June 4, 2022

PURITY, HOLINESS, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS

Purity, holiness, and righteousness…first of all and above all…is a matter of the heart.  It is in my hidden life within my heart…in my mind, my thoughts, my imagination…where a pure, holy, and righteous life has its roots.  The only righteousness acceptable to God is purity of heart. Without that purity, the outward physical life makes no difference.  God’s Divine evaluation takes place in the heart.  He judges the source and origin of sin, not its manifestation or lack of manifestation.

If the purity, holiness, and righteousness that people see in your everyday visible physical life is not a true reflection of an inner purity deep within your heart, then either you do not belong to Christ or you are living a double life in disobedience to Him.  Obedience begins in your heart.  Many would abhor to commit one sinful external act before the eyes of men in a temple of stone; and yet they are not afraid to commit a multitude of such acts in the temple of their hearts, and in the sight of God!  If, for example, voluntary and deliberate looks and desires make adulterers and adulteresses, how many persons are there whose whole life is one continued crime!  Many men and women go to hell forever because of the deception of outwardly-seen self-righteous religion.  The illusion that sin is only an external issue is damning. Heinous in His sight are sinful thoughts and feelings which may be forever concealed from the world!  

True Christianity lies in the heart, in the purity of heart; the washing of the heart from wickedness.  Those who truly belong to God will be motivated to purity.  The deepest desire of the redeemed is for holiness, even when sin hinders the perfect fulfillment of that desire.  Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. [Rom 6:19]  Intimate knowledge of and fellowship with God is reserved for the pure.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.  Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?  Who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart.  Therefore, brethren…Come near to God and He will come near to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded!  Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.  Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. [Matt 5:8; Ps 24:3-4; James 4:8; 2 Cor 7:1; Heb 12:14; Matt 5:6]

Matt 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Here is one of those passages of Scripture whose depths are immeasurable and whose breadth is impossible to encompass.  This incredible statement of Jesus is among the greatest utterances in all of the Bible.  The subject of holiness, of purity of heart, can be traced from Genesis to Revelation.  The theme is infinitely vast and touches on virtually every other biblical truth; it is impossible to exhaust its meaning or significance!

Excerpts From Matthew Henry’s Commentary

The pure in heart are happy; Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.  This is the most comprehensive of all the beatitudes; here holiness and happiness are fully described and put together.

Here is the most comprehensive character of the blessed: they are pure in heart.  Note, True religion consists in heart-purity.  Those who are inwardly pure, show themselves to be under the power of pure and undefiled religion.  True Christianity lies in the heart, in the purity of heart; the washing of that from wickedness: Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem, that you may be saved.  How long will your wicked thoughts lodge within you? [Jer 4:14]  We must lift up to God, not only clean hands, but a pure heart: Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD?  Or who shall stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted himself up to falsehood or to what is false, nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. [Ps 24:4-5]  The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. [1 Tim 1:5]  The heart must be purified by faith, and entire for God; must be presented and preserved a chaste virgin to Christ.  Create in me such a clean heart, O God! [Ps 51:10]

Here is the most comprehensive comfort of the blessed; they shall see God.  It is the perfection of the soul’s happiness to see God; to see Him as mine, and to see Him and enjoy Him; to see Him and be like Him, and be satisfied with that likeness, and to see Him for ever, and never lose the sight of Him; this is Heaven’s happiness.  As for me, I will continue beholding Your face in righteousness (rightness, justice, and right standing with You); I shall be fully satisfied when I awaken to find myself beholding Your form and having sweet communion with You. [Ps 17:15]  

The happiness of seeing God is promised to those, and those only, who are pure in heart.

Excerpts From The MacArthur New Testament Commentary

The Meaning of Holiness:

Blessed: The word blessed implies the condition of well-being that results from salvation, the status of one who has a right relation to God. Being accepted by Him is a matter of internal transformation.

Heart: used metaphorically to represent the inner person, the seat of motives and attitudes, the center of personality; much more than emotion or feelings, it also includes the thinking process and particularly the will.  The heart is the control center of mind and will as well as emotion.  As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. [Prov 23:7]  Knowing their thoughts, Jesus asked a group of Scribes, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?”  He went on: “What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’  For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.  All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.’” [Matt 9:4; Mark 7:20-23]

It is in the inner man, in the core of his very being, that God requires purity.  “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life” [Prov 4:23]  The problem that caused God to destroy the Earth in the Flood was a heart problem: Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the Earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” [Gen 6:5]  God has always been concerned above all else with the inside of man, with the condition of his heart.  Evil ways and deeds begin in the heart and mind, which are here used synonymously.  Jesus said, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.  These are the things which defile the man.” [Matt 15:19]

David acknowledged before the Lord, “Behold, Thou dost desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part Thou wilt make me know wisdom;” and then he prayed “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” [Ps 51:6,10]  Asaph wrote, “Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart!” [Ps 73:1]  Jeremiah declared, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” [Jer 17:9-10]  

The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. [1 Sam 16:7]  It was said of David’s leadership over Israel, “He shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart. [Ps 78:72]

Pure: to make pure by cleansing from dirt, filth, and contamination. Applied to the heart, the idea is that of pure motive…of single-mindedness, undivided devotion, spiritual integrity, and true righteousness.  Double-mindedness has always been one of the great plagues of the church.  “Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God?  Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” [James 4:4] “Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” [v. 8]

Those who truly belong to God will be motivated to purity.  The deepest desire of the redeemed is for holiness, even when sin halts the fulfillment of that desire.  Though we may be extremely religious and constantly engaged in doing good things, we cannot please God unless our hearts are right with Him.  The ultimate standard for purity of heart is perfection of heart.  In the same sermon in which He gave the Beatitudes Jesus said, “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” [Matt 5:48]  Only those who are pure in heart may enter the Kingdom.  “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?”  David asks, “and who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart.” [Ps 24:3-4] 

The only true religion is heart religion, which is based on God’s implanted purity.  By faith in what God has done through His Son, Jesus Christ, “We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” [Eph 1:7]  When God imputes His righteousness to us He imputes His purity to us.

As we look at Scripture we discover six kinds of purity: 
Primal purity…the kind that exists only in God; 
Created purity…the purity that existed in God’s creation before it was corrupted by the Fall; 
Positional purity…the purity we are given the moment we trust in Jesus Christ as Savior: The Eternal Power and Worth of the Blood of Jesus has conferred upon us the judicial status of Eternal righteousness before God;
Imputed purity…God grants actual purity in the new nature of the believer [Rom 6:4-5; 8:5-11; Col 3:9-10; 2 Peter 1:3]: every believer is a new creation [2 Cor 5:17]; 
Practical purity…demands our participation in a way that the other kinds of purity do not.  “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One Who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” [1 Peter 1:14-16]  Cooperate with the power of His enabling grace Who is the One in me Who works in me both to will and to do.  It is His work, not mine. We are not saved just for future Heavenly purity but also for present Earthly purity.  If purity does not characterize our living, we either do not belong to Christ, or we are disobedient to Him;
Ultimate purity…the perfected purity that God’s redeemed people will experience when they are glorified in His Presence.

The Way to Holiness:

God always provides for what He demands, and He has provided ways for us to live purely:
First, we must realize our hopeless helplessness, and utter dependence upon God…that we are unable to live a single holy moment without the Lord’s guidance and power.  Cleansing begins with a recognition of weakness.  Weakness then reaches out for the strength of God.
Second, we must stay in God’s Word.  Jesus said, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” [John 15:3] 
Third, it is essential to be controlled by and walking in the will and way of the Holy Spirit: Walk in the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. [Gal 5:16]
Fourth, we must pray.  We cannot stay in God’s will or understand and obey His Word unless we stay near Him: With all prayer and petition we are to pray at all times in the Spirit [Eph 6:18]  With David we cry, Create in me a clean heart, O God. [Ps 51:10]  

The Result of Holiness:

The great blessing of those who are pure in heart is that they be continuously seeing God.  Intimate knowledge of and fellowship with God is reserved for the pure.  To see God was the greatest hope of Old Testament saints.  Like Moses, David wanted to see more of God: As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before Him? [Ps 42:1] 
F.F. Bullard wrote:
When I in righteousness at last Thy glorious Face shall see;
When all the weary night has passed, and I awake with Thee;
To view the glories that abide, then and only then will I be satisfied.

Matt 5:27-28: You have heard that it was said, “Do not commit adultery.” But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

From the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus focuses on the internal, on what men are like in their minds and hearts. That is the primary thrust of Matt 5:21-48, as the Lord reemphasizes the Divine standards for living in His Kingdom, the Divine standards already given in the Law of the Old Testament, in contrast to Jewish tradition.  The only righteousness acceptable to God is purity of heart.  Without that purity, the outward physical life makes no difference.  God’s divine evaluation takes place in the heart.  He judges the source and origin of sin, not its manifestation or lack of manifestation.

Excerpts From The Bible Exposition Commentary

In Matt 5:27-30, Jesus affirmed God’s law of purity, and then explained that the intent of this law was to reveal the sanctity of sex and the sinfulness of the human heart.  God created sex, and God protects sex. He has the authority to regulate it and to punish those who rebel against His laws.  Sexual impurity begins in the desires of the heart. Again, Jesus is not saying that lustful desires are identical to lustful deeds, and therefore a person having already sinned in lustful desires might just as well go ahead and commit the physical act of adultery.  The desire and the deed are not identical, but, spiritually speaking, they are equivalent.  The “look” that Jesus mentioned was not a casual glance, but a constant stare with the purpose of lusting.  It is certainly possible for a man to glance at a beautiful woman and know that she is beautiful, but not lust after her.  The man Jesus described looked at the woman for the purpose of feeding his inner sensual appetites as a substitute for the act.  It was not accidental; it was planned.

Excerpts From Adam Clarke’s Commentary

It is the earnest wish or desire of the soul, which, in a variety of cases, constitutes the good or evil of an act.  If a man earnestly wish to commit an evil, but cannot, because God puts time, place, and opportunity out of his power, he is fully chargeable with the iniquity of the act by that God who searches and judges the heart.  So also, if a man earnestly wish to do some righteous act…some loving kindness or goodness…which it is out of his power to perform, the act is considered as his; because God, in this case as in that above, takes the will for the deed.  If voluntary and deliberate looks and desires make adulterers and adulteresses, how many persons are there whose whole life is one continued crime!  “Whose eyes being full of adultery, they cannot cease from sin” [2 Peter 2:14]  Many would abhor to commit one impure, unholy external act before the eyes of men in a temple of stone; and yet they are not afraid to commit a multitude of such acts in the temple of their hearts, and in the sight of God!  

Excerpts From Barnes’ Notes

Our Saviour in these verses explains the seventh commandment.  It is probable that the Pharisees had explained this commandment, as they had the sixth, as extending only to the external act; and that they regarded evil thoughts and a wanton imagination as of little consequence, or as not forbidden by the Law.  Our Saviour assures them that the commandment did not regard the external act merely, but the secrets of the heart, and the movements of the eye.  He declares that they who indulge a wanton desire, that they who look on a woman to increase their lust, have already, in the sight of God, violated the commandment, and committed adultery in the heart.  Such was the guilt of David, whose deep and awful crime fully shows the danger of indulging in evil desires, and in the rovings of a wanton eye.  So exceeding strict and broad is the Law of God!  And so heinous in His sight are thoughts and feelings which may be forever concealed from the world!

Excerpts From Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary

But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a women to lust after her…with the intent to do so…with the full consent of his will, to feed thereby his unholy desires…hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.  We are not to suppose, from the word here used …“adultery”…that our Lord means to restrict the breach of this commandment to married persons only, or to criminal sexual intercourse with such.  The expressions, “whosoever looketh,” and “looketh upon a woman,” seem clearly to extend the range of this commandment to all forms of impurity, and the counsels which follow…as they most certainly were intended for all, whether married or unmarried…seem to confirm this.  

Excerpts From Matthew Henry’s Commentary

The command is here laid down (v. 27), “Thou shalt not commit adultery;” which includes a prohibition of all other acts of uncleanness, and the desire of them: but the Pharisees, in their expositions of this command, made it to extend no further than the physical act of adultery.  We are here taught, that there is such a thing as heart-adultery, adulterous thoughts and dispositions, which never proceed to the physical act of adultery or fornication.  This command forbids not only the acts of fornication and adultery, but all appetites to them, all lusting after the forbidden object; this is the beginning of the sin, lust conceiving [James 1:15]; it is a bad step towards the sin; and where the lust is dwelt upon and approved, and the wanton desire is rolled under the tongue as a sweet morsel, it is the commission of sin, as far as the heart can do it; there wants nothing but convenient opportunity for the sin itself.  All approaches toward them; feeding the eye with the sight of the forbidden fruit; not only looking for that end, that I may lust; but looking till I do lust, or looking to gratify the lust, where further satisfaction cannot be obtained.  This forbids also the using of any other of our senses to stir up lust.  If ensnaring looks are forbidden fruit, much more unclean discourses, and wanton dalliances, the fuel and bellows of this hellish fire.  And if looking be lust, they who dress and deck, and expose themselves, with design to be looked at and lusted after [like Jezebel, that painted her face and tired her head, and looked out at the window] are no less guilty.  Men sin, but devils tempt to sin. 

Excerpts From The MacArthur New Testament Commentary:

Matt 5:28: But I say to you that everyone who so much as looks at a woman with evil desire for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  Jesus continues to unmask the self-righteous externalism typified by the scribes and Pharisees by showing that the only righteousness acceptable to God is purity of heart.  Without that purity, the outward life makes no difference.  God’s divine evaluation takes place in the heart. He judges the source and origin of sin, not its manifestation or lack of manifestation.  As a person thinks within himself, so he is [Prov 23:7], and so he is judged by God [1 Sam 16:7].

The Deed:

You shall not murder.  You shall not commit adultery. [Ex 20:13-14]  Those who rely only on external righteousness and disregard inner righteousness break both of those commandments, because in their hearts they attack the sanctity of life [murder] and the sanctity of marriage [adultery]…whether you do so outwardly in the physical realm or not.  When you are angry or hate, you commit murder.  When you lust sexually, you commit adultery.  And when you do either of those things, you choose to despise God’s Law and God’s Name.  Physical infidelity is first of all a matter of the heart; lusting is just as sinful in God’s eyes as the actual physical act of adultery.

The moral and spiritual fabric of our Nation has been disintegrating at warp speed.  We are preoccupied with sex to a degree perhaps never before seen in a civilized culture.  Yet the body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. [1 Cor 6:13]  The body is more than biological, as Divine judgment will reveal.  For Christians it is a member of Christ, a temple of the Holy Spirit, and belongs to the Lord rather than to us: Flee from sexual immorality.  All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.  Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, Who dwells in you, Whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price…the precious and priceless Blood of Christ Jesus the Son. Therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which belong to Him. [1 Cor 6:18-20]  It is therefore never to be used for any purpose that dishonors the God Who made it and indwells it.  Christians should have but one response to sexual temptation…running away from it: She came and grabbed Joseph by his cloak, demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!”  Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house. [Gen 39:12]

Throughout the New Testament, prohibitions against sexual immorality are every bit as clear as those of the Old.  “Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals” will inherit the Kingdom of God. (1 Cor 6:9; cf. Gal 5:19-21; Rev 2:22) “Fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” (Heb 13:4)  Regardless of how much a couple may care for each other and be deeply in love, sexual relations outside of marriage are forbidden.  In every case, without exception, it is a heinous sin against God. 

In both the Old and New Testaments the word “adultery” relates to sexual intercourse with anyone other than one’s marriage partner.  That Jesus here implies that the principle of sexual purity can be seen in a wider sense than adultery (though adultery is His point here) seems clear from the fact that both “everyone” and “a woman” are comprehensive terms that could also apply to the unmarried.  

The Desire:

Jesus is speaking of intentional looking with the purpose of lusting.  He is speaking of the man who looks so that he may satisfy his evil desire. He is speaking of the man who goes to an X-rated movie, who selects a television program known for its sexual orientation, who goes to a beach known for its scanty swimsuits, or who does any such thing with the expectation and desire of being sexually and sinfully titillated.

Looking at a woman lustfully does not cause a man to commit adultery in his thoughts.  He already has committed adultery in his heart.  It is not lustful looking that causes the sin in the heart, but the sin in the heart that causes lustful looking.  The lustful looking is but the expression of a heart that is already immoral and adulterous.  The heart is the soil where the seeds of sin are embedded and begin to grow.

It is continuing to look in order to satisfy lustful desires that Jesus condemns, because it evidences a vile, immoral heart.  David was not at fault for seeing Bathsheba bathing.  He could not have helped noticing her, because she was in plain view as he walked on the palace roof.  His sin was in dwelling on the sight…lingering in the evil thought, considering it, dwelling upon it…and in willingly succumbing to the temptation.  He could have looked away and put the experience out of his mind.  The fact that he had her brought to his chambers and committed adultery with her expressed the immoral desire that already existed in his heart. [2 Sam 11:1-4]  

A popular proverb goes, “Sow a thought and reap an act.  Sow an act and reap a habit.  Sow a habit and reap a character.  Sow a character and reap a destiny.”  That process perfectly illustrates Jesus’ main thrust in this passage: No matter where it ends, sin always begins when an evil thought is sown in the mind and heart.

Just as the adulterous heart plans to expose itself to lust-satisfying situations, the godly heart plans to avoid them whenever possible and to flee from them when unavoidable.  Just as the adulterous heart panders to itself in advance, so the godly heart protects itself in advance, praying with the psalmist, “Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, and revive me in Thy ways.  Establish Thy word to Thy servant, as that which produces reverence for Thee.” [Ps 119:37-38]  Paul exhorted Timothy to “flee from youthful lusts” and to cultivate a “pure heart: “Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. [2 Tim 2:22]  Like Job, therefore, we must make a covenant with our eyes…and with every other part of our bodies, minds, and spirits…to shun lust and pursue purity.  

The Deliverance:

Jesus’ point is that we should be willing to give up whatever is necessary, even the most cherished things we possess, if doing that will help protect us from evil.  Nothing is so valuable as to be worth preserving at the expense of righteousness.

The intent of these intense words of Jesus is simply to call for dramatic severing of the sinful impulses in us which push us to evil action (cf. Matt 18:8-9).  The message of this hyperbolic statement of our Lord is clearly that sin must be dealt with radically.  If we do not consciously and purposefully control what is around us, where we go, what we do, what we watch and read, the company we keep, and the conversations we have, then those things will control us.  And what we cannot control we should discard without hesitation.

Obviously getting rid of harmful influences will not change a corrupt heart into a pure heart.  Outward acts cannot produce inner benefits. But just as the outward act of adultery reflects a heart that is already adulterous, the outward act of forsaking whatever is harmful reflects a heart that hungers and thirsts for righteousness.  That outward act is effective protection, because it comes from a heart that seeks to do God’s will instead of its own.

Jesus again sets forth the impossible standards of His Kingdom righteousness.  All people are murderers and adulterers.  Many do not realize that they are because of the subtlety of sin and its blinding effect on the mind.  Jesus does not suggest that the scribes and Pharisees, or anyone else, could deliver themselves from the propensity to sin.  As always, the impossibility that He sets forth has a twofold purpose: to make men and women despair of their own righteousness and to seek His.  The Lord’s remedy for a wicked heart is a new heart, and His answer for our helplessness is His sufficiency.  

Writer’s Biblical Conclusion:

I say then, walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. [Gal 5:16]  It is only the Power of the indwelling Holy Spirit that enables me to abide in the Holy of Holies; He alone gives me the desire to even want to live my everyday life there.  How, then, do I live my life in the Power of the Spirit?  Not by trying, but by trusting.  Living in the Power of the Spirit is entirely a matter of trust…an unwavering child-like trust that He will indeed work in me both to will and to do…both the desire to want to give Him free reign, and the power to actually do so.  If I try to walk in the Spirit…if I am determined to live my life in the Power of the Spirit by my own efforts, resolutions, commitments, re-doubled efforts to do so, I have only guaranteed my failure.  Why would I ever think that the powers of my sin-enslaved human nature would voluntarily choose to deny its own self and put forth effort to give the Spirit free reign over the conduct of my life?  Quite the contrary…for my sin-enslaved human nature has a strong desire for its own will to be done and so to suppress the Spirit, and the Spirit constantly has a strong desire for God’s will to be done and so to suppress my sin-enslaved human nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that I am hindered by my sin-enslaved human nature from freely doing what I desire to do in obedience to God. [Gal 5:17]  Living my life in the Power of the Spirit is solely, wholly, and only the work of the Spirit in me.  It is His work, not mine.  Yet it is ours, because I am one with Him whose work it is.  My place is to respond to every leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit, not by my determined efforts to do so but rather by cooperating with the power of His enabling grace to do so.  

Brothers and sisters in Christ…

The Bible warns there will be the Anti-christ…a man who proclaims to be God…who will unite the world in a one-world government, with a one-world financial system, and establish a one-world religion.  While we cannot predict “the day or the hour,” when you put all these components together, it’s starting to look even now a lot like the beginnings of the End Times.  

I sense the leading of the Holy Spirit to launch a 40 Day Prayer Journey, to begin on Wednesday, June 8th.  Please pray about making a decision to personally participate in it.  Break up the fallow ground of your heart!  Plant the good seeds of righteousness in your heart, and reap the blessings that your devotion to Me will produce.  It is time for you to turn to Me, your Lord, and I will come and shower blessings of righteousness upon you. [Father God…Hos 10:12]   

The 40 Day Prayer Journey [June 8 through July 17] is not for everyone…even though everyone is called, whether new in the Lord, a mature Christian, or a child of God seeking to re-dedicate your life to the pursuit of God.  You are encouraged to invite family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers as well.  The only criteria of this calling is that your heart-cry is as was David’s, “As the deer pants for water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and behold You face to face?”  Here is a link to a prayer entitled Longing For Godhttps://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/22/longing/
You will be greatly blessed in embracing this as your own prayer!

The Prayer Journey is a solemn commitment before the Lord during these coming 40 days, to spend one hour every day in prayer.  It is not for general prayer, but rather intensely personal and focused prayer for personal holiness, and for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in your life.  The one hour consists of…
worship and praise,
confession of sin and repentance,
prayer for purity, holiness, and righteousness in your everyday life,
and for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in your life. 
The one hour can be planned at a convenient time in your own home; I will be available by phone or E-mail for counsel and encouragement whenever desired.  Over the next seven weeks I will provide you with ample resources that will more than enable you to spend an hour in focused prayer…in case you wonder how you are ever going to be able to spend an entire hour [if you have never done that before] in this manner.  

Are you prepared to go into the Garden that Jesus went to that night of His betrayal, and to walk along the path He walked?  It is the path of obedience and suffering, self-sacrifice and self-denial, death to sin and death to self.  It is the path Jesus walked and the way which He Personally dedicated for us…a new and living way to God, through the veil, that is to say, through the veil of the flesh…my sin-enslaved human nature.  It is the ONLY path that leads up to the Gate that opens into the Heavenly Sanctuary and into the Holy of Holies…into the inaccessible Light of the Glory of our Father’s unclouded Presence.  The Gate bears on its header the inscription “THY WILL BE DONE.”  No one can walk through that Gate without first checking his/her own will there with the gatekeeper in absolute and unconditional surrender. 

REVIVAL

Revival begins in one’s heart.  The 40 day prayer Journey [June 8 through July 17] is a consecration of my heart to God, pleading with Him to bring revival, and to begin with me.

What is it that I am actually calling on God to do when I ask, “Lord, send revival?”  I am pleading with Him to pour out His Holy Spirit upon me… to bring a deep conviction of sin and to make me painfully and consciously aware of sin in my life.  I am crying out for Him to impress me with a deep need for confession and repentance.  [Refer to yesterday’s posting: https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/23/repentance/
I am asking from the depths of my soul that He create a pure heart within me…a heart that is inflamed with yearning to live out my everyday life in a purity, holiness, and righteousness of my own that comes from obedience to His Law…in every thought I think, every word I speak, in everything I do. I am telling Him that the deepest desire of my heart is to be holy as He is Holy; to be perfect as my Heavenly Father is perfect…just as He exhorts His children to be.  And I am asking to be filled with His Holy Spirit…that His Spirit would become a fountain within me, welling up, flooding my soul with torrents of Living water, ever flowing, continually overflowing, spilling over, touching the lives of everyone I come into contact with…that the Name of Jesus would be glorified through me, with me, and in me…to the praise of His glorious grace! 

What can you fully expect God to do for you in answer to this cry of your heart?  He will make you miserable over sin in your life that you have heretofore been careless, complacent, and indifferent about, and He will make you painfully and consciously aware of sins that your heart…being deceitful and desperately wicked that it is…has hidden from you.  He will reprove His children, “Wash your  hands,  you  sinners, and  purify  your hearts, you double-minded!”  He will cause you to  “Grieve, mourn and wail over your sins, and in true repentance change your laughter to tears of sorrow and your mirth to deep sadness as you grieve over your disloyalty!”  And He will lovingly urge you,  “Humble yourself  before Me, and I will lift you up, encourage you, and help you!” [James 4:8-10]  He will lead you to confession and true repentance, and to have the same desire for purity, holiness, and righteousness in your life that He desires for all His children: “As the One Who called you is Holy, you yourselves also be holy in all your conduct and manner of living.  For  it is  written, ‘You  shall  be holy, for I am Holy;’” and, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” [1 Peter 1:15-16; Mt 5:48]  He will grant you the desire of your heart for purity, holiness, and righteousness, because Jesus assured you, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” [Mt 5:6]  He has assured me that my longing will be completely satisfied, and I will be filled up to the measure of all the fullness of God…to the richest measure of His unclouded Presence, a soul wholly filled and flooded with God Himself!

There will be an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon your life, according to His command, “Keep on continually being filled with the Spirit.” [Eph 5:18]  You will experience the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in your life… singing songs, hymns, and spiritual songs and making melody with your heart to God [v. 19].  You will experience prayer, in accordance with God’s will, moving the hand of God, and you will experience the blessings that come from obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life.  God will show you His Glory; you will see it with your own eyes, and you will thereby have occasion to testify to His great Name and mighty Power!  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God! [Mt 5:8]  Hallelujah!

Wherefore brethren, having now boldness to enter into the Holy of Holies 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] Hallelujah! 

Here is a link to a personal testimony that will be a great blessing and encouragement as you prayerfully consider, and count the cost, of making a commitment before the Lord to the Prayer Journey:  https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/26/divine-fellowship/ 

Brothers and sisters in Christ…

God is calling you, and desires to anoint you, to be part of His holy remnant.  Whether you are a pastor, a Christian leader, or a member of the congregation…this is what the Lord says: To the pastors I have placed in charge of My churches concerning your congregation and each individual member, write: This is the last call.  I have wooed you so many times.  This time, I say to you, in great love…there is a cost to an anointing; this is not a light, frivolous matter.  The anointing is not cheap.  If you say in your heart, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it,” if you pay the cost of the anointing, I’ll open doors for you, I’ll speak through you, and I’ll use you again like you have never conceived.  The church and any members of the congregation embracing My call will move in the Power of My Holy Spirit, and bring great glory to God!  The time of being pumped up is over.  I am tired of your solemn assembly’s, I’m tired of your sacrifices…they’re not from the heart.  Don’t miss what God is about to do.  The time has come; I need you, and I love you…but if you ignore this trumpet call…if you say in your heart, “We will not listen,” I am going to take your anointing.  You’re not going to have anything to say to anybody; you’re going to be dry.  You are going into the desert…I will love you there, and I will keep you in My care, but you can’t go with Me, and I won’t go with you. 
Beloved child of God…let My Holy Spirit open your heart, and say from the depths of your being, “God, once again, use Your church; use Your child.  Now…not another time…tonight, let something in my heart respond to Your call.”

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 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]

Please forward this invitation to as many of your personal contacts as you are led by the Spirit to do so.  If there are others you invite who are planning to participate in the prayer journey, please encourage them to forward their E-mail address to Michael: mihkail43@comcast.net.  I will gladly add them to my daily e-mail mailing list.  

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Brothers and sisters in Christ…

You really need to watch this 9 minute video clip presentation [click on link to this article at end of my summary below] by Dr. Yuval Noah Harari, Top Advisor to Klaus Schwab: Humans are “Hackable Animals.”  Your blood will curdle and boil at the same time!  It is worth watching to gain an understanding into a mindset that is pure evil, diabolic, and Satanic, in all of its hellish malignity.  

Presentation: Dr. Mercola: What You Need to Know About the Transhumanist Agenda: How the Coming Digital Dictatorship Will Alter Your Life.  Dr. Harari: “Life has always been subject to the laws of natural selection, but that’s about to change as intelligent design takes over.  Science is replacing evolution by natural selection with evolution by intelligent design…not the intelligent design of some “God” in the clouds, but OUR intelligent design, and the design of OUR ‘clouds’…the IBM cloud, the Microsoft cloud.  These are the new driving forces of evolution.”
Openly discussed at the 2020 World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, the “plandemic” agenda marks the beginning of the end of your ability to control your own thoughts, emotions and behavior.  

  • According to Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the goal of The Fourth Industrial Revolution is to change what it means to be human by merging man and machine.  In short, while the term  “transhumanism” is not being used, that’s exactly where the global cabal intends to take us…a dystopian future, whether humanity at large agrees with it or not.  
  • Humans are now “hackable,” in that technology now exists by which a company or government can know you better than you know yourself.    
  • If you believe that your thoughts and behavior are, and always will, remain under your own control, think again.  “We ALREADY  have the technology to directly alter thoughts, emotions and behavior.”  As noted by Harari in 2019, the available capabilities already go far beyond Orwell’s “1984” authoritarian vision, and it’s only going to become more powerful from here.  He’s certain that in short order, there will be the ability to monitor your emotional state through something as simple as a wearable wristband.  You may dutifully smile and clap when listening to a speech by a government official, but they’ll know you’re angry or don’t agree with what’s being said, and could therefore take action against you based on your most personal, internal emotions rather than what you outwardly express.  
  • Professor Yuval Noah Harari predicts that algorithms will increasingly be used to make decisions that have historically been made by humans…either by yourself or by someone else…including whether or not you’ll be hired for a particular job, whether you’ll be granted a loan, what scholastic curriculum you will follow, and even who you will marry. 
  • Harari unequivocally states that the establishment of a digital dictatorship, where the system…be it a corporation or a government…knows the most intimate details about each and every person, it will be impossible to dismantle itIts control will be total and irreversible.  
  • Profound Dangers Ahead
    There’s also an ever-increasing risk of being manipulated by these outside forces that you’re not even fully aware of.  Looking back over the last two years, it’s rather easy to confirm that mass manipulation is taking place at a staggering scale, and that it’s phenomenally effective.   
  • Reengineering Life Itself
    Harari also discussed the coming transhumanism at the WEF’s 2020 annual meeting in Davos, and in this speech, he went even further. Not only does the global elite have the technological capability to create a global digital dictatorship, but “elites may gain the power to reengineer the future of life itself.”  
  • In his Davos speech, Harari also pointed out that science is now enabling us to create life not only in the organic realm but in the inorganic realm as well.  We’re talking about “living” robots and the like.  He also raises the question as to who “owns” your DNA, if it can be charted and hacked.  Does it belong to you, a corporation, or the government? 
  • ‘The Days of Free Will Are Over’
    Whatever Harari’s true feelings about transhumanism, he emphatically states that the idea that we have a soul and free will…those days “ARE OVER.”  
  • Changing What It Means To Be Human
    Schwab dreams of a world in which humans are connected to the cloud, able to access the internet through their own brains.  This, of course, also means that your brain would be accessible to people who might like to tinker with your thoughts, emotions, beliefs and behavior, be they the technocratic elite themselves or random hackers. 
  • Human Augmentation Can ‘Directly Enhance Behavior.’
    Theoretically, absolutely anyone, any random civilian with a brain-to-cloud connection and the needed biological augmentation (such as strength or speed) could be given wireless instructions to carry out an assassination, for example, and pull it off flawlessly, even without prior training.
    Alternatively, their physical body could temporarily be taken over by a remote operator with the prerequisite skills.  Proof of concept already exists.  Using the internet and brain implants, thoughts can be transferred from one person to another.  The sender can also directly influence the physical movements of the receiver. 
  • Project Immortality
    Historically, the striving for immortality has been a faith-based venture, based in the idea that the soul is immortal while the body perishes, which is a concept I am in complete alignment with. Transhumanists more or less reverse this idea.  They discard the notion of soul altogether and aim for the preservation of the perceived personality, first through radical life extension of the physical body, and later through the transfer of brain data into a replacement form. 
  • Understanding the Transhuman Agenda…Blockchained
    Digital ID is not just a piece of identification, with which you can prove who you are.  It will collect and monitor ALL of your data, from your personal finances, education, work history, GPS location 24/7, everything you’ve ever typed on your computer, your search history, social media presence, emotional status and physical biometrics, down to your DNA. 
  • Big Data, Data Sharing, and AI [Artificial Intelligence]
    Make no mistake, transhumanism is the ultimate goal of the technocratic elite, and both “big data” and “AI” are integral components of that.  Data gathering, data sharing and AI are not about making your life “more convenient.”  They’re to make you obsoleteThe intention is to replace you with a synthetic copy of you that can be remotely controlledThe strategy is to develop centralized repositories of public datasets in each country [46 countries have already adopted these AI principles], and then enable public-private data sharing to build a vast network where each dataset is connected with all the others. 
  • Biosecurity Will Be Used to Justify Surveillance Tyranny
    A report by the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), founded “to advance the development of artificial intelligence” and “comprehensively address the national security and defense needs of the United States,” highlights the need to combat digital disinformation and prioritizing biosecurity…[in other words, the censorship and suppression of any and all truth that exposes the lies, misinformation, and propaganda of the elite’s agenda].
    To help with that, a U.S. government-funded supercomputer is being set up at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory under the direction of the Department of Energy.  This AI supercomputer can do more than 1 quintillion calculations PER SECONDSome of this data sharing is already taking place.
  • We Need Biometric Privacy Laws NOW
    While surveillance science is moving at lightning speed, regulations and privacy laws are practically non-existent.  In the U.S., a handful of states do have biometric privacy laws…Illinois’ being one of the strictest…but the vast majority have no such protections in place at all.   
  • “If it’s not crystal clear by now, globalists and eugenicists (sometimes one in the same) are running the show, and they are working very hard at achieving their ultimate desires of a controlled human race…evolution of transhumanism with a strong artificial intelligence taking the place of many humans. https://www.dropbox.com/s/1lxlh1yb21du6w2/15-16-hackable-humans-transhumanism-pdf.pdf?dl=0

Brethren…Shall a trumpet be blown in the city and the people not be alarmed and tremble?  Shall disaster or evil come to a city and the Lord has not caused it?  Surely the Lord God will do nothing without warning you through His servants the prophets.  I, the Sovereign LORD, have now done this. [Amos 3:6-7]

Brethren, we are moving at warp speed world-wide toward the the GLOBAL RESET with its one world government and one world financial system, in preparation of the way for the coming rule and reign of the Anti-christ.  We are watching it unfold across the globe…there is NOT ONE nation that was once a democracy where their citizens are now being stripped of their basic freedoms and rights, America included.

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]  

End Times Of Biblical Prophesy

Following is a powerful message from the pulpit…6th part of a new weekly 10 sermon series by Dr. David Jeremiah…proving that we are currently living in the End Times prophesied in Scripture.  I will be posting all the messages in this series as they are presented.  I HIGHLY RECOMMEND watching these video presentations.
Sunday 10/24: End Times People…A Biological Prophesy: Dr. David Jeremiah.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_lylW-GAH4 

Brothers and sisters in Christ…

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, which is the name of the Beast or the number of his name! [Revelation 13:16-17] 

  • The vaccine mandate with its “VACCINE PASSPORT/DIGITAL ID,” without which you won’t be able to buy or sell…your kids won’t be able to attend school, you will not be allowed to go to work, or go into any store or facility open to the public, or travel anywhere, or attend any sporting events or live entertainment, or to enter movie theaters, or do anything…is the forerunner of, and preparation for, the mark of the Beast. 
  • The GLOBAL RESET with its one world government and one world financial system…now being ushered in through the on-going destruction of the Constitutional Republic of America which stood in the way of the principles and dictates of the Anti-christ…is the preparation of the way for the coming rule and reign of the Anti-christ. 

1]  Destruction of America
There were 5 chilling prophetic dreams posted by Pastor Dana Cornerstone that portrayed the utter destruction of America.  I have been writing about this nearly every day for 18 months already, and so they are not really prophesy, they are a confirmation of the Holy Spirit of what is already taking place! 

I am going to post one dream each day for the next 5 days.  I urge you to watch them and consider them in light of how events are unfolding even at this very hour.  

  • Lincoln Dream:  Abraham Lincoln was hanged by Uncle Sam, who was forced to do so by the ruling government powers.  Then Uncle Sam died as well…of a broken heart.
    In the dream, God had this to say:
    To Lincoln: They didn’t have any Idea what they were doing, and now the Nation needs to brace itself for what they deserve.
      This is a symbolic representation…an allegory…of what has taken place with the death of America, God’s imminent judgment of wrath He is about to pour out upon this Nation, and warning to His people to “anchor your soul.” 
    To Uncle Sam:
     Rest in peace, Uncle Sam.  Sorry you had to see the ship go down.
    To the Nation:
      Brace yourself for fire and ice, and don’t forget to anchor your soul.  https://youtu.be/_GB2dEHrHlo/

Lord God Almighty, when Your judgments come upon the Earth…as they are even now…the people of the world learn righteousness.  Though God shows 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. [Luke 21:26; Isa 26:10]
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.  

Brothers and sisters in Christ…

I love my Country; I grew up here, and worked here, and enjoyed the freedoms we were given here.  Even so…this Country is no longer the Country I grew up in.  It has become something else…something totally different, something strange and foreign to me.  We are a Nation no longer under the rule and Authority of God, and as a result so horribly transformed from what our Founding Fathers envisioned and birthed.  Once a great and respected Christian Nation, God has made us the laughingstock of the world.  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 wellIf 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]
Presented below is what it looks like…utter chaos…when God has determined by His Own Divine Decree to destroy a Nation, as He has America.  Here is what a Fascist Totalitarian Dictatorship looks like as it continues to unilaterally shut down, trample over, and shred our every constitutional right that stands in its way.
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!  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!  We need to be fully aware of what is taking place in our Nation in order to know how to be prepared as ministers of the Lord during these End Times.
God has determined by Divine decree that our Nation will be destroyed.  “Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat!  Those whom God is determined to destroy, He first infatuates.”  God has Personally stricken the minds of our Nation’s leaders with idiocy, so that professing to be wise, they have become fools…utter morons! [Rom 1:22]  He has caused their thinking to become utterly confused…just as He had warned…so that they actually believe they are acting in wisdom while they are in reality literally destroying the Nation!  You see it unfolding before your very eyes every day!  The Lord will cause you to lose your mind in idiocy, and strike you with wild and helpless fear and panic; He will make you become blind and cause your minds and hearts to be confused. [Deut 28:28]  

Destruction of America 

Brethren…you need to watch this Pastor Dana prophetic dream concerning ominous events that will take place during December, and January.  We see all of these things being foreshadowed even now in our everyday news…
Baltic Dry Index dead…no movement of goods, no global trade; ships anchored in ports, nothing moving at sea;
people standing for hours on long food lines;
Nationwide power outages;
people being housed in shelters;
market crashes and yields lost;
Great sadness throughout the land; people seemed very dazed and very confused;
Depression as a creature, choking people, pushing them down;
God’s holy remnant shining like little beacons of light and hope in neighborhoods throughout the Nation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPR1cchbkAE&feature=youtu.be

  • Perhaps God is now forewarning of something worse yet to come, even Nationwide…a cyber attack shutting down our electric grid, or severe food shortages resulting from cargo ships stranded unloaded in our harbors…I don’t know; I can’t answer that.  Even so…This is where I continue to 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. 

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.”

Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the Earth: for the powers of Heaven shall be shaken.  When God spoke from Mount Sinai His voice shook the Earth, but now He makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the Earth but the heavens also.”  This means that the things on Earth will be shaken, so that only eternal things will remain.  When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. [Heb 12:26-27; Luke 21:26, 28] 

These are the days of the separation of the wheat from the chaff.  I [John] baptize you with water for repentance.  But after me will come One Who is more powerful than I, Whose sandals I am not fit to carry.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor, gathering His wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.  “Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace.  All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty.  “Not a root or a branch will be left to them.” [Matt 3:11-12; Mal 4:1-2]

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

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZGa_GQR_PQ

Revelation 18:1-24 [NIV; amplification in italics] 

After this I saw another Angel coming down from Heaven…the Angel of Yahweh Himself!  He had great authority, and the whole Earth was illuminated by the Glory of His splendor.  With a mighty voice that carries within itself the power to effect what is spoken…immediately, completely, and continually…He shouted: “Fallen, as a system of abominations!  Fallen, as a City of abominations is Babylon the Great!  She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.  For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries, and the inhabitants of the Earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.  The kings of the Earth committed adultery with her, indulging in the filth of her uncleanness, and the merchants of the Earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”

Then I heard another voice from Heaven…the Father Himself…say: “Come out of her, My People, children of Abraham, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues!  Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance; He will render unto her a recompence.  For her sins are piled up to Heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.  In every form in which she has existed, and throughout all the ages, in all the world, she has been holding up the golden cup of her abominations wherewith she has intoxicated and demented the nations, and filled the whole Earth with spiritual madness.  Therefore, give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done!  Mix her a double portion from her own cup!  Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself!  In her heart she  arrogantly boasts, ‘I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.’  She presumes to think herself invincible, immortal, and forever sufficient in her own possessions against all adversity…and exalts herself over the very Church of God!  Therefore in just one day all her greatness, might, and majesty will come to naught!  Her plagues will overtake her with unexampled suffering, mourning and horror: death, mourning and famine will be her portion!  She will be consumed by fire, sinking into a charred and smoldering desolation, never again to be inhabited, for mighty is the Lord God Who judges her!

When the kings and all the sovereign powers of the Earth who committed adultery with her, and shared her luxury, and on whom they lavished their treasures and courted as their chief delight, see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.  Terrified at her torment and the smoke of her burning, they will stand far off in horror and dread as they contemplate the consequences of her ruin, and cry: ‘Woe!  Woe, O great City, O Babylon, City of power!  We have leaned upon your mightiness and were enriched by the glorifying power of your greatness, yet in just one hour your doom has come!’

The merchants of the Earth throughout all the world will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more…cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men.  They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you.  All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.  The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off in horror and dread as they contemplate the consequences of her ruin, terrified at her torment and the smoke of her burning.  They will weep and mourn and cry out: ‘Woe!  Woe, O great City, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!  We have doubled up riches upon riches within your markets…so quickly, so easily, so assuredly…yet in just one hour such great wealth has been brought to utter ruin!’

Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the vast commerce transacted over the sea, will stand far off.  When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great City?’  They will throw dust on their heads in sorrowful mourning as they contemplate the consequences of her ruin, and with weeping and mourning cry out: ‘Woe!  Woe, O great City, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth!  In just one hour she has been brought to utter ruin!’”

But while a chorus of inconsolable lament, disappointment, and terror is upon every potency and activity throughout the world, a voice of grand jubilation springs up spontaneously over all the holy universe, proclaiming, “Rejoice over her, O Heaven!  Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets!  God has judged her for the way she treated you.  God has given judgment against her apostate wisdom, her principles embracing pride, lust, and greed, her godless spirit, her hopes for blessedness and bliss apart from God…all of her vanities and sinful desires of the flesh!”

Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: “With such violence the great City of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again!  The music of harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again!  No workman of any trade will ever be found in you again!  The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again!  The light of a lamp will never shine in you again!  The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again!  Your merchants were the world’s great men.  By your magic spell whereby you were able to present the demon of covetousness…the pursuit and possession of luxuries and wealth…as an angel of light, all the nations were seduced and led astray, and became the willing slave of your base idolatry!  Instead of concerning themselves with the laws and revelations of God, governments were lured to participate in, and drink from, the golden cup held out by the Mother of harlots…a cup filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries…thereby believing Satan’s great lie.  Even more, in her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the Earth!” [Revelation 18:1-24]  

Following are several portions of Scripture dealing with the Mark of the Beast:

  • Revelation 13:16-20
    He [the False Prophet] 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 Anti-christ 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 Anti-christ, 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 14:9-12
    A third angel followed them…preaching and crying a most intense and solemn warning with all the power and eloquence of angels…and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the Beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of His wrath!He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb!  And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever!  There is no rest day or night for those who worship the Beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name!”  This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus, refusing to worship the Beast or to accept his mark upon themselves
  • Revelation 14:17-20
    Another Angel came out of the Temple, the Temple in Heaven, this being the Angel of Yahweh Himself, and in His capacity as the Angel of the Temple…the Great High Priest…He too had a sharp sickle.  Still another angel, who had charge of the altar-fire…that fire of Divine justice which ever burns against sin and sinners…came forth from the altar of Yahweh’s temple on the Earth, and he alsocalled in a loud voice to Him who had the sharp sickle, likewise crying out for vengeance against the Anti-christ as did the first angel from the temple, “Take Your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the Earth’s vine, because its grapes of wickedness are ripe to the full for judgment.”  The Angel swung His sickle on the Earth, gathered the vine of the Earth rooted in the Anti-christ that stands in opposition to the vine of Christ, laden with its grapes that are the children of wickedness, and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath.  They were trampled in the winepress outside the now consecrated and Holy City Jerusalemin the Valley of Megiddo… Armageddon.  The kings of the Earth and of the whole world, and their armies, are utterly consumed…and a river of human blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia (160 miles)!  Thus was brought to a conclusion the great and terrible Day of the Lord, in which God fulfilled His intention to consume all opposition and to take vengeance upon the enemies and usurpers who occupy the Eartha more detailed account of which is now to follow.   

Brothers and sisters in Christ…

“Mystery Babylon” in the Book of Revelation is America [Rev 17:5], 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.

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

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!   

Come, My people, enter your chambers and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the Lord’s wrath against your enemies has passed.  For behold, the Lord is coming out of His Heavenly Sanctuary to punish the inhabitants of the Earth for their iniquity.  The Earth 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 anyone & all others, and for anything & all else this world has to offer.  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

Behold, 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.

Holy:
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