December 22

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 a life of self-sacrifice and self-denial.  You cannot become a disciple of Christ without being willing to sacrifice your desire for anything and everything you own.  Obedience is what characterizes the life of God’s child…obedience continually and unceasingly day and night.  I am called to a life of unquestioning child-like obedience.  All who are indeed children of the Most High God are continually led by His indwelling Holy Spirit!                              

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]

Abba Father…I came into this world naked and without possessions from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked and without possessions when I depart this world.  There is one precious gift, however, given to every soul born into this world.  When You brought me into existence, You gave me…and to every soul…a very specific and fixed allotment of time to live my physical life on the face of the Earth, known only by You.  You had determined the span of the physical life of my body.  You had set the day and the hour for my birth as well as the day and the hour of the death of my physical body.  Abba Father…there is absolutely nothing…no person or living being; no circumstance, event, or thing…on the face of this Earth, or in the heavens above, or in the spirit realm that can alter that day and hour set by You, or thwart Your plans, hinder Your purposes, or override Your will for me.

The allotment of time given me was for the purpose of my being engaged in the specific plans You had determined and formulated for me in eternity past…an Eternal Plan for my life in the physical realm, plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me a hope and a future…the allotment of time necessary for me to be engaged in the plans you ordained for me to do the good works You have planned in advance for me to do.  And then a body You prepared for me suitable to be engaged in those plans and to fulfill those purposes.  You Personally knit me together in my mother’s womb with the necessary capabilities, capacities, and faculties…talents…that would be necessary for me to perform the work You had ordained for me.  I am custom made, tailor-made!  Every day of my life was recorded in Your Book before I was born…before I ever began to breathe!  I am indeed Your workmanship, created in Christ Jesus Your Son to do the good works You have planned in advance for me to do!

Abba Father…the 2 gifts You have given me are: time and talents.  In whatever I am engaged in doing…in whatever I am spending my time on and my talents on…whether physical activity, speaking, or writing…this is the question of eternal importance:

  • Is Your Holy Spirit engaged in doing this work and has He called me to participate together with Him in this work;
  • Is this a responsibility needed to sustain my physical life and that of my family…to provide food, clothing, and shelter…and/or to nurture their spiritual life.

I am to be careful to spend my time and my talents solely and only in these 2 ways; the first way is the ministration of the Holy Spirit, the second is the responsibility to provide the physical and spiritual necessities of life for myself and my family.

Abba Father…Time is the most precious gift You have given me.  I don’t ever want to have to stand before You, Father, and be ashamed to tell You how I have spent in a frivolous manner even one hour of my time.  I don’t want to spend my time on my self-life…satisfying my self-interests, engaged in doing things having selfish motives, having a self-serving agenda, or to gain something for myself.  I don’t want to spend my time engaged in doing any work that Your Holy Spirit is not engaged in doing.  I don’t want to spend my time engaged in doing any work that Your Holy Spirit has not specifically called me to do to participate with Him in His work.  I don’t want to spend my time on anything that does not contribute to the physical and spiritual well-being of my family.  I want to know there is an eternal purpose for what I am doing, that how I am spending my time has eternal value and eternal worth.

Abba Father… It doesn’t matter, then, whether I live or whether I die.  All that really matters is that You keep my heart lovingly and joyfully joined with Your will…because You know the specific plans You have for me and the good works You have planned in advance for me to do.  I am going to exist forever.  It doesn’t matter to me whether I continue to live in the physical realm at this moment in time, or whether my physical body dies and my life in the spiritual realm begins.  That is rather for You to consider than for me.  The death of my physical body is certain…whether now or later.  Even so, I fulfill the Eternal Purpose You have for my existence solely and only by wholly embracing in my heart: NOT MY WILL, BUT THY WILL BE DONE…in everything.  This is the defining characteristic of my life…the life of a child of the Most High God!  Abba Father…I am to be only where You place me to be; I only go where You lead me to go; I only do what You show me to do; I only present the thoughts You give me to present, and I only speak or write the words You give me to speak or write.  That is how I worship You in Spirit and in Truth.  Abba Father…the supreme act of worship is: Not my will, but Thy will be done…in EVERYTHING.  The supreme expression of worship is spending my allotted time solely and only, wholly and always, on things that have eternal value, eternal worth, eternal purpose.  If I don’t worship You in this manner, then none of my “worship” is good or pleasing or acceptable to You.  I would be guilty of honoring You with my lips, but my heart is far from You; it is a stench in Your nostrils.

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 20:1-15

And I saw an angel coming down out of Heaven…the Angel of Yahweh…the Lord Jesus Christ Himself…having the key to the Abyss and holding in His hand a great chain.  He seized the Dragon, that ancient Serpent, who is the Devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.  He threw him into the Abyss…that prison in which evil spirits are detained prior to their final judgment…and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended.  After that, he must be set free for a short time.

I saw thrones on which were seated all those resurrected saints who are His called, chosen and faithful followers…those who had been assembled together to form the armies of Heaven, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean…His glorious bride…who had now been given authority to judge and to shepherdize the nations along with Him as He had promised: “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My Throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His Throne.”  And I saw among them the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the Word of God.  They had not worshiped the Beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands.  They were especially noteworthy among those who came to resurrection life and now reigned as kings and priests over the nations along with Christ for a thousand years.  (The rest of the dead…those who are not among His called, chosen and faithful followers…did not come to resurrection life until the thousand years were ended).  This is the completion of the period of the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy are those who alone have part in the first resurrection…a resurrection out from the dead, and a translation of those still living, who belong to Christ…His glorious bride!  The second death has no power over them, but they will be unerring and immortal kings and priests of God and of Christ, shepherdizing the nationsruling over them to direct, instruct, and feed them with all the loving care of angels, but shall rule them with a rod of iron in their hands to enforce docility, obedience, and unreserved surrender to all the laws and requirements of the Lord God Almighty…and they will reign with Him for a thousand years!

When the thousand years are over, the loyalty and devotion of the nations, who had now experienced a heavenly life of peace and prosperity under the blessed shepherdizing of the Lord Jesus and His immortal co-regents, are again to be tested.  Satan will be released from his prison and will go out once again, for the last time, to deceive the nations in the most remote four corners of the Earth…Gog and Magog…to gather them together for battle, believing the lie that they can overthrow the rule and authority of the Lord’s immortal and glorified saints.  In number they are like the sand on the seashore.  They marched across the breadth of the Earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the City He loves.  But fire came down from Heaven and instantly, utterly, devoured them.  And the Devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the Beast and the False Prophet had been thrown a thousand years before, to be imprisoned there forever and ever, where they will be tormented day and night forever and ever, without end.  Thus ends the last rebellion ever seen upon this planet…the last sin, and the last deaths, that ever occur in this dwelling-place of man. 

Then I saw a great white Throne, awe-filled with immeasurable power, and of pure, complete, unmingled, and invincible justice, and Him who was unnamable, indescribable, and Eternal Godhead seated on it.  Earth and sky seemed to have fled into an insignificant nothingness from the overwhelming Almightiness of His Presence, and there seemingly was no place for them!  And I saw the resurrection of damnation of therest of the dead, those who did not have part in the first resurrection, both the great and small, standing before the Throne, brought forth from all the depositories of the souls and bodies of the unholy dead, and books were opened wherein were fully recorded every thought, every word, every deed, every attitude, every motive, every secret and most hidden thing, of every person who ever breathed Earth’s atmosphere.  Included therein also were the deeds of goodness and morality of those who thought to stand before God on their own merit…who never felt the need of atonement by the propitiation of a crucified Savior, and who thus disdained to build on the merit and righteousness of the one only Mediator as the sole hope of a guilty and diseased humanity.  Another book was opened, which is the Book of Life… the roll-book of the regenerate in Christ Jesus…the register of the washed and sanctified through faith in His redeeming Blood.  The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.  The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged and condemned according to, and in proportion to, the degree of sinfulness of what he had done.  Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire, as had been the Beast, the False Prophet, and the Devil before themThe lake of fire is the second deathan eternal living-death of unimaginable woe, pain, and dreadful torment of both body and spirit, day and night, unceasing, forever and ever.  If anyone’s name was not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

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.
“Behold”, says the Lord Jesus in His last warning for the last opportunity offered to mankind to be among His redeemed, “I come for the last time like a thief in the night to gather those who would be among the electBlessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, in watchfulness, prayer and readiness for the summons when it comes, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed, eternally without remedy.”

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 give the privilege to sit beside Me on My Throne, just as I Myself overcame and am now seated beside My Father on His Throne.

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:
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