PRAYER: Lord give us a burning desire for souls. Break the bondage of idolatry in our nations, and release heaven’s justice. Help us pray for deep repentance for ourselves first, knowing that it is the way to salvation. Use us as an instrument of intercession to birth revival. Show us how we can participate to bring revival in our own nation. Pour out Your spirit afresh upon us, just like you did on the day of Pentecost. Come like tongues of fire and baptise us in your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As we count down the days to Shavuot, we need to remember what God promised in Acts 2:17-18. It says, “In the last days, I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh.” God wants to empower us to fulfil Jesus end times command “And this gospel will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14
Shavuot marks the time when the Lord gave instruction to His people at Mount Sinai. It was also when the Holy Spirit came in power to equip and empower us to do the work God requires us to do and to ensure that we stay aligned with Him in His Kingdom purposes.
It is time to prepare your heart for something new as Shavuot approaches. The Holy Spirit wants to do a new thing in your life. He is always doing something new, sadly, so often it is chastening. He can do so much more if we desire more of Him.
Are you ready to receive the new thing?
Let us not forget what Jesus reclaimed for us at Passover. God is ready to move us into new levels. Come receive fresh oil and new wine.
REPENT & ASK
Repentance cleanses you, prepares you to move into new levels of faith. Repent of unbelief, doubt, and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any false teachings that are operating in your life. He is your counsellor, comforter and teacher. Come into agreement with God’s Word, know He is sovereign in all things.
TRUST & OBEY
The words of the old hymn now come to mind “Trust and Obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.”
If you have not already planned to celebrate Shauvot/Pentecost can I suggest you get together with a few of your trusted brothers and sisters in Christ to do so. I am confident He will launch many of you into a new level of service for Him which also means a new level of intimacy with Him.
Jesus is returning to this earth to rule and reign for 1000 years. Most of the O.T. prophets were shown a latter days restored Israel with a descendant of King David ruling the nations from His throne in a restored temple in Jerusalem.
The true Biblical Gospel involves much more than us being forgiven of our sins, it also involves us being enlisted into the service of a King that will shortly rule over this earth with complete dominion and authority.
THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM: The extent of the detail given in the Bible on a restored Jerusalem and new temple is inspiring. As well, incredible detail is given on Millennial governance, geography, ecology and healthcare. We also know that Satan is bound for most of the thousand years. He is released at the end and incredibly, he is able to raise an army “whose number is as the sand of the sea” (Revelation 20:8). Even with Jesus ruling and reigning with a rod of iron and the resurrected saints reigning with Him, Satan is still able to raise an army of enormous size. Just as he was able to convince one third of the angels to rebel with him in heaven, sadly, he is similarly successful with the inhabitants of earth during Jesus Millennial reign.
I have felt called to do a power point sermon on the Millennial Reign of Jesus and will make that available shortly here and on http://www.powerpointsermons.net.
Considering the content of my last post, GOD IS FORCING CHURCH TO CHANGE, I was delighted to read the results of the recent Joshua Fund Survey.
A March 20 National Survey indicates that nearly half of the country now believes that the deadly coronavirus pandemic sweeping the Nation and the Globe is a “wake-up call” from God, and one-third see this as the “last days” foretold by the Bible. This new key finding was revealed in the Joshua Fund’s survey. According to the survey, some 44% believed that the current pandemic is a “wake-up call for us to turn back to faith in God” and “signs of coming judgement,” said the Joshua Fund, a charitable organisation created to mobilise Christians to “bless Israel and her neighbours in the name of Jesus.”
According to Joel Rosenberg, creator of the Joshua Fund, “millions are turning to God, the Bible, and Christian sermons for answers, some of them for the first time. That may be the most important silver lining in this crisis so far.” One-third of respondents of this poll also said they fear the end really is near. The Joshua Fund said that “29% said they believe that this crisis indicates that ‘We are living in what the Bible calls the ‘last days.’”
However, as can be seen from the following chart, 63% of the non Christian respondents said that the crisis has not changed their mind. They still have no interest in God or spiritual matters. Sadly, 50% of Christian respondents said they have no more interest in God or spiritual matters as a result of the pandemic.
The most telling Scripture on how to perform well at the ‘Bema’ seat of Christ is found in 1 Corinthians 3:10–15. The Bema seat judgement of the Saints will occur after The Rapture of the church prior to the wrath of God being poured out on the earth with the Trumpet and Bowl judgements. While it is possible to hide the true quality of one’s service for Christ in this life, at the Bema seat judgement all will be openly displayed for what one’s true motives were.
“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” 1 Corinthians 3:10–15.
“For You were slain, and by your blood You ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10
The office each of us is given during the Millennial reign of Jesus on this earth will be based on the reward you receive at the Bema seat judgement.
“Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.” Daniel 7:27
If you start living eternal now you will begin to consider how you will fair at the Bema seat of Christ.
In the early Church, unity was so strong that Scriptures speak of a “great grace” that was released in the city. This grace opened the door to miracles, signs, and wonders, and salvation’s on a daily basis (see Acts 4:32-34). Earlier in this same chapter, it speaks of their daily fellowship and breaking of bread. Because of these things, God’s grace empowered them to do far beyond what they could have done in the natural.
We need to rise up in our corporate spiritual authority to displace the illegitimate authorities that are seeking total control of our nation. Intercessors can shift the atmosphere in their cities through prayer, worship, and a corporate spiritual authority far greater than any demonic threat or attack. The posture of our hearts and the words from our mouths determine the atmosphere in a place. The power of our praises and our prayers can shift atmospheres in a room, a building, a neighbourhood, and even an entire city.
This should be our desire as we come together as watchmen in prayer over our cities and nation. We can pray in such agreement with heaven that the atmosphere over the city begins to be permeated with the grace and favour of the Lord. Our spiritual adversary will continually find ways to spread fear, chaos, turmoil, and hopelessness over the land. It is our responsibility to displace those demonic spirits by keeping our corporate prayer altars ablaze. We must use our authority in Christ to displace rulers in high places and declare the work of the cross and the power of Christ’s resurrection. Let’s agree together to speak life instead of death, order instead of chaos, and faith instead of fear. If you are not already in a prayer group, prayerfully do so.
This study is especially relevant considering the fear we see evident in the world as a result of the Corona Virus Pandemic. For Christians, this should be opportunity time, when we can tell those that are fearful, the good news of what Jesus Christ has accomplished for those that are prepared to repent and avail themselves of His saving grace.
Corona virus is a sign of the times and things like this will become more and more prevalent. Scripture prophesies, God will escalate a shaking of the cosmos with earthquakes, famines, pestilences and more, as the time of Christ’s return draws near. Those that don’t know God have reason to be fearful.
It is very significant that the first words Adam spoke to God after he had sinned, after he had disobeyed God were, “I was afraid” (Genesis 3:10).
The faith he had in his heart was turned into fear. This is why faith and fear are so closely related. They are almost identical. They work the same but they produce opposite results.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
This verse of scripture sets out the two basic spiritual laws at work in the
world: the law of the Spirit of life (in Christ Jesus) and the law of sin and death (in Satan). Webster’s dictionary defines a law as “an established principle.” You can depend on a law to work the same way every time. The two laws in Romans 8:2 are reciprocals.
Satan is a created being. He has no creative power. He did not put spiritual laws into motion. He just perverts the laws that are already there. Sin is righteousness perverted. Death is life perverted. Hate is love perverted. Fear is faith perverted.
Satan has used that perverted spiritual force of fear to kill, steal and destroy.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:14-15
If you will put faith to work, it will always overcome fear. Love always
overcomes hate. The counterfeit is never as powerful as the real thing.
When you separate yourself from God and from His Word, you separate yourself from life. Adam separated himself from life, and what happened? He died spiritually first and then began dying physically.
In the last days Jesus tells us in Revelation 2:10: “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days, Be faithful until death and I will give you the crown of life.”
As a result of my previous post with the same title, I received the following information from a friend in Brazil, Dr Eber Stevao DDS, PhD. I met Eber at an International Christian Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) Conference in Israel. It contains a lot of useful information so I thought I would pass it on.
The entire Bible contains 31,103 verses. If we just take verses which talk about prophetic things in general, they come out to 8,352 verses or 26.85% of the Bible. Of all those 8,352 verses, a total of 6,312 (75.57%) have already been fulfilled. Evidence enough to prove the Bible is inspired by God and inerrant. It also means there are only 2,040 verses or 24.43% of those 8,352 verses yet to be fulfilled and we can expect they will be fulfilled exactly as prophesied. So, from the entire Bible, there are only 6.55% of prophetic verses awaiting for God´s appointed time for their completion and they need to be used to reach non believers with the Gospel of Christ and wake up a sleeping church.
For anyone interested in end times bible prophecy, Eber recommends the works of Dr. John Barton Payne. “He was a professor at the Covenant Theological Seminary, and spent his whole life (57 years, short but very productive life) to only study Bible prophecy. He ended up writing these books which are fundamentals to anyone who is interested in learning more about Bible prophecy: “The Unity of Isaiah: Evidence From Chapters 36-39” (1963), “Biblical Prophecy for Today” (1978),”The Goal Of Daniel’s Seventy Weeks” (1978), “Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy” (1980), “Theology of The Older Testament” (1980), “The Expositor´s Bible Commentary” (several editions), and “The Imminent Appearance of Christ” (2011), among dozens of others about Bible Prophecy. He separated all Bible prophetic verses categorising them about those related to Israel, Church, Anti-Christ, Christ return, etc. . All his writings can be found at the *PCA Historical Center, St. Louis, Missouri under J. Barton Payne Manuscript Collection. Collection #024 and Box #248.
Payne said that out of those 2,040 verses, these all come together to predict 215 facets about Christ return to the earth. Those 215 are specific predictions from God about the end of the world. All those events are now in the process of being fulfilled. Just look at the news today. Inside of those 2,040 verses (6.55% of Bible) we can find descriptions about these events which are coming: The Tribulation, The Rapture and Second Coming of Christ, The Day of God´s Wrath, The Judgement Seat of Christ, The Millennium, The Great White Throne. God warned us that these events will happen so we better be prepared for them.
I hope these few paragraphs can help your readers.”
Sex is a behaviour, not a gender. We see the leftists’ efforts in the courts and in society to change that. Moreover, blindly and ignorantly, denominations have altered what the Bible says and yielded to this perversion. It’s a lie that Western culture in particular has swallowed. But the truth is, there are men, and there are women. The rest is behaviour.
The fact is that the word “homosexual” wasn’t invented until 1892, when a German book on sexual perversions was translated into English (Psychopathia Sexualis was the German book).
Have you seen this old quote from Gore Vidal?: “Actually, there is no such thing as a homosexual person, any more than there is such a thing as a heterosexual person. The words are adjectives describing sexual acts, not people.” (From Gore Vidal: Sexually Speaking). This fact has been lost on millions of people across the world. Even Christians have subtly allowed homosexual behaviour to be elevated to the status of gender in their minds. The LGBTQ movement seeks to elevate their behaviour to gender status. But one of their best-known members, Gore Vidal, had it right.
God created male and female with sexual union between the two being first for procreation; anything outside that is merely behaviour.
In 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10, some translations unfortunately use the word “homosexual,” when actually there is no Greek word for that (the Bible was canonised way before 1892). The word that is used in the aforementioned references is “arsenokoites,” and it just describes a male-to-male sexual union. Behaviour. The Bible mentions no other gender besides male and female. There is no gender called “homosexual” or “transgender” either. That is a behaviour.
Jesus said that in the “last days” before His return that people would increasingly reject God and His values “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 24:12
“that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?” 2 Peter 3:3
“when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8