STEWARDS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

“Let a man so account of us, as of the MINISTERS OF CHRIST, and STEWARDS OF THE MYSTERIES OF GOD. Moreover IT IS REQUIRED IN STEWARDS, THAT A MAN BE FOUND FAITHFUL” [1 Corinthians 4: 1-2]

1. Jesus Christ is God made flesh.
This is the mystery of creation; that God became flesh and lived among us. God prepared a body for himself to do His will [Hebrews 10:5-7] Though the fullness of Godhead dwelt in Him, Jesus humbled himself to perfect divine purpose [Colossians 2:9] He offered Himself a sacrifice for our sins [Hebrews 10:9-14] Jesus Christ came not to be served, but to serve. He became for us, the Steward of our righteousness and salvation. Every soul that comes to Jesus Christ is required to acquire the mind of Christ and be raised as steward of Truth. As it is written:
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth” [Philippians 2:5-10]

2. Stewardship is obedience to God.
Jesus Christ put aside His heavenly glory endured indignities of flesh, in absolute obedience. He was longsuffering and capped obedience in willing submission to death on the cross [John 10: 15—17] Our salvation is therefore not an end, but passage to stewardship in the manner of the Son of God. No one is exempt and every child that comes to the Father must learn obedience through stewardship. The Lord is our perfect example of stewardship, though the Son yet learnt and suffered in the school of obedience. The Bible says:
“Though he were a son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of salvation unto all them that obey him” [Hebrews 5:8-9]

3. Stewards suffer to perfect obedience.
The pains of a steward are the agony of a righteous soul in a wicked world. Lot was a steward in Sodom. His soul was afflicted by what he saw and heard in [2 Peter 2:7] The “suffering” of Lot was not punishment for evil, but the wounds of his battle to remain upright in a decadent society. Likewise, the suffering of Christ was the burden of being a righteous man in a backslidden generation. Every steward is called to fellowship of Christ’s power and suffering. We are His members and stewards if we know Him in truth and live in conformity with His example. As it is written:
“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead” [Philippians 3:10-11]

4. Stewardship is pilgrimage of service.
When Abraham left the city of Ur, he was a steward on pilgrimage [Hebrews 11:8-16] Every son adopted into the family of God is a pilgrim on spiritual odyssey of service. The journey is long and filled with danger. He, who called us, has blessed us with spiritual gifts and blessings in heavenly places for the journey [Ephesians 1: 3] Every steward is accountable for the gift or gifts bestowed on him. We are required to use His spiritual endowments to serve and please the Master and not for personal gain. The Lord gave gifts to all according to His purpose and divine agenda. As the Bible says:
“And he gave some apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of stature of Christ” [Ephesians 4:11]

5. A steward is a minister.
Every man that comes to Christ is required to mature into a minister of Christ’s righteousness. The sons of Levi received goats and rams from Israel to minister at the altar. We have a better sanctuary in Christ, made by God [Hebrews 8:2] We are called by divine mandate as ministers on an altar not made by men. We have no need of bulls and rams. We are equipped by Christ to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God [1 Peter 2:5] Priests in the temple received gifts from men, but Jesus Christ gave us heavenly gifts to minister in His Presence. As it is written:
“But unto everyone is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men” [Ephesians 4:7-8]

6. We are saved to serve.
No servant is above his master [Luke 6:40] We are stewards of Christ and must be like Him. Jesus Christ ministered heavenly riches and was not a treasurer of earthly treasures of silver and gold. We are commissioned to feed His sheep with heavenly bread and meet their material need where necessary. Let every man be mindful how he serves, lest we run foul of the Master. We are called to minister to His lambs not to impoverish them. No steward is superior to another; we all have one master, that is, Jesus Christ. Every steward is bound by service rules set by the Lord. Thus says the Lord:
“But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, …and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes….For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: …” [Luke 12:45-48]

7. Every steward is a servant.
Beloved, we are not heirs of salvation because men call us bishop or prophet. We are accounted as sons of God when we have been tried as stewards, purged of flesh and approved by Christ [James 1:12] We must never forget that we are stewards and not lords over the flocks of Christ. That ministry we cherish so much is by no means personal business; it is God’s heritage [Jeremiah 23:1] Those who rule the household of God with the fist of wickedness and extort the poor have a case to answer at the coming of the Lord. Thus says the Lord:
“Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD” [Jeremiah 23:1-2]

8. Stewardship is not competition.
We are co-labourers in the vineyard of the Lord. Every steward has his appointed place and hour to fulfill divine purpose. Those who cause divisions and bicker over personal interpretation of scripture are chasing shadows. Divisions breed pride, strife and competition [1 Corinthians 3:4-9] Pride is at the root of denominations and sects. Pride reigns where flesh is not broken and fuels unending strife. Strife provokes divisions and inflames unwholesome competition. Competition in the fold is satanic agenda; we are all baptized to one body. As it is written:
“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we 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. For the body is not one member, but many” [1 Corinthians 12:12-14]

9. Stewardship is Christ in us.
The son is born with DNA of his father. He does not struggle to prove his paternity. When we come to Christ, we are adopted into the family of God and His Spirit dwells in us [1 Corinthians 3:16] Every steward has His Master dwelling in him. God is working in us to will, do and fulfill His purpose [Philippians 2:13] We please God not by intellectual exertions or will power but of His Spirit that dwells in us. Our stewardship is not a death struggle because His seed is in us. If any man ministers without Christ’s seed, he is at best a hireling. A hired hand struggles for material gain and flees his duty post at the least sign of danger. Thus says the Lord: “But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep” [John 10:12-13]

10. Are you a steward or hireling?
Every offering shall be salted with fire [Mark 9:49] Every man or woman that comes to Jesus Christ shall be “salted” by the rules of stewardship. If any man is in the way, let him assess himself, whether he is a hireling or faithful steward. Let every man consider his foundation. Faithful stewards are born of incorruptible word of God and established on sure foundation of apostles and prophets with Christ as Cornerstone [1 Corinthians 10:11; Ephesians 2:20] Beloved, our stewardship shall be examined and made manifest by fire and hirelings shall be put to shame. As it is written:
“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. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” [1 Corinthians 3:13-15]

11. God is not a respecter of persons.
He does not see as men see or judge by sight. God sees and judge by the heart. The thoughts and intents of every steward shall be judged. Nothing is hid from the Lord, who keeps record of secret and hidden things [Revelations 20:12] Men are easily deceived by what they see; large auditorium, huge congregation, wealth, fame, etc. God is not deceived and His judgment is true. God is not mocked by miracles; He is looking for men and women whose hearts are right towards Him. His eyes search the earth; nothing is hid from the Lord. Thus says the Lord:
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity” [Matthew 7:22-23]

12. Jesus Christ is coming.
The Master is coming with His reward. Whatever any man has today is not a reward from the Lord. The reward of His stewards is with Him and He shall give every man according to His work (Revelation 22:12) Beloved, time is far spent, let us put aside selfish interests to seek and serve the Lord, who laid down His life for us [2 Kings 5:26-27] Let us do away with madness and strong delusion of self approval [2 Thessalonians 2:11] This is the time to put aside every weight and fight the good fight of faith. The Bible says:
“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” [Revelation 22:11-13]

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FINISHING STRENGTH

1. STRENGTH is effective use of POWER. The rise and fall of nations and civilizations is a POWER EQUATION. The breath in your nostrils is driven by STRENGTH and when it fails you die. When a business loses STRENGTH, it crashes. Failure of any sort is proof of little or no STRNGTH, as the Bible says: “If thou faint in the day of adversity, THY STRENGTH IS SMALL [Proverbs 24:10] This is the ultimate season of adversity as the world staggers from distress to confusion and; “MEN’SHEARTS 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] The faithful and faithless are weary and faint in excruciating pains of a world tottering to disaster. Living and enduring FAITH is scarce and many fire-spitting bishops, pastors and disciples are FAINTING and not a few have traded spiritual gifts for material gain. As we turn the last lap of time, those who trust in the Lord gasp for FINISHING STRENGTH to run and obtain the crown of glory. These are perilous times, let him that has ears listen to what the Spirit says: “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and LET US RUN WITH PATIENCE THE RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE US [Hebrews 12:1]

2. Life on earth is essentially a race to ETERNITY. King Saul started well, got a new HEART and “…the SPIRIT OF GOD CAME UPON HIM, and he prophesied…” [1 Samuel 10: 9-10] He spoke in tongues but that was not enough to FINISH STRONG. Towards the end of his race, he was disconnected from God and sought FINISHING STRENGTH from a witch, saying: “… SEEK ME A WOMAN THAT HATH A FAMILIAR SPIRIT, that I may go to her, and enquire of her…” [1 Samuel 28:7] He FAINTED in the day of adversity’ lost his soul, kingdom and three sons, in one day! [1 Samuel 31:6] The MAN in Christ was exhausted at the tail end of His race and said: “…Father, if thou be willing, REMOE THIS CUP FROM ME: nevertheless NOT MY WILL, BUT THINE, BE DONE [Luke 22:42] Where Saul FAINTED, Jesus Christ held on to God and was refreshed with FINISHING STRENGTH, “And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him” [Luke 22:43] FINISHING STRENGTH to run and apprehend ETERNAL LIFE is in God, and not the property of any man or religious organization. It neither be bought nor transferred from one man to another. FINISHING STRENGTH comes from God and is yours by FAITH in Jesus Christ, to accomplish His purpose according to His vision

3. If you are RUNNING, RUN with PURPOSE. God has a PURPOSE for your life. God’s PURPOSE is a MISSION, separate from personal ambitions or duties assigned by your pastor. It is your assigned place, as a LIVELY STONE in the body of Christ, as it is written: “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] Finding and keeping your location in God’s “SPIRITUAL HOUSE” is the ticket to FINISHING STRENGTH. If any man RUNS outside his God-approved MISSION, he is disconnected from FINISHING STRENGTH. As LIVELY STONES, there is a specific place to be located in Christ, as “…. APOSTLES; and some, PROPHETS; and some, EVANGELISTS; and some, PASTORS and TEACHERS [Ephesians 4:11] Whatever your office, the MISSION is to reflect the true IMAGE and LIKENESS of Jesus Christ. In doing so, let us “offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God” in the manner of Jesus Christ; “…who for the joy that was set before him ENDURED THE CROSS, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” [Hebrews 12:2]

4. RUNNING the RACE without VISION is like a car running at top speed without a driver. God has a VISION for MAN, beginning from the womb, to ETERNITY. God’s VISION is for man to grow and mature into the fulness of the stature of Christ, who is the brightness of the glory of God and; “…the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power…” [Hebrews 1:3 & Ephesians 4:13] Those who RAN before the birth of Jesus Christ did so according to the VISION of Christ received by the prophets. The SAINTS who saw and witnessed His resurrection were blessed, but we shall be GLORIFIED. This generation is the beneficiary of the fullness of God’s VISION, for we shall see the “…SON OF MAN COMING IN THE CLOUDS of heaven with power and great glory” [Matthew 24:30] This is PRESENT TRUTH and a SURE WORD of PROPHECY [2 Peter 1:19] Beloved, it is not enough to RUN, we must RUN in full understanding of the present time and season. Let us RUN, like the; “…children of Issachar, which were men that had UNDERSTANDING OF THE TIMES, to know what Israel ought to do…” [1Chronicles 12:32] Let us RUN as men who know that the Lord will return “AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT” [1 Thessalonians 5:2]

5. This generation is the LUKEWARM Church, that says: “… 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] At a time like this, if you are RUNNING to apprehend the true riches of Christ, you need FINISHING STRENGTH. The race has been long and many are FAINTING, but God has promised His STRENGTH for the last days, as it is written: “And it shall come to pass IN THE LAST DAYS, saith God, I WILL POUR MY SPIRIT UPON ALL FLESH …” [Acts 2:17] The outpouring of the HOLY Ghost is our FINISHING STRENGTH, through which the GOSPEL shall be preached “…in all the world for A WITNESS UNTO ALL NATIONS; and THEN SHALL THE END COME [Matthew 24:14] Brethren, the GOSPEL is preached in divers forms in all nations, not the least electronically and the appearance of the Lord is imminent. Let us RUN the last leg of the RACE in the VISION of PRESENT TRUTH, turning away from crass materialism, to WAIT on the Lord in SPIRIT and in TRUTH, for they that wait upon the LORD shall RENEW THEIR STRENGTH; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; THEY SHALL RUN, AND NOT BE WEARY; and they shall walk, and not faint:” [Isaiah 40:31] When we have been purged, we shall be revived by the power of the Holy Ghost and the Lord; “… WILL FINISH THE WORK, and CUT IT SHORT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth” [Roman 9:28]

6. If you are not BORN AGAIN, the door of SALVATION is open. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and RUN the RACE set before you in the POWER of the HOLY Ghost, amen

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LOOK UP

LOOK UP

“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)

1. There are three general classes of people on earth. I can tell the three categories by the direction of their eyes. The first group looks down on the earth. The second set looks around. The third class looks up. This classification applies to all affairs of life. In the corporate world it is known as target audience. In warfare it is battle objective. In the Christian race, It is the prescribed format for running to victory, as it is written: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” [Hebrews 12:2]

2. Looking down is rebellion against God. The man that looks down blames God for his shortcomings and failure. His head is down, overtaken by dark clouds of defeat, shame and sorrow. The world is full of people looking down and in anger against God, overwhelmed by terror, poverty, sickness, war, social decadence, etc. Whatever you are passing through, rebellion against God is the last thing you want to do. Before you bury your head in confusion, remember that Satan is right down there waiting for you. The Bible says: “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life” [ Genesis 3:14] The man that looks down adds destruction to his calamity.

3. Looking down is not a solution.
Looking down is one-way route to destruction. This generation is bedeviled by multitudes running the steep slope to perdition. The economy is bad, nature is gone is crazy and a rash of unknown diseases torment the world leading many to look down and cling to alcohol, drugs, spiritism, false religion, hedonism, etc. This is the broad way, glamorous and acceptable to the doomed. It is the way of the world and the end is eternal separation from God, as it is written: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” [Matthew 7:13]

4. Looking around is fool’s paradise. Those who look around spend their times in fool’s paradise. They bend backwards to be religiously, socially and politically correct, glossing over canons of God’s righteousness and faith. We have them in religious leaders and flocks who justify themselves by themselves. They have best ratings with men and zero score with God. To such folks, the Bible says: “…Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” [Luke 16:15] God is not fooled by long robes and pretentious prayers, as It is written: “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise” [2 Corinthians 10:12]

5. Look up. Looking up is sign of submission to God Almighty and His Son Jesus Christ. I tell you, as the day goes by things are going to go from bad to worse. The economy will soon go bust. There shall be more wars and terror all over the globe. The Bible says: “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s 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 21:25-26] The hearts of men are failing and many are turning to looking down and around. I tell you Look up to Jesus

6. Look up, Jesus Christ is coming. He is coming to put an end to the groaning and suffering in the world. Those who look up to Him, like the fiery serpent in the wilderness shall be delivered from this dying world. The children of Israel were in anguish in the wilderness, bitten and tormented by snakes, and God said to Moses: “…Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live” [Numbers 21:8] Look up to Jesus Christ, accept Him as your Lord and Saviour and receive strength to do exploits, as it is written: “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” [Daniel 11:32]

WHERE ARE THE PROPHETS?

1. No man or nation is exempt from present sorrows of this dying world, as the Bible says: “…the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” [Romans 8:22] The fabrics of society are crumbling and families shattered like glass against a rock. Rulers and governments are perplexed by failing economies, social disorder, terror and rising wave of unprecedented natural disasters. The stability of heavenly kingdoms is disturbed and prophecy is fulfilled, as it is written: “…but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven” [Hebrews 12:26] Bottomless pits are broken and their prisoners escaped to afflict the earth with unparalleled horror. There is no end to growing tribulation and confusion, with: “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth…” [Luke 21:26] Those who trust in the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ ache and sigh in pains, “…earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven” [2 Corinthians 5:2] The Saints daily ask one another; when shall these things be and where are the prophets?

2. Where are the prophets?
The RIGHTEOUS ask, “WHERE ARE THE PROPHETS? The simple-minded, retort; “WHY ASK FOR PROPHETS in the 21st century of a technology driven civilization?” The answer is simple; man and his civilization have pushed the world to the edge of mutually assured destruction. United Nations, super powers and international peace accords are a ruse and; “…when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” [1 Thessalonians 5:3] As the nations rush headlong to collective annihilation, God is primed to translate those who trust in Him to a new earth and new heavens. The way forward is in PROPHECY and the PROPHETS [Revelation 21:1] The MYSTERY of all time is coming to pass in our time, beginning with the return of Jews to the Promised Land. A greater Exodus than the one that brought Israel out of Egypt is about to take place, when the BRIDE shall be TRANSLATED, in the twinkling of an eye to heavenly glory. Israel was led by a PROPHET out of Egypt and so shall the ELECT, as it is written: “And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved” [Hosea 12:13] God has prepared and revealed his secrets unto his servants the prophets [Amos 3:7] In the midst of mounting tribulation we shall be made ready by prophets of the Most High; “…to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” [1 Thessalonians 4:17] Alas, where are the prophets?

3. Where are the prophets?
Prophets are ordained by God in classes for specific assignments, as it is written: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” [Jeremiah 1:5] There are also man-made prophets who see vanity and speak lies, saying: “…Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken” [Ezekiel 22:28] Many lives are daily destroyed by magicians, seers and diviners dressed as prophets, “…after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders” [2 Thessalonians 2:9] Whereas a seer operates a spiritual gift but is not a prophet, magicians and diviners work with familiar spirits for material gain. Prophets are the mouthpiece of God, established to declare, confirm and activate prophetic agenda. Every prophet is approved by testimony of Jesus Christ and not by fame, wealth or title, as it is written: “…the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” [Revelation 19:10] God-sent prophets are sealed by prophetic revelation of Jesus Christ; his birth, death and imminent appearance. Where are the prophets proclaiming prophetic mysteries of Jesus Christ?

4. Where are the prophets?
There is a special order of prophets for this generation; “…upon whom the ends of the world are come” [1Corintians 10:11] An army of Elijah prophets are reserved for the last days, as it is written: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse [Malachi 4:5-6] John, the Baptist, came in the spirit of Elijah and turned the hearts of the “fathers” to the children. The “dreadful day of the LORD” is here. The heart of the children shall be turned to the “fathers” by “fire” as a refiner purges gold. The Saints shall be sanctified by the message of Elijah prophets and cleansed by; “…the washing of water by the word” [Ephesians 5:26] Elijah prophets shall purge the Church with the fire of Truth to seal “wise virgins”. The “little flock” and their shepherds shall be hated and persecuted by the world and organized religion; “…but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” [Matthew 10:22] The present tide of harassment and intimidation of Christ’s followers is the tip of the iceberg. As the world staggers in confusion, faithful men and women whisper to one another; where are the Elijah prophets?

5. Where are the prophets?
Some are hiding in plush parish “caves” fed by men as in the days of Obadiah, who took; “…an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water” [1 Kings 18:4] Many voices that spoke with passion in the past have turned back to settle for; “…bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the LORD did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water…” [1 Kings 13:22] Those who left their duty post to receive fame and wealth are lepers before the Lord and like Gehazi, executive storytellers in the courts of their paymasters [2 Kings 8:4-5] Beloved, the army of Elijah prophets is here. They are not “temple priests” and do not go from house to parish in quest of tithes and offerings. Elijah prophets do not “serve tables” but committed; “…to prayer, and to the ministry of the word” [Acts 6:4] You will find them when you earnestly seek Christ and separate your faith from hypocrisy of organized religion. Let those who have ears hear as the Spirit say: “…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] God bless you, amen

MYSTERIES OF CREATION Part One

1. Every man is known by what he knows. If any man does not know how he got here and where he is going, he is lost. Man is finite, mortal and crafted in flesh and blood. God is Spirit, immortal and invisible. Creator and creature are worlds apart, as the Bible says: “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” [Isaiah 55:9] Man relates by communication, God interacts by revelation. If all a man knows is by natural communication, he is not better than a beast. The Bible is the most widely read book and worst understood because it is inspired by God and a MYSTERY to those who read it without revelation. They are confounded by seeming contradictions and never find God. For example, the Bible says: “In the BEGINNING created the heaven and the earth” [Genesis 1:1] And in John is written: “In the BEGINNING was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and THE WORD WAS GOD” [John 1:1] Two BEGINNINGS and one God may sound confusing to some but is not. Genesis proclaimed the onset of time and creation of the present world. John probed endless invisible worlds and assorted creations to unveil pristine revelation of God in the WORD. The former declared birth of time, the latter confirmed endless existence of God in the WORD.

2. The earth is as old as time and gone through many cycles of life, as home to diverse creatures including other species of humanoids, spiritual personalities, animals, plants, etc. What those in search of the “MISSING LINK” classify as progenitors of man, are creatures whose time elapsed before the CREATION of Adam. Though not the first on earth, MAN is by divine providence the LAST, HEIR and possessor of the earth, as it is written: “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men [Psalms 115:16] At the beginning of this cycle, “…the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep…” [Genesis 1:2] The story began in heaven from where the; …great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” [Revelation 12:9] The invaders demonized inhabitants of the earth. Catastrophic consequences altered the orbit of the earth and the planet was enveloped in darkness, cut off from sun and moon. About 6,000 years ago, God restored our world in orbit round the sun and made man in His own image to repopulate the earth, as the Bible says: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth…” [Genesis 1:26]

3. God made man in His own image, but God is not FLESH, as the Bible says: “GOD IS A SPIRIT: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” [John 4:24] The first model of man was SPIRIT, in the  IMAGE of God, as it is written: “So God created man in his own image, IN THE IMAGE OF GOD CREATED HE HIM; MALE and FEMALE created he them” [Genesis 1:27] Take note, God created “HIM”; “MALE and FEMALE”. The first model of HIM had in him both male and female. The man was not bisexual or hermaphrodite but a spirit personality with capacity for both male and female genders. At the next stage of DIVINE AGENDA, God required a physical man to till the earth [Genesis 2:5-6] This was not the job for spirits, and God clothed HIM with the DUST OF THE EARTH, as the Bible says: “And the LORD God FORMED MAN OF THE DUST OF THE GROUND, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and MAN BECAME A LIVING SOUL” [Genesis 2:7] The new man, furnished with SPIRIT, SOUL and BODY was called ADAM. At the appointed time, God separated the FEMALE from HIM, as it is written: “…LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the RIB, WHICH GOD HAD TAKEN FROM MAN, MADE HE WOMAN … [Genesis 2:21-22]

4. God set the FIRMAMENT in place to separate TIME and TIMELESS DIMENSIONS, as it is written: And God said, Let there be a FIRMAMENT in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters” [Genesis 1:6] The firmament was set on “SECOND DAY of creation”, but sun, moon and stars were revealed on the “FOURTH DAY”, as the Bible says: “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years” [Genesis 1:14] The FIRMAMENT came before and is far beyond sun, moon and stars. FIRMAMENT is not earth’s atmosphere or space as we count it, but the spiritual curtain that separates TIME and ETERNITY. On this side is the drama of light and darkness and on the other side, perpetual light. Earth is subjugated under dichotomy of good and evil. The other side is sealed in perfection. The FIRMAMENT cages man and Satan in time,  in duel of LIFE against DEATH. Satan is spirit and man is flesh, without Jesus Christ to restore us to our original spiritual status, there is no hope of getting out of the duel ALIVE.

5. God was manifest in Jesus Christ to restore us to PRIME MODEL, as the Bible says: “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” [1 Timothy 3:16] Without mincing words, Jesus Christ is GOD MANIFEST IN FLESH AND BLOOD, the; “…brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person…” [Hebrews 1:3] If any man receives Jesus Christ as God MANIFEST in man, he is BORN AGAIN, not of flesh and blood but of Spirit, as it is written: “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” [John 3:6] Those who are born of the Spirit are “SPIRIT”, in the IMAGE of God. We are no longer subject to subjugated to TIME and limitations of the FIRMAMENT, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” [I John 5:4] Brethren, the battle has been long and the end of TIME is at hand. Very soon, the FIRMAMENT shall be shattered at the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ, “…with the trump of God: and THE DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE FIRST: 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 4:16-17] Those who miss the TRANSLATION shall be left to face unprecedented TRIBULATION. I am sure you do not wish to be left behind, seek the Lord now, while He may yet be found and He will redeem your soul, amen.

MYSTERIES OF CREATION Part Two

1. In Part One of this series, we discussed visible and invisible WORLDS, FIRMAMENT, TIME and triple NATURE of man. In Part Two, we focus on Garden of EDEN, SIN, DEATH, the SEED of Adam and SEED of the serpent. The Bible says: “And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed” [Genesis 2:8] Two trees stood out in the Garden, namely: “…the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil [Genesis 2:9] When the fruits were ready, Satan showed up, behold it was the TREE OF LIFE transplanted from heaven, of which the Bible says: “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the TREE OF LIFE, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” [Revelation 22:2] Satan, knew his access to the FRUIT of the TREE was revoked and was bent doing same to man. God, knowing his intention, God gave His WORD as armour against the adversary and warned Adam, saying: “But of the TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” [Genesis 2:17] The only shield that could stop the fiery darts of the adversary was the WORD, but there was  loop hole; man’s WILL.

2. Eve, Adam’s wife, her weakness when she put the WORD of God to debate, saying: “…We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die” [Genesis 3:2-3] Satan “is a liar, and the father of it” [John 8:44] When he said to Eve, “YE SHALL NOT SURELY DIE”, he seduced her with LIE and “IMPREGNATED” her with SIN. Sin is more than an act; it is the life form of Satan typified by rebellion against God. Sin is the image and true representation of Satan. In man, sin is a state of mind not necessarily an act, as it is written:: “…whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” [Matthew 5:28] As soon as Eve stepped out of the Word of God, the account of sin was opened on earth. SIN made Eve eat the fruit not the other way, and . By deception, the seed of satanic life form was embedded in man through her. But Adam was not deceived, as the Bible says: “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression” [1Timothy 2:14] Henceforth, there were two nations on earth. One, born of the SEED of Adam, “… which was the son of God” [Luke 3:38] Two, the nation of Satan, born in SIN embedded in the woman.

3. Another name for Satan is DEATH and his end is DESTRUCTION in the lake of fire, as it is written: “And the DEVIL THAT DECEIVED THEM WAS CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever [Revelation 20:10] Let me put it this way, Satan, SIN and DEATH are the same thing in different forms. SIN is the SEED, DEATH is FRUIT and Satan is the TREE. With the EVIL SEED passed to man through Eve, everyone born of woman is condemned to DEATH. Our enemy hides under the mask of DEATH to hunt and haunt men into cruel bondage. All praise to God, manifest in Jesus Christ, who; “…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; deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” [Hebrews 2:14-15] In Jesus Christ we are delivered from SIN and DEATH to EVERLASTING LIFE through FAITH in His DEATH as atonement for our SIN, as it is written: …The just shall live by faith” [Romans 1:17] Those who live in perpetual FEAR OF DEATH confirm that they are slaves to SIN. I assure you, if any man is in Christ, he has passed from DEATH to EVERLASTING LIFE. Thus, says the Lord: “… I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live [John 11:25]

4. Satan sowed his SEED in Eden, using the SERPENT. This SERPENT was not a snake as some imagine, but one of humanoid creatures mentioned in Part One of this series. It is evident the creature was upright and not a creepy crawly until God cursed it, as it is written: “And the LORD God said unto the SERPENT, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; UPON THY BELLY SHALT THOU GO, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life” [Genesis 3:14] The tag, SERPENT, was derived from the spirit behind the mask, that is, Satan who is also known as DRAGON, SERPENT and DEVIL [Revelation 12:9] Listen carefully, God said to the SERPENT: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between THY SEED seed and HER SEED; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” [Genesis 3:15] So then, we have THY SEED, that is, the SERPENT’S SEED and HER SEED,  that is, the SEED that shall come out of the woman.  Before we go further, let me remind you, the female gender has no SEED but man. In any case, “…ADAM KNEW HIS EVE HIS WIFESHE ; and SHE CONCEIVED, AND BARE CAIN, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And SHE AGAIN BARE HIS BROTHER ABEL…” [Genesis 4:1-2] Please take note, the Bible recorded one “KNOWING”, ONE CONCEPTION, but TWO BOYS, who were not twins! Scripture confirms Cain as the image and likeness of the SERPENT, and Abel, the son of Adam.  Cain was the SERPENT’S SEED, “… WHO WAS OF THAT WICKED ONE, and slew his brother…” [1 John 3:12] After Cain killed Abel, God replenished the stock of Adam with a son after his own LIKENESS, as it is written: “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and BEGAT A SON IN HIS OWN LIKENESS, AFTER HIS IMAGE”  [Genesis 5:3]

5. The present world is a battle field between the sons of God and SERPENT’S SEED. It is the nature of SERPENT’S SEED, in every age, to persecute and kill the sons of God as Cain did. At the appointed time, prophecy was fulfilled, as it is written: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and HER SEED it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” [Genesis 3:15] As aforesaid, the woman has no SEED in her, but in this case conceived of the WORD and Jesus Christ was born, as it is written: “And the WORD WAS MADE FLESH, and dwelt among us…” [John 1:14] Jesus Christ was in every sense a man and being born of woman and God, for “… in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” [Colossians 2:9] Those who receive Jesus Christ in fulfilment of prophecy, as God manifest in flesh are BORN OF GOD and “… whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” [1John 5:4] I warn those who care to listen, the Lord shall return very soon and shall send His angels to “… sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” [Matthew 13:49-50] I encourage you to receive Jesus Christ today as your LORD and Saviout and be BORN OF GOD, amen.