February 17, 2021

Revelation 13:1-18

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.  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 killedThus 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 thisamazed 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 himHe 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.  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?”

The 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.

I 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. 

Then 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!

This 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! [Revelation 13:1-18]

At that time you will be arrested and handed over to be punished and be put to death.  All mankind will hate you because of your allegiance to Me.  Many of My followers will give up their faith at that time; they will betray one another to the authorities and hate one another.  At that time many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.  The spread of wickedness and evil will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many people for others will grow cold.  But whoever stands firm against false prophets and continues showing love in a world where evil is constantly spreading will be saved.  [You will come to share in Christ if you hold firmly till the end the confidence you had at first. Heb 3:14-15] [Matt 24:9-13] 
Even now I rejoice in the midst of my sufferings on your behalf.  And in my own person I am making up whatever is still lacking and remains to be completed on our part of Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of His body, which is the church. [Col 1:24] 
Instead, I sometimes think God has put us apostles on display, like prisoners of war at the end of a victor’s parade, condemned to die.  We have become a spectacle to the entire world…to people and angels alike.  Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, but you claim to be so wise in Christ!  We are weak, but you are so powerful!  You are honored, but we are ridiculed.  Even now we go hungry and thirsty, and we don’t have enough clothes to keep warm.  We are often beaten and have no home.  We work wearily with our own hands to earn our living.  We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us.  We appeal gently when evil things are said about us.  Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash…right up to the present moment. [1 Cor 4:9-13] 
A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed.  And all nations will hate you because you are My followers.  But everyone who endures to the end will be saved.  When you are persecuted in one town, flee to the next.  I tell you the truth, the Son of Man will return before you have reached all the towns of Israel. [Matt 10:21-23]  
Dear children, the last hour is here.  You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared.  From this we know that the last hour has come.  These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us.  When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us. [1 John 2:18-19] 
The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.  But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long.  They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s Word. [Matt 13:20-22] 
The people’s wickedness and pride have blossomed to full flower.  Their violence has grown into a rod that will beat them for their wickedness. [Ezek 7:10-11] 
He will judge everyone according to what they have done.  He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers.  But He will pour out His anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness. [Rom 2:6-9] 
Look!  I stand at the door and knock.  If you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.  Those who are victorious will sit with Me on My Throne, just as I was victorious and sat with My Father on His Throne. [Rev 3:20-21] 

Brothers and sisters in Christ…

“Mystery Babylon” in the Book of Revelation is America, and the prophesy written by John is the utter destruction of America.  We are the End Times Nation, the 7th and last of the great world powers throughout history that God has determined to utterly destroy.  Six have already been destroyed: Greece, Persia, Babylon, Assyria, Egypt, and Rome.  The destruction of America will now usher in the Great Tribulation and the Anti-christ.  America has stood in the way of the Anti-christ, and now God, by His Own Divine Decree, has removed and destroyed our Nation…for obvious good reason…and to usher in the End Times of Biblical prophecy.

Make no mistake about it…God Himself has Personally judged our Nation with utter destruction, by His Own Divine Decree.  Man did not do this; God didn’t just allow this to happen, He determined it to happen.  Just as He did not allow Sodom and Gomorrah to be destroyed, or allow the world to be destroyed by a Great Flood…He Personally caused it.  We are plunging into a deep and very dark abyss in American history, at warp speed! 

This is what the Sovereign Lord said to Moses concerning the Israelites, and our Nation’s Founding Fathers warned it would apply to America as well:
If you disobey the Lord your God and do not faithfully keep all His commands and laws that I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you in accordance with God’s solemn resolve to punish you as you deserve for disobeying Him.  Cursed shall you be in the city and cursed shall you be in the field.  Cursed shall you be when you come in and cursed shall you be when you go out.  The Lord will send upon you curses… calamitous events such as fires, floods, earthquakes, or pestilence that happen suddenly with a huge loss of life.  He will bring confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking Him. [Deut 15-16, 19-20] 
Has the reality of the utter destruction of our Nation registered with you yet?  The Autonomous Socialist States of America…The ASSA…is no longer a Constitutional Republic; we are now a Fascist Dictatorship…just as our Nation’s Founding Fathers warned would be the case if ever we abandoned God.  Our Nation will never be a Constitutional Republic again; we will never have a Constitutional President again.  The Socialist, Authoritarian regime now has control over all 3 branches of our Government. 
Democrats have labeled the Republicans who stand with Donald Trump as “enablers, and they must be stopped.”  They are referring to 75 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, whom the Democrats have labeled “domestic terrorists.”  This is what a Fascist Dictatorship looks like; no different than Nazi Germany.  Here are another 3 video clips…among many…that illustrate and bring into stark reality the ongoing fulfillment of these verses:

  • Video clip: Tucker Carlson: Biden’s agenda to punish and silence anyone who speaks out against his Fascist Authoritarian regime. https://video.foxnews.com/v/6231853498001#sp=show-clips
  • Video clip: Tucker Carlson: Why the Left wants to shut down Fox News for good: Every other media organization takes its orders from the billionaire class. The Democratic Party is constructing a world designed to serve Jeff Bezos and the billionaire class.  You are an afterthought in that world, and if you get in the way, they will punish you.  Indeed, they already are punishing you.  Your right to say and think what you want, to read and watch what you want…that threatens them above all.  Why?  Because if you have access to information, you can form your own judgments.  A free Internet is their enemy.  The moment they took power, Democrats began a kind of Counter-Reformation against the free Internet.  They started the most sweeping mass censorship campaign in the history of this country.
    On Wednesday, for example, Google pulled a pro-life news site off of YouTube.  Why did they do that?  Simple: Google supports abortion, like a lot of big corporations do.  Hundreds of thousands of subscribers to LifeSiteNews will no longer be watching videos that question abortion, because they’re not allowed to.  On Thursday, Twitter shut down James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas Twitter feed.  Project Veritas has been known, Politico announced gravely, to use “deceptive practices” and “spread misinformation” in attempts to expose what it views as ‘corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct’ from liberal organizations or individuals.”  In other words, Project Veritas had criticized the people in charge, and exposed the truth in the face of their blatant lies.  So Project Veritas had to go; they have been banned from Twitter.
    But the Red Guards still aren’t satisfied.  They will not rest until there is not a single human being remaining in all of American media who questions any of their platitudes.  “In the name of diversity, we must have uniformity!??!”  At present, we have all the impediments to their achieving this goal of uniformity, including centuries of tradition, the First Amendment to the Constitution, and the fact this once was a free country.  They intend to destroy all of this.  They justify doing this by their blatant outright lie, “It’s not a fascist crackdown on free speech by ruthless and power-mad billionaires.  It’s just harm reduction, like methadone or Nicorette.  It’s a way to get better.” 
    When they come after you to shut down your free speech, freedom to worship, freedom to travel, freedom to buy or sell without their Certificate Of Vaccination ID [the mark of the beast], they will talk, as above, like “social workers,”…guaranteed. 
    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-why-left-wants-to-shut-down-fox-news 
  • Now Big Tech is Attacking All Pro-Life News Services.  Hundreds of thousands of subscribers to a multitude of Pro-Life sites will no longer be watching videos that question abortion, because they’re not allowed to; Big Tech has banned them.  https://www.newsmax.com/us/big-tech-pro-life-censorship/2021/02/14/id/1010013/?ns_mail_uid=5813d0c3-90a3-419e-8e3c-b91b44645473&ns_mail_job=DM192235_02152021&s=acs&dkt_nbr=0101020gczwb

A new Democrat reign of terror is upon us, utterly obliterating  our Constitutional Republic, free speech, free press, political playing field, and our personal liberty.  Just as in 1933 the newly named Reich Chancellor Adolf Hitler used the Reichstag fire as an excuse to seize absolute power in Germany, paving the way for the rise of his Nazi regime…Joe Biden has used the Capitol riot as an excuse to seize absolute power here in America, paving the way for his unfolding Fascist Dictatorship.

  • In the same way, just as Hitler proposed the Enabling Law to the Reichstag, giving him the power to rule by decree rather than passing laws through the Reichstag, thereby establishing the conditions needed for dictatorial rule…
    Joe Biden has already signed more than 40 Executive Orders and actions since taking office on January 20th, thereby completely by-passing Congress, by-passing the Legislature, the Senate, the House…even contradicting and overriding existing Federal law…which, on his part, is not lawful to do so.  Biden has decided for himself what the law is; just as Hitler did, he has set himself up as a Dictator.
  • In the same way, the incident at the U.S. Capitol is being used as an excuse by government, corporations, and the media to inflame an unprecedented war against conservatives.  The media has become a non-stop propaganda machine, viciously and continually attacking Americans who oppose their agenda as “terrorists” and facts they don’t like as “lies.”
  • In the same way Joe Biden is weaponizing the federal government to take down conservatives.  The Department of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory Bulletin even though there is not a clear and present danger to America.  In reality, the alert is simply the government’s way of shutting up anyone who disagrees with the Biden administration.  The first step to that happening has already occurred.  Big Tech and Big Media are labeling Republicans, and the 75 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, as domestic terrorists.

This is what the Most Holy, Most High, Triune God declares:
The Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.  The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire.  Since everything on the Earth will be destroyed in this way, you ought to live a holy and godly life as you look forward to the coming Day of the Lord!  Everyone who has this hope purifies himself, just as He is pure.  So, beloved, since you are expecting these things to happen, be eager to be found by Him at His coming living a pure and blameless life and at peace…in serene confidence, free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts.  Let me warn you therefore, beloved, that knowing these things beforehand, you should be on your guard, lest you be carried away by the error of lawless and wicked persons.  I don’t want you to lose your own secure footing.  But grow in the special favor and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as He Who called you is Holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am Holy.” [2 Peter 3:3-4, 10-12, 14, 17; 1 John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:14-16; Ezek 12:22-23] 

No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.  That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.  But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.  So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him. [Matt 24:36-39, 42-44]   

“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 elect!  Blessed 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.” 

BRACE YOURSELF

Wisdom shouts in the streets.  She cries out in the public square.  She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front of the city gate: How long, you simpletons, will you insist on being simpleminded?  How long will you mockers relish your mocking?  How long will you fools hate knowledge?  If only you would turn and repent and give heed to my reproof, behold, I will pour out My Spirit upon you, I will make My words known to you.  I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come.  I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.  You ignored My advice, rejected the correction I offered, and would accept none of My reproof. 
Therefore I will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when the thing comes that shall cause you terror and panic…when your panic comes as a storm and desolation and calamity comes on as a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.  When you cry for help, I will not answer.  Though you anxiously search for Me, you will not find Me.  Because you hated knowledge and did not choose the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord.  You rejected My advice and counsel, and despised all My reproof.  Therefore you shall eat of the fruit of your own way and be satiated with your own devices.  For simpletons turn away from Me… even unto their death.  Fools are destroyed by their own self-confident complacency.  But all who listen to Me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm. [Prov 1:20-33]

We have conveniently chosen to ignore the lessons of God’s judgment of destruction 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 America 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!  God has therefore determined by His Own Divine decree to destroy our Nation….and for obvious good reason!  Brothers and sisters…IT IS FINISHED!   

Beloved…I still hold to these words of warning from the Holy Spirit:  
“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.”

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! 

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.  

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]   How long, Sovereign Lord, Holy and True, until you judge the inhabitants of the Earth and avenge our blood? [Rev 6:10]   
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

We are in the Last Days; time is moving very quickly, and we are drawing near!  And so, my brothers and sisters, first of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.  They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ He promised?  Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of Creation.”
Son of man, you’ve heard that proverb they quote in Israel: Time passes, and prophecies come to nothing.  Tell the people, This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will put an end to this proverb, and you will soon stop quoting it.  Now give them this new proverb to replace the old one: The time has come for every prophecy of Mine to be fulfilled[2 Peter 3:3-4, 10-12, 14, 17; 1 John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:14-16; Ezek 12:22-23]
God is calling a holy remnant to Himself…to personal revival…a holy 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.  Obedience is what characterizes the life of My child…obedience continually and unceasingly day and night.  You are called to a life of obedience.  Obedience is better than sacrifice; rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as evil as worshiping idols. [1 Sam 15:22,23]
Wherefore brethren, having now boldness to enter into the Holiest by the Blood of Jesus, by the way which He dedicated for us…a new and living way to God through the veil, that is to say, through the veil of His flesh…let us then without further hesitation or delay draw nigh in fullness of faith; here let us continually abide in the fullness of faith. [Heb 10:19-20, 22]  Those who abide in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. [PS 91:1]

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.
    These are the days of the separation of the wheat from the chaff.  But also in those days there arose false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among yourselves.  They preach prosperity, wealth, and health; good times, and all is well.  From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.  They dress the wound of My people as though it were not serious.  “Peace, peace,” they say, when there is no peace.  Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct?  No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush!  They will subtly and cleverly teach their destructive heresies about God, even denying the Sovereign Lord Who bought them.  Theirs will be a swift and terrible end.
    Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality.  And because of them, Christ and His true way will be slandered.  In their greed they will make up clever lies and cunning arguments to get hold of your money.  With eyes full of adultery, their lust is never satisfied.  They make a game of beguiling and luring unstable people into sin.  They train themselves to be greedy; they are doomed and cursed.  But God condemned them long ago, and their eternal misery is on the way.
    The word of the Lord came to me: Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who are now prophesying.  Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: Hear the word of the Lord!  This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!  Your prophets, O Israel, are like jackals among ruins.  You have not gone up to the breaks in the wall to repair it for the house of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the Day of the Lord.  Their visions are false and their divinations a lie.  They say, “The Lord declares,” when the Lord has not sent them; yet they expect their words to be fulfilled.  Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, “The Lord declares,” though I have not spoken?  Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because of your false words and lying visions, I am against you, declares the Sovereign Lord.  My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. [Jer 6:13-15; 2 Peter 2:1-3, 14; Ezek 13:1-9] 
  • Pray for a Great Harvest.  It is a call to preach the gospel to everyone, everywhere.  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]  

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.  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]  
At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.  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. [Matt 24:10-14]
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 angel said to me, “Write this down: Blessed are those summoned to the marriage banquet of the Lamb…all true believers who are members of His Universal Church.  They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with Power and great Glory.  And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect…God’s holy people…from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”  And he said to me further, “These are the True Words of God.” [Rev 19:9]
Blessed Jesus…I rejoice and shout triumphantly for joy!  I celebrate and ascribe to You glory and honor, for the marriage of the Lamb draws near, and Your bride, the Universal Church and each of her members, has been preparing herself and has made herself ready! [Rev 19:7]  Hallelujah!  
Hallelujah!  For our Lord God, Sovereign All-Ruler, reigns!  Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him Glory!  For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.  The finest linen, dazzling and white, was given her to wear.  Then the angel said to me, “Write: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage banquet of the Lamb!” [John…Rev 19:6-9; Luke 14:15-23]  
The washing of one’s robes and the keeping of one’s garments relates to this very attitude and habit of looking for the return of Christ as an imminent event.  Brethren, as you hope to walk those golden streets, and eat of those immortal fruits, see to it that you have your garments clean and your loins girded about like unto men waiting for their Lord. [Seiss…Rev 21:9-22:5]
Then the king said to his servants, “The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.  Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.”  So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.  But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding garment.  “Friend,” he asked, “How did you come in here without putting on the appropriate wedding garment?”  The man was speechless.  Then the king told the attendants, “Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  For many are invited and summoned, but few are chosen.” [Matt 22:8-14
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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.

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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