To The Apostate Church and Nations
We the body of Christ, are called to be different, called to be Holy in the sight of God, not to play act. Holiness in and outside the church 24 hours a day, 7 day’s a week. Any other way is hypocrisy, lying.
Revelation 22:12-15 Behold, I Am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” “Blessed are those who wash their robes (repents) that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city (the city of the new Jerusalem in the new Heaven).
Outside (outside of Heaven, the ones who did not make it into Heaven) are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
So what does it mean to be Holy than? Holy: ‘Moral and ethical wholeness or perfection; freedom from moral evil.’ Holiness is one of the essential elements of God’s nature, required of His people (His children). Holiness is another word for “sanctification,” or, “godliness,” which simply means: ‘Separation from the life of sinning,’ ‘Devotion to God’
It doesn’t mean, ‘holier than thou,’ ‘I’m above all, because I get it, and am better than all.’ For that would be pride, which is evil, and which God Almighty cannot stand. Nor does it insinuate such things. People out side of God, accuses one to be such. For they are being used by the devil to get us to be ashamed of Christ. That is one of the tactics of the devil.
The reason for apostasy, Christians are increasingly straying away from the Lord. We have grown cold in the Lord. We have become fearful because the lack of trust in God. We have become complacent in the Lord. We allowed false teachers to teach. We failed to recognize false prophets, false teachers, false evangelists, false pastors and false apostles, who are not called by God Almighty in the first place. And we have allowed them in our midst.
And because of all this, we have failed to recognize what is truth verses a lie. All because the body of Christ today are no longer devoted to the Lord. And so with that, believers are susceptible to believing the lie rather than the truth. The Church have traded the very essence, the life blood of true Christianity, which is having a real and true relationship with God Almighty, through His only begotten Son, Lord Jesus Christ for religion. We have sinned in all this, which brought about, the apostate conditions of the now.
Mathew 24:10-13 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
You cannot have one foot in the world, and one foot in Heaven. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot be lukewarm. You cannot drink the cup of Christ and the cup of demons. The cup of Christ is actually referring to, denying yourself and pick up the cross and follow Jesus Christ as Lord. This is a requirement, if you are truly serious of following Jesus Christ with all our hearts, mind, soul and body.
The cup of demons is the exact opposite. The cup of demons demands your allegiance to the fulfilling sinful desires of the sin nature of the carnal flesh. To put into high priority: comfort, decadence, lascivious living and wealth above all things. Another words, it demands worship, which is Idolatry. Worship of self which is against God Almighty and His commandments.
Drinking from the cup of demons has a high price. The price tag is too great for anyone to pay. For the flesh cannot ever be completely satisfied. It always wants more. It is a bottomless pit of darkness and despair. It has an insatiable appetite for more which leads to the second death, the lake of Fire for all eternity. For the Word of God says:
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
There is a price to pay for real salvation, and to keep it. There are conditions in keeping salvation For there is no where in the Holy Bible that ever teaches the: “once your saved, you are always saved, no matter what you do.” As it is written:
Hebrews 3:7-15 So, as the Holy Spirit says: (and is still saying today for Jews and gentiles) “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried Me and for forty years saw what I did. That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in My anger, ‘They shall never enter My rest.’
“See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if (here’s the condition of salvation) if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first (the faith in Christ and the confidence of the Gospel Message of Jesus the Christ for salvation). As has just been said: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.
And in: Romans 6:22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
So it safe to say, the opposite of holy living is sinful living, which reaps eternal death in Hell. The real salvation in Jesus Christ is not cheap. The price is self. Give fully yourself to God as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God as our reasonable service.
I remember a story Dwight Thompson spoke of many, many years ago. He said, “I went to a local coffee shop. While having coffee and reading my news paper, a man in a wheel chair with no legs came up to me and asked me, ‘Preacher? I want to know, can God save half a man?’ I looked at him square in the eyes, and told him, ‘Yes! God can save half a man, If half a man, comes to God fully.’
2 Peter 2:19-22 for man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the ways of righteousness, than to have known it and then turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: ’A dog returns to it’s vomit,’(found in the book of proverbs 26:11) and, A Sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.’
God Almighty promises, blessings for those who repents. Those who turns back to God.
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.
Mathew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Much Is Given, Much Is Required
Jesus Christ is peering into our hearts, judging the thoughts and the intent of the heart. Those who profess Jesus Christ as Lord, those who profess to be a Christian, now is the time to really consider the cost of following Jesus Christ, Repent and forsake religion that never goes far enough to know God. To forsake religion that waters down truth, who are powerless, universal and sin allowing, or perish.
Matthew 16:24-25 Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it.
Luke 12:42-48 The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the Master puts in charge of His servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the Master finds doing so when He returns. I tell you the truth, He will put him in charge of all His possessions.
But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My Master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk. The Master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect Him and at an hour he is not aware of.
He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. “That servant who knows his Master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his Master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Much is given. Rest, peace, blessings, the promised baptism of the Holy Spirit, the forgiveness of sins and the list goes on and on. But that’s not all Jesus was teaching or referring to here. Jesus is also referring to Himself being the sacrifice, who died, gave Himself as a ransom to give us pardon of all our sins, and to give us a right standing relationship with God His Father through His blood, that was shed on the cross for the remission of sins. Raised from the dead to give us eternal life.
Salvation is what Jesus was talking about here! Because much has been given to us, much is now required of us. God expects from us, the manifest fruit of the Holy Spirit in us to work for an abundant harvest of souls before the end…
A Vision From The Lord
I had this vision the Lord had show me awhile back. And for the first time in a long time, the Lord had reminded me of it recently. This vision the Lord had shown me, took place in march of 2004. I was playing with my two puppies at the time. And I sensed strongly the literal presence of the Lord, and I asked, ‘Yes Lord, what is it?’ And instantly the Lord shown me this vision. I will tell you the short version of it:
On the Alter, in the church I go to. The Lord Jesus Christ appears in His full Glory. His glory was a bright light that was beaming out of Him in all directions. His glory didn’t fill the church up with His Holy light, just at the alter area, as if the Lord Jesus was a veil, like in the Tabernacle of Old Testament that separated the Holy place, from the Most Holy place. I could not see His face, for His glory was bright. I can only make out his arms and His movements. As I looked to the congregation, I didn’t recognized anyone there. Not even the faithful were there. This troubled me.
As I looked to Jesus again, He stepped down from the alter and sat down on the first step of the alter. He reached out His hands to the congregation and said “Come!” And there were many who ran to the alter without hesitation. I stood on His right throughout this vision, between the alter and the congregation. Witnessing everything, from the beginning of the vision, to the end.
While many people came running into the arms of the Lord Jesus, His arms grew bigger and longer in order to embrace them all at once. As they touched His glory, grown people became little children instantly before my very eyes in the Spirit. And they were all in joy, laughter, giggling and playing. You can sense the strong genuine exchange of love and bond between the Lord and His children. But there were some who hesitated for what ever reason.
When they finally got up and started to casually walk down to the alter from where they were sitting, the arms of the Lord started to close. As the people walked hesitantly closer to the Lord, their walk started to slow down with contorted movements. Their flesh turned to rot with each step closer. And before they touched the glory of Jesus Christ, they fell dead.
The interpretation of this vision came weeks after I asked the Lord about this. He revealed to me, “the congregation that you did not recognize, represents the church, the body of Christ. The arms of the Lord represents the gates of Heaven. The people that you saw dying at the alter, are the ones who never gave their hearts fully to Lord Jesus Christ. These are the ones that are playing church. “The day is coming,” thus says the Lord. This day is coming!” Thus says the Lord O you nation of America:
Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He chose for His inheritance.
“But the opposite is true. Cursed is the nation who goes astray from the Lord. Who turned their backs on the Holy God of Heaven. Who goes after idols and continually searching for rest and comfort in all the wrong places. Who sleeps in the bosom of whores. Who’s pride and entertainments is their god. Who delights in evil and corruption. Who says, ‘evil is good and good is evil.’ Who thinks riches will save you whom I have blessed abundantly, and you O man spits and mocks My face. But draw near unto Me, and will draw near to you; And I will forgive your sins and remember them no more.”
1 Samuel 12:13-15 If you fear the LORD and serve Him and obey His voice, and do not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then both you and the king who reigns over you will continue following the LORD your God. However, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against you, as it was against your fathers.
Psalm 73:27 For, lo, they that are far from Thee shall perish: Thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from Thee.
Jeremiah 18:7-8 If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.
Also there is one more warning left undone here. Jesus Christ is coming back very soon. A few years ago, in the early morning, I was in a state between sleep and awake. I heard the audible voice of the Lord Jesus Christ. He said with such urgency, “I Am coming back very soon! I Am coming back very soon!” and that was it.
Those who die in there sins. Those who are unprepared for His return, or those who are not born again, will not enter the kingdom of Heaven, why? Because these were the foolish ones who did not get prepared. It is written:
Mark 13 As He was leaving the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked Him privately, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?” Jesus said to them: Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in My name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of Me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit. “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child.
Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. All men will hate you because of Me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the roof of his house go down or enter the house to take anything out. Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak.
How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that this will not take place in winter, because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again. If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive.
But for the sake of the elect, whom He has chosen, He has shortened them. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false Christ’s and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect—if that were possible. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time. “But in those days, following that distress, ” ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
“At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And He will send His angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens. “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near (referring to the restoration of Israel). Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.
The Day and Hour Unknown
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If He comes suddenly, do not let Him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’
Mathew 24:36-25:13 The Day and Hour Unknown
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; (being apathetic) and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.
Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
At that time the kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the Bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The Bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the Bridegroom! Come out to meet Him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ ” ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the Bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ “But He replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
So how does one become prepared? Repent. Turn to the Lord Jesus Christ. The only One who can save your soul, or perish!