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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CHRIST SOON RETURN

CHRIST SOON RETURN

The signs of the season of Christ soon return is in nature, government, and life all around us. Scripture tells us we don’t know the day, but we can know the season. (Matthew 24; Mark 13:9; Luke 18:8; Luke 21:16; 1 & 2 Thessalonians; 1 & 2 Timothy; etc. a few listed here)

CHANGED

1 Corinthians 15:51 (KJV)
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

What a blessed hope we have in 1 Corinthians 15:51. We shall be changed!

The rapture of the church will be the most shocking event to happen in all of human history. Thousands will disappear from every part of the globe! Confusion and perplexity will occupy the minds of those left behind. Many explanations for the disappearance of those missing will be given.

The church leaving all of the chaos and confusion on earth having been “caught up” to meet the Lord in the air will enter a time of rejoicing, happiness, and peace and will find itself before the judgment seat of Christ.

GALLOP POLL

We live in an day in which everything holy is questioned and challenged. According to a Gallop poll, 69 percent of Americans believe in Heaven; 77 percent of the believers in Heaven were optimistic about making it to Heaven, and 30 percent don’t believe or are not sure there is a Hell. Very few saw themselves as headed to Hell.

However, according to Beleifnet.com poll, what people mean by “Heaven” and “Hell” has changed significantly over the last 50 years.

History professor Jeffrey Burton Russell (author of “Paradise Mislaid: How We Lost Heaven and How We Can Regain It”) has said:
”For Christians, basically, Heaven underneath all of the decorations means living in harmony with God and the cosmos and your neighbors and being grateful,” said Mr. Russell, who studied Hell and Satan for 15 years before first turning his attention to Heaven in a 1997 book.

To him, it’s healthiest to see Heaven as starting on Earth, not an existence that “suddenly happens when you die.”

What about Hell and its fire and brimstone? “There is a tendency to overdramatize Hell in order to get it across to people,” he said, but it’s simply “the absence of God, the absence of Heaven.”

In this hour with all the different opinions of heaven and hell, right and wrong, I don’t want to know man’s philosophies when it comes to eternal issues. I want to know what the Bible says about the matter. Do my feelings, my viewpoints, and my understandings line up with the Word of God?

RAPERE – 1 THESSALONIANS 4:17

1 Thessalonians 4:17 (KJV)
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

The word rapture comes from the Latin word “rapere.” For the Greek term used in I Thessalonians 4:17, “caught up,” the word is harpazo.

HARPAZO


Harpazo means “to seize, to catch away, pluck, pull, to take by force, caught up.” The bride of Christ will be caught up out of this messed up world!

RAPTURE – 1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-15

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV)
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

It doesn’t matter how unbelievable it sounds. It doesn’t matter how out in left field the masses believe it to be. It doesn’t matter because Truth is what it is: Truth.

The Bible is the undeniable, infallible, true, living Word of God. It is proven over and over, more and more vividly and visibly with every passing day by fulfilling prophecy!

The Bible says that in a moment, in an instant, in a twinkling of an eye, we shall be changed, and we will be like Him. We will be caught up. We will be RAPTURED!

The word harpazo means “stolen out, caught up, snatched out, and claimed for one’s self eagerly.” It is the removal of those with God’s spirit dwelling in them from this earth. His Spirit is housed within the temples of human flesh of you and I.

EKKLESIA

Ekklēsia (ek-klay-see’-ah) is the word from the original used for the church here on earth. Ek is the preposition which means “out of.” Klay-see-a means “the called out ones.” Ekklēsia is not used after the third chapter until the end of Revelations. In the first three chapters Ekklēsia is used nineteen times.

THE BRIDE IS A FORCE – 2 THESSALONIANS 2:6-7

2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 (KJV)
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.

The restrainer in 2 Thessalonians is the Holy Spirit. God’s spirit indwells mankind through the power of the Holy Ghost. This is why it is of utmost importance to yield ourselves to God, allowing the infilling of the Holy Ghost to reign in our lives, so our mortal bodies will be equipped to put on immortality for the change. This change will occur “in a moment and in a twinkling of and eye” at the moment of rapture.

From 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7, we see “he who letteth will let.” This is talking about the church, the saints of the Most High God, the Bride of Christ! God’s spirit, dwelling in believers, will be raptured from this earth, “catching up” those who are watching, waiting, and filled with His Spirit!

At that point, the restrainer will be removed, according to 2 Thessalonians 2:8: The born again Spirit-filled bride is a force that holds back the revealing of the man of sin, the Antichrist!

THE RAPTURE

Soon the world will experience the rapture as it is ushered onto the doorstep of humanity. The Season Signs point to this pivotal point in the history of the bride of Christ! “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,” the earth will experience the greatest change it has ever faced. Be wise, and don’t be left behind. We are in the end time. As in the days of Noah and Lot, life was being lived, the party was on, and unbelief was a solid thread running through those societies as it is today.

Scripture explains explicitly that the rapture is very real; obviously signs of the season continue to unfold, but the next major event to take place on the bible prophecy calendar is the catching away of the saints.

According to 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7, once this takes place, the beast out of the earth and the beast out of the sea will be revealed, and this earth will propel into uncontrolled chaos.

HIGH TIME

Romans 13:11-14 (KJV)
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

I’ve heard it said many times over the past few weeks that “God has given us a window,” I’ve even heard it explained as an “extension of time,” I believe a better explanation is we have reached the window of allotted time for the church to have Apostolic revival of miracles signs and wonders, walking in dominion, authority and power that the prophet Joel prophesied! There hasn’t been any setback of prophecy, God hasn’t turned back time – this world is still on a march toward its end. The 70th week is still on schedule for God to deal with Israel understanding only God knows the timeline.

Paul wrote the book of Romans to the church, and as he pointed out, its high time for the church to recognize what time it is, start talking the talk and walking the walk of relying on God and watching for His soon return!

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THE INCOMPARABLE CHRISTS

THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

In 2017 the world rages with deceptive politics, religion diluted by new age mysticism, Israel rocked by world anti-Semitism, and religion watered down to accommodate humanities carnal desires. This world is in need of returning to old time biblical knowledge of who Jesus is!

Mankind has forgotten through the ages what real life is all about and his purpose. It has been stolen by the adversary out to kill, steal and destroy.

This world has removed God from its daily life. Recent history has provided us with the bleakness of a godless society!

Ads proclaiming, “Why believe in a god?” has appeared on Washington buses.

The American Humanist Association campaign for agnostics, atheists and non-theists who feel alone because of societies association with traditional religion, campaign against God and religion.

London British Humanist Association released a campaign on London buses with the message: “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy life.”

Roughly seven-in-ten (72%) Americans say they believe in heaven – defined as a place “where people who have led good lives are eternally rewarded,” according to the Pew Research Center.

Over the last 20 years, the numbers of Americans who believe in the fiery pits of hell have dropped from 71 percent to 27 percent.

Many religions have become no more than social organizations doing good for the community.

We can continue listing agenda’s, resources, and propaganda campaigns that are directly against the Word of God!

That is the negative report!

The positive? There is anticipation like never before of what God is doing and about to do in the following days, weeks and months right up to the rapture of His church.

We can never forget whom Jesus is and what we have to offer! Too many have forgotten in a world gone mad!

He came from the bosom of the father to the bosom of a woman.

He put on humanity that we might put on divinity.

He became Son of Man that we might become Sons of God.

He came from heaven where the rivers never freeze, winds of adversity never blow, frosts of disappointment never chills the air, flowers of youth never fade, a doctor’s office – is never phoned because no one is ever sick, no funeral director is ever needed – there aren’t any funerals – no one is ever buried. He arrived proclaiming the gospel – He left declaring I go to my father’s house where there are many mansions and I go to prepare a better place for you!

This all may seem elementary, but too many times in busy schedules, it’s easy to forget exactly what the main thing is. We are offering an incredible overcoming power authority living in dominion life, then internal life, what a deal!

He was born contrary to the laws of nature, lived in poverty, raised in obscurity, and only once crossed the boundary line of His own land in childhood.

He had no wealth nor influence, training nor education.

His relatives were inconspicuous and non-influential.

In infancy – He startled a king; in boyhood – He puzzled the doctors; in manhood – He ruled the course of nature.

He walked on the waves of a stormy sea, hushed the seas to sleep, healed the multitudes without medicine, the blind received their sight, the lame leaped, the dumb talked, He raised the dead.

He never wrote a book, yet the libraries of the world cannot contain the books that could be written about Him.

He never wrote a song, yet He furnished the themes of more songs than all songwriters combined.

He never founded a college, yet all the schools together cannot boast of as many students as He has.

He never practiced medicine, yet He healed more broken hearts than doctors healed broken bodies.

He never commanded an army on this earth; but He leads legions of the mighty armies of heaven, and one day an army of saints of the Most High God returning to earth!

He is the star of astronomy, the rock of geology, the lion and the lamb of zoology, the harmonies of all discord, and the healer of all diseases.

Herod could not kill Him, satan could not seduce Him, death could not destroy Him, and the grave could not hold Him.

He laid aside His purple robe for a peasant’s gown.

He was rich, yet for our sakes, became poor. How poor? Ask Mary, ask the wise men. He slept in another’s manger, He cruised the lake in another’s boat, He road on another’s man’s donkey, He was buried in another’s man’s tomb, but He never failed and He fulfilled His mission!

He was the perfect Incomparable Christ, lived, died, rose again!

That same spirit that was with Him through His birth, through His life, that raised Him from the dead, lives in the born again saint of God today, that same power resides in us!

At the beginning of 2017, we stare down a rocky, curvy, most chaotic, unrealistic, intolerant path in the history of mankind, but we rest knowing who Jesus is!

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.

My faith, my trust as in years past is not in government, not in man, not in my talents, my finances, nor my abilities – my trust is in the almighty God!

Psalm 20:7 (KJV)
7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

He had a plan before the beginning of creation, during Jesus residence on this earth, a plan for the early church to start the revival that would last through the ages, and His plan has not diminished for the end time church.

I face 2017 with all of its unanswered questions exuberantly, knowing God has got this! I’m excited about revival that 2017 is going to bring – the miracles, signs, and wonders the church is going to experience, and the soon approaching return of our savior!

May 2017 bring you mighty blessings of revival!

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A PRAYER WARRIORS NOTES

spiritual-warfareA PRAYER WARRIORS NOTES
(notes from Lena M. Fletcher)

THE ABILITY OF GOD

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

2 Chronicles 20:15-17 (KJV)
15  And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
16  To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
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.

The battle is the Lord’s. Every born again believer has God’s ability in them, through the power of the Holy Ghost, but few have ever learned to release that power!

1 Corinthians 6:19 (KJV)
19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

God is in us to the degree that His Word is in us. God and His Word are One!

John 1:1 (KJV)
1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

God’s Word is over every circumstance in life!

Jesus said:

John 15:7 (KJV)
7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

We stagger at the love and faith, which God has invested in humanity.

John 14:23 (KJV)
23  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

The Spirit must be expanded by the rebirth to receive such awesome Truths as Jesus spoke when He prayed to the Father.

John 17:22-26 (KJV)
22  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
25   O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
26  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Jesus was the exact expression of God’s substance.

Hebrews 1:3 (KJV)
3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

The Word was God upholding all things by the Word of His power. God’s ability is in His Word! God released His ability in word form and it upholds all things. We must learn to release God’s ability – that ability within us – the Holy Ghost – the Word – by rightly dividing His Word.

Jesus said:

John 16:33 (KJV)
33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

His Word works and knows no time or distance, it is spiritual law. It is more powerful than the law of nature or the law of gravity. It does not fail! It will not change! God’s law will not fail and will not change!

God’s Word never changes, but it changes things!

Prayer is a key to God’s storehouse, but faith is the hand that unlocks the door.

Matthew 7:7 (KJV)
7  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Luke 11:9 (KJV)
9  And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

John 14:13 (KJV)
13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

If you ask anything…

Why did He say anything if it has to be His will, before it works?

God’s Word is His will! A prayer accurately formed and stated from the Word of God will absolutely move heaven, earth and things under the earth on our behalf!

We put faith in a man – a job – that we will work the time to receive the pay, believing for our pay, because they said we would receive the pay.

But, sometimes when it comes to God’s Word, sometimes we say – well I don’t know – go to the Word of God, find what it says about your situation. What you say, what you profess in agreement with the Word of God will come to pass!

Mark 11:23 (KJV)
23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Proverbs 18:21 (KJV)
21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

We must believe when we pray. Many victories are stolen because of impatience and losing faith. Persistence, diligence, pursuing God until we get what we are praying for is key. If we are pursuing God, we will pray His Word in the pursuit.

Faith, having whatsoever we ask, praying His Word, is things that are not, as though they are as we pray His will!

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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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BEAST POWER UP

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Characteristics and Environment of the
THE BEAST POWERUP

(one of multiple posting’s)

REBELLION AGAINST GOD

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (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.

The world rebels against God. The appearance of the Antichrist and his global government will mark the beginning of the greatest rebellion against God. Throughout the ages, mankind has lived with a rebellious nature. But in the last days, humanity will display unprecedented hostility toward God. We are already seeing the pre-cursor of this taking place.

New Age philosophy driven people will not only tolerate this haughty exhibition, they will sanction it! As a result, God will harden their hearts and make them believe the lies of the Antichrist, just as he hardened the heart of Pharaoh.

THEY MAKE AN IMAGE

Revelation 13:14 (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.

The actual definition from the original defines this passage of scripture as stating: “it was given him to give a spirit to the image.” He does not give life as in the traditional sense of life, the word is pneuma – spirit.

Verse 14 reveals that it is the people that who make an image; and satan gives it a spirit.

We live during a time when research and invention laboratories are creating images, replica’s of God’s creation, to take the place of His creation. They are developing and have created beyond God’s natural Devine order for mankind, that which satan could arbitrarily use to give his spirit. Satan always attempts to duplicate God’s power.

It is apparent when the antichrist is revealed, he will use the very latest of technology to prove his superiority, charisma, and intelligence. Could it be, that he will use a man made invention to give spirit to an image.

Already we have individuals living that are test tube babies, cloning has been perfected, robots are being used for many sorts of task including the sex industry with reported human likeness and communication.

They (the people) make an image; and he (satan) gives it a spirit!

MIRACULOUS POWERS

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (KJV)
9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Revelation 13:11-13 (KJV) 

11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

Holographic technology is perfected to the point that it was reported that it is so life like that it was as if Michael Jackson had been resurrected from the dead to perform at the Billboard Music Awards May 21, 2014. Prince Charles has used it to conduct a conference in Dubai from England. The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, used it during his campaign to speak at two places at once.

New near future holographic technology has it appearing from your phone. It will give a whole new meaning to Face Time. The individual you are talking to will appear from your phone. I assume breaking news, amber alerts, etc. could materialize in the same manner, thus an image would certainly be easy to accommodate. Use your imagination, and one could certainly understand the capability that a smartphone has in making sure that as such an image appeared, you give reverence, worship, and obeisance.

This same technology is used to simulate any number of things; water, animals, wind, rain, fire, etc.

It is possible that the Antichrist is simply given miraculous powers for a period of time, but it makes more sense given the deceiving copy cat that satan is, that technology could be the vehicle used to replicate the miraculous and to demand the worship of the beast worldwide.

DEMANDS WORSHIP

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (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.

Revelation 13:8 (KJV)
8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 

The word worshipped in Revelation 13 means to reverence or adore, to make obeisance, loyalty, or allegiance, this form of worship from the Greek says it is like a dog licking his master’s hand. In the worshipping of this evil image of the beast, the individuals taking the mark give themselves over to possession. It is a conscious choice to take on the mark and give oneself over to the demonic spirit of the Antichrist, to be controlled by spirits of darkness.

Today, the spirit of Antichrist works to set up tomorrow’s routine possession like-mindedness for the Antichrist quick conquering of global power! Entertainers have made it cool to be possessed with some even admitting they’ve have made a pact with the devil or they’ve sold their soul to satan for success, fame, and fortune.

The headlines read “Emergency Need For Exorcists.” The article goes on to read that the Catholic Church is recruiting and training Exorcists. Even secular religion is recognizing the acceleration of possession in our world.

In the story from Daniel of Nebuchadnezzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, the king agreed that bowing before his golden statue was an act of worship. He said, that God had sent His Angel to protect those three young men “that they might not serve, nor worship any god, except their own God.”

Mainstream religions teach their young and old to worship their leaders. It is interesting when you compare the definition from the Greek for worship being that of licking a dog’s hand to religions that kiss the hand of their leaders, the similarities of these events.

Today, there are already religious rituals showing obeisance, loyalty, and allegiance to a spiritual figure, but of a man. It prepares minds for the transition of worship of the beast during the tribulation.

 

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LAWLESSNESS

WE THE PEOPLE

LAWLESSNESS
Living In An Insane World!

I’ll begin by stating the obvious – we live in a lawless society. The reason to not shrug this off, lay it aside as boring old news, is that it is part of fulfillment of Matthew 24. The disciples have asked Jesus, when will you return, what will life be like. Jesus has been describing the signs of His return.

Matthew 24:10, explains explicitly our current day of lawlessness.

Matthew 24:10-12 (KJV)
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Yes it is true, the previous verses describe our current day, war and rumors of war, earthquakes etc. But today, Matthew 24:10-12 has a whole new meaning than it did even a year ago. Gun violence alone shows a disturbing trend that has picked up momentum in the last month or so.

http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/reports/mass-shooting?page=1

I am not a proponent of gun control. I believe that if guns were taken away from citizens, criminals would be the only ones with guns. I am not attempting to make an argument for gun control. That is not my intent at all! The shooting in Munich Germany exposes the myth of gun control; Germany has some of the strictest gun control legislation in the world. It was reported, others were attempting to distract the shooter from his targets by yelling at him, because citizens did not have any way to defend themselves against him.

The website listed above reveals alarming, almost daily gun violence, with several in each instance shot and killed, many of which don’t make national news, it has gotten out of hand! My point, we are living in a time of lawlessness. A time that Jesus said, when you see these signs, prepare yourselves, look up your redemption draweth nigh!

I will continue with the boring rhetoric, lawlessness against law enforcement, law enforcement officers are going to work every day not knowing if they will arrive home safe or not. Through the years, many factors have broken down the respect for law enforcement including the lack of support by government, laws that have changed that have given criminals more rights, and in a few cases that have been blown out of proportion they have done it to themselves in bad cop police brutality (which absolutely does not merit the war against law enforcement), but regardless of all the different scenarios of why, we now live with the consequences of a lawless society, a prediction fulfilling scripture that is a season sign of Christ return!

We are in the midst of the most insane presidential election that there has ever been. Our choices include a candidate that has been under investigation and that reportedly is still under investigation. You mean to tell me that we could not find individuals to choose from, that were qualified to lead America that were held to a higher standard? Is it that our society is so lawless that they don’t care? Or, is it that they are blind and disillusioned? Another biblical fulfillment of the last days.

In recent days, Apostolics have taken to social media to display their dismay in struggling to decide which candidate to vote for, or others are planning on sitting out this election. This is a no brainer, we aren’t electing a pastor or a General Superintendent, we are electing an individual that will influence our lives for at least the next four years as President. Supposedly, this is the most powerful office in the world. The wrong choice will begin with a pointing a liberal supreme court judge. This one issue alone will further change for the worst, the moral landscape of America! We have before us an opportunity to vote against a godless antichrist platform that wreaks with evilness of abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, and immorality. Neither platform is perfect, but a vote can definitely be cast for the less of two evils. Sitting this election out is going to have detrimental results in Christianity. Jesus IS coming soon! I preach passionately the imminent return of Christ, meaning He can return at any moment. But the reason we are in the mess we are in now is that 38% of evangelicals stayed home and didn’t go vote against Obama. Now we are suffering the consequences of those decisions and Jesus hasn’t returned yet! Don’t miss the point, I believe – no I preach that we are living on borrowed time and the rapture could take place at any moment – but, somebody better start living and voting morally until that day happens! I find no where in scripture where I am to go occupy a cave in a fictional secluded region that can’t be touched by the failures of humanity! I do find in scripture, to occupy until He comes. That means I am to do all that I can to promote Godliness and His kingdom extension. Voting for a platform of immorality is not promoting His kingdom. Not voting against this platform is in essence a vote for it. Yes, prophecy is going to fulfill, we can’t change its course, but we can do our part for God to work in our behalf. I would encourage you to encourage every Christian that you know to go vote in November against the pagan platform that has been thrust into the face of the church in this hour! Sitting back and doing nothing has never been the will of God. God has always used humanity to accomplish His will and purpose. You want to war in the spirit realm, war with your vote against a physical manifestation of an antichrist system!

Love has waxed cold, hate is rampant, and false prophets have morphed from every dark corner proclaiming a multiplicity of deceptive doctrines that can be offered. We are indeed living in the last days!

What’s happened, how did we arrive here? There are many scriptural reasons, let’s look at just one!

Romans 1:24-32 (KJV)
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

The world has lost its grip on biblical reality, it has turned its back on Jesus, it seeks strange idols to worship, searching for answers in human ingenuity, and immorality. This world is a messed up place, 2 Timothy 3:13 predicted that it would wax worse and worse deceiving and being deceived! There is a driving force behind it all, it is the spirit of Antichrist!

As a society we have allowed the immoral to prevail, homosexuality to exist, transgender to become normal, the perverse to reign.

Its old news, a redundancy of daily activities that is seen and heard nightly. Presidential platforms run completely on the backs of special agenda’s message of changing societies to the new modern New World Order way of thinking. It’s a world gone mad, and the problem is that much of so-called Christianity is attempting to adapt instead of remaining separated from world system philosophy and activities!

It’s a negative message in a think and remain positive mentality world. A religious society sinking deeper and deeper in mercy and grace losing all site of judgment. I love mercy and grace, thank God for it; I am a recipient. Without mercy and grace, I would already be in the ashes of my own making.

My problem is, as I study Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel and other Old Testament prophets, then I skip over into the New Testament and I begin perusing Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, the Epistles right on to Revelation, I find many warnings of the coming judgment sandwiched in-between Jesus birth, life, death, and resurrection and His second return to earth! Intertwined in all the warnings and signs is the rapture of the church.

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.

There has never been a day like this hour when it is more important to understand the time we live in. Just as ancient prophets wrote and predicted things to come – the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, for example – just like the disciples and the apostles lived out prophecy, so do we, the end time church lives experiencing the fulfillment of end time prophecy taking place in our daily lives. It is vitally important that we understand – that saints of God understand the day and the hour that we live in.

Yes, there is warnings of coming judgment in prophecy, there is warnings to those not ready – get ready, there are also signs to the bride of Christ, that Jesus is soon to return for the church and there are tremendous promises of last day revival of miracles, signs, and wonders to anticipate and participate in! Knowledge is empowerment!

This is our day, this is our hour! Seize this day for the Glory of the Lord!

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A WALK OF VICTORY

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A WALK OF VICTORY

1 Chronicles 12:32 (KJV)
32  And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.

We are in the season when the move of God is sweeping mightily positioning the church. God is gathering an army for the end time finale. Through this army, God is displaying His power, might, and authority. This elect of God, the remnant, God’s chosen, are called forth to proclaim the powers and wonders of God. The day of the Lord is coming, and before that great day comes, God is raising up an army in accordance with the book of Joel verse 2:2-11. This scripture gives us a vivid description of this great army of God.

Joel 2:2-11 (KJV)
2  A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
3  A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
4  The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.
5  Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
6  Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.
7  They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:
8  Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
9  They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.
10  The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
11  And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

This army rising does not use physical weapons; all the weapons of this army are purely spiritual and cannot be seen with the physical eyes.

In verse 2, we find that the victory is already settled. God is marching before this army as a pillar of fire and behind them as a pillar of cloud. (Before them a fire devours, and behind them a flame blazes). Our God is a consuming fire!

In this army, each individual is equipped to battle prince, powers and principalities of cities, nations, regions, and continents. Each individual fights alone in mind, but unified with a mighty host of like believers.

This army is fearless. Every Holy Ghost filled saint of God, has dominion in both the earthly and the spiritual realm. In verse 3, Joel 2 says, the land is as the garden of Eden before them. Adam was in charge in the Garden of Eden before the fall. He had dominion over the earth and over all God’s creation. Adam gave up authority and set in motion humanity walking in dominion or giving their authority to satan. Jesus Christ paid it all at Calvary establishing the victory for this end-time army filled with such dominion to walk in.

Verse 4 states; this army has the appearance of horses. It depicts strength and power, they gallop and don’t walk; hence, they are swift in whatever they do.

Verse 5 says that this army leaps over mountaintops, which means there is no impossibility with this army. They walk in God given dominion and authority! This army overcomes all obstacles, barriers, and hindrances.

Verse 6 explains that people are in anguish at the sight of this army. In 2 Kings 17 and 18, the whole nation of Israel and Ahab their king was in anguish of Elijah because he had declared there would be no rain for three years and it was so. Never has there been a day when the masses are so against the church. Entire nations are against Truth, it’s beliefs and its doctrine. Society has turned its back on the gospel of Jesus Christ and embraced false doctrine and blasphemous ideologies.

This army is completely sold out to their course. Verse 7 says, they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: They are following the path of holiness and righteousness, as written in Isaiah 35 v 8, And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

Verse 8 says, Neither shall one thrust another. Everyone is focused and gives no time to distractions. Everyone is highly disciplined and determined to stay on their course. This is the time to stand to and shun evil and wickedness in pursuit of righteousness!

They shall walk every one in his path. This army, even when faced with temptation does not fall. They come through it clean and they do not break ranks. They obey and adhere strictly to the commandments of God, and they do everything to avoid faltering. They are fortified; they display a high level of spiritual maturity after the direction of Elijah, Daniel, Paul, Joseph etc.

God Himself is the commander-in-chief of this great army, as can be seen from verse 11.

God is raising up men and women with the spirit of Elisha. These are the days of Elisha as individuals stand on their feet as a one-man army. Physically, a one-man army stands alone, but in the spirit realm connected to Jesus Christ, they are a majority, a mighty army surrounded by a host of angelic beings, which are prepared to make war and destined for victory. This is not the day to be weak, let the weak say I am strong (Joel 3:10), this is not the time to be on the defensive, this is the hour of attacking fortifications of the enemy, the time to take it to the enemy with all the power of prayer, fasting, and intercession, pulling down strongholds to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4).

Elisha was alone with his servant when the king sent a group of armed soldiers to arrest him, but spiritually he was surrounded by a host of heavenly angelic beings. When Elisha’s servant saw the king’s army, he was terrified and he cried out to Elisha. Elisha told his servant to not fear and assured the servant that they were not alone, Elisha prayed to God to open the eyes of the servant and his eyes were opened and he saw multitudes of angels and chariots of fire surrounding them. (2 Kings 6:8-23)

God is raising men and women as He did Elijah, standing before presidents and leaders of nations declaring the word of God fearlessly. These individuals are bold and will stand firmly declaring Truth.

It is imperative that just as Jeremiah preached the unpopular message during his day, that men and women rise to the occasion in this hour and proclaim the non-politically correct message of this day. Too many are falling prey, too many individuals are succumbing to the influence of world philosophy thinking. In this hour, the message may not be the most popular, but as watchman on the wall, Truth must be preached and adhered to without bending and bowing to popular opinion!

Jeremiah 1:18 (KJV)
18  For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land.

Today, we need positive faith reinforced teaching and messages of inspiration! All that we hear in the news, day in and day out is dysfunction in family, business, and government. Good positive inspired teaching about the power and wonder of God is absolutely necessary. But, there are many false teachers and prophets proclaiming feel good messages with no judgment. Balanced teaching and preaching is needed. The Word declares that the whole gospel be preached to the whole world!

Matthew 24:14 (KJV)
14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Moses stood alone before the great and mighty ruler Pharaoh and admonished him to let the people go. He pronounced doom and woes on Pharaoh and told him to let Israel go. Pharaoh only let them go after miracles, signs and wonders. In this hour we must have such a powerful move of the Holy Ghost that miracles, signs and wonders operate so individuals will be loosed by the power of the almighty God from the grasp of satanic influence. Men and women of God in this hour must rise up, and they are, to be used powerfully in demonstration of the Holy Ghost through them. This is the day of God moving powerfully loosing good honest hearted individuals to position themselves for an inheritance of the kingdom of God!

An army of Ezekiel’s is rising, watchmen who watch the towers of God, individuals that will stand at the gates of the city and take charge in the spirit realm, individuals that will possess the gates of the enemy. Seeing the enemy from afar before he strikes, they strike him down. How does this work? It’s operating in the spirit realm exposing the deeds of darkness and dismantling wicked plans of evilness set against people of faith.

This fight, this war is not for the weak, let the weak say I am strong through Jesus Christ (Joel 3:10), it takes a high level of discipline, determination and commitment to holiness living to war in this victorious army. Mighty men of valor, an army taking this world by storm in the wake of broad dysfunction, it will be God’s miracle working power in demonstration! Who will answer His call to step to a higher level of service?

Many are called, few are chosen, God only chooses those who make themselves available through dedication, commitment, and sacrifice abiding by God’s terms and conditions. The rewards are out of this world!

Choose this day whom ye will serve!

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