BEYOND THE CLOUDS

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)

LET THE FIRE FALL

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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WOMAN is God’s SECRET WEAPON, hid from hosts of heaven; there is no representation of WOMANKIND in heaven, “For when they shall rise from the dead, they NEITHER MARRY, NOR ARE GIVEN IN MARRIAGE; but are as the ANGELS which are in heaven” [Mark 12:25]

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God has no grievance against RICHES but frowns at those who compromise SOUL BALANCE to enrich BANK BALANCE; "For WHAT IS A MAN PROFITED, IF HE SHALL GAIN the WHOLE WORLD, and LOSE HIS OWN SOUL? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:26)

PARABLE OF JONATHAN

1. Jonathan was one of the finest in Israel, an instrument of God’s SALVATION and much beloved of Israel, “And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, WHO HATH WROUGHT THIS GREAT SALVATION IN ISRAEL? God forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for HE HATH WROUGHT WITH GOD this day ...” [1 Samuel 14:45] Jonathan was enlightened and testified of PRESENT TRUTH, saying to David “… Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and THOU SHALT BE KING over Israel, and I SHALL BE NEXT unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth” [1 Samuel 23:17] In the end, Jonathan’s TESTIMONY did not match his PURPOSE, not for IGNORANCE but UNBELIEF induced by FEAR and perished fighting on the wrong side, “How are the MIGHTY FALLEN IN THE MIDST OF BATTLE! O JONATHAN, thou wast slain in thine high places” [2 Samuel 1:25] PARABLE OF JONATHAN is the crushing calamity of men who were once ENLIGHTENED, TASTED of the HEAVENLY GIFT and "FELL AWAY", “For it is MPOSSIBLE for those who were ONCE ENLIGHTENED, and have TASTED OF THE HEAVENLY GIFT, and were made PARTAKERS OF THE HOLY GHOST, And have TASTED OF THE GOOD WORD OF GOD, and the POWERS OF THE WORLD TO COME, IF THEY SHALL FALL AWAY, TO RENEW THEM ...  ” [Hebrews 6:4-6]

2. Jonathan, no doubt, LOVED David but it was the "LUKEWARM" stuff; he hedged his bets and won't follow him into the WILDERNESS. True LOVE has no limits, as Ruth professed, "... Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from FOLLOWING AFTER THEE: for WHITHER THOU GOEST, I WILL GO; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God" (Ruth 1:16) The ANCHOR of our FAITH is LOVE, FEAR is the adversary; Jonathan denied his own TESTIMONY, because he was AFRAID to DIE, saying:, “And thou shalt not only while yet I live SHEW ME THE KINDNESS of the LORD, that I DIE NOT: But also THOU SHALT NOT CUT OF THY KINDNESS FROM MY HOUSE for ever: no, not when the LORD hath cut off the ENEMIES OF DAVID every one from the face of the earth” [1 Samuel 20:14-15) Are we not as Jonathan, paralysed by FEAR to bend the TRUTH in the face of pestilence, political tyranny, terror, economic downturn among others? Present afflictions which provoke so much FEAR need not frighten us, if we see them as indicators of how close we are to our REDEMPTION, as foretold "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) However, our REDEMPTION shall not come until God is done PROVING this GENERATION at STONE EZEL, as He did David and Jonathan; not a few shall "FALL AWAY", as foretold: “LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU by any means: for THAT DAY SHALL NOT COME, EXCEPT THERE COME A FALLING AWAY away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” [2 Thessalonians 2:3]

3. There were two VOICES at STONE EZEL; one told Jonathan to follow David, the other cried in his ears, saying: "For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, THOU SHALT NOT BE ESTABLISHEd, nor THY KINGDOM. Wherefore now send and fetch him unto me, for he shall surely die" (1 Samuel 20:31) Read carefully the TESTIMONY of Jonathan in 1 Samuel 23:17, there was no question of his being king, but of being ESTABLISHED in OBEDIENCE, as it is written: "... BELIEVE IN THE LORD YOUR GOD, so shall ye be ESTABLISHED; BELIEVE HIS PROPHETS, so shall ye PROSPER" (2 Chronicles 20:20) Jonathan was SEDUCED with vain PROMISES aimed at his worst FEARS and succumbed to SORCERY. In heeding the VOICE of his FATHER, Jonathan became as many today, a PUPPET in the hands of Saul. There are many FATHERS out there worse than Saul and Simon put together, who "... USED SORCERY, and BEWITCHED the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: TO WHOM THEY ALL GAVE HEED, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God" (Acts 8:9-10) Beloved, let no man DECEIVE you with PROMISES outside the TESTIMONY we received when we first gave our lives to Jesus Christ, "LET THAT THEREFORE ABIDE IN YOU, WHICH YE HAVE HEARD FROM THE BEGINNING. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And THIS IS THE PROMISE THAT HE HATH PROMISED US, EVEN ETERNAL LIFE" (1 John 2:24-25)

4. PARABLE OF JONATHAN is the TRAGEDY of a generation TURNED AWAY from sure PROMISE of Christ to embrace PROSPERITY OF FOOLS, "For the TURNING AWAY of the simple shall SLAY THEM, and the PROSPERITY OF FOOLS SHALL DESTROY THEM" (Proverbs 1:32) Are we not as Jonathan, a DELUDED GENERATION, FIGHTING to possess kingdoms of this world, when Jesus expressly said: "... 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) How do we explain Jonathan following Saul, who just came back from consultations with the WITCH OF ENDOR, to war? The answer is STRONG DELUSION. My heart bleeds to see DELUDED MULTITUDES marching behind SORCERERS in cassocks to their destruction "And for this cause GOD SHALL SEND THEM STRONG DELUSION, that THEY SHOULD BELIEVE A LIE: That they all might be DAMNED WHO BELIEVED NOT THE TRUTH, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (2Thessalonians 2:11-12) I assure you, the appearance of the Lord is at hand, when we shall TRANSLATED to GLORY, "EXAMINE YOURSELVES, WHETHER YE BE IN THE FAITH; PROVE YOUR OWN SELVES. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour amen

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It is not a SIN to be POOR; it is unpardonable SIN to allow your material STATUS  determine your ETERNAL RELEVANCE, remember "... WE BROUGHT NOTHING INTO THIS WORLD, and it is certain WE CAN CARRY NOTHING OUT" (1 Timothy 6:7)

ANATOMY OF DEATH

1. DEATH is demystified in KNOWLEDGE of TRUTH, “And ye shall KNOW THE TRUTH, and the TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE” [John 8:32] The RIDDLE is resolved in UNDERSTANDING; LIFE is God manifest in CREATION, "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) "BREATH OF LIFE" is not OXYGEN, it is the CONSCIOUSNESS of God in us. We are ALIVE, LIVING SOULS, as long as His “BREATH” flows in us via FELLOWSHIP with Him. When God said to Adam, "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", physical DEATH was not the immediate intention but cessation of FELLOWSHIP [Genesis 2:17) When they ate of the forbidden TREE, the flow of LIFE ceased; they DIED in SEPARATION from God, “Therefore the LORD God SENT HIM FORTH FROM THE GARDEN of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken” [Genesis 3:23] Adam was a LIVING SOUL in Eden, a LIVING DEAD in the world, as it is written: “But she that liveth in pleasure is DEAD WHILE SHE LIVETH” [1 Timothy 5:6]

2. When Satan said to Eve, “YE SHALL NOT SURELY DIE”, he LIED [Genesis 3:4] The first Adam was not equipped with ENDLESS LIFE, as it is written:"... Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, LEST HE PUT FORTH HIS HAND, and TAKE ALSO OF THE TREE OF LIFE, and eat, and LIVE FOR EVER” [Genesis 3:22] Adam owed his LIFE to OBEDIENCE but through DISOBEDIENCE came under SENTENCE OF DEATH, “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your EYES SHALL BE OPENED, and YE SHALL BE AS GODS, knowing good and evil” [Genesis 3:5] The "GODS" here refer to Satan and his hosts of fallen angels, who being found in TRANSGRESSION were condemned to separated from God through SENTENCE OF DEATH, "Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; WANDERING STARS, TO WHOM IS RESERVED the BLACKNESS OF DARKNESS FOR EVER" (Jude1:13) We, likewise, fell under CONDEMNATION of DEATH, becoming in "LIKENESS" as GODS of hell; this is the FIRST DEATH. We became as criminals serving LIFE SENTENCE with hard labour, without Parole. The only way out being disintegration of the BODY, “... Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: CURSED IS THE GROUND for thy sake; in SORROW shalt thou eat of it all the DAYS OF THY LIFE” [Genesis 3:17] Earth is the prison yard of FIRST DEATH, but there is worse to come for those who deny REDEMPTION through Jesus Christ, “But 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]

3. We all came into this world, DEAD to God, SEPARATED from LIFE that flows from fountain of GLORY, “For ALL HAVE SINNED and COME SHORT of the GLORY of God; Being JUSTIFIED FREELY BY HIS GRACE through the REDEMPTION that is in Christ Jesus” [Romans 3:23-24]God was the only ONE who could deliver us from SENTENCE OF DEATH, and that was what He did, “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] When God arrived in Eden to SAVE him, Adam could no longer withstand the GLORY of RIGHTEOUSNESS; he hid himself. In the fulness of time, God took the form of a man in Jesus Christ “… that THROUGH DEATH he might DESTROY HIM THAT HAD the POWER of DEATH, that is, the DEVIL; And deliver them who through FEAR OF DEATH were all their LIFETIME SUBJECT to BONDAGE” [Hebrews 2:14-15] In Jesus Christ, the JINX of DEATH is broken; no more slaves to SIN or in BONDAGE to FEAR of DEATH, "For YE HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE SPIRIT OF BONDAGE AGAIN TO FEAR; but ye have received the SPIRIT OF ADOPTION,, whereby we cry, Abba, Father" (Romans 8:15) By ADOPTION, we became "NEWLY CREATED", as NEW as when Adam was freshly minted, "Therefore IF ANY MAN BE IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATURE: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” [2 Corinthians 5:17] The same who gave Adam “BREATH OF LIFE” did more for us; He BREATHED on us ETERNAL LIFE “And when he had said this, HE BREATHED ON THEM, and saith unto them, RECEIVE YE THE HOLY GHOST” [John 20:22]

4. Are you tormented by FEAR of losing this BODY to DEATH? Listen, you are DEAD already by reason of SIN, “The STING OF DEATH IS SIN; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the VICTORY THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST” [1 Corinthians 15:56-57] Friend, I bring you GOOD NEWS of VICTORY over SIN and DEATH through Jesus Christ. To embrace this NEW LIFE of VICTORY, you must give up the SENTENCE OF DEATH, "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) There is no SHORT CUT, YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN to triumph over FIRST DEATH and SECOND DEATH, “... I AM the RESURRECTION, and the LIFE" says the Lord, "... he that BELIEVETH in me, THOUGH HE WERE DEAD, YET SHALL HE LIVE: And whosoever LIVETH and BELIEVETH in me SHALL NEVER DIE. Believest thou this?” [John 11:25-26] The window of GRACE is OPEN NOW, it may be SHUT the next moment, when the Lord shall appear to receive His BRIDE, for "... 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)

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Those who LABOUR in the Church must be COMPENSATED, ENCOURAGED and STRENGTHENED that Satan take no advantage of them, "... For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The LABOURER IS WORTHY OF HIS REWARD" (1 Timothy 5:17-18)

REALITIES AND REVELATION

1. John, the Baptist’s birth was foretold by an ANGEL, saying:  “And he shall GO BEFORE HIM in the SPIRIT and POWER of ELIAS, to turn the HEARTS of the FATHERS to the CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to MAKE READY A PEOPLE FOR THE LORD” [Luke 1:17] The “HIM” is Jesus Christ and John, the CAPSTONE PROPHET, to who it was given to reveal the MYSTERY of all ages to Israel; how God should be manifest in FLESH, “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” [1Timothy 3:16] All the Prophets before John, from Adam down through the ages had glimpses of the REVELATION of Jesus Christ through the VEIL, John had unfettered REVELATION and made Him known, as it is written: “The next day JOHN SEETH JESUS coming unto him, and saith, BEHOLD, the LAMB OF GOD, which TAKETH AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD” [John 1:29] Listen closely,  the same John when the REALITIES of his day conflicted with REVELATION relapsed into CONFUSION, “And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, ART THOU HE THAT SHOULD COME? or LOOK WE FOR ANOTHER?” [Luke 7:19]

2. REVELATION of Jesus Christ is the LIGHT of TRUTH in a world engulfed in REALITIES of DARKNESS [John 1:5] The REALITIES of the DARKNESS of this world are the consequences of satanic dominion, occasioned by SIN; unfulfilled wants, sickness, wars, famine, terror and diverse instabilities. We are not exempt, “… OURSELVES ALSO, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves GROAN WITHIN OURSELVES, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the REDEMPTION of our body” [Romans 8:22-23] The afflictions we encounter in this BODY work through the FLESH to shift our focus from the REVELATION of excellency of the POWER of Christ in us, to the painful REALITIES of the age, “For which cause WE FAINT NOT; but though our OUTWARD MAN perish, yet the INWARD MAN IS RENEWED day by day. For our light AFFLICTION, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and ETERNAL WEIGHT OF GLORY” [2 Corinthians 4:16-17] If we must neither FAINT nor FAIL, let us avoid needless CONTROVERSIES incited by REALITIES of the day. We have a lot to learn from John; he spent all his life separated from the LAW to announce REVELATION of SALVATION through GRACE to Israel but finished the race embroiled in social commentary and wrangling of the LAW, for which Jesus chided him, “… tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And BLESSED IS HE, WHOSOEVER SHALL NOT BE OFFENDED IN ME” [Luke 7:22-23]

3. Brethren are we not as John, inflamed by REALITIES of the day to swerve from REVELATION and entangled in the “AFFAIRS of this LIFE? [2 Timothy 2:4] It is true we are pressed beyond measure by unprecedented DISTRESS; global instability, pestilence, incessant wars, economic downturn, social dislocations and climatic upheavals, among others, so were the Apostles “For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our TROUBLE which came to us in Asia, that we were PRESSED OUT OF MEASURE, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that WE SHOULD NOT TRUST IN OURSELVES, BUT IN GOD which raiseth the dead” [2 Corinthians 1:8-9] Every time we take our eyes away from the excellency of Christ’s POWER in us, we relapse into REALITIES of FEAR and HELPLESSNESS, as foretold: “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 21:26] If we know the PROPHECIES pertaining the LAST DAYS and we do, why do we loathe to see them fulfilled? We STRIFE and CONTEND to change a world which God has weighed in the balance and condemned to destruction. In CONFUSION, we find adversaries where there are none and are as men chasing shadows. Listen closely, there is nothing worth a FIGHT in this world, “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 18:26]

4. Brethren, we have in us the TREASURE of ETERNAL LIFE, the “EARNEST” of our inheritance in a world overtaken by REALITIES of DARKNESS, “For God, who commanded the LIGHT to SHINE out of DARKNESS, hath SHINED IN OUR HEARTS, to give the LIGHT OF THE GLORY OF GOD in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this TREASURE IN EARTHEN VESSELS, that the excellency of the POWER may be of God, and not of us” [2 Corinthians 4:6-7] The choice is yours and mine to keep our EARTHEN VESSELS undefiled by REALITIES of DARKNESS until the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ, “Looking diligently lest any man FAIL OF THE GRACE OF GOD; lest any ROOT OF BITTERNESS springing up trouble you, and thereby MANY BE DEFILED” [Hebrews 12:15] As we look forward to that glorious DAY, let us be careful not to be DISTRACTED by false reports, partisan politics, greed, sexual sin and sundry fleshly passions, that engender BITTERNESS, “For yourselves know perfectly that the DAY OF THE LORD COMETH AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT” [1 Thessalonians 5:2] The “NIGHT” is here and the DAY is so close. Fully assured everything God said concerning this age must surely come to pass, let us TRUST Him to the end and we shall have His PEACE, “Thou wilt KEEP HIM IN PERFECT PEACE, WHOSE MIND IS STAYED ON THEE: because he TRUSTETH IN THEE” [Isaiah 26:3]

Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, amen