Days of Preparation: A Founder’s Warning and Modern Day Testimonies

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I just wanted to share the insight of one of our Founding Fathers. Prophetically, Benjamin Rush, called the “father of medicine” and signer of the Declaration of Independence said, “Unless we put medical freedoms into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship…the Constitution of the Republic should make a special privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom.” Indeed, this is what is happening now, namely a “medical dictatorship.” Or, shall I say, medical marshal law. For indeed that is what it is.

You may want to view these links…or don’t. There are more coming out and speaking daily. However, youtube is vigilantly taking them off youtube nearly as fast as they go on. Censorship is on the rise. Thank you for looking at them soon, and taking them into consideration and prayer.

Videos and Articles of Doctors and Experts speaking about the current crisis:

the Children’s Health Defense website: This is an overarching, excellent site with a multiplicity of articles and videos regarding the dangers of vaccines, the coronavirus, research scientist Dr. Judy Mikovits speaks regarding Dr. Fauci, the truth about Bill Gates, the terrible facts about 5G technology, and the list goes on: https://childrenshealthdefense.org/
“Vitamin D Deficiency Is Associated with COVID-19 Severity and Mortality,” https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/vitamin-d-deficiency-is-associated-with-covid-19-severity-and-mortality/
“Pentagon Study: Flu Shot Raises Risk of Coronavirus by 36% (and Other Supporting Studies),” https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/vaccine-misinformation-flu-shots-equal-health/
 
Celeste Solumformer medical worker and former FEMA employee of 20 years speaks out on the Blueprint for the AI 666 Beast System, the DARPA hydra gel sensor tattoo vaccine that will fuse with the human body, the world economic forum’s agenda, etc.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf0R2hbQ8g4
Happening Now in Washington State: “Children’s Emergency Quarantine Centers,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWQMx4HxWIw
 

* “Medical Tyranny 2020,” expose’ of Trump’s coronavirus task force team, their connections, and who they really are: https://banned.video/watch?id=5e90f64db6024f0088761911

*  “Shocking! Historian Exposes Bill Gate’s Ties To the Nazis and more,https://banned.video/watch?id=5e8c9ef7475781009430c49d
 
*  Important information on Dr. Shiva and his undermining of the Health Freedom Movement, his connections with Bill Gates, and his own vaccine industry: https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/critical-questions-for-dr-shiva-about-his-attempts-to-splinter-the-health-freedom-movement/
 
Bill Gate’s Globalist Agenda, the death of hundreds of thousands of children because of vaccines, lawsuits brought against Bill Gates by other nations because of this, and the ruining of countless other lives because of his vaccines, https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/government-corruption/gates-globalist-vaccine-agenda-a-win-win-for-pharma-and-mandatory-vaccination/
 
Henry Kissinger and Gates call for global governance and mandatory vaccines worldwide, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4Aps2NPe54
 
New Patent Filed by Microsoft, patent number 060606, cryptocurrency system using body activity data, https://patentscope2.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=WO2020060606
 
Pastor Billy Crone on “The Coming Genetic Apocalypse” and what has been going on in science regarding DNA, hybridization, CRISPR, and how it is and will affect us,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfjawButmsQ
 

* Pastor Billy Crone on “Are Hybrids Corrupting God’s Creation?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVLtgL00dug

Dr Sherri Tenpenny, an Osteopathic doctor (which is a combo of MD and Chiropractor), speaks on vaccines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W95tnotcd5A&feature=share
Dr. Annie Bukacek addressing a church in Montana on the CDC’s direction to doctors to dishonestly document death certificates in order to inflate the numbers of COVID-19 victims: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5wn1qs_bBk
Dr. Judy Mikovits, researcher with a BA in Chemistry and PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, interview regarding coronavirus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJb-g8ZB4xo 
*  3 minute video of Dr. Judy Mikovits on wearing masks and activating dormant viruses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-_-kJvgINM
*  Martial Law? This link also contains footage of Dr. Judy Mikovits speaking of flu vaccines through the years that had coronavirus in them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho9yiV1z3Cw
*  “Scientist Jailed after Discovering Deadly Viruses are Delivered Through Vaccines” and Dr. Fauci’s involvement in that, https://thetruthrevolution.net/scientist-jailed-after-discovering-deadly-viruses-are-delivered-through-vaccines/
The Present Day New World Order agenda against Christians as exposed by Pamela Rae Schuffert the daughter of a Pentegon military family with sources from the CIA interview and website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqJa5pOceYY
Dr Kaufman is an MD with phychiatric degree from Duke University. He who because of his conscience has been recently terminated from one of his jobs, explains the ‘contact tracer’ (44 minute mark), his theory on viruses (49 minute mark), and many other things: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-NcxqeqSvU&feature=share
Dr. Kaufman explains the COVID Deception: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sHqJaSZvHs
Dr. Kaufman’s more on COVID: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZzIxnCHVDM
Dr. Fauci himself in The New England Journal of Medicine, says COVID is only a flu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1aFt-k3tQ8
Undercover nurse witness regarding empty hospitals and dishonest documentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCgea5o3ALU
 
*  Although not all videos of Greg Reese have been viewed, there are various excellent videos worth viewing on his site: https://banned.video/channel/greg-reese
 
*  Incredible…How you actually get a virus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7eyZUu6rTo

Days of Preparation: Son, Go Get Your Bride!

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Throughout Scripture, a theme of marriage and covenant has been threaded into the fabric of its message. From Adam and Eve, to Rebecca and Isaac, to Ruth and Boaz, to Joseph and Mary, and amazingly, God and His people, the covenant of marriage has permeated the Bible’s pages. It can be no surprise, therefore, when Jesus not only began His ministry at a wedding, but also uses imagery and word pictures of marriage throughout His ministry. Indeed, Jesus did not just come to save us, He came to make a covenant with His Bride. Communion itself communicates this incredible truth. But, let’s begin at the beginning.

In the middle east back then and today, a wedding is everything to the people. In the Jewish culture of Jesus day, it was no different. When a man of whatever age desired to marry a young woman, he would write up a covenant containing promises and guarantees that he would go and present to her publicly. His father and her father would be present, and according to some historians, this meeting would take place at the city gate where all judicial transactions and agreements would convene. And, the more witnesses the better. So, the whole town might be in on the covenant between the two.

After his promises and guarantees were read aloud to her, she would either agree or disagree to the proposal. Upon agreeing, the bridegroom would take a cup of wine and hand it to her. If she drank of the cup, it would seal the deal. Upon drinking it, he would also drink and then would say, “I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until I drink it anew in my father’s house.” And everyone would attest to this. Furthermore, he would end all by essentially saying, “I will go now and prepare a place for you, and will come again to get you.”

And so, the bridegroom and bride were considered married by all present, but they would not consummate the marriage until the place had been prepared, and the bridegroom would return to get his bride. (Example: Joseph in the story of Mary and Joseph, determined to “divorce” Mary. Though they had not consummated the marriage, they were recognized legally as being married). The timing of the wedding was in the hands of the bridegroom’s father. For no one knew at what time or day the father would send the son to get his bride.

During this time of separation, the bridegroom would obtain building materials and decorating materials, and would over time (for things were slower in those days) would build a chamber on to his father’s house for his bride. Furthermore, the bridegroom would plan every detail of the wedding supper.

The bride, during this time, would also be busy making herself ready. First of all, she would veil herself, declaring to all that “I am chosen.” She would surround herself with up to ten bridesmaids, depending on the size of the family, who would help her to prepare. They would help her to be faithful; they would help her to remain pure; they would help her to make her dress. And again, things were slower back then. It might take weeks for merchants to come through town with special fabrics for her gown. Special attention was placed on the making of the dress, and great time and effort was put into this.

Then, there would come a time when all was ready, and the waiting would begin. There might be talk of the progress of the bridegroom’s building project. Usually the wait would be around a year. So, by the nearing of the end of year everyone was on the edge of their seat, waiting.

During this time, the Bride wore her dress to bed so as to be ready when her beloved would suddenly come. Her attendants slept with her, and the attendants of the bridegroom slept with him. Their lamps were always burning, waiting.

Then, in the middle of the night – yes, it was always the middle of the night – the father would waken his son and say, “Go get your bride!” His son would jump to his feet, arose his attendants, and they would grab their lamps and burst into the streets. A cry would go forth into the night, and people all through the town would awaken to the excited shouts of the bridegroom and those who accompanied him, and the blowing of the shofar (a trumpet made out of a ram’s horn).

The bride and the bridesmaids would awaken to the commotion, and everyone would get up in a flutter of breathless excitement. All that they’d been waiting for had finally come! The bridegroom was coming just like he’d promised! “I go to prepare a place for you, and will come again to receive you to myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”

Then, the bride and bridegroom meet in the street. In a potent, heart stopping silence they might behold each other for a moment and everything would appear to be put on pause momentarily before the excitement of the moment continued. All in white, clean and bright, without spot or wrinkle (after all she’s been sleeping in her dress!), sparkling and brilliant, breathtaking, the bride stands ready, and the bridegroom strong, handsome and eager, stands ready to accompany her to the father’s house. It is then that she is placed upon a litter. She does not walk nor run to the father’s house. In Jesus’ day they referred to her mode of transportation as being “flown” to the father’s house. She sat upon the litter, and then the men holding it up would hurriedly transport her, and the whole procession would follow. Once there, the door would be shut. Only the wedding party was allowed in, and all others were shut out. The door would remain shut throughout the entire week-long celebration of the wedding supper.

Did you notice some incredible elements in this that point us to things that Jesus said? He told several parables about wedding suppers (Luke 14; Matthew 21; Luke 12), the ten virgins (Matthew 25), the Father’s house (John 14), the Father being the One who knows the day and the hour (Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32), going to prepare a place (John 14), not drinking of the fruit of the vine again until in His Father’s kingdom (Matthew 26:29; Mark 14:25), and of coming again to receive us to himself (John 14). Not only this 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 speaks of the Bride “flying” to meet Jesus in the air. All of this was the language of the covenant of a wedding. When we drink of the juice the Lord’s supper, we as the Bride agree to the marriage covenant of Jesus. We, as the Bride, are set a part and chosen, and are to be veiled and remain pure, unspotted by the world. And we as the Bride, must make our garments clean and bright, without spot or wrinkle through the washing of the water of the Word of God (Ephesians 5), until the day that the Father turns to Jesus and says, “Son, go get your Bride!”

Incredibly, the story of Jesus begins with the wedding at Cana of Galilee (John 2), and ends with the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19).

We will not know the day or the hour that the Jesus will be sent to get us, but we can be aware of the season because we are children of light (1 Thessalonians 5). Indeed, there are signs of Christ’s soon return all around us (Daniel; Revelation; Zechariah; Matthew 24; Luke 21; Mark 13; 2 Timothy 3:1; 2 Peter 3).

As we now are in the season of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church who is the Bride of Christ, let us turn our eyes to Jesus, our soon and coming King. We are in the season of the budding of the fig tree (Matthew 24), the budding of the grape vines (Song of Solomon), and the time of the marriage of Ruth and Boaz. Let’s set our heart on our Bridegroom, allow His Spirit to search us and know us (Psalm 139), make sure our garments are whitened by God’s Word. Truly, let’s be ready!!!

Revelation 22:17a, 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!””

 

Days of Preparation: Who is King? (A letter to American Pastors)

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Dear Pastors,

I have been praying to the Lord concerning you and this nation. Before the Constitution & Bill of Rights or even the Declaration of Independence, we were subjects of the king of England. It was in those days, that we lived under the Magna Carta and were guaranteed by law that we would have representation. However, King George III withdrew that right under the law. As our Puritan Founders fervently prayed, wrote letters to the king, had meetings with officials, and discussed this grave issue amongst themselves, they came to realize that the king had disobeyed his own law. They wanted to honor God by honoring the king, but the king was not above the law. No one is above the law. It was then, that the Declaration of Independence was born which declared that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The king had disobeyed his own laws and disregarded the cries of the people, thus King George III was in rebellion, not the American people.

Following the War for Independence, one nation under God was established, and the Constitution and Bill of Rights, based on God’s law, were drafted as that which would never be dissolved regardless of emergency or war or whim of any legislature or president or court. Every ruler was under this law and under the supreme eminence of God. Not only this, but incredibly the people elected the rulers, thus, hiring them and becoming the employer of those rulers. As the United States of America we have been unlike any other nation in this world – aside from Israel itself. We have no king, no prince, no tyrant, no prime minister, no dictator, no emperor. We had no king, but King Jesus, and this indeed was one of the rallying cries of 1776.

Israel was the only other nation that had been established under God and under God’s laws. God had delivered them from Egypt, parted the Red Sea, fed them with manna, sustained them with water from the Rock, empowered them to take the promised land, and the list goes on and on of what the Lord did for them as their King and Lord. Thus, when Israel asked for a king, the prophet Samuel’s heart broke. “Give us a king to judge us,” they said. “And the LORD said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.” (1 Samuel 8:6-7). And so, in 1 Samuel 12, Saul is made king at the beginning of the wheat harvest (1 Sam 12:17) – that is Pentecost, for Pentecost is the day of the first fruits of the wheat harvest (Exodus 34:22). And Samuel said to them “I will call to the LORD, and He will send thunder and rain, that you may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking a king for yourselves,” (vs17).

Is not Christ still the head of the Church? Is not America still one nation UNDER GOD? Is the Constitution/Bill of Rights still the law of the land? Let’s render to God what is God’s! (Matthew 22:15-22) Just like Caesar’s image was on the Roman coin that Jesus was handed, God’s image is on each of us and Christ’s name is on each church building. Any law stating that churches may not reopen is unconstitutional and unbiblical. We are under God, not the governor. We hired the governor, and the governor is now disobeying God’s law. In effect and in no uncertain terms, your continued compliance in the name of obedience, has deemed the governor/president to be head of your church. Is Christ head or is the governor head? Will you be like Israel who on Pentecost chose a human king to lead them? Or will you like the Puritan/Calvinist Founders of this nation submit to God? This Pentecost, it’s your choice. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! No king but King Jesus!

Days of Preparation: Pentecost & the Book of Ruth

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We are reading the book of Ruth in the Bible this week because this story happens during Pentecost and the weeks leading up to it, and it is commonly read among the Jews on Pentecost. My church never read Ruth on Pentecost, and yours may not have either. Most churches probably read Acts 1-2 which recounts the birthday of the Church. So, you might ask, “why is Ruth considered the book to be read at Pentecost?”
To begin with, Pentecost is God’s harvest festival. Actually, all of God’s feast days center around agriculture. Of God’s seven Biblical feasts, Pentecost is the fourth. Three of God’s feast days God commands that all men attend. They were to drop everything and go up to Jerusalem. Pentecost is one of those three.
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the word Pentecost come from the “Middle English, from Old English pentecosten, from Late Latin pentecoste, from Greek pentēkostē, literally, fiftieth day…” Those fifty days leading up to Pentecost are called “the counting of the Omer.” Omer means a sheaf of wheat. It is during these fifty days that the barley harvest is completed and the wheat harvest is begun.
So, when does one begin counting up to fifty? Resurrection Sunday. On Resurrection Sunday the count up begins until one reaches the fiftieth day called Pentecost. It is on the day of Pentecost that the first fruits of the wheat harvest were waved before the Lord in the form of two loaves of bread made with yeast.
Incredibly, the main story of the book of Ruth is centered around a young Gentile widow named Ruth. She chooses to accompany her widowed and broken Jewish mother-in-law Naomi back to the land of Israel and to serve the one true God. When they arrive in Judah, it is the time on God’s calendar that is between Resurrection Sunday and Pentecost, known as “the counting of the omer.” Because Ruth and Naomi had no other source of income and were poverty stricken, Ruth goes to work gleaning in the harvest fields of a godly, wealthy, highly respected, older man named Boaz. The story culminates with the stunning betrothal/wedding of Boaz and Ruth on the day of Pentecost! Yes, that is the day that they became committed to each other, and thus, this is the story that is read each Pentecost.
Naomi is representative of broken Israel, while Ruth is representative of the Gentile church, and Boaz is representative of our Kinsman Redeemer Jesus. This story depicts the incredible story of redemption and unification of both Jew and Gentile in Jesus Christ. Not only this, but the book of Ruth is a love story, a wedding story, the story of a beloved Bride who selflessly worked the harvest and made herself ready for her godly Bridegroom.
On the day of Pentecost in Acts 2, God poured out His Holy Spirit upon the 120 disciples who were gathered in the upper room of the Temple. When the Holy Spirit came upon them, they spoke in the languages of the nations, declaring the glories of God and drawing the attention of the masses from all over the world that had gathered for the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem. And Peter stands up to preach that we are in the Last Days, and that in the Last Days God would pour out His Spirit on ALL, not just the Jews. This was the message of Pentecost: the Gospel of Salvation through Jesus is for ALL whom the Lord our God will call, the redemption of both Jew and Gentile. And thus, the Church became Jesus’ godly Bride who went out to work in His harvest field of the world.
Sources:
“‘Counting The Omer’ – Messianic Rabbi Zev Porat” Explains,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WMAWZZCv_E

“Counting of the Omer,” https://rabbiyeshua.com/articles-by-kehilat/item/8-counting-the-omer

“Pentecost,” from the Encyclopedia Britannica, https://www.britannica.com/topic/Pentecost-Christianity

“Pentecost,” Merriam Webster Dictionary 1828, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pentecost

Main Biblical Passages of Reference: Leviticus 23 & Deuteronomy 16

Days of Preparation: Remember!

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“8 “Remember this, and show yourselves men; Recall to mind, O you transgressors.
9 Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me…” (Isaiah 46:8-9).

This Memorial Day, let us take a moment to reflect on those who have fought and died for this nation. It is during Memorial Day that we as Americans are to reflect on the great cost of freedom, for freedom is never free. It came at a high price and must be preserved at a high price.
Our Founding Fathers knew the high price all too well. They had sought to appease King George III, had written numerous letters to the king, had meetings with officials, and desired to honor their ruler and the law. When the King did not honor them, they sought the Lord in fervent prayer. It was then that they realized that the King had disobeyed his own law called the Magna Carta. The king must be under his own law and not above it. And one nation under God was born, a nation of the people, by the people and for the people was created and a Constitution and Bill of Rights was crafted under the steady vigilance of our Founding Fathers. They sacrificed their lives, their comforts, their families, their fortunes, their reputations, that we might be free of the tyrannical rule of a king who considered himself above the law.
Memorial Day is a day to remember these sacrifices. The sacrifices of the Founders and the sacrifices of those we have known in our lifetime. Let us not forget them!
Furthermore, we as Christians are also a part of a spiritual nation, a holy people, children of God. Our kingdom is not of this world, but is in our hearts and the King of our kingdom is coming soon. The founders of this spiritual kingdom, the prophets and apostles, lived lives of sacrifice on behalf of God’s word. The world hated them, and killed many of them.
Inspired by their testimony and driven by eternity, many throughout the years sacrificed their lives, their families, their comforts, their fortunes, and their reputations that we Christians today might be spiritually free. So, even as we memorialize our fallen military heroes today, let us also memorialize our fallen spiritual leaders who gave their all for the cause of Christ.
While we are remembering those who fought and died, let us reflect on the state of this nation and the church today.
In the words of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, God is “sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat”. He is sifting the wheat from the chaff. Across this nation of America, God is doing just this to His people. For nearly three months, God has brought this nation and the church to a screeching halt. In His great mercy, He has during this time of isolation and quarantine, called His people to refocus, reassess and repent. He is saying, just like He said to the 7 churches of Revelation, “he who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” And what God is saying is loud and clear.

Indeed, Christians around the world are repenting too. From Brazil, to Pakistan, to India, to Guatemala, to Jamaica, to Peru, to Kenya. From sea to shining sea, Christians are kneeling in prayer for block after block after block along city streets, in front of buildings, on cracked sidewalks, crying out to God in repentance and for healing. On top of that thousands are coming to Jesus in Guatemalan prisons as policemen-turned-preachers are impacting lives for God’s glory. Even nations, via their national leadership, like Jamaica, are humbling themselves, repenting and turning back to God.
In these days leading up to Pentecost, like the 120 disciples isolated themselves in the upper room in Acts 1 may we too, in America and around the world, isolate ourselves and seek God’s face. May we at this time truly and sincerely surrender ALL. Once broken and empty of all sin before our awesome, holy God, let’s ask the Lord to fill us afresh with His Holy Spirit, to empower us from on high. And, then stand back and see what God will do once more this Pentecost!

Days of Preparation: A Call to Pray

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None of us ever likes to hear the word, “wait.” Nevertheless, that is exactly what Jesus told His disciples to do in Acts 1. He commanded them to wait in Jerusalem until the Father sent His promise of the Holy Spirit to them. In John 20:22, Jesus had “breathed” on His disciples, and said, “receive the Holy Spirit.”

In the beginning, God breathed into humanity the breath of life, and they became living souls. But, after Adam and Eve’s disobedience, we all “died” (Romans 5:12-14; 1 Corinthians 15:22). For God said that in the day they would disobey and eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Adam and Eve would surely die. From that day forward, humanity has been dead in their trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1-3). We were spiritually dead.

But, Jesus “breathed” on them, and they became new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). The old had passed away and all had become new, and we are now the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). The disciples were made new creations that day, and were filled with the Holy Spirit.
But more was to come…not just an infilling, but an empowering! Let’s now read the details of Jesus’ Ascension Day from Acts 1:
“1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,
3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;
5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,
11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey.
13 And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James.
14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”

From this account we find that they obeyed Jesus and waited. They as good Jews knew that Pentecost was coming, and they knew that that day would have huge crowds gathered for the celebration. They knew from their history that God on that day had come down upon Mount Sinai in fire and smoke and great thundering and power (Exodus 19). And though they did not know for sure what God was about to do, they knew that the Father was going to empower them to be His witness unto the uttermost parts of the earth.
So, behind closed doors and unanimously, 120 of them all together and in agreement, steadfastly continued and persevered in fervent prayer. And there, in the upper room, they steadily endured for ten days.
We right now are counting up to the commemoration of Pentecost on May 31st. It is nine days away. As we are swiftly approaching that commemoration of the birthday of the church, let us too be in prayer as they were.
Strangely enough, we resemble them more so now than ever before at any other time in history, for just like them, we are shut away. So, let us, like those gathered in the upper room, be unified in perseverant prayer. In a time when the doors of churches have been closed and Christians have been huddling at home and pastors have been uncertain about what to do, let us stand steadfastly in prayer that God would again pour out His Spirit and would again empower His people.
It is amazing that churches across this nation are unanimously agreeing to reopen on May 31st regardless of government mandates. Over 1200 pastors and upwards to 3,000 churches throughout California have signed a “declaration of essentiality,” while thousands of churches (Lutherans, nondenominational, etc) in Minnesota are standing together against their government that has allowed for grocery stores and abortion clinics to remain open this entire time and has now called for bars and restaurants and malls to reopen but not the Church. And a Kentucky federal judge overturned their governor’s order to close churches, deeming there was no “compelling reason” to curtail a church’s freedom to worship. A Baptist pastor in Maryland reflected to a television news journalist that we are in the Last Days, and the Church is supposed to be meeting even more now as the Day of the Lord’s return draws nearer (Hebrews 10:25). And, many pastors, like our American Founding Fathers, have come to a very weighty decision: to obey God rather than man. Not only this, but they are also coming to the realization that these man-made rules are unlawful and unconstitutional, and our rulers are to be held accountable to the law of the land.
Through this unprecedented time in history, God mercifully is calling His people back to His Word, back to prayer, back to full dependence upon Him, that His people might awaken and realize that the time of His return is NEARER now than ever before.
So, I am calling you to prayer, like the disciples in the upper room and in unity with Christians across this nation. Let us pray for God to pour out His Spirit once again, in accordance with His Word in Acts 2 and Joel 2. For He promised that in the Last Days He would pour our His Spirit on all flesh. The Last Days started with the disciples on Pentecost, but we are still in those days and are nearing the end of those Last Days. Over the next 9 days, let us close ourselves away and wait expectantly upon the Lord; let us fervently pray for an awakening, for a revival, for God to move upon His Church once again, and for this land to be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea! (Habakkuk 2:14).

Sources:

“Up to 3,000 California churches say they’ll reopen this month, ban or no ban” https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/05/21/up-to-3000-california-churches-say-theyll-reopen-this-month-ban-or-no-ban/

“Thousands Of Churches Stand Up To Democratic Governors’ Lockdown Orders: We Are Opening. Period.” https://www.dailywire.com/news/thousands-of-churches-stand-up-to-democratic-governors-lockdown-orders-we-are-opening-period/

Pastor Refuses to Stop In-Person Church Services:

Days of Preparation: The Oil and the Light

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In Matthew 25:1-13, we read the story of 10 virgins. From this story we assess that all were virgins, all had lamps that were burning, all were waiting for the Bridegroom, and all fell asleep. But there is one very important thing that they did not have in common: extra oil. Here is there story:

“1 Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,
4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’
7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’
12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

It appears from what Jesus says at the conclusion of this story is the importance of watching. Jesus says in more than one other place to be alert, to be watchful, to be vigilant, to never let down one’s guard (Matthew 24:42-44; 26:41; Mark 13:33, 35; Luke 12:35-38; 21:36). Why? Because we are called lights of the world. Even as God is light within light, and there is no shadow of turning with Him, and Jesus declared that He is the light of the world, we too are to be perpetually shining out into the ever growing darkness.

Matthew 5:14-16,
“14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Philippians 2:13-16
“13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
14 Do all things without complaining and disputing,
15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”

Now, in order for our lights to continue shining out, we need oil. In the days of Jesus, lamps were lit with oil. That was the fuel of the time period, much like now we utilize electricity. Thus, if they ran out of oil, the light would go out. And when the light would go out, there would be pitch darkness, because they did not have street lights or yard lights on just in case.

Even so, if we run out of oil, our lights will go out. And if our lights go out, who will shine? If our lights are under a bushel, then everything becomes darkness. Again, there is no back up. We are the lights of the world, shining out in this perverse and crooked generation.

Thus, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5, 8 says,
“1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.
2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.
5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.
8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.”

So, what is this oil that we MUST NOT RUN OUT OF? Is it the Holy Spirit as some teach? After all, throughout scripture oil has been referred to as the Holy Spirit. That might work, except that one cannot buy the Holy Spirit. After all, in this story of the 10 virgins, the 5 are told to go and buy oil. Acts makes it clear via the Apostle Peter that one cannot buy the Holy Spirit. In Acts 8, Peter rebukes Simon the sorcerer for wanting to purchase with money the empowerment of the Holy Spirit which produced an open demonstration. According to verse 19 Simon had said, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” Peter responded in verse 20, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!”

The oil must go back to Jesus’ emphasis in Matthew 25:13: watchfulness. We must be watchful. We see the importance of watching with our lamps continually lit in Luke 12:35-40:
“35 Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. 37Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. 38And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 39But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 40Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Does this mean that we literally, physically have to stay awake? No. But, it does mean that we must be spiritually vigilant, never letting down our guard, never becoming lethargic nor apathetic, never allowing the world to seep in, never allowing the entrancing music of the world to lull us to sleep, never allowing for a false sense of security. To be watchful is to be in the word of God that it might purify and transform us (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 5), to be praying without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5), and to be aware of the signs of the times so that the day of the Lord does not take us unaware (1 Thessalonians 5).

The oil therefore, could be likened to our watchfulness, our vigilance in reading and applying God’s word, our prayer life, and our discernment of the spiritual seasons. We need this oil in order to keep our lamps burning, and our lamps must keep on burning and never be extinguished because if our lights go out, all will be darkness. Remember, in Jesus’ day there were no street lights, no yard lights, no front porch lights to back people up if their lamp went out. So, if their lamp went out, all would be completely black. Spiritually speaking, that applies to all Christians throughout the centuries, for our lights must continually shine out into the spiritual darkness of this world. And for those lights to shine without ceasing, we as Christians must be in the word, must be praying, and must be paying attention to the signs of the times. If we do not, then our lamps will go out, and we will be unprepared for the Lord’s soon and sudden return. So, let’s trim our lamps, refill our oil, and shine on. Let’s “1 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.” (Isaiah 60:1).
Let’s be ready!

Other Messages with Further Insight:
“The Mystery of the 10 Virgins,” https://perrystone.tv/programs/mfps_0981_hd_2019_07_26mpg-488a73

“Arise Shine! For Your Light Has Come,” by Pastor Zev Porat,

Days of Preparation: God is BIGGER

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My pic of Eagle and Tide

Notice the AWESOME sea in this picture and the HUGE bird sitting on a beached log near its swelling tide. Blow the picture up bigger if can in order to see it better! When I stood in front of that swelling tide all heaped up for the first time I literally shook. You could hear its roar and see its power. But then, I remembered Who rules it and is greater than its mighty waves and that it did not dare to disobey HIM. So, I strode out to meet it and snapped a gazillion pictures.

Psalm 93 talks about God being mightier than the mighty waves of the sea. “The LORD reigneth, He is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith He hath girded Himself. The world also is established that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is established of old; Thou art from everlasting. The floods have lifted up, O LORD; the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. Thy testimonies are very sure; holiness becometh Thine house, O LORD, forever!”

Even so, right now, the nations rage and the people plot a vain thing against the Lord and His Anointed. They like the sea, have heaped themselves up and are swelling in great pride and power, but God in heaven laughs and holds them in derision (Psalm 2). In 1 Samuel 17, the entire army of Israel- strong, seasoned, mighty men– cowered in fear at the voice of the giant Goliath. But young, unseasoned, non-military David did not share this perspective because he knew God was BIGGER!!!

When it comes to the modern day FEMA/Quarantine camps as well as all plans of global governance and the worldwide DARPA hydra gel sensor/tattoo tracking vaccination, and all other the plans of the enemy, God is still BIGGER!!! They have plans of great evil, but God’s plan is BIGGER! They want to crush God’s people into submission, and are defying the living God, BUT GOD IS BIGGER!!!! Let’s focus on God NOT the enemy. Let’s look at all this from the right perspective, for our God is BIGGER!

Yes, we need to repent like Daniel in Daniel 9. Yes, we need to humble ourselves and pray, seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways like 2 Chronicles 7:13-14. Yes, we need to be aware of the plans of the enemy. Yes, these are the last of the Last Days, and a new world order is rising and the Beast is rearing its ugly head, but when all is said and done, our God is BIGGER!!!! And our God is coming SOON!!! And He is coming for a Bride who has made herself ready!

Are we ready? Let’s get ready! Know how? Pray and allow the Lord to wash you through the reading of His Word! Ephesians 5 and Romans 12. We need to be without spot or wrinkle; we need to be filled afresh with the Spirit of God (Ephesians 5:18). We need another outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit on all flesh as promised in Joel 2 and as portrayed in Acts 1-2 and 19.

Let’s not forget that our God REIGNS!!! Our God is BIGGER!!! And our God is COMING SOON!!!

“1 Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
2 The Lord has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
4 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.
5 Sing to the Lord with the harp, With the harp and the sound of a psalm,
6 With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King.
7 Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell in it;
8 Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together before the Lord,
9 For He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, And the peoples with equity.” (Psalm 98)

 

Days of Preparation: God’s Divine Construct

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Numbers 11:10-15
“10 Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased.11 And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me?12 Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers?13 Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat.14 I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.15 And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.”

In this passage we see that Moses was overwhelmed to the point of not wanting to live anymore. He felt that God had put a burden on him that was too heavy, and he could not bear it anymore.

Do you feel that way today? There are Christians right now worldwide who are feeling this way today. They’ve lost their job, and they don’t know how to provide for their family. They need surgery, but doctors are not doing surgeries right now. They are in pain, but their therapists are unavailable because they are “self-isolating”. They are lonely because in the name of compassion their friends/family will not visit them. They feel trapped, isolated, depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, and that nothing makes sense. Is this you too?

In this story of Moses, Moses was overwhelmed. He was the one to whom nearly 3 million people came for answers, and he could not please them. He felt alone and heavily burdened, and threw up his hands in surrender.

But, God does not give us more than we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). He divinely constructed us. He knows our build and make. An Architect builds a building with specifications otherwise known as “specs”. These specs are so important that without them a building would not be built correctly and costs would be exorbitantly high. “Simply put, construction specifications are documents prepared ahead of construction to describe how building should be carried out by contractors and subcontractors. As its name implies, they are descriptions that go beyond what photos and videos can explain and require a high-level of detail. As a rule of thumb, specifications will usually never over-explain how to build. The vast majority of problems occur when specifications fail to provide enough information. Without the dedication and proper execution of these documents, issues will likely arise when the project is finally executed.”*

Just like an architect knows how much a building can bear before they place any weight on it, and has every specific written down for the contractor, God also knows what each of us can bear. He is both our Architect and Contractor. “6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ…” (Philippians 1:6)

So, God told Moses to gather 70 elders from among the people, and He would take from the Holy Spirit upon Moses and give of the Spirit to the 70 men. Those 70 men, including 2 who were not with the group, prophesied when God placed His Spirit upon them.

Now, what can we learn from the rest of this story? Moses had enough of the Holy Spirit for 70 men. Think about that! Read and reread that! Moses may have felt overwhelmed, but he had enough of the Holy Spirit resting upon him for 70 men!!!

And what of us? Are you a Christian? Do you have the Holy Spirit within you? Moses did not have the Holy Spirit inside him. He had the Holy Spirit upon him, but the Spirit did not reside within him. Furthermore, did you obediently wait for the empowering of the Holy Spirit like Jesus told His disciples to do? Did you receive the empowering of the Holy Spirit? Not only is this in Acts 1-2, it is also in Acts 19 wherein the people of Ephesus had believed in Jesus and were saved (were Christians) but had not yet received the empowering nor even knew who the Holy Spirit was. And even if you did and have done this, God wants us to be continuously filled and refilled with His Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). So let’s obediently seek Him for more of His Holy Spirit today!

We are going through tumultuous times, perilous times, the times that try men’s souls. Suicides are on the rise, depression and anxiety are sky rocketing. According to pastors like Jack Hibbs (Real Life Ministry–source below), researchers like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. of https://childrenshealthdefense.org/ (source below), and even politicians (was stated by the President himself (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQj4OS_h3Ts), the very real coronavirus crisis ensuing right now is that of mental health not runny noses.

But, I want to remind everyone that God is our Architect. We have been made with a divine construct. God was very specific when He made us, and knows what we can bear. Not only this, but He gave us His Holy Spirit, and He wants to empower you with great power from on high that you might go through this very day as more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus who loves you! (Romans 8:37). Let us have our lamps burning and our extra oil with us (Matthew 25); let us “strengthen the hands which hang down and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12-13). Indeed, through His Spirit, and in the words of Zev Porat, “We’ve Got What It Takes!”

If you are feeling depressed today, and are a Christian, give it to the Lord! He’s not given you a spirit of heaviness but of praise (Isaiah 61). If you are afraid today and are a Christian, remember that God has not given you a Spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). If you are overwhelmed today, and are a Christian, say I am more than a conqueror, and give it to the Lord! If you are lonely today, and are a  Christian, remember that Jesus never leaves us or forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5), and give it to the Lord! If you just want to sleep all day, choose to get up, and give it to the Lord! If you are not a Christian and are going through these things today, it’s time to become one so that you too can stand on the promises of God for yourself and overcome!!! (Look below the sources for further instruction).**

Jesus said in Matthew 11, “28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

AND…

“Let EVERYTHING that hath breath, praise the Lord!!”
(Psalm 150)

Sources:

*“Construction Productivity Blog,” https://blog.plangrid.com/2018/02/building-101-what-are-construction-specifications/

“Covid Time… The Real Fight We Are In,” sermon by Pastor Jack Hibbs, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUYTFn-65aw

“This Will Affect Everyone,” message by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-5Zpmh6yPI

“Construct, Divine Design,” sermon by Pastor Zev Porat,

 

**Becoming a Christian

To become a Christian, simply confess your sins to God, for He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). For those who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved! (Acts 2:31 and Romans 10:13). Then, ask Jesus into your heart, and request that He empower you with His Holy Spirit (Acts 1-2 and Acts 19).

At this point, you will need to tell others you’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord, for if we confess the Lord Jesus with our mouths and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead, then we are saved! (Romans 10:9-19). Baptism in water must follow this confession of faith (Mark 16:16). Even Jesus was baptized to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3).

Then, it’s time to get into the Bible! A good place to start is the Gospel of John in the New Testament. It’s page number will be in the Table of Contents of any Bible.

Days of Preparation: Article by David Reagan

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Free bing picture Judgment First in God's House

The Coronavirus Pandemic
What is God Saying?
By Dr. David R. Reagan

Let’s get one thing clear right up front: God is sovereign, and that means the current coronavirus was let loose with His permission. Satan may have been the agent, but it would be unbiblical to blame it on Satan. The Bible never blames Satan for natural disasters.
So, what is God doing? What is He trying to say to us? I believe He is warning us of impending judgment, and therefore He is calling the world to repentance. The Bible teaches that God never pours out His wrath without warning because He does not wish that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and salvation (2 Peter 3:9).

How God Warns
God warns in two ways. First, He raises up prophetic voices who identify the sins of the people and issue a call for them to repent. Then, if they dismiss the prophets and refuse to repent, God will send remedial judgments — again, for the purpose of calling people to repentance.
Deuteronomy 28 contains a detailed listing of the types of remedial judgments God will place on a nation that becomes rebellious against Him and His Word. They include:
Cities in chaos (verse 16)
Crop Failures (verses 16-18,38-40,42)
Livestock diseases (verses 18,31)
Loss of children (verses 18,32,41)
Confusion in all undertakings (verse 20)
Pestilence (verses 21-22)
Diseases (verses 27,35)
Insanity (verses 28-29,34)
Drought (verse 24)
Troubled marriages (verse 30)
Defeat in wars (verse 25)
Foreign domination (verses 33,43-44)
God specifically warned the nation of Judah that if they ignored His prophets and His remedial judgments, the ultimate result would be the destruction of their nation and the exile of their people worldwide.
Jeremiah’s Ministry
One of the prophets God raised up to deliver His message of warning to Judah was a man named Jeremiah. God told him to survey the nation and compile a list of the people’s sins. God was well aware of the sins. He wanted his prophet to become aware of them.
Jeremiah reported back an incredible list of sins — incredible when you consider the fact that God had blessed Judah more than any nation that had ever existed up to that time. He had given them great leaders like Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah and Josiah — the king who was ruling when Jeremiah was called. Yet, the people of Judah had turned their backs on their Creator and Sustainer, the very One who was the source of all their blessings.
Jeremiah’s report to God contained a very dirty laundry list of sins:
Lies and blasphemy (5:2)
Immorality (5:7)
Arrogance (5:12-13)
Social injustice (5:25-28)
Religious corruption (5:30-31)
Closed minds (6:10)
Greed (6:13)
Jeremiah proceeded to sum it all up in three breathtaking statements:
“They have made their faces harder than rock” (5:3).
“They have a stubborn and rebellious heart” (5:23).
“They do not even know how to blush” (6:15).
Jeremiah went forth and began proclaiming the sins of his people while calling for their repentance. Needless to say, this did not make him a popular person. The people of Judah turned against him big time when he began to prophesy that if they refused to repent, God would pour out His wrath upon them (6:22-26).
The people accused the prophet of being full of wind (5:13). And they taunted him by chanting, “The Temple, the Temple, the Temple” (7:13). What they meant by this was that they did not believe God would ever allow Judah and Jerusalem to be conquered and destroyed because His Shekinah Glory resided in the Temple.
But the destruction prophesied did come at the hands of the Babylonians who completely destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in 586 BC. All of which led to the writing of two of the saddest verses to be found in the Hebrew Scriptures (2 Chronicles 36):
15) The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them again and again by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place;

16) but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy.

Back to the Question
So, what does all this have to do with today’s worldwide pandemic?
Ever since the mid-1970s, God has been raising up prophetic voices around the world, calling people to repentance. Additionally, He has been sending remedial judgments to get people’s attention in order to motivate them to repentance.
Take our nation for example. In my book, God’s Prophetic Voices to America (2017), I identified 13 prophets God has raised up (four in the past and nine in the present) to call our nation to repentance, one of which was a foreigner — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. This great Russian author was kicked out of his homeland after he revealed the Soviet persecution of the Russian people in the gulag concentration camps located mainly in Siberia.
He came to the United States and settled in Vermont. In 1978, Harvard University invited him to be their commencement speaker. He arrived on campus a hero and left as a pariah. Instead of delivering an address condemning Communism, he focused on the sins of America, denouncing our materialism in no uncertain terms. He prophesied that, like the Communists who had put Russia through a living hell, our leaders had forgotten God.
The Harvard intelligentsia was outraged. They booed him and wrote him off as a “Tsarist reactionary.”
God has continued to send us prophetic voices, and we as a nation have continued to turn a deaf ear to their pleas for repentance and their warnings of impending destruction. God has also sent remedial judgments like the Vietnam War, Hurricane Katrina, wildfires, ungodly leaders and now the pandemic that is killing people and ravaging our economy.
Remedial judgments have also been occurring around the world. Consider, for example, the wildfires in Australia, the locust invasion in Africa, the epidemic of earthquakes along the Pacific “ring of fire” and now the virus pandemic.
Worldwide Rebellion and Indifference
The rebellion against God and His Word has also become a worldwide pandemic. This is the fulfillment of Bible prophecies about the end times. Jesus Himself said that He would return at a time when society would become as evil as it was in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37). If you read Genesis 6, you will see that the two fundamental characteristics of Noah’s society were violence and immorality. That’s exactly what we see in our nation today and all around the world. In short, we have arrived.
I believe God is speaking to us through the virus pandemic — warning us of His impending wrath. He is shouting from the heavens that we are on the threshold of the Tribulation when He will pour out His wrath on all the rebellious people and nations on the earth.
That, in turn, means the Rapture is about to occur — the event that is described in detail in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 when Jesus will come for His Church, both the living and the dead, to deliver them from the world before the wrath of God is poured out (1 Thessalonians 1:10).
Is anyone listening? Does anyone care? The world is scoffing at the prophetic voices and the remedial judgments.

The American Attitude
Americans are among the worst. Thus far, we have responded to prophetic voices like David Wilkerson with mocking and to remedial judgments like 9/11 with patriotism. But God is calling for repentance, not expressions of national greatness.
Do you think it was just a coincidence that God allowed the 9/11 terrorists to attack the two symbols of American pride — the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon? The Twin Towers represented our wealth and the Pentagon, our military power.
I personally have always believed that God’s ultimate judgment on our nation would be the destruction of our economy. Why? Because the real god of America has become the Almighty Dollar.
The true God of this universe — the one who was America’s God until the 1960s — is a jealous God (Deuteronomy 4:24) who hates idolatry (Exodus 34:14) and will not tolerate it. We have become a thoroughly materialistic society with a false god, and I believe the true God is going to destroy our false one.
We can be thankful that the true God is very patient and longsuffering. Otherwise, He would have destroyed us long before now. Consider the words of the Hebrew prophet, Nahum, in chapter one of his prophecy:
2) A jealous and avenging God is the LORD; the LORD is avenging and wrathful. The LORD takes vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies. 3) The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means leave the guilty unpunished
The American Parallel
In like manner, our nation has turned its back on the very One who has blessed us beyond any nation that has ever existed. Some argue that we are just going through a period of spiritual coldness, like what has happened to us in times past. And they argue that we will experience a great spiritual revival — again, just as has happened in the past.
I do not agree with this attitude. We are not a nation that has grown spiritually cold. We have gone far beyond that point. We are now a nation in open, hostile rebellion against God and His Word.
We have kicked God out of our schools and the public arena. We are in the process of confining religious freedom to the home and church buildings. We continue to murder babies in the womb. We have given legal approval to the Sexual Perversion Movement. We are in the process of outlawing hate speech, which will soon include quoting certain verses of the Bible or speaking out about specific sins. And worst of all, we have churches all across our land who are getting in bed with the world because they are more interested in seeking the approval of people than God….

…the latest polls conducted by the Barna Association which show that only 9% of Americans are Bible-believing Christians! And even more shocking, only 17% of professing Christians are truly Bible-believing Christians!
And what determines a Bible-believing Christian? Answers to the following six questions:
Does absolute moral truth exist?
Is the Bible totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches?
Is Satan a real being and not simply a symbolic force?
Can people earn their way into Heaven by doing good works?
Did Jesus live a sinless life?
Is God the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today?
Again, only 9% of Americans can answer these questions biblically, and only 17% of professing Christians can do so! Is it any wonder that a recent national poll by George Barna’s American Culture and Faith Institute revealed that:
77% of Americans believe divorce is acceptable.
71% believe sexual intercourse between unmarried adults is acceptable.
69% believe having a baby out of marriage is acceptable.
58% believe viewing pornography is acceptable.
Or, consider what public opinion polls are showing regarding same-sex marriage. Acceptance of this abomination has increased rapidly from 37% in 2007 to 62% in 2018. The acceptance among white Evangelicals has increased from 14% in 2007 to 35% in 2018. The latest 2018 poll showed there is only one state left in the Union where a majority of people oppose samesex marriage — Alabama!…

The Message of Romans 1
I think Romans chapter one makes it crystal clear that the fate of our nation is sealed. It says that the wrath of God is called down from Heaven by:
Ungodliness
Unrighteousness
Suppression of the truth, and
Worship of the creation rather than the Creator
Well, that’s exactly where we are in our nation’s history.
We are practicing ungodliness as we kick God out of our schools and all aspects of our public life.
We are practicing unrighteousness in our daily murder of babies.
We are suppressing the truth of the origin of the universe and of life.
And we are worshiping the Creation rather than the Creator.
Romans chapter one tells us how God responds to this kind of rebellion against Him and His Word. He steps back and lowers the nation’s hedge of protection, allowing evil to multiply. The first result is a sexual revolution — which occurred in our nation in the 1960s ( Romans 1:24).
If the nation persists in its rebellion, the Lord will take a second step back and allow sin to multiply, resulting in a plague of homosexuality — which occurred in this country in the 1980s and 90s (Romans 1:26-27).
If the nation still refuses to repent, God will take a third and final step back and deliver the society over to a depraved mind (Romans 1:28-31) — which is where we are today.
What else but depravity of mind could explain our nation’s celebration over the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize samesex marriage? As we celebrated, God must have wept. I have no doubt that we signed our nation’s death warrant on June 26, 2015, when our Supreme Court rendered its despicable, ungodly decision.
Nor are we alone. Europe has rejected Christianity. And Christians are being persecuted and slaughtered worldwide.
Our world is a ticking time bomb. And one of the tragedies is that the average person is just going about his normal business as if nothing is wrong, oblivious to the fact that the wrath of God is about to be poured out.

Our Hope
Is there any hope for our nation? I do not believe so. But we should not despair for three reasons.First, what we are experiencing is a fulfillment of end time prophecy. The biblical prophets, including Jesus Himself, all prophesied that in the end times society would disintegrate into violence and immorality — that it would become as evil as in the days of Noah. And that people would go about their business as if everything was normal. That is exactly where we are today. And thus, we are witnesses to the very signs that are heralding the soon return of Jesus….as Jan Markell likes to put it: “The world is not falling to pieces; rather, the pieces are all falling into place.” The second reason we should not despair is because there is individual hope. For those of us who are believers, God has promised that He will never forsake us. And the signs of the times clearly indicate that we are on the threshold of the Tribulation, which means we are about to be called home to Heaven in the Rapture. A third reason we should not despair is because of what God is doing in Heaven right now. The Bible says in Psalm 2 that while all the political leaders of the world conspire against Him, His Word and His Son, our Creator sits on His throne and laughs. He is not laughing because He does not care. Oh no! He is laughing because He has the wisdom and power to orchestrate all the evil of mankind and Satan to the triumph of His will in history.
There is also hope for unbelievers…We must be beacons of hope, pointing people to the God of hope while urging them to put their hope in their only Hope — Jesus, the Son of God, who is the soon returning King of kings and Lord of lords.

**For the full version of David Reagan’s article, please visit his ministry website: https://christinprophecy.org/articles/the-coronavirus-pandemic/

Days of Preparation: Revelation Reminder

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The enemy is busy, BUT God is moving still. Around the world there is an Awakening happening among His people, and I am heartened to see it! I pray that you are encouraged as well. (If you’ve not yet seen these videos, please connect with my other The Days of Preparation articles. Also check them out directly on youtube via Your Living Manna channel https://www.youtube.com/user/yourlivingmanna and Christian News World channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0FHAsB6iYAZ5vq7DeiCdLg).

For those who have been looking for an End Time revival/outpouring of the Holy Spirit, including the late David Wilkerson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr_VlHO3DpQ, I believe we are seeing it unfold throughout the world right now! Hallelujah!! It may not look like we thought it would look, but God does things in His own way and in His own time!!!! On top of that there has been an ongoing revival in Israel over the last few years according to evangelist Zev Porat of Messiah of Israel Ministries. Check out his channel as well on youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/salvation7771 or his website https://www.messiahofisraelministries.org/ to view the great things God has been doing in Israel!
Here’s the deal, I think the enemy is jumping the gun with the mark of the beast thing—the DARPA Hydra Sensor Tattoo Vaccine thing (as disclosed in various links shared in other The Days of Preparation articles). Yes, they indeed have the technology. Yes, that is what they want. But, I’ve been rereading Revelation, and the mark of the beast doesn’t come until after the 2 witnesses are killed and called up (Revelation 11) and Satan is cast down to the earth in a rage (Revelation 12). And, in case we haven’t noticed, there have been no 2 Witnesses in Jerusalem yet, nor is there a Temple. It is after the 2 Witnesses that the mark comes and the Beast system takes over for 3.5 years, and not before. Yes, bad things will be happening before that and more than likely in tandem with the 2 Witnesses as God shakes the world with seals and trumpet judgments for 3.5 years, but the Beast System does not unfold until the final 3.5 years (the time referred to as Jacob’s Trouble/the Great Tribulation).
So, since this is true from the reading of Revelation, and since God has still given us power in Jesus’ name, and since we still have authority over all demonic powers and principalities, and since the battle belongs to the Lord, I have begun praying hard against this move of the enemy AND at the same time I am praying that the Church wakes up!!! It is still God’s mercy that He has brought things to a standstill that we might be still, surrender all, seek His face and repent and prepare for His soon return. Yes, He is still coming SOON for a Bride without spot and without wrinkle (Ephesians 5), one who is awake and alert and will not be taken off guard by His sudden return (1 Thessalonians 5), who is longing for His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8), and crying out with the Spirit, “Come!” (Revelation 22:17).
Let’s all reread Revelation, be in the Word with great hunger that it might wash us and transform us and make us ready, and may we fervently pray together in agreement with the Holy Spirit and God’s word regarding all that is unfolding. Let’s be ready!!!!