CHRIST OR ANTICHRIST

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TANZANIA

We just returned from Moshi Tanzania, Africa with Tanzania National Superintendent Richard and Pam Smoak. What a great time we had! The Smoaks were wonderful host and we really enjoyed being with them! Only eternity will tell the full story of the sacrifice and the results of their many years of missionary service to Tanzania!

We ministered in the Tanzania National General Conference with Evangelist Monte and Dianne Showalter, Pastor Jim Booker from Westbend, Wisconsin, and Bro. Nield Simmons from Bossier City, LA. It was a wonderful time and God poured out His spirit. One hundred and fifty four received the Holy Ghost and one hundred and ten received their healing. We give glory and honor to God.

The services were held under a tent, no flooring, dusty and dirty, hard chairs, in the heat, but it didn’t suppress the praise and worship to the King of king’s and Lord of lords! The Tanzanians, many walking miles to get to the conference, others traveling many miles by bus began services starting at 7 AM in the morning and finished around 6:30 or 7 PM in the evening with very little breaks during the day. They were there to receive all that they could and to magnify Jesus!

The enemy fought, but God prevailed! God is showing His power and His authority during this end time harvest!

Additionally, Bro. Monte Showalter was able to minister at a Catholic University after the conference with several students receiving the Holy Ghost and the door opening for bible studies and local ministry to minister there at that University! God is doing great things!

NOVEMBER DATES

What an insane time, what an incredible opportunity for His church to shine. Many individuals question what is is taking place nationally and globally. This end time themed ministry answers those questions and with the moving of the Holy Ghost motivates individuals to deeper relationship and commitment. God is preparing His church for His soon return! His return is imminent and we must proclaim it!

We have dates available during November and we are scheduling for 2016.

Weekend open dates are November 6, 20, & 27
Midweek open dates are November 9 & 16 & 30

God is doing a mighty work in this hour!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Mobile 318.572.3286
Email keith@keithfletcher.cc
Website www.keithfletcher.cc

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CHRIST OR ANTICHRIST?

LOOKING FOR ANTICHRIST OR “WATCHING” FOR CHRIST?

This world has become so upside down crazy that people struggle to make sense of what is taking place.

I remember growing up; listening to talk of the coming tribulation and the atrocities that were speculated would take place. The persecution that was discussed years ago that would happen as Christ return drew near, is taking place and can be found in current news articles. Much of it does not make the news anymore and/or is labeled something different for political correctness and other agenda spinning, but it’s become the normal.

During those years, I remember the focus was on the coming of the Lord, the rapture of the church, Jesus returning to take his bride home – the focus was never on “watching” for the antichrist.

Today due to everything that is going on in our world, it seems attention has shifted to watching for the antichrist, instead of watching for Christ return.

Scripture is clear; we are to watch for Christ return, not for the antichrist!

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

This may seem elementary or simple, and it is, but many have complicated it without realizing it. My observation is that because of the state of the world, it is easy to believe the concept of the church going through the tribulation. Scripture supports there would be trouble, tribulation, pressure before Christ return and it would increase as His return drew near. It does not support the church dealing with the “wrath of God.”

THE IMMINENT RETURN OF CHRIST AT ANY MOMENT

The early church “watched” for Christ to return at any moment. They were not looking for the tribulation first.

From the very earliest days of the church, the apostles and first-generation Christians nurtured an earnest expectation and fervent hope that Christ might suddenly return at any time to gather His church to heaven. James, writing what was probably the earliest of the New Testament epistles, expressly told his readers that the Lord’s return was imminent:

Be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge isstanding at the door! (James 5:7–9).

Peter echoed that same expectation when he wrote, “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers” (1 Peter 4:7). The writer of Hebrews cited the imminent return of Christ as a reason to remain faithful: “Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24–25). He wrote, “Yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry” (v. 37). And the apostle John made the most confident pronouncement of all: “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour” (1 John 2:18). When John recorded his vision in the book of Revelation, he prefaced it by saying these things “must shortly take place” (Revelation 1:1).

The New Testament writers often wrote of Christ’s “appearing,” and they never failed to convey the sense that this could happen imminently. “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming” (1 John 2:28; cf. 3:2; Colossians 3:4; 2 Timothy 4:8; 1 Peter 5:4).

All those texts suggest that in the early church expectation of Christ’s imminent return ran high. A solid conviction that Christ could return at any time permeates the whole NT. When the apostle Paul described the Lord’s coming for the church, he used personal pronouns that show he clearly was convinced he himself might be among those who would be caught up alive to meet the Lord: “We who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord . . . we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:15, 17, emphasis added). He obviously looked for Christ to return in his lifetime. He furthermore made it plain that a watchful, hopeful expectancy about Christ’s Second Coming is one of the godly attitudes divine grace teaches all believers: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11–13, emphasis added).

THILIPSIS

Many apostolics never thought they would see and experience the things that are taking place today. Many believed that we would be long gone before the church experienced this insane world in its current state:

Paul said there would be tribulation even in his day, thilipisis not orge.

Thilipisis – Afflict, Affliction, Narrow, Press, Strait (be in a), Straitened, Throng, Trouble
akin to the base of <G5147> (tribos); to crowd (literal or figurative) :- afflict, narrow, throng, suffer tribulation, trouble.
Strong’s Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.

Orge – Anger, Angry, Wrath
from <G3713> (oregomai); properly desire (as a reaching forth or excitement of the mind), i.e. (by analogy) violent passion (ire, or [justifiable] abhorrence); by implication punishment :- anger, indignation, vengeance, wrath.
Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.

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

Revelation 6:17 (KJV)
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Here the verb from the Greek, ēlthen (has come), is an aorist which has the perfective force. At some point in the past the orgēs (wrath) began and remains in the prevailing condition. The Literal Word – Dr. M.D. Treece

The seals aren’t finished yet and John is informing that the wrath has begun and continues; yet 1 Thessalonians explains that the church is not appointed to wrath.

1 Thessalonians 5:9 (KJV)
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

In Matthew, thilipsis (pressure) is from man (Matthew 24:21-28) but after the tribulation of those days, the source of the succeeding catastrophic events is recognized as God (vs. 29 – 35) The Literal Word – Dr. M.D. Treece

2 Thessalonians 2:7 (KJV)
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 supernatural in power. For what government could restrain Satan and do so continuously for 2,000 years? Yet, Scripture indicates that the Holy Spirit had just such a ministry (Gen. 6:3; Gen. 20:6; John 16:18). It seems the best solution for the identity of the Restrainer is the Holy Spirit Himself. “The first participle (τὸ κατέχο [to katecho] ) conforms to the gender of πνεῦμα [pneuma] . The second participle ὁ κατέχων [ho katechōn] confirms the personality of the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit indwells those who are baptized into the Body of Christ for the day of redemption. It is impossible that the Holy Spirit could depart from indwelling the sealed believer—He cannot be taken out of the way unless all born-again believers indwelt by Him are taken with Him!

2 Thessalonians 2:8 (KJV)
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

It is after the saints filled with the Holy Spirit are removed that the wicked one is revealed.

We are not looking for the antichrist, we are “watching” for Christ!

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