July 4

Christians across our Nation are called to stand steadfast and immovable with Christ.  We are called to pledge our allegiance to the Lamb…to be faithful and true no matter the cost.  Jesus said, “When the Son of Man returns, will He find any with unwavering faith on the Earth?” [Luke 18:8]  Let it be that we are among those counted part of the remnant that Jesus will turn to and say, “Yes…there is faith!”  I especially sense the need as a watchman to warn the people of God to prepare NOW for the severe persecution that will come upon each one of us…to count the cost, and be willing to pay the price, of standing steadfast and immovable with Christ.  Just a number of days ago, our Supreme Court has done even more evil in the sight of God.  In a truly devastating ruling, they have redefined “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”  This will be totally damaging to all Christian churches, organizations, and businesses; homosexual rights will now override religious freedom!  Going forward…it will be a criminal offense to refuse to hire, or to fire, or to close any job position within any organization to a homosexual or lesbian…including preschool, daycare, and church leadership…not to mention preaching from the pulpit what God clearly states about the sin of homosexuality being perverse, and an abomination in His sight.  America is a “Christmas tree” Nation, cut off from our roots in God, and dead!  We are watching as the needles continually dry up and fall off!  Even so, we must not bow down to the tyrant’s golden image: Our God is able to deliver us from your fiery furnace, O king; but even if He chooses not to…even so, we will not serve your gods or bow down to the golden image you have set before us. [Dan 3:18]  We must not shrink back: My righteous one will live by faith.  And if he shrinks back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him. [Heb 10:38]  We must not compromise: Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.  But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. [Josh 24:15]  

I believe that oftentimes the persecution will come suddenly and without warning upon an individual, and if we have not already prepared for it in advance, we will be taken by surprise and caught off guard…and tempted to bow down, shrink back, or compromise. Christians in the work environment and in their everyday social environment cannot remain silent in the presence of what God calls evil…to hear evil and remain silent would be to convey our agreement, or at least a lack of disagreement.  Bonhoeffer… renowned Pastor, theologian, and martyr in Nazi Germany…proclaimed that Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold us guiltless.  Not to speak is to speak.  Not to act is to act.”  We cannot remain in association with any group or organization that practices, accepts, or encourages what God calls evil…to do so would be to convey our acceptance of such behavior.

This is what the Lord says: I brought hunger to every city and famine to every town.  But still you would not return to Me!  I kept the rain from falling when your crops needed it the most.  I sent rain on one town but withheld it from another.  Rain fell on one field, while another field withered away.  People staggered from town to town looking for water, but there was never enough.  But still you would not return to Me!  I struck your farms and vineyards with blight and mildew.  Locusts devoured all your fig and olive trees.  But still you would not return to Me!  I sent plagues on you like the plagues I sent on Egypt long ago.  I killed your young men in war and led all your horses away.  The stench of death filled the air!  But still you would not return to Me!  I destroyed some of your cities, as I destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.  Those of you who survived were like charred sticks pulled from a fire.  But still you would not return to me!  Therefore, I will bring upon you all the disasters I have announced.  Prepare to meet your God in judgment, O My people!  For the Lord is the One Who shaped the mountains, stirs up the winds, and reveals His thoughts to mankind.  He turns the light of dawn into darkness and treads on the heights of the Earth.  The Lord God of Heaven’s Armies is His Name! [Amos 4:6-13]  

Lord, you are searching for honesty.  You struck Your people, but they paid no attention.  You crushed them, but they refused to be corrected.  They are determined, with faces set like stone; they have refused to repent and return to You.  Then I said, Surely these are only the poor; they are sinfully foolish and have no understanding, for they know not the way of the Lord…the just and righteous law of their God.  So I will go and speak to their leaders.  Surely they know the ways of the Lord and understand God’s laws.  But I found the very reverse to be true!  These had likewise all alike broken the yoke of God’s law and had burst the bonds of obedience to Him! [Jer 5:3-5]

Gather together…yes, unbend yourselves in submission and see if there is no sense of shame and no consciousness of sin left in you, O shameless nation!  The time for repentance is speeding by like chaff whirled before the wind!  Therefore consider, before God’s decree brings forth a curse upon you, before the time to repent is gone like the drifting chaff, before the fierce fury of the Lord comes upon you…yes, before the terrible day of the wrath of the Lord comes upon you!  Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land who have acted in compliance with His revealed will and have kept His commandments.  Seek righteousness; seek to do what is right and to live humbly!  Perhaps even yet the Lord will protect you from His anger on that day of destruction! [Zeph 2:1-3]

That is why the Lord says: Turn to Me now, while there is still time.  Give Me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.  Rend your hearts in your grief, and not your garments!  Return to the Lord your God, for He is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.  He is eager to relent and not punish.  Who knows?  Perhaps He will give you a reprieve, sending you a blessing instead of this curse. [Joel 2:12-14]

Revelation 11:1-19

Now was to begin the processes of the actual taking possession of the Earth by our triumphant Redeemer, and the active participation of the now glorified saints in these forthcoming administrations: “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?”5  I was given a reed…like a judicial measuring rod, but also like a rod of chastisement…and was told by the Angel of Yahweh, “Go (as the representative of what each and every raptured and glorified saint now in Heaven is likewise commanded) into the Holy City Jerusalem and apply the rod in measure of the temple of God and the altar, and measure (“count” in the NIV) the worshipers there, purging them according to a new canon of regulations, laws, and boundaries.  These People, the Jewish Nation, I once again acknowledge and claim as My possession, and they shall be set apart once again and marked off as My chosen people.  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.6  But exclude the outer court…the court of the Gentiles.  Do not measure it, because I have rejected it; it has been given over to the Gentiles.  They will then be used as an instrument of God’s chastisement and purging of His chosen people, and will trample on the Holy City for 42 months, persecuting the measured worshipers there, desecrating the measured altar, and setting up an idol in the very marked place of Yahweh!  And so shall it be that I will then give great and extraordinary power to My two witnesses, chosen from among the raptured and glorified saints now in HeavenEnoch and Elijah, the Tishbite: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful Day of the Lord.”7  And they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth befitting those terrible judgment times when they shall torment them that dwell upon the Earth…times of relentless calamity and unimaginable burdens of woe!  These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands… they themselves both the oil and the source of light, the sole lightbearers to a world on the eve of that Day of Judgment in which the Earth will burn as an oven.  They are the ones that had been translated to the presence of Jesus in the heavenly spaces without the intervention of death, and thereby are the anointed who stand before the Lord of the Earth in the present administration of His role and reign as the King of kings, and the Lord of lords.  For it is ‘not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit’, says the Lord of Hosts,8 working through My two witnesses, that the final restitution of Jerusalem, its temple, its worship, and its system of ordinances will be accomplished, according as I have measured.”  If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies.  This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.  These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the entire 42 months time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the Earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.  Thus were they given power to exercise judgment wrath against the great prevailing sin of idol worship, trust in false gods, and sacrilegious desecration of God’s temple, and to rebuke the blasphemies of unprincipled government, attesting by the nature of their inflictions the near coming of the Almighty to overwhelm forever these bloody tyrants and all their hosts.  To smite the Earth with every plague, as often as they will, and to devour by fire from the breath of their mouth, is the entrusted prerogative of these two witnesses, giving proof to the doomed world by the very breath of their mouth that the devouring wrath of the Almighty is fully kindled, ready to break forth in fiery destruction to all who stand out against His messengers, and is even now ready to be turned into enginery of irresistible destruction to those who still persist in their impieties. 

7Now when they have finished their assigned period of testimony to the Truth of God and His purposes, resisting the gigantic blasphemies of the final antichrist, giving to the infatuated world its last awful warning for repentance before the oncoming avalanche of destruction, and maintaining righteousness over and against apostasy and abounding wickedness, the Beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.  Their bodies will lie in the street of the great City, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.  For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial, in an extraordinary display of fiendishness and resentment so monstrous and unrelenting that it could not be placated even by their death.  The inhabitants of the Earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had so tormented those who live on the Earth with the revolting and distressing judgment plagues they were licensed to inflict upon these worshipers of the Beast. 

11But after the three and a half days of death, a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, resurrected by the power of God, and overwhelming terror struck those who saw them.  Then they heard a loud voice from Heaven saying to them, “Come up here.”  And they went up to Heaven in a cloud, in the same manner as the ascension of their Lord before them, while their enemies looked on in horror and dismay.

13At that very hour there was a severe earthquake, and a tenth of the city collapsed.  Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the stunned and deeply convicted survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of Heaven.

14The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming very soon!

15The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in Heaven, a tumultuous outcry of adoring rapture ringing out from the inhabitants of glory, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign for ever and ever!”

16And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces in overwhelming praise and adoration as their soul-dissolving joy breaks like a sea of thankfulness against the Throne, and they worshiped God, saying: “We give thanks to You, Lord God Almighty, the One Who is and Who was, and Who is now come, because You have taken Your great power and have now begun to reign, and your kingdom shall never end!  The nations were angry; and Your wrath has come.  The time has come for judging each and every one of the dead, and for rewarding Your servants the prophets and Your saints and those who reverence Your Holy Name, both small and great…and for destroying those who destroy the Earth.”  As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.  The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.  They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.9

19Then God’s Temple in Heaven was opened, and within His Temple was seen the ark of His covenant, all the covenants of God with His people and all His solemn promises to them treasured away there, setting forth still further the glory of this momentous occasion.  And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm, heralding the impending breaking forth upon the wicked dwellers of the Earth terrible days of sore scourgings, and afflictions, and unutterable sorrows without end.  

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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