FIG is the first tree mentioned by name in the Bible, “And the EYES of them both were OPENED, and they knew that they were NAKED; and they SEWED FIG LEAVES together, and made themselves aprons” [Genesis 3:7] ...
MYSTERY BRIDEGROOM is God’s PURPOSE concealed in plain sight, as it is written:”It is the GLORY OF GOD TO CONCEAL a thing: but the HONOUR of KINGS is to SEARCH out a matter” [Proverbs 25:2]
1. FAITH is perhaps the most maligned subject in a world steeped in tautologies of SCIENCE, “For after that IN THE WISDOM OF GOD the WORLD BY WISDOM KNEW NOT GOD, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to SAVE THEM THAT BELIEVE” [1 Corinthians 1:21] FAITH goes against the grain of earthly WISDOM and require denying whatever we think we know or hold dear to ACCEPT who God says He is, “But WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM: for he that COMETH TO GOD must BELIEVE HE IS, and that he is a REWARDER OF THEM THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM” [Hebrews 11:6] No man PLEASES God by going to Church; we gladden His heart when we BELIEVE who He says He is and set the compass of our lives by His REWARD. No matter how that sounds, we are drawn to Him by His GRACE, that is, God drawing us to Himself in Jesus Christ, “To wit, that GOD WAS IN CHRIST, RECONCILING THE WORLD UNTO HIMSELF, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” [2 Corinthians 5:19] If you think all these sound like a MYSTERY, yes it is; FAITH is not for the lily-livered, “Now FAITH is the SUBSTANCE of THINGS HOPED for, the EVIDENCE of THINGS NOT SEEN” [Hebrews 11:6]
2. SUBSTANCE of FAITH is absolute CONFIDENCE in God, that He is who He says He is and will DO what He SAID He would DO. Our TRUST in Him comes from hearing His WORD, “So then FAITH COMETH BY HEARING, and hearing by the WORD OF GOD” [Romans 10:17] The WORD which were spoken in times past by His Prophets awakened uncommon CONFIDENCE in men of old, who by AUDACITY OF FAITH, “… SUBDUED KINGDOMS, WROUGHT RIGHTEOUSNESS, OBTAINED PROMISES,STOPPED THE MOUTHS OF LIONS, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens” [Hebrews 11:33-34] God having prepared something much better for us, made manifest the WORD in FLESH amongst us and now in us [John 1:14] If those who heard the WORD from the mouth of men “SUBDUED KINGDOMS” and "SHUT THE MOUTHS OF LIONS", more daring CONFIDENCE is expected of us in who dwells WORD, “… For unto whomsoever MUCH IS GIVEN, of him shall be MUCH REQUIRED: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more” [Luke 12:48] Abraham, Moses, David and the rest were men like us, they endured TRIALS and diverse AFFLICTIONS, but were not shaken. They had their faults but were not staggered in SUBSTANCE of their FAITH, "And these all, having OBTAINED A GOOD REPORT THROUGH FAITH, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect" (Hebrews 11:39-40)
3. FAITH is measured on the scale of AUDACITY, no wonder Abraham is dubbed the Father of FAITH, "Now the LORD had said unto Abram, GET THEE OUT OF THY COUNTRY, and from thy KINDRED, and from thy FATHER'S HOUSE, unto a land that I will shew thee" (Genesis 12:1) Abraham literally GAVE UP HIS LIFE when he left his homeland in OBEDIENCE to God, to "WANDER" in search of a land he knew not, "... he went out, not knowing whither he went. ... For he looked for a CITY which hath foundations, WHOSE BUILDER AND MAKER IS GOD" (Hebrews 11:8,10) He GAVE UP the REALITIES of this world for the SUBSTANCE of HOPE in God’s PROMISE; that does not come cheap. We are likewise required to EMPTY ourselves of whatever we think we are or ever wish to be and be forged in SUBSTANCE of HOPE in the PROMISE of God, "But as it is written, EYE HATH NOT SEEN, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which GOD HATH PREPARED FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM" (1 Corinthians 2:9) Let no man deceive you, FAITH is defined by what we GIVE UP, not by rituals of RELIGION. Take heed, therefore, what you hear; the measure of what you GIVE UP is determined by who you hear. The POWER to defy the present world is not in the preaching of material GAIN but of the Cross, "For the PREACHING OF THE CROSS IS TO THEM THAT PERISH FOOLISHNESS; but unto us which are saved IT IS THE POWER OF GOD" (1 Corinthians 1:18)
4. Brethren, if we profess to be "EMPTY" of SELF and lay claim to the heavenly PROMISE, yet have we not the CROWN without manifest EVIDENCE of FAITH, "For therein is the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD REVEALED FROM FAITH TO FAITH: as it is written, The JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH" (Romans 1:17) PROOF of FAITH is the LIFE we live in this BODY, after the pattern of Jesus Christ, who walked the earth as we now do and established the template of RIGHTEOUSNESS, saying to all: ".... MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD that proceedeth of the MOUTH OF GOD" (Matthew 4:4) If any man desire EVIDENCE of FAITH, let him refuse to walk in the pattern of the present world, "And BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD: but be ye TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that ye may prove what is that GOOD, and ACCEPTABLE, and PERFECT, WILL of God" (Romans 12:2) I know it is increasingly difficult to live by the WORD of God in this evil and adulterous generation, hold on; the kingdoms of this world have an expiry date. Though PERSECUTION persist and SEDUCERS grow richer, remain strong in AUDACITY OF FAITH and remember, "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN SUFFERETH VIOLENCE, and THE VIOLENT TAKE IT BY FORCE" (Matthew 11:12)
If you will accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today, He will fill you with SUBSTANCE OF HOPE and grow in you to bring forth EVIDENCE OF FAITH, amen
1. SEDUCING SPIRITS are a specie of FAMILIAR SPIRITS accustomed to the language and rituals of the Church; I warn you, therefore, not to believe every spirit, “Beloved, BELIEVE NOT EVERY SPIRIT, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” [1John 4:1] The pervading atmosphere of HYPOCRISY at the highest echelons of priesthood is the work of SEDUCING SPIRITS, with mandate to prepare the way of the MAN OF SIN, “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and LYING WONDERS, And with ALL DECEIVABLENESS OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS IN THEM THAT PERISH; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” [2 Thessalonians 2: 9-10] SEDUCING SPIRITS and DOCTRINES OF DEVILS are two sides of the same coin; within is the spirit and without, the ubiquitous face of popular RELIGION, “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; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” [1 Timothy 4:1-2]
2. As the REVIVALS of 1960s and 1970s waned, the Church fell to sleep, “But while MEN SLEPT, his ENEMY CAME and SOWED TARES AMONG THE WHEAT” [Matthew 13:25] TARES are the seed of SEDUCING SPIRITS; men professing Christ but neither proved nor broken at the Cross. By the late-1980s, many of these characters advanced to leadership, drawing men to themselves with DOCTRINES OF VANITY, as it is written: “Also of your own selves SHALL MEN ARISE, SPEAKING PERVERSE THINGS, to DRAW AWAY DISCIPLES after them” [Acts 20:29] They sold material PROSPERITY as proof of GODLINESS and with alluring words of vanity made MERCHANDISE of men with “Perverse disputings of MEN OF CORRUPT MINDS, and DESTITUTE OF THE TRUTH, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS: from such withdraw thyself” [1 Timothy 6:5] DOCTRINES OF DEVILS do not necessarily dispute Scriptures; they MISINTERPRET the TRUTH to provoke LUSTS, “For when they speak great swelling WORDS OF VANITY, they allure through the LUSTS OF THE FLESH, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error” [2 Peter 2:18] Jesus Christ never promised to make you a millionaire; those who equate GODLINESS with material GAIN propagate DOCTRINES OF DEVILS, “… THIS IS THE PROMISE THAT HE HATH PROMISED US, EVEN ETERNAL LIFE. These things have I WRITTEN UNTO YOU CONCERNING THEM THAT SEDUCE YOU” [1John 2:25-26]
3. We are the WHEAT, men and women who DIED to FLESH that we should bring forth FRUIT in the LIKENESS of Christ, as it is written: ”… Except a corn of WHEAT FALL to the ground DIE, it abideth alone: but if it die, it BRINGETH FORTH MUCH FRUIT” [John 12:24] As I write, the WHEAT is coming of age, so are TARES in readiness for the HARVEST of the age. The two look so much alike, but “YE SHALL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” [Matthew 7:16] The FRUIT of DOCTRINES of FALSE PROSPERITY are church vaults bulging with riches but SEDUCING SPIRITS are not done. Look around you, those who got rich making MERCHANDISE of FAITH are the same shifting to POLITICS and SOCIAL ACTIVISM. They CONTEND and PROVOKE others to join the fray, to massage their ego but “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: IF MY KINGDOM WERE OF THIS WORLD, THEN WOULD MY SERVANTS FIGHT, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence" [John 18:36] Examine yourselves, those lofty thoughts of re-shaping the present world are not from Christ, they are the work of SEDUCING SPIRITS. The combo of POLITICS and RELIGION is POISON to your SOUL, “NO MAN THAT WARRETH ENTANGLETH HIMSELF WITH THE AFFAIRS OF THIS LIFE; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” [2 Timothy 2:4] Not long ago, a section of the Church “WONDERED” after Donald Trump, an ATHEIST; the work of SEDUCING SPIRITS. The same are busy across the globe, provoking many Christians into ERROR. I ask you, “… what shall it profit a man, if he shall GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD, and LOSE HIS OWN SOUL?” [Mark 8:36]
4. HARVEST of the age is at hand, when the Lord shall reap the WHEAT but first, TARES must be gathered, “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, GATHER YE TOGETHER FIRST THE TARES, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn” [Matthew 13:30] TARES shall not be pulled out, but “GATHERED” with DOCTRINES OF DEVILS in “BUNDLES” in a basket of UNITY IN DIVERSITY, “Having a FORM OF GODLINESS, but DENYING THE POWER thereof: from such turn away” [2 Timothy 3:5] I write to warn you of these things, that you may remain strong in the FAITH of Christ and foundational DOCTRINES of His Apostles and Prophets, “But evil men and SEDUCERS SHALL WAX WORSE and worse, DECEIVING, and BEING DECEIVED. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them” [2 Timothy 3:13-14] SEDUCERS are at work at the highest echelons of the Church, who being DECEIVED, SEDUCE others with a form of RELIGION that is socially and politically correct. I plead with you to beware of those who entice you with promises of vain glory to entangle you in the RAT RACE that leads to perdition, “For they that are SUCH SERVE NOT OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, BUT THEIR OWN BELLY; and by good words and fair speeches DECEIVE THE HEARTS OF THE SIMPLE” [Romans 16:18]
Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, amen
1. For a little more than four hundred years, the Jews relayed the PROMISE made to Abraham from father to son. At the appointed time, God raised Moses to lead the "EXODUS" from BONDAGE to the LIBERTY of the PROMISED LAND. EXODUS also mean SH’MOT in Hebrew, that is, NAMES; the BOOK of NAMES of every SOUL that went down to Egypt and those that came out [Exodus 1:1] How exciting, God also has a BOOK OF NAMES written in heaven from the foundation of the world, "... and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, WHOSE NAMES WERE NOT WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is" (Revelation 17:8)
In Egypt, the PASSOVER LAMB was the VISA to the PROMISED LAND; those who had the BLOOD of the LAMB on their door posts escaped DEATH at the hand of the DESTROYER (Exodus 12:23) The DESTROYER is in the world for the last time and this time, the blood of animals will not be enough. At the appointed time, God presented Himself to us in Jesus Christ as our PASSOVER LAMB. As in Egypt we are also required to EAT His FLESH, “… Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye EAT the FLESH of the SON of man, and DRINK HIS BLOOD, ye have no LIFE IN YOU” [John 6:53] His FLESH is the GOSPEL preached in the NAME of Jesus Christ and through His BLOOD we receive GRACE for our SALVATION. Friend, I plead with you to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today and take your place in the “.. GENERAL ASSEMBLY and CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, which are WRITTEN IN HEAVEN, ...“ [Hebrews 12:23]
3. Beloved, the Lord is not ignorant of present harsh times and global instability but has chosen such a time to take us HOME, "And when THESE THINGS BEGIN TO COME TO PASS, then LOOK UP, and LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; for YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH" (Luke 21:28) As the present world lurch from calamity to confusion, LIFT UP YOUR HEAD, WE ARE GOING HOME. Refuse to be DISTRACTED and "LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED: ye believe in God, believe also in me. ... And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN, AND RECEIVE YOU UNTO MYSELF; that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:1-3) As the global economy lurches from crisis to crisis, fabrics of society are shredded and forces of nature at war, hold on to Christ "... the PEOPLE THAT DO KNOW THEIR GOD SHALL BE STRONG, AND DO EXPLOITS" Daniel 11:32)
1. A man may have EYES; if there is no LIGHT IN HIM, the LIGHT WITHIN not the SUN, he is as good as BLIND; "The LIGHT OF THE BODY IS THE EYE: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when THINE EYE IS EVIL, thy body also is full of darkness. TAKE HEED THEREFORE THAT THE LIGHT WHICH IS IN THEE BE NOT DARKNESS" (Luke 11:34-35) The LIGHT IN YOU determines is your window to the world; it determines HOW YOU SEE, WHAT YOU DO and ultimately WHO YOU ARE. In plain language, the LIGHT in you is a reflection of who reigns in you, "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the LIGHT OF THE WORLD: he that followeth me SHALL NOT WALK IN DARKNESS, but shall have the LIGHT OF LIFE" (John 8:12) Jesus Christ is the LIGHT OF THE WORLD, if any man has not Jesus Christ in him, he is not only BLIND but enslaved in DARKNESS
2. We were all born BLINDED by SIN to the wonderful INHERITANCE God prepared for us in Jesus Christ, "... as it is written, EYE HATH NOT SEEN, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which GOD HATH PREPARED FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM. But God hath REVEALED THEM TO US BY HIS …" (1 Corinthians 2:9) We were trapped in DARKNESS, as many today, tormented by diverse FEARS and without HOPE beyond this short and cruel life, “Having the UNDERSTANDING DARKENED, being alienated from the LIFE OF GOD through the IGNORANCE that is in them, because of the BLINDNESS OF THEIR HEART: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto LASCIVIOUSNESS, to work all UNCLEANESS with GREEDINESS” [Ephesians 4:18-19] We lived to please LUSTS of the FLESH but no more, our EYES OPENED by GRACE through FAITH In Jesus Christ and we being strengthened in HOPE of the glorious INHERITANCE awaiting us beyond the clouds.
3. Jesus Christ is the LIGHT OF THE WORLD, "IN HIM WAS LIFE; and the life was the LIGHT OF MEN. And the LIGHT SHINETH IN DARKNESS; and the DARKNESS COMPREHENDETH IT NOT” [John 1:1-5] In Him we receive the LIFE of God and in His LIGHT the DARKNESS of SIN is vanquished. Be not afraid, the SIN and LABOUR of your previous life are nothing to Him. He is calling you, "COME UNTO ME, ALL YE THAT LABOUR and are heavy laden, and I WILL GIVE YOU REST"' ( Matthew 11:28) His VOICE is as the SHEPHERD calling His SHEEP to return to Him before total darkness covers the earth. Listen closely, though there be palpable DISTRESS and unprecedented global INSTABILITY, “LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED: ye believe in God, believe also in me. … And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN, and RECEIVE YOU UNTO MYSELF; that where I am, there ye may be also” [John 14:1-3]
4. Accept Jesus Christ today as your Lord and Saviour, and be established in the LIGHT OF THE WORLD, amen
There is a popular illusion of ETERNITY as the TIME it will take to count every grain of sand in the Sahara Desert. This is grossly erroneous; ETERNITY is the negation of TIME and ETERNAL LIFE, the PROMISE of God to establish us in ETERNITY. The PROMISE was fulfilled in the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, “For IN HIM DWELLETH all the FULNESS OF THE GODHEAD bodily” [Colossians 2:9] ETERNAL LIFE is really ENDLESS LIFE: the LIFE of God we received through FAITH in Jesus Christ. It has neither BEGINNING or END, as it is written: “Jesus Christ the SAME YESTERDAY, and TO DAY, and FOR EVER” [Hebrews 13:8] ENDLESS LIFE is the LIFE and PRIVILEGES of God in us, “Know ye not that YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD, and that the SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLETH IN YOU?” [1 Corinthians 3:16]
ENDLESS LIFE can neither be BOUGHT nor BESTOWED by any man or religious organisation, it is received by FAITH in Jesus Christ, "And we know that the SON OF GOD IS COME and hath GIVEN US AN UNDERSTANDING, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son JESUS CHRIST. THIS IS THE TRUE GOD, and ETERNAL LIFE" (1 John 5:20) It is received in this BODY; it is akin to having a jet engine fixed in a battered car. It is true we have the TREASURE of EVERLASTING LIFE, yet TEMPTED and PRESSED by vicissitudes of this world, that the glory might be of God in us, "But we have this TREASURE in earthen vessels, that the EXCELLENCY OF THE POWER MAY BE OF GOD, and not of us. We are TROUBLED ON EVERY SIDE, YET NOT DISTRESSED; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed" ((2 Corinthians 4:7-9)
We wait in HOPE, who have Christ in us, for the appearance of the Lord when we shall dump this BODY and be clothed in heavenly glory, "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an HOUSE NOT MADE WITH HANDS, ETERNAL IN THE HEAVENS. For in this we GROAN, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with OUR HOUSE WHICH IS FROM HEAVEN" (2 Corinthians 5:1-2) His COMING is so close, now more than ever is the time to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, be established in ENDLESS LIFE and joined to the company of SAINTS, "... who by PATIENT CONTINUANCE IN WELL DOING seek for glory and honour and IMMORTALITY, ETERNAL LIFE " (Romans 2:7)
1. These are not normal times; our local assemblies are bursting at the seams with multitudes poached with platitudes of VANITY, without HOPE of ETERNAL RELEVANCE. I tell you, “IF IN THIS LIFE ONLY WE HAVE HOPE in Christ, we are of all men MOST MISERABLE” [1 Corinthians 15:19] The Church is caught in the crossfire of SEDUCING SPIRITS and PROPHECY is fulfilled: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that IN THE LATTER TIMES SOME SHALL DEPART FROM THE FAITH, giving heed to SEDUCING SPIRITS, and DOCTRINES OF HELL” [1 Timothy 4:1] In Jesus Christ and in Him alone, we have firm commitment of priceless treasures BEYOND THE CLOUDS. Let no man SEDUCE you with PROSPERITY OF FOOLS “For the TURNING AWAY OF THE SIMPLE SHALL SLAY THEM, and the PROSPERITY OF FOOLS shall DESTROY THEM” [Proverbs 1:32] As one who has received the same GRACE as you, I charge you to SEE beyond the present, "... provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a TREASURE IN THE HEAVENS that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE WILL YOUR HEART BE ALSO" (Luke 12:33-34)
2. We are BORN AGAIN, not of the FLESH to DIE of corruption but of the WORD of God to LIVE forever, “Being BORN AGAIN, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, BY THE WORD OF GOD, which LIVETH and ABIDETH FOR EVER” [1 Peter 1:23] Our INNER MAN being enabled to SEE through ETERNITY, we REJOICE always in HOPE of glory BEYOND THE CLOUDS, for “… EYE HATH NOT SEEN, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which GOD HATH PREPARED FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM. But God hath REVEALED THEM TO US BY HIS SPIRIT:... ” [1 Corinthians 2:9-10] Brethren, we were not SAVED from SIN to wallow in VAIN PROSPERITY; those who inflame your base instincts with bland promises of earthly riches pollute you with “Perverse disputings of men of CORRUPT MINDS, and DESTITUTE OF THE TRUTH, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS: from such WITHDRAW THYSELF” [1 Timothy 6:5] They are merchants of vanity and will lead you to perdition, “Let them alone: they be BLIND LEADERS OF THE BLIND. And if the blind lead the blind, BOTH SHALL FALL INTO THE DITCH [Matthew 15:14] Beloved, this world is full of uncertainties, whatever cards you are dealt; rich or poor, stand fast in sure PROMISE of imminent appearance of the Lord, as it is written: “... I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN, and RECEIVE YOU UNTO MYSELF; that where I am, there ye may be also” [John 14:2-3]
3. We are going BEYOND THE CLOUDS, and shall break through the FIRMAMENT into shiny heavenly clouds of glory at the appearance of Christ, "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" (1 Thessalonians 4:17) We shall be received into the Lord's Presence with a feast surpassing human imagination; an exclusive fellowship of the BRIDE and the BRIDEGROOM. We shall see Him as He is and shall be transformed to be like Him in beauty of HOLINESS at the MARRIAGE SUPPER of the LAMB, “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB IS COME, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” [Revelation 19:7-8] As a man is joined in marriage with his wife and the two become ONE, so shall we be joined to Him, inseparable in glory of His majesty. While the BRIDE rejoices in unspeakable JOY, the world below shall be scorched with cruel afflictions by Satan, incarnated in the BEAST, “… and POWER WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM TO CONTINUE FORTY and TWO MONTHS. … And it was given unto him to MAKE WAR WITH THE SAINTS, and to overcome them: and power was given him OVER ALL KINDREDS, and tongues, and nations” [Revelation 13:5-7] Lest I forget, the earthly ministry of Christ was FORTY-TWO MONTHS; the same duration as our wedding reception, BEYOND THE CLOUDS.
4. When it is over, Satan and his diverse impersonations shall be bound, “And he laid hold on the DRAGON, that OLD SERPENT, which is the DEVIL, and SATAN, and BOUND HIM A THOUSAND YEARS” [Revelation 20:2] He shall be caged in the BOTTOMLESS PIT for a thousand years, giving us a MILLENIUM of heaven on earth and we shall reign with the Lord, “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be PRIESTS OF GOD and OF CHRIST, and shall REIGN WITH HIM A THOUSAND YEARS” [Revelation 20:6] Those who refused the MARK and kept the FAITH through the great TRIBULATION shall also reign with Christ through the MILLENIUM. At the end of the MILLENIUM, Satan shall be LOOSED for a while [Revelation 20:3 & 6] He is “LOOSED”, that he might be brought to judgment with his hosts and every soul whose name is not written in the BOOK OF LIFE, “… and THEY WERE JUDGED EVERY MAN according to their works. … And WHOSOEVER WAS NOT FOUND WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE WAS CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE” [Revelation 20:11-15] Yet, God is not done with us, He has prepared for us a new HEAVEN and new EARTH befitting of His majesty, “… for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. … GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS from their eyes; and there shall be NO MORE DEATH, NEITHER SORROW, NOR CRYING, neither shall there be any more PAIN: for the former things are passed away” [Revelation 21:1-4] What more can I say? "Wherefore COMFORT ONE ANOTHER WITH THESE WORDS" (1Thessalonians 4:18)
1. There is something about FIRE that resonates with the LIKENESS of God, “For OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE” [Hebrews 12:29] The Church, the EMBASSY of God on earth, was BORN in blazing FIRE in the WILDERNESS, “And mount SINAI was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD DESCENDED UPON IT IN FIRE: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly” [Exodus 19:18] The people saw the mountain quake and melt with FIRE, and were overcome with FEAR, “… they removed, and STOOD AFAR OFF. And they said unto Moses, SPEAK THOU WITH US, and we will hear: but LET NOT GOD SPEAK WITH US, lest we die” [Exodus 20:18-19] As long as they were “AFAR OFF”, the PURPOSE of God to make man in His own LIKENESS was in abeyance. In due season, God revealed Himself in Jesus Christ, that He might raise for Himself a Church midwifed by FIRE, “And there appeared unto them CLOVEN TONGUES LIKE AS OF FIRE, and it SAT UPON EACH OF THEM. And they were ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST, …” [Acts 2:3-4] FIRE is the agency of the standard of PURITY required of the BRIDE of Christ, “That he might present it to 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]
2. The FIRE shall FALL one more time, to PROVE the Church, “EVERY MAN’S WORK SHALL BE MADE MANIFEST: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be REVEALED BY FIRE; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is” [1 Corinthians 3:13] Listen closely, something happened at Pentecost before the FIRE FELL, a “RUSHING MIGHTY WIND” filled the house “And suddenly there came a SOUND FROM HEAVEN as of a RUSHING MIGHTY WIND, and it filled all the house where they were sitting” [Acts 2:2] A “SOUND FROM HEAVEN” and a “MIGHTY RUSHING WIND” paint vivid pictures of what lies ahead before the FIRE FALLS for the last time and the BRIDE is CAUGHT UP in the manner of Elijah, as it is written: “… there appeared a CHARIOT OF FIRE, and HORSES OF FIRE, and parted them both asunder; and ELIJAH WENT UP BY A WHIRLWIND INTO HEAVEN” [2 Kings 2:11] The “SOUND” from heaven depict the ministry of PROPHETS; specially chosen men, who shall HEAR, DECIPHER and SPEAK the MIND of God to REVIVE, REFORM and RESTORE the Church. The “SOUND” from heaven is the message of the 7th Church age; the message of REPENTANCE and of the COMING of the Lord, saying to the Church: “As many as I love, I REBUKE and CHASTEN: be zealous therefore, and REPENT”. 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 3:19-20]
3. The “SOUND” from heaven is the TRUMPET of REVIVAL from the Lord, the “RUSHING MIGHTY WIND” are His angel at work to SEPARATE and GATHER His ELECT, as it is written; “And he shall send HIS ANGELS with a great SOUND of a trumpet, and they shall GATHER the ELECT from the FOUR WINDS, from one end of heaven to the other” [Matthew 24:31] The “WIND” follows the “SOUND”; everywhere the message of REPENTANCE and of His COMING is preached, the “MIGHTY WINDS” blow to unmask the HYPOCRISY of CHAFF and to GATHER the WHEAT, “… he will throughly PURGE HIS FLOOR, and will GATHER THE WHEAT into his garner; but the CHAFF HE WILL BURN with fire unquenchable” [Luke 3:17] His FLOOR is the Church and not only shall we be REVIVED, we must also be REFORMED by JUDGMENT, “For the time is come that JUDGMENT MUST BEGIN AT THE HOUSE OF GOD: and if it first BEGIN AT US, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” [1 Peter 4:17] The JUDGMENT shall “BEGIN AT US”, Preachers and Pastors; the Lord shall expose every underbelly of DECEPTION and all “TREES” tried with the axe of TRUTH “And now also the AXE IS LAID UNTO THE ROOT OF THE TREES: every tree therefore WHICH BRINGETH NOT FORTH GOOD FRUIT is hewn down, and CAST INTO THE FIRE” [Luke 3:9] The “RUSHING MIGHTY WIND” is here and shall demystify all PRETENDERS in the Church, REFORM the priesthood and make ready the “LITTLE FLOCK” for BAPTISM of FIRE, therefore, “FEAR NOT, LITTLE FLOCK; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom” [Luke 12:32]
4. The “MIGHTY RUSHING WIND” rages in the Church, without, the tempest of APOCALYPSE without and “MEN HEARTS FAILING THEM FOR FEAR, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” [Luke 21:26] In the midst of unprecedented global disequilibrium, the message of His COMING brings refreshing REVIVAL to those whose TRUST is in the Lord. We are REFORMED by the "RUSHING MIGHTY WIND " of His angels. We cry to Him day and night to be delivered from this BODY, asking as did Elijah;, O Lord, LET THE FIRE FALL, “Then THE FIRE OF THE LORD FELL, and CONSUMED THE BURNT SACRIFICE, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench” [1 Kings 18:38] We are the SACRIFICE, that shall be PURIFIED with FIRE, purged of all FEARS and WASHED in readiness for that glorious DAY, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye PRESENT YOUR BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service" (Romans 12:1) Listen closely, we are not GOING UP in this BODY, when the FIRE FALLS we shall be thoroughly PURGED, set AFLAME with uncommon FAITH and ascend beyond the clouds, “For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the ANGEL OF THE LORD ASCENDED IN THE FLAME of the altar” [Judges 13:20] O LORD, LET THE FIRE FALL
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