“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent” [Revelation 2:5]
1. The Church is trapped in strong delusion.
I write in good faith, not to condemn but draw attention to what the Spirit is saying to the Church. Thus says the Lord: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” [John 10:27] Over the years, the Church disdained sound doctrines of Christ, as foretold: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” [2 Timothy 4:3] As “itching ears” worsened, the Church became deaf to the Word of Truth and prophecy was fulfilled: “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie” [2 Thessalonians 2:11] Presently, multitudes are deluded to worship pastors, and pastors, supposing that gain is godliness, venerate the mammon of unrighteousness [1 Timothy 6:5] The harvest of strong delusion is a rash of rich and fast-growing congregations marketing deception in the name of the Lord. I bear witness that Scripture is fulfilled as the Bible says: “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” [Revelation 3:17] The sentence of strong delusion is from the Lord and cannot be prayed off by dirty lips or wished away. Let us humble ourselves before the Lord, return to Him in godly sorrow and seek His face in repentance.
2. The Church is descending into hypocrisy.
As delusion matures into sheer hypocrisy, the Church continues to grow in numbers and; “…outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity” [Matthew 23:28] The hypocrisy of this generation is grounded in the error of Balaam who prophesied in the name of God but; “…loved the wages of unrighteousness” [2 Peter 2:15] This generation is saddled with a Church and priesthood that loves filthy lucre and testify that “gain is godliness” [1 Timothy 6:5] The mad rush for material riches is the breeding ground of the budding cult of Nicolaitans in the fold [Revelation 2:15] “Nico” means rule and “Laitans” signify laity. The doctrine of Nicolaitans legitimize oppressive rule of priests over their flocks for gain. I call attention to those who divide the Church into laity and priesthood through pretense and deceit to feed their carnal appetite. Beloved, are we not of one Spirit and; “…all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” [1 Corinthians 12:13] Truly, we are one Body in Christ, who; “…made us kings and priests unto God and his Father…” [Revelation 1:6] We are all royal priests and Christ is the Head. Let us retrace our steps; “…knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed” [Romans 13:11]
3. The hour of apostasy is coming.
Apostasy is denial of faith in Jesus Christ It is a sin unto death and the end of the road for those; “…who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,…if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance” [Hebrews 6:4-6] The road to apostasy is paved with soiled lips speaking lies in hypocrisy, as it is written: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy;…” [1 Timothy 4:1-2] Those who validate gay marriage, women ordination, worship of angels, divorce, etc., expound doctrines of devils and hasten manifestation of prophecy. At the appointed time, all structures of religious perfidy and souls ordained to damnation shall be separated and “fall away” from the faith of Christ, as foretold: “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” [2 Thessalonians 2:3] Apostate Church is coming as a snare and many shall be deceived and caught in the net of perdition. I warn you beforehand; take heed what you hear and stay true to Bible Truth. Remember, there is no repentance after apostasy; “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” [1 Corinthians 10:12]
4. Cruel persecution is imminent.
The season of tribulation is right ahead when false brethren shall harass, oppress and kill Saints in the name of God, as it is written: “…yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service” [John 16:2] When God rejected Cain, he killed his brother, as the Bible says: “…Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him” [Genesis 4:8] When Esau lost his birthright and blessing to Jacob, he persecuted and sought to kill his brother, saying in his heart: “…The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob” [Genesis 27:41] High priests and their flocks persecuted the Church because God rejected them and; “…there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad…” [Acts 8:1] Cain, Esau and the high priests were prototypes of Apostate Church harassing the chosen generation. I bear witness that the hour of tribulation is coming. We shall be purged of the last vestiges of flesh by persecution and our robes washed clean in fellowship of Christ’s suffering [Philippians 3:10] By predetermined counsel of God, we shall be delivered by translation and the great tribulation follows after the Bride is translated. Therefore, let us be strong in the Lord, knowing that our “redemption” is at hand, as it is written: “… when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” [Luke 21:28]
5. I challenge you to be faithful.
Brethren, permit me to remind you; “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed” [1 Corinthians 15:51] I affirm that the Lord Jesus Christ is returning very soon and His reward is with Him. Thus says the Lord: “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” [Revelation 22:12] Now, here is wisdom; no man should be elated or depressed by earthly things he has or has not. I tell you, nothing in this world is reward for serving the Lord. If it were so, men will hoard and sell it to the highest bidder. We are all His servants and shall be “paid” when He comes, not before. We know that the Lord is coming to receive for himself; a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” [Ephesians 5:27] Therefore, let us do away with the spots and wrinkles of sin in our hearts. My fellow soldier in Christ, having come this far, hold on tight to your profession of Jesus Christ and let your deeds match your words. Today, the door of grace is open to everyman to seek and receive Christ as Lord and Saviour, tomorrow may be too late. Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” [Revelation 3:20]
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