The WISE MEN of old celebrated CHRISTMAS because they followed the STAR and worshipped at the feet of the Lord. Another CHRISTMAS is here, I plead with you not to join UNWISE MEN …
1. PREPARE TO DIE, some may find this topic morbidly offensive, as DEATH is a taboo in many cultures. It is a journey we must undertake and every breathe we inhale is one less to exhale, as “… IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MEN ONCE TO DIE, but after this the judgment” [Hebrews 9:27] Man is like a spaceship programmed to TRAVEL through TIME to ETERNITY. Few minutes after takeoff, the liquid fuel rocket falls off as the ship escapes the pull of GRAVITY and sails into space. In the same way, DEATH is the shedding of FLESH to escape the pull of MORTALITY as we sail to EVERLASTING LIFE or PERDITION. No matter how long a man lives here, it is “FEW MINUTES” compared to ETERNITY and it is these FEW MINUTES we all have to PREPARE our TRAJECTORY to ETERNAL GLORY or EVERLASTING SORROWS. When you take a life insurance policy and or write a WILL, you are not PREPARING TO DIE, but making arrangement for those you shall leave behind. To PREPARE TO DIE is a personal decision to understand the mystery of DEATH, nature of LIFE after DEATH and take deliberate steps to ensure your trajectory after DEATH leads to ETERNAL GLORY, therefore, “… Set thine house in order: for THOU SHALT DIE, … “ [Isaiah 38:1]
2. PREPARE TO DIE and save yourself the agony of SECOND DEATH, “FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH; but the GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST our Lord” [Romans 6:23] Satan is the father of SIN and from him SIN passed to all men through Adam and Eve [John 8:44] Our physical BODY was conceived in SIN and the one who wields the sword of DEATH over the FLESH is the devil, as the Bible says: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy HIM THAT HAD THE POWER OF DEATH, THAT IS, THE DEVIL” [ Hebrews 2:14] The demise of the FLESH is the FIRST DEATH and there is SECOND DEATH which is incarceration in the LAKE OF FIRE. The LAKE OF FIRE was originally prepared for Satan and his angels, but shall also accommodate the “… fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the LAKE WHICH BURNETH WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE: WHICH IS THE SECOND DEATH” [Revelation 21:8] I charge you, therefore, PREPARE TO DIE and escape SECOND DEATH.
3. PREPARE TO DIE and you will inherit a BODY designed for LIFE after DEATH, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his ONLY BEGOTTN SON, that WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOUJLD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE“ [John 3:16] It is certain this terrestrial BODY shall one day DIE, if the Lord tarries. When it does, God has MANSIONS ready to house the SOUL and SPIRIT of those who BELIEVED the GOSPEL preached in the name of His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON. Thus, said the Lord Jesus Christ to His disciples: “In my Father’s house are many MANSIONS: if it were not so, I would have told you. I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU” [John 14:2] These MANSIONS are not castles made of glass or stones but CELESTIAL BODIES which neither age nor DIE. They are SPIRITUAL BODIES equipped to shine as stars, forever, as the Bible says: “There are also CELESTIAL BODIES, and BODIES TERRESTRIAL: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another” [1 Corinthians 15:40] Only those who PREPARE TO DIE in line with the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ shall receive CELESTIAL BODIES in the likeness of Jesus Christ, and “… we know that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see him as he is” [1 John 3:2] Beloved, PREPARE TO DIE, not in fear of DEATH but in accordance with the GOSPEL of GRACE and HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE.
4. PREPARE TO DIE in the WISDOM of the only ONE who ever came down from heaven and ascended to heaven, as it is written: “And NO MAN HATH ASCENDED TO HEAVEN, BUT HE THAT CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, even the Son of man which is in heaven” [John3:13] Jesus Christ is God MANIFEST in FLESH to demonstrate His POWER over SIN and DEATH and show us the trajectory of FAITH to ETERNAL LIFE [1 Timothy 3:16] To PREPARE TO DIE, therefore, is not about building grandiose mausoleums to house rotten flesh and bones, but choosing the path of POWER and WISDOM of God, that is “… CHRIST the power of God, and THE WISDOM OF GOD” [1 Corinthians 1:24] Christ is the POWER OF GOD, by which when He died on the Cross, He overcame DEATH and “… DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY” [1 Corinthians 15:54] Christ is the WISDOM OF GOD, by which those who receive SALVATION by GRACE through FAITH in His NAME receive ETERNAL LIFE, “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might GRACE REIGN THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS UNTO ETERNAL LIFE BY JESUS CHRIST our Lord” [Romans 5:21] I admonish you, therefore, in the NAME of the Lord, PREPARE TO DIE. Take up the offer of GRACE through FAITH in the NAME of the Lord Jesus Christ and LIVE FOREVER.
5- It is never too early to PREPARE TO DIE, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today. Remain standing in FAITH until His appearance, when 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 EVER BE WITH THE LORD [1Thssalonians 4:17] Amen
The Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 16:18, uprooted all previous foundations of religious fellowship, material or spiritual and laid new FOUNDATIONS for His TRUE CHURCH…
1. The FOUNDATION of man’s ETERNAL FELLOWSHIP with God is FAITH, and by FAITH are we God’s ETERNAL HABITATION, as it is written: “Know ye not that YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” [1 Corinthians 3:16] When you turned your life over to Jesus Christ, you became a TEMPLE for God’s habitation. That TEMPLE was built on the FOUNDATION of what you believed to be TRUTH. Over the years, I guess you have adorned the TEMPLE with religious piety, ecclesiastical titles, gifts of the spirits, fame, etc. Do you check your FOUNDATION to see if it is strong enough to carry the TEMPLE? Do you regularly examine the FOUNDATION of your FAITH to see if it is standing or DESTROYED? Take note, “If the FOUNDATIONS BE DESTROYED, WHAT CAN THE RIGHTEOUS DO?” [Psalms 11:3] Beloved, FOUNDATIONS built on TEMPORAL things are susceptible to destruction, “… for the THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN ARE TEMPORAL; but the THINGS WHICH ARE NOT SEEN ARE ETERNAL” [2 Corinthians 4:18] I charge you, therefore, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ; build your TEMPLE on the infallible tripod of ETERNAL FOUNDATIONS laid FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.
2. ONE, make the FOREKNOWLEDGE of God the FOUNDATION of your FAITH, “According as he hath CHOSEN US IN HIM BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love” [Ephesians 1:4] God chose us in HIMSELF before the devil had access to man, and those “… HE DID FOREKNOW, HE ALSO DID PREDSTINATE to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” [Romans 8:29] You are not BORN AGAIN by coincidence, but the predeterminate counsel of God, “(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the PURPOSE OF GOD ACCORDING TO ELECTION MIGHT STAND, not of works, but of him that calleth;) … As it is written, JACOB HAVE I LOVED, but ESAU HAVE I HATED” [Romans 9:11-13] God allowed Judas to be ordained an Apostle but in the end was cast out, because he was not CHOSEN from the beginning. as it is written: “… those that thou gavest me I have kept, and NONE OF THEM IS LOST, BUT THE SON OF PERDITION; that the scripture might be fulfilled” [John 17:12] If you are genuinely BORN AGAIN, God FOREKNEW you, hold on to your FAITH. But to all pretenders, He shall say at His coming, “… I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” [Matthew 7:23]
3. TWO, build your FAITH on sure FOUNDATION of the “… LAMB SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD” for our SIN [Revelation 13:8] God, knowing we shall contend with SIN on earth offered HIMSELF in Jesus Christ as propitiation for SIN before Satan had a chance to bring SIN into the world. The BLOOD of the SAVIOUR shed from the FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD was activated in Eden, when a lamb was slain and “… the LORD God MAKE COATS OF SKINS, and clothed them” [Genesis 3:21] In the fulness of time, the LAMB OF GOD was MANIFEST on earth in FLESH and BLOOD and John testified: “… BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD, which taketh away the sin of the world” [John 1:29] The LAMB OF GOD is God OFFERING HIMSELF in CHRIST to give us victory over SIN and DEATH. Brethren, we are BORN AGAIN not because we pray or fast round the clock, but God showed up in CHRIST to save us; and the revelation of God manifest in CHRIST is the ROCK and ETERNAL FOUNDATION of the Church, as it is written: “… THOU ART THE CHRIST, the Son of the living God. … and UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” [Matthew 16”16-18] Build your FAITH on the ROCK, and the GATES OF HELL shall not prevail against you.
4. THREE, establish your FAITH on solid FOUNDATION of membership of the “… CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, which are WRITTEN IN HEAVEN, …” [Hebrews 12:23] CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN is the FELLOWSHIP of men and women whose names are “… written in the BOOK OF LIFE FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD” [Revelation 17:8] There are many enterprises masquerading as Church, but it is all a scam if your name is not written in heaven. Do not build your FAITH on miracles or the working of gifts of the spirit, but ”Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather REJOICE, BECAUSE YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN” [Luke 10:20] Listen closely, Jesus Christ came into the world to seek His SHEEP whose names are written in the BOOK OF LIFE, FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD. If your name is there, you will hear His VOICE and it does not matter who you are or where you are, as it is written: “MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, and I KNOW THEM, and THEY FOLLOW ME” [John 10:27] If you have heard His VOICE, come out of the maddening crowd and be established by FAITH in the CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, as it is written: “… COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” [Revelation 18:4]
5. Beloved, it is not too late to examine yourself and build your FAITH on ETENAL FOUNDATIONS, “… But LET EVERY MAN TAKE HEED HOW HE BUILDETH thereupon. For OTHER FOUNDATION CAN NO MAN LAY THAN THAT LAID, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST” [1 Corinthians 3:10-11] Amen
When the “FALLING AWAY” is done, the MAN OF SIN shall be revealed, “… WHOSE COMING IS AFTER THE WORKING OF SATAN with all power and signs and LYING WONDERS” [2 Thessalonians 2:9]
1. The word CHURCH was first mentioned in the Bible when the LORD Jesus Christ said: “… thou art Peter, and UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” [Matthew 16:18] As a reminder, there was indeed a CHURCH in the wilderness, where Moses ministered, as it is written: “THIS IS HE, THAT WAS IN THE CHURCH IN THE WILDERNESS WITH THE ANGEL which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us” [Acts 7:38] The Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 16:18, uprooted all previous foundations of religious fellowship, material or spiritual and laid new FOUNDATIONS for His TRUE CHURCH. TRUE CHURCH, is therefore, not the Pentecostal Fellowship, Catholic Church, Anglican Communion, etc., but a SPIRITUAL HOUSE built on the ROCK, that is, the REVELATION of Jesus Christ. The building blocks are men and women hewn from the ROCK, as the Bible says: “Ye also, as LIVELY STONES, ARE BUILT UP A SPIRITUAL HOUSE, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” [1 Peter 2:5] We are ONE BODY, united by the SPIRIT of Christ, “For BY ONE SPIRIT ARE WE ALL BAPTIZED IN TO ONE BODY, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free;…” [1 Corinthian s 12:13]
2. TRUE CHURCH is the FELLOWSHIP of those who worship God in SPIRIT and in TRUTH, for “God IS A SPIRIT: and they that worship him must WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH” [John 4:24] I will unravel a MYSTERY here, the SPIRIT and TRUTH mentioned in John 4:2 are ONE, as it is written: “… And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because THE SPIRIT IS TRUTH” [1 John 5:6] Listen closely, God is the SPIRIT as stated in John 4:2, the SPIRIT is TRUTH in 1 John 5:6 and Jesus Christ said: “… I AM THE WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” [John 14:6] All three scriptures point to Jesus Christ as God MANIFEST in FLESH. This is the MYSTERY that underscores TRUE CHURCH, as the Bible says: “And without controversy GREAT IS THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH … preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” [1 Timothy 3:16] The revelation of God MANIFEST in Jesus Christ is the ROCK and FOUNDATION of TRUE CHURCH. The ROCK is the prophetic revelation of TRUTH binding the ELECT into ONE-FOLD under Christ, the SHEPHERD of our souls. Where there is no PROPHETIC REVELATION of Jesus Christ, there is no TRUE CHURCH.
3. TRUE CHURCH is the “… general assembly and CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, which are WRITTEN IN HEAVEN,… ” [Hebrew 12:23] She is the congregation of those God FOREKNEW before the world, “For WHO HE DID FOREKNOW, HE ALSO DID PREDESTINATE to be conformed to the image of his Son,… ” [Romans 8:29] For emphasis, TRUE CHURCH is the SPIRITUAL FELLOWSHIP of SAINTS, “… WHOSE NAMES ARE IN THE BOOK OF LIFE” [Philippians 4:3] The GOSPEL of Jesus Christ is God’s invitation to locate and confirm your place in TRUE CHURCH, and admission is strictly by FAITH through GRACE, “For BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED THROUGH FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” [Ephesians 2:8] I know all these sounds a MYSTERY, and they are. You see, God knows His own sheep and came down in Jesus Christ to reconcile them to Himself, saying: “My sheep HEAR MY VOICE, and I KNOW THEM, and they FOLLOW ME” [John 10:27] The invitation to His sheep is the GOSPEL and those who HEAR do so strictly by FAITH. The reason you struggle with the MYSTERY of God MANIFEST in Jesus Christ is lack of FAITH, and as long as you do you are outside TRUE CHURCH, “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but THE WORD PREACHED DID NOT PROFIT THEM, NOT BEING MIXED WITH FAITH in them that heard it” [Hebrews 4:2]
4. TRUE CHURCH is the COMMUNION of souls united “In HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE, which God, that cannot lie, PROMISED BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN” [Titus 1:2] TRUE CHURCH is not an enterprise set up for earthly dividends but God’s vineyard and we are “… LABOURERS together with God: ye are GOD’S HUSBANDRY, ye are GOD’S BUILDING” [1 Corinthians 3:9] Our work is to build souls to EVERLASTING LIFE and not brick and mortar that will not stand the test of time. We are CO-LABOURERS, irrespective of age, status or gender, and no LABOURER may or should expect a REWARD until the work is done. If any man claims to be a STEWARD of Christ and boasts of material REWARDS before the work is over, he is a LIAR and alien to the TRUE CHURCH. Brethren, I know how tough it is laboring without a REWARD in this world, I exhort you to hold on in FAITH, acknowledging the TRUTH, for “… when the chief Shepherd shall appear, YE SHALL RECEIVE A CROWN OF GLORY that fadeth not away” [1 Peter 5:4] Beloved, every LABOURER, from Adam to the last SAINT shall receive Christ’s REWARDS at His coming, as it is written: “And, behold, I come quickly; and MY REWARD IS WITH ME, TO GIVE EVERY MAN according as his work shall be” [Revelation 22:12] Comfort yourself with these words.
5. Beloved, TRUE CHURCH is not your denomination. SEEK the Lord now, in SPIRIT and TRUTH, while He may yet be found. Accept Him as your Lord and Saviour, amen.
This world is a universe of overlapping DIMENSIONS and the EARTH, where we live is only one DIMENSION out of three. The NATURAL WORLD is like a gigantic LABORATORY and we are