Lord God Almighty, when Your judgments come upon the Earth…as they are even now… the people of the world learn righteousness. Though God has shown grace to the wicked, even so, they still do not learn righteousness! Even in a land of uprightness they continue going on doing evil, and regard not the Majesty of the Lord! [Isa 26:10]
Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them…do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish and be lost eternally.” [Luke 13:1-5] …Or those multitudes who die as a result of Coronavirus…do you think they are more guilty than all others? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish and be lost eternally.” From that time when He had heard that John the Baptist had been put in prison, Jesus began to preach, crying out, Repent…turn from your sins and turn to God…for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. [Matt 4:17]
I have a controversy with many of My children! Don’t you know; don’t you understand? I made you for Myself, in My Own image and in My Own likeness, to be joined together with Me in a Sacred Covenant relationship…a living union of oneness…the very crown jewels of My creation, and that, as a mirror of the Almighty, you would reflect My Glory to the created Universe! I purchased you, by Myself and for Myself, with the precious and priceless Blood of My Divine Son Jesus, that you would declare My praises…the praises of the One Who called you out of darkness into My marvelous light! I made you to be a kingdom of priests, a holy nation, consecrated and set apart to the worship of God…consecrated and set apart to worship Me! But no…instead, you are like an unfaithful, adulterous wife, having intimacy and 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, I know that you honor Me with your lips…but your heart is far from Me! 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, to cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so your eyes would be opened and you can truly see! Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So, therefore, be earnest, and repent! [Rev 3:15-19]
Beloved…Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life in this world will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it for life eternal. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s Glory with the holy angels. [Matt 24:12-14, 6:24, 10:37-39; Mark 8:36-38]
“But [Joshua said] if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods! It was the Lord our God Himself Who brought us and our fathers up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled. And the Lord drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the Lord, because He is our God.” Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a Holy God; He is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, He will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after He has been good to you.” But the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the Lord.” Then Joshua said, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to serve the Lord.” “Yes, we are witnesses,” they replied. “Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God and obey Him.” [Josh 24:15-24]
And the Dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea… the symbolic representation of the very person of the Antichrist himself, as well as the embodiment of all antichrists throughout all ages and in all places who were his forerunners! He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns…the symbolic representation of the sum total of this world’s political sovereignty and dominion throughout all ages and in all places, now in its final consummation…and on each head a blasphemous name exalting himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped.15 The Beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The Dragon gave the Beast his power and his throne and great authority, to be his fleshly agent through whom he could act out his murderous will of blasphemies, deceits, and bloody spite. One of the heads of the Beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed so that, though once dead, he enters again upon all the activities of life the same as if he never had been killed. Thus it is that this Beast is a man who once was living, who was fatally wounded, whose place was in the Abyss of lost souls, and who is now empowered by Satan to come forth out of the Abyss as a supernatural personage endowed with all the energy and supernatural powers of Satan himself, along with convincing evidences of his real prior identity. And though having been slain, he returns again to take the lead in the activities and administrations upon Earth, the chosen leader of all the sovereign powers of the Earth, given power and authority by them to act as the one sole Arch Regent of their time. The whole world was astonished by this… amazed at his regal appearance, and his wonderful array of every one of the most desirable human qualities, and his superhuman power…and followed the Beast, admiring him, delighting in him, and paying homage to him. He will be the idol of the world; all kings will gladly yield him their thrones, and give their dominion to him…such will be the splendor, and wisdom, and miraculous greatness of his teachings and his deeds. He is the anti-christ…Satan’s counterfeit to the Christ…the consummate antagonist and supplanter of everything Divine, who will perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect, if that were possible.16 Men worshiped the Dragon because he had given such authority to the Beast, and they also worshiped and adored the Beast and asked, “Who is like the Beast? Who can make war against him?”
5The Beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his unparalleled authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander His name, His dwelling place, and those raptured and glorified saints who now live in Heaven…the Woman’s royal seed whom the Dragon had attempted to devour but who were snatched up by God to Heaven. He is at once Anti-God, Anti-Christ, and Anti-Spirit, antagonizing each particular Person of the Blessed Trinity, trampling on Their claims, usurping Their honors, putting himself into Their place, and abolishing all worship and recognition of either. He was given power to make war against the saints…the remaining offspring of the Woman upon the Earth…and against God’s Two Witnesses, and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the Earth will be compelled to worship the Beast; all whose names have not been written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world will succumb to his ungodly decrees.
9I forewarn you with the utmost urgency…he who has an ear, let him hear! If anyone is prepared to go into the self-imposed captivity of flight or exile to the mountains, the wilderness, the dens and caves of the Earth for the sake of his safety, into captivity he will indeed go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword because he dares to take up arms against the Beast, with the sword he will surely be killed.
This calls for unparalleled patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints remaining upon the Earth, as under the Antichrist all true worshipers shall be tested, tried, and persecuted as never before in all the ages.
11Then I saw another beast, coming out of the Earth…the symbolic representation of the very person of the False Prophet himself, as well as the embodiment of all false prophets throughout all ages and in all places who were his forerunners! He had two horns like a gentle lamb, the symbolic representation of the sum total of this world’s wisdom throughout all ages and in all places, crystallized now into its final consummation as the world’s ultimate great system of indisputable, absolute, truth. But he spoke like a dragon, making professions and claims of absolute dominion over the minds, souls, consciences, and heart’s of people, thereby usurping the place and prerogatives of the Holy Spirit. He exercised all the authority of the first Beast, on his behalf, as his witness, consociate, and prime minister. And he made the very Earth, and all its inhabitants as their absolute oracle and spiritual advisor, worship the first Beast, whose fatal wound had been healed, as the one only God. And, having Satanic supernatural powers along with the Beast, he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from Heaven to Earth in full view of men! Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first Beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the Earth, that they would believe the lie. He then ordered them to set up an image in honor of the Beast who was fatally wounded by the sword and yet lived…the very “abomination of desolation” spoken of by Daniel the prophet…to be located in Jerusalem in the very temple built for Yahweh! He was given power to give breath to the image of the first Beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead as a visible badge to show their allegiance to their infernal lord, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark. The mark of the Beast consisted of the two Greek characters that stand for the name of Christ, with a third, the figure of a crooked serpent, put between them (CHXS)…the very name of God’s Messiah transformed into a devil sacrament, which is the name of the Beast or the number of his name!
18This calls for wisdom, so as to detect and discern the moral degradation and anti-Christian principles characterizing the spirit of the antichrist which lay people open to his power, and the subtle atheism and unfaith by which people are betrayed into his hands, already working so powerfully in so many deceptive forms about us. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the Beast, for it is man’s number denoting evil in its greatest intensity and most disastrous manifestations. His number is 666.
Thus we have the full embodiment of all evil now revealed and operative on the Earth, manifested in an infernal trinity, the mimicry of eternal realities. First, is the unseen and hidden father, the Dragon, that old serpent, the Devil. The next is the seven-headed and ten-horned Beast from the sea, “the Son of Perdition,” begotten of the Devil, his Earthly manifestation, who dies, and revives again, and reappears on Earth after having been in the invisible world, as Christ, and is awarded the power and throne of his father the Devil. And to this comes a third, the two-horned Beast from the Earth, who proceeds from the Dragon father and Dragon son, for his speech is the Dragon’s speech, and “he exercises all the authority of the first Beast in his presence,” carrying into living effect the Satanic will of both the father and the son. Thus, we perceive three distinct personalities…the Devil, the Antichrist, and “The False Prophet;” and these three are one…one vital essence, one economy, and one administration. The Dragon sets up as the anti-God; the ten-horned Beast, his son, is the anti-Christ; and the two-horned Beast, proceeding from and operating in the interest of both, is the anti-Holy Spirit. And these three together are Hell’s trinity in unity, the Devil’s unity in trinity!
Blessed Jesus…I stand in awe of the One Who will be coming back into this world once again, no longer as the Lamb of God but this time as the Lion of Judah, clothed in all of Your Majesty, and Glory, and Power…to assume Your role and to begin Your reign on Earth as the King of kings and the Lord of Lords. [Acts 1:10; Rev 1:8; 17:14]
Beloved…be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. Be alertly waiting for your master’s return from the wedding feast, so you may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those whom the master finds ready when he comes. You also, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect! [Jesus…Luke 12:35-37, 40]
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: