July 2

When God’s judgments come upon the Earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.  Even so, though grace is shown to the wicked, still, they do not learn righteousness.  Even in a land of uprightness, they keep going on doing evil and regard not the majesty of the LORD.  We have conveniently chosen to ignore the lessons of God’s judgments on every great empire throughout history…Greece, Persia, Babylon, Assyria, Egypt, Rome…and now in our present day we have totally forgotten the lessons God has been trying to teach us over the years.  Our godlessness has only and continually escalated through the years; we’ve sinned far worse than our ancestors ever did!  We are far more wicked than they ever were!

Listen to what the Spirit says to the churches, and to each of their members: Then I heard another voice from Heaven…the Father Himself…say: “Come out of her, My people, children of Abraham, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues!”  Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul!  Be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance!  He will render unto her a recompence.  For her sins are piled up to Heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.  In her heart she arrogantly boasts, “I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.”  She has become great, rich and powerful; her world-wide temporal, materialistic influence gives her a universal power that effectively supersedes and rules over the kings of the Earth!  In her presumptuous self-sufficiency, conceit, and arrogance, she presumes to bear rule over all the kings of the Earth by the power of her wealth…to dictate their policies, to fashion their laws, and to be their protector and redeemer!  She holds sway over their governments by the lure of her fornication…her dignification and deification of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.  She holds them in the magnetic grip of her prodigious commerce, her lucrative financial markets, and her greed-laden money-kings.  And these know no God but gold, and no law but self-interest and worldly gain, accumulation and unbounded wealth!  She presumes to think herself invincible, immortal, and forever sufficient in her own possessions against all adversity…and exalts herself over the very Church of God!  Therefore in just one day all her greatness, might, and majesty will come to naught!  Her plagues will overtake her with unexampled suffering, mourning and horror: death, mourning and famine will be her portion!  She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God Who judges her!”

Recall the words of the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Ruler of God’s Creation: “I have this one charge to make against you: you have abandoned the love you had for Me at first; you have deserted Me, your first love.  I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot…not willing to give up your pretension and claim to My name, yet having too much love for the world to stand steadfast and immovable with Me.  I wish you were either one or the other…make up your mind, would you please?!  So, because you are lukewarm…neither hot nor cold…I am thoroughly disgusted with you and am about to spew you out of My mouth!  You say, `I am rich; I have acquired wealth and am in need of nothing.’  But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked!  I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white garments to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so that your eyes would be opened and you can truly see!  Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.  So be earnest, and repent!”

I made you for Myself, in My Own image and likeness, the very crown jewels of My Creation…to be joined together with Me in a living union of oneness, a Sacred Covenant relationship, that as a mirror of the Almighty you would reflect My Glory to the created universe.  You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a special possession purchased by Myself and for Myself, that you may declare My praises…the praises of the One Who called you out of darkness into My marvelous light.  I made a Covenant with you: “If you will obey My voice in truth, and be careful to keep My Covenant, then you shall be My Own treasured possession, from among and above all peoples, for all the Earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation…consecrated and set apart to the worship of God.”  Instead, you are an adulterous people…you are like an unfaithful wife having intimacy and illicit love affairs with the world and thereby breaking your marriage vows to God!  Your sweetest, most tender affections are not reserved for Me!  I am not the choicest, most precious treasure of your heart!  You have no longing to linger in My Presence, just sitting at My feet!  Yes, you honor Me with your lips…but your heart is far from Me!  Do you not know that love for this world, or anything this world has to offer, as something precious, to be treasured, is hostility toward God?  Should you, then, after careful consideration choose to make the world your dearly loved friend and companion, you have thereby taken your stand as an enemy of God!  Or do you suppose that the Scripture is speaking to no purpose that says, “The Spirit Whom I have caused to dwell in you yearns over you…and I yearn with a jealous love for the Spirit to be welcome?”

Even now, return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments!  Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, reluctant to punish, always predisposed to relent from sending calamity!

Revelation 9:1-21

The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star…the leader and prince from among the fallen angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation…Satan himself, the Devil…that had fallen from the sky-regions of Heaven to the Earth.  And because of the wickedness of the world, and because people rejected the Lordship of Christ for the lordship of Satan, God, in judgment, granted special powers to the lord of their choice with which to more fully exercise his evil and malignant will.  The fallen star was therefore given the key to the shaft of the Abyss…that dark and horrible prison in which many of the fallen spirits are detained, and many, many strange and evil and malignant beings are shut up…to do with it as he pleased.   Nor did Satan fail to use this power anymore than he failed to exert his full liberty against Job.  When he opened the Abyss, unlocking the door of separation between Earth and hell, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace.  The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss.  He invoked a plague, such as the world has never before experienced, and out of the smoke a species of supernatural, infernal, locusts came down upon the Earth and were given the power of a poisonous sting, like that of scorpions of the Earth.  They were told not to harm the grass of the Earth or any plant or tree, but were only permitted freedom to horrify and torment those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.  They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months.  And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man, being perhaps the most intense and most painful that any living being can inflict upon the human body.  During those days of unfathomable torment men will fervently seek death, but will not be permitted to find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them, and they will be forced to endure a living hell in which they will suffer with unimaginable intensity without reprieve, day and night!

7The locusts of hell looked like horses prepared for battle.  On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces.  Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth.  They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.  They are supernatural beings that had tails and stings like earthly scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people, inflicting their torment by means of stings, like the stings of scorpions, for five months.  They had as king over them one of Satan’s appointed angels…the angel of the Abyss… whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon, both meaning ” destroyer.” 

12The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come!

13The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden altar that is before God, accustomed to crying out for mercy, now crying out for judgment against the crimes of despite and rejection of the atoning Blood of the Son of God committed against it.  It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates”…the very locality where the powers of evil first initiated their assault against the human race!  And the four angels who had been kept bound during all the preceding ages, held prisoners so as to be ready for this very hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.  They at once rushed forth for slaughter, in-breathed with the spirit of death and destruction, putting into execution their murderous and malignant will.  Under their command, the number of infernal horses with riders comprising the evil horde of mounted troops dispatched in dreadful assault against mankind was two hundred million.  I heard their number.

17The horses and their mounted riders…the rider was not a separate being but rather part of this supernatural, infernal horse of hell…I saw in my vision looked like this: their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur.  The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur.  A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur…the very elements of hell itself…that came out of their mouths.  The power of the horses was in the sooty, sulfurous, fiery breath that issued from their mouths to burn people alive and to suffocate, and in their tails; for their tails were serpentine, like snakes, powerful and capable of inflicting painful and disabling whip-like lashes, and having heads with which they bite and sting; and with both capacities they inflict severe injury.

20The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues spanning a day and hour longer than 13 dreadful, horror-filled, months still, even then, did not repent of the work of their hands; even then they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood…idols that cannot see or hear or walk!  Instead of fearing, loving and trusting in God above all things, they bestowed their loving confidence upon unclean spirits, constructing images of them to facilitate their worship, invoking them for guidance, and placing religious dependence in their impious falsities.  Nor did they repent, even then, of their murders and all forms of sin against human life, their magic arts and indulgent use of drugs and other sensual stimulants, their sexual immorality and general subversion of the sacred ordinance of marriage and its laws, or their thefts, dishonesty, and abject disregard of other’s rights!  [We see all of these evils unfolding even now before our very eyes in our Nation, heralding the far more intensity of these evils yet to come!]

Friends, brothers and sisters…

There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell.  You must be a born-again child of God.  I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom.  I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]

 If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”

He walks with me and He talks with me:

 

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