation.

This public display of harmony between all three nations is exactly what we would expect ahead of the battle of Gog and Magog in light of Ezekiel 38-39. Such unity signifies, for example, that if Israel attacks Iran the other countries would respond as well. Russia made that clear a couple weeks ago, and now Turkey is also a part of this alliance.

It’s possible that this accord could dissolve and their armies could leave Syria. However, it’s much, much more likely this is the continuance of the development of the Gog Magog alliance toward the battle.

Why Would They Attack Israel?

Isaiah 17 states that Damascus will be turned into a ruinous heap. This could very well be the war that debut’s the Anti-Christ. Syria is in critical condition, with Damascus on life support. We are watching developments that possibly could bring about Gog Magog!

The next question is this: Why would they attack Israel? Are we seeing events that could spark the war of Ezekiel 38? Yes!

The Times of Israel this week reported the warning Benjamin Netanyahu gave to Syrian President Bashar Assad. He said that if he allows Iran to set up a permanent military presence near Damascus, Israel will intervene militarily in the Syrian civil war. Is this a serious threat? Absolutely! Netanyahu will attack if Iran continues to build up its forces so close to his nation’s border.

Satellite images confirm that Iran is setting up a large military camp near Damascus, just thirty miles from the Israeli border. The warning by Netanyahu this week is just one of many he has made regarding the expanding Iranian presence so close to Israel.

Do you see how this could lead to a much greater conflict? With Russia and Turkey now so closely aligned with Iran, they would certainly join in responding to the attack along with the other Muslim nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38 who seize the opportunity to take part in destroying Israel.

The prophet says that God will lure Gog, the head of Russia, into the battle because of the spoil he could gain from the invasion (Ezek. 38:12). Until recent years, Israel has never possessed the type of wealth that would interest her enemies. Now they do. Israel possesses a large deposit of natural gas just off her shore and a massive reservoir of oil under the Golan Heights.

These are exactly the two things Putin desires and needs to help his flailing economy. Furthermore, possession of Israel’s oil would greatly enhance his standing as the world’s new “energy czar,” a title Putin recently appropriated for himself. Do you see the preciseness of Ezekiel’s prophecy in these events? I could write for several more pages about how the nations are lining up exactly as Ezekiel predicted.

Wars, Wars, and Wars

On Tuesday of this past week, North Korea launched a missile many believe is capable of reaching any city in the United States. They have a hydrogen bomb that is capable of totally destroying cities anywhere on the globe.

Yes, we have always heard threats of war throughout history, but the current ones differ in intensity such as not seen since the cold war. With North Korea possessing such deadly weapons, tens of millions could die instantly in a war with them. With so many nations possessing nuclear warheads, the threat of potential devastation is something the world has never seen before now. Not only does this fulfill Jesus’ words regarding wars (Matt. 24:6-8), but also the potential for all humanity to die (24:22).

Besides the daily threats of wars and even rumors of WWIII starting soon, numerous wars are already in progress. At this moment, there are 17 wars taking place with at least one thousand deaths in the past 12 months. That number jumps to 45 if we make the minimum deaths one hundred in number.

The Shaking

Jesus said that earthquakes of increasing frequency and intensity would mark the last days before His return (Matt. 24:7). Not only would they resemble birth pains in this regard, they would occur in a wide variety of places.

Is this not what we are seeing today? Earthquakes are becoming much more numerous than ever before in history and are occurring with greater intensity as well. In the past seven days, there have been 130 earthquakes in the world with an intensity of 4.0 or greater. An earthquake occurred in Dover, DE of all places just this past week.

California has seen a dramatic increase in minor earthquakes during the past month and as many as one hundred in just the past week. This has intensified fears that the long anticipated major earthquake could occur quite soon, perhaps within weeks.

Scientists expect we will see a significant increase in catastrophic earthquakes during 2018 due to an ever-so-slight slowing of the earth’s rotation, this added on to their already historic frequency and intensity.

This trend of more frequent and severe earthquakes will continue on into the tribulation.

One World

During the tribulation, the Anti-Christ will setup a one-world government supported by a one- world religion. Do we see evidence of this happening today as never before? Absolutely!

The UN 2030 agenda calls for precisely such a world order by the year 2030. Almost every world leader supports this goal as do the major banking powers in Europe. The leaders of both major political parties in America agree with this strategy, which is why they bitterly oppose the “Make America Great” strategy of President Donald Trump, which has temporarily interfered with their plans.

Pope Francis has been quite vocal in the past several years calling for both a new world order as well as a one-world religion. Never before in history have we seen a high-ranking religious leader calling for such a government or for all faiths to unite as one, such as is prophesied for the coming tribulation.

Yes, this has been building for a long time. But now, as never before, everything is ready for the implementation of this new world order.

Technology

The advances in technology make it entirely possible now for the coming Anti-Christ to control buying and selling throughout the world. Some companies are already implanting chips in their employees, such as what will happen worldwide during the tribulation.

One commercial shows a man walking through a grocery store, filling his pockets with various items, and walking right out the door. At first you think he is a shoplifter, but then the security officer tells him he forgot his receipt. Chips on him and his purchases instantly recorded the payment from his account for everything he purchased.

With the advances in artificial intelligence, it’s becoming increasingly possible for someone to control all buying and selling worldwide from one central location. We have never before seen such capability to fulfill the words of Revelation 13:15-18.

The advances in artificial intelligence are mind boggling. One person recently started a new religion to worship it. This has the word “tribulation” written all over it!

There is a great difference in the signs we see today of the approaching tribulation. I have just scratched the surface of all the prophetic indicators that this time of great turmoil upon the earth could start at any moment. The preciseness of prophetic fulfillment abounds as well as the increase in frequency and intensity of the signs, just as Jesus said would happen at the end of the age. This all points to the soon return of Jesus for His church, which I believe will occur before the tribulation, which seems to be much closer than many realize.

We struggle wrapping our minds around what is happening in our world. On the one hand, the signs seem so strong that one wonders if we will even see Christmas this year before Jesus comes for us. On the other hand, I also realize according to 2 Peter 3 Christ delays His return, surely we are in that delay and how long He delays it is speculation. God’s timeline is His business. He desires all repent and receive salvation!

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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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