December 21

Just as God raised up a remnant of just 1% of all the men Gideon had marshaled to fight against the Midianites, even so there is a holy remnant whom God is raising up for Himself in these Last Days…a Godly remnant of the 1% of His children who will not bow down, who will not shrink back, who will not compromise, who will remain steadfast and immovable in their commitment to follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes. 

God’s holy remnant is called to life of self-sacrifice and self-denial.  “I am telling you the truth: a grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies.  If it does die, then it produces many grains.  If anyone would come after Me, he must sacrifice and deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.  Those who treasure their physical life on Earth, serving only themselves and their own interests, will lose it; those who place no value on their own self-life in this world willingly exchange it for treasure in Heaven…an eternal life in glory.  Whoever has no regard for his physical life here on Earth…has no possessive love for this world, neither cherishes the things this world has to offer, but willingly and voluntarily lays it all aside…as a result stores up for himself the treasure of an eternal life in Heaven.  If anyone serves Me, he must continue to follow me and cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying.  Wherever I am, there will My servant also be.  If anyone serves Me, My Father will honor him.” [Luke 9:23-24; 14:27; John 12:24-26] 

A large crowd was following Jesus.  He turned around and said to them, Whoever loves his father or mother more than Me is not fit to be My disciple; whoever loves his son or daughter more than Me is not fit to be My disciple.  Whoever does not take up his cross and follow in My steps is not fit to be My disciple.  Whoever tries to gain his own life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will gain it.  But don’t begin until you count the cost.  For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?  Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you.  They would say, There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!  Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him?  And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away.  So you cannot become my disciple without being willing to sacrifice your desire for anything and everything you own. [Matt 10:37-39; Luke 14:25-33]

Abba Father…Not my will, but Thy will be done.  Nothing that I do or say in the way of my expression of worshiping You is good or pleasing or acceptable to You if, first of all, before everything else and above everything else, “not my will, but Thy will be done” is not the supreme characterization of my life…in everything.  Nothing that I am engaged in doing is good or pleasing or acceptable to You if it did not originate from the leading of Your Holy Spirit.

If it did not originate from the leading of Your Holy Spirit, then its origin is my human spirit, and is therefore an expression of “my will be done.”  I am then holding on to my self-life and my self-interests…things that are pleasing to me.  Your Divine Son Jesus, Father, emphatically said, “I only do what My Father shows me to do; I only speak the words My Father gives me to speak.”  In His discourse with the Jewish authorities, Jesus said, “I have much to say about you, much to judge and condemn you for.  The One Who sent Me, however, is truthful, and I tell the world only what I have heard from Him.” [John 8:26]

Obedience is what characterizes the life of Your child…obedience continually and unceasingly day and night.  Obedience was the point of Adam’s failure; obedience was the point of Christ Jesus Your Son’s perfection, Father.  His perfect obedience in the character of His human nature…even unto death… was absolutely necessary in order to qualify Him as the Redeemer of Mankind.  In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for Whom and through Whom everything exists, should make the Author of our salvation perfect through suffering. [Heb 2:10]  Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him. [Heb 5:8-10].  And having taken upon Himself a human nature, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death…even death on a cross! [Phil 2:8]  And to this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. [1 Peter 2:20-21]

I am called to a life of obedience…and obedience originates with the leading of Your indwelling Holy Spirit.  Because you are My child, I have given you the Spirit of My Son to dwell in your heart, and He continually cries out, “Abba, Father!”  All who are indeed My children are continually led by My indwelling Holy Spirit!                              

Obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit always brings the blessings of God.  And obedience must be characterized by faithfulness in order to be good and pleasing and acceptable to God.  Faithfulness is nothing more than obeying what the Holy Spirit has given me to do wholeheartedly, with intensity, and to completion.  Obedience and faithfulness go hand in hand.  Only when obedience is carried out with faithfulness will my Father commend me, “Well done, good [obedient] and faithful servant! [Matt 25:21]

I am called to be obedient and faithful to every leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit.  Even so…it is His work and not mine.  It is not my work to do…I am called to participate together with Him in His work, in the ways He shows me…not in the ways I think I should do so.  And the results belong to Him, not to me.  I am not to look for results in the object of the work I am given to do.  If I do that, I will be drawn into living a results oriented life rather than a Spirit-led life, adjusting what I do according to what results I see.  No…the results I am to look for are in the subject of the work I am given…me.  The results I am to look for in me is faithfulness…doing the work wholeheartedly, with intensity, and to completion.  Those are the results I am responsible for.

Abba Father…Your children are continually being led by Your indwelling Holy Spirit.  And You have so lovingly assured me, Your child, that I needn’t be like a cowering, fearful slave in Your Presence.  Your Holy Spirit, God’s eternal gift, doesn’t make cowards out of us.  He endues me with power and love and a sound mind…that I should freely abide with You as Your very Own child, adopted by birth into the bosom of Your Family, crying out unashamedly without reservation to You, “Abba, Father!”  For Your Holy Spirit speaks to me deep in my heart, reassuring me that indeed I really am Your child! [Rom 8:14-17; 2 Tim 1:7]

Brothers and sisters in Christ…

This is where I stand.  I don’t know why God has been exhorting me to continually warn the brethren to be prepared with a supply of food and necessities…but I am not giving up my own provisions at this point in time.  I am holding on, and I will wait and see what takes place.  And so I continue to encourage you…Make provision for the physical sustenance of your family and yourself [refer to https://preservechristianfamily.org/2017/02/26/brace-yourself-prepare/].  A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep on going, and suffer for it. [Proverbs 22:3]
The Lord always warns His holy remnant beforehand, so that they will always be prepared and never taken by surprise like the unbelievers and the lukewarm.  Make provision for yourself and your family materially, spiritually, and emotionally NOW for what the Lord is warning will take place so as to not be overwhelmed by a severe scarcity of goods, and thereby spiral into debilitating emotional depression!
You need to be prepared and available as a minister of the Lord to a dying world: Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the Word of life. [Phil 2:14-16]  We have been raised up by the Lord for such a time as this! 

I still hold to the Spirit’s words of warning: “Brace yourself, and tell others that I have warned them to brace themselves, for they are about to see even more shocking things.  Ready or not, Nation, here it comes!  Brace yourself on My Word and on My promises, and do not rely on your own strength.  Do not stop bracing yourselves, and don’t look back; the storm will not pass until I, the Lord, stop the storm!  Those who refuse to get ready will be wanting in the end.” 

But if the watchman sees the danger coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people, and the sword comes and takes the life of even one of them, that one will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood. [Ezek 33:6]
Lord God Almighty, as Your watchman I have been solemnly fulfilling the responsibility You have given me in sounding the alarm to warn Your people; there will be no blood on my hands.

Revelation 19:11-21

I saw Heaven standing open, and there before me was a white horse, whose Rider is called Faithful and True.  With righteousness and justice He judges and makes war, and He comes forth to judge the quick and the dead.  His eyes are like blazing fire, penetrating the very depths, the deepest most hidden secrets, of a persons soul and spirit, and on His head are the many crowns emblematic of His sovereign authority over all the nations of the Earth.  He has a majestic and glorious Name written on Him descriptive of incomprehensible Godhead that no one but He Himself and the eternal Father knows.  He is dressed in a robe dipped in the blood of enemies already vanquished down through the ages, and His Name is the Word of God.  His Bride, assembled together to form the armies of Heaven, were following Him…His called, chosen and faithful followers…riding on white horses and dressed in the fine linen, white and clean, that had been given her to wear for the occasion of her marriage to the LambBehold the Lord cometh with ten thousand of His saints to execute judgment upon all.  Out of His mouth comes a sharp sword of infinite and invincible Almighty Power with which to strike down the kings of the nations and their armies…all the confederated kingdoms of man mustered in rebellion against the anointed and rightful Sovereign over all the world…and thereby take forcible possession of the Earth, dethroning forever and ever the enemies and usurpers who occupy it!  The very words He speaks carry within themselves the power to carry out what is spoken…immediately, completely, continually.  “He will indeed rule over (poimanei[NT:4165]-shepherdize) them with an iron scepter”  His administration which follows up the battle, gathers the remaining populations of the Earth into their proper flocks, assigns them their laws and rulers, thenceforward allows no more disobedienceAt the battle on the great Day of God Almighty, He Himself treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty; the righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance.  He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked…a river of human blood flowing out of the winepress, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia (160 miles)!  On His robe and on His thigh He has this Name written, emblematic of His supreme authority, majesty, and dominion:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. 

And I saw an angel standing in the sun who, in anticipation of the results of this battle on the great Day of God Almighty, cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.”

Then I saw the Beast and the kings of the Earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the Rider on the white horse and His army.  They had been marshaled together by the three evil spirits that looked like frogs that had come out of the mouth of the Dragon, out of the mouth of the Beast and out of the mouth of the False Prophet.  These spirits of demons, performing satanic miraculous signs, had gone out to the kings and armies of the whole world, inciting, deceiving and seducing them with their lying wonders, preaching, and oracles, so as to gather them together in one universal movement for the battle on the great Day of God Almighty.  Thus it was that God had sent them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.  They had sold their hopes and their future to Satan, but the Beast was captured, and with him the False Prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf.  With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the Beast and worshiped his image.  The two of them were taken by the Rider on the white horse, all of their resistance proving to be utterly impotent and powerless, helpless in the grip of the Lord God Almighty, and thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur to be imprisoned there forever and ever.  The rest of them…the kings from one end of the Earth to the other along with all their armies…were killed in an awe-filled slaughter with the sword that came out of the mouth of the Rider on the white horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.  Thus ends the present administrations of this world, and begins the rule and reign on Earth of the King of kings and the Lord of lords…the Prince of Peace Himself!

BRACE YOURSELF

Come, My people, enter your chambers and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the Lord’s wrath has passed by.  For behold, the Lord is coming out of His Heavenly Sanctuary to punish the inhabitants of the Earth for their iniquity.  The Earth also will disclose the blood shed upon her, and the ground will no longer hide those who have been murdered…63 million unborn children slaughtered in cold-blooded murder…and conceal her guilt.  They will be brought out for all to see. [Isa 26:20-21]
We are encouraged, though, to keep our own integrity in times of common apostasy, that, if we do so, we shall be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.

PREPARE YOURSELF

There is a holy remnant whom God is raising up for Himself in this Last Day of the Lord…a Godly remnant of His children who will not bow down, who will not shrink back, who will not compromise, who will remain steadfast and immovable in their commitment to follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes.  God’s holy remnant is called to a life of obedience and suffering, self-sacrifice and self-denial…to walk along the path that Christ Jesus dedicated for us, and to follow in His footsteps as our forerunner. You cannot become part of My holy remnant without being willing to  sacrifice your desire for anything and everything you own. 

Friends, brothers and sisters, this is our Lord’s exhortation…

Arise My bride, and prepare to pray:

  • Pray to strengthen the backbone of the Church.  The current ongoing persecution of the Church and of Christians is going to escalate exponentially; it is going to get MUCH WORSE.
  • Pray for the cleansing of the corruption in the Church.  God is going to expose and purge corruption within His Church, and separate the wheat from the chaff…separate His True church from the apostate churches that no longer belong to Him.  He is going to expose false prophets and teachers, and wolves dressed in sheep clothing pretending to be shepherds.
  •  Pray for a Great Harvest:  It is a call to preach the gospel to everyone, everywhere; God will use His holy remnant to seek and to save the lost.  There will be a great harvest of souls in these Last Days.  Jesus said to them, “Go throughout the whole world and preach the good news of the Gospel to everyone, everywhere.  With My authority, take this message of repentance to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: There is forgiveness of sins for all who turn to Me. [Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47] 
    And now, Lord God Almighty…bring rains to our drought-stricken lives, so that those who sow in tears, invoking the Lord of the Harvest, will reap with songs of Joy.  He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying bountiful sheaves from the harvest with him! [Ps 126:3-6]
      Hallelujah!

Arise My bride, and prepare for battle.  There is going to be severe Satanic, demonic attacks against God’s holy remnant of committed, uncompromising, steadfast Christians, pastors, and leaders [not the lukewarm], and against marriages, families, and children in these coming days!  There is going to be severe attacks and intense persecution coming from pretending “Christians” within the church, against pastors who preach the uncompromised Word of God.  For the time is coming when people will not tolerate sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching for something self-pleasing and gratifying, they will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.  [2 Tim 4:3-5] 
Woe to the inhabitants of the Earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you!  He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short. [Rev 12:12]  

Arise My bride, and prepare to see My Face.  Behold, I am coming soon!  My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. 
Then the Kingdom of Heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.  Five of them were foolish and five were wise.  When the foolish took their lamps, they did not take any extra oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil along with them with their lamps.  While the bridegroom lingered and was slow in coming, they all began nodding their heads, and they fell asleep.  But at midnight there was a shout, Behold, the bridegroom!  Go out to meet him!  Then all those virgins got up and put their own lamps in order.  The foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.  But the wise replied, There will not be enough for us and for you; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.  But while they were going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were prepared went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut.  Later the other virgins also came and said, Lord, Lord, open the door to us!  But He replied, I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.
Watch therefore and give strict attention, for you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man will come. [Matt 25:1-13]  

ENDURE TO THE END

I am coming quickly.  Hold on to what you have, so that no one will deprive you of your crown.  Everyone who overcomes by means of their faith…I will make a pillar in the Sanctuary of My God.  Never again will you leave it.  I will write on you the name of My God and you will be a citizen in the city of My God…the new Jerusalem…which will come down out of Heaven from My God; I will also write on you My Own new name. 

BE ENCOURAGED 

Beloved…you are My child, in whom I am well-pleased.  I love you with a fathomless love; you are the apple of My eye.  I take great pleasure in you,
**          **.   Come, abide with Me in the shelter of the Most High…here in the Holy of Holies, in My unclouded Presence within the Heavenly Sanctuary, where you will find your home and your resting place in the shadow of the Almighty, sheltered in My loving arms.  I am your Refuge and your Fortress, your God and Father, in Whom you may trust with an unwavering child-like trust, and in Whom you may continually be at rest in an unruffled child-like rest.  In My loving arms, **          **, you will find rest for your soul; all shall be peaceful and calm, tranquil and unruffled.
Surely, My beloved child, I shall deliver you from the hidden traps and from deadly hazards.  I shall cover you with My pinions, and under My wings you shall abide with Me and find refuge.  You will be safe in My care; My truth and My faithfulness will protect and defend you.  You need not be afraid of any terror of the night, nor the sudden evil attacks of the enemy during the day, nor of any dreaded diseases that stalk in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death of disasters that surprise and lay waste at noonday.  A thousand may fall at your side, **          **, and ten thousand at your right hand…but these evils will not touch you!  Safe and secure in the secret place of the Most High, you will be only a spectator as you witness the recompense of the wicked.
Because you have made Me your refuge, **          **, and the Most High your dwelling place, there shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your dwelling place.  For I give My angels special charge over you, to accompany, defend, and preserve you in all your ways of obedience and service.  They will steady you with their hands, and keep you from stumbling against the rocks on the pathway.  You can safely meet a lion or step on poisonous snakes; you will walk unharmed among them…yes, even trample them beneath your feet!
Because you have set your love upon Me, **          **, therefore will I deliver you.  I will set you on high, because you know and understand My Name through our deep and intimate Sacred Covenant relationship.  Because you are My beloved child, You shall call upon Me and I will answer you; I will be with you in trouble, I will deliver you and honor you.  With long life will I satisfy you and show you My salvation.

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.”

Holy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcx2O9WXvn8&feature=youtu.be

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