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Christian greetings in these last days of life
on earth. As all are aware the last few decades have seen many upheavals in
This reminds me of a chat I had many years ago
when I first arrived in the area. A local farmer wanted to meet me Spring
afternoon. I happened to be far out in an alfalfa field in mid day prayer, when
to my surprise he actually drove up to me to say hi. As we drove back to the
house we got to talking. The state of
The “United States Conference of Catholic
Bishops” late echoed these same comments on
First off, let’s look at a prophetic statement
made many thousands of years ago regarding
According to these two prophecies, the scepter (a shepherds
rod) will not depart from
After the probationary period spoken of by Daniel the Prophet comes to fruition, (See chart on Daniel 9:24) the Jews openly confirm their graphic hatred of God and His truth by stoning Stephan in the exact year prophecied by Daniel as the year (34A.D.) they would lose the scepter. To further confirm this event fulfilled, we see Peter in vision being told by God Himself to preach unto the newly adopted people, who at one time were considered “unclean.”
Looking into this vision we find this…
First off, some question as to why Peter felt bold enough to question God at this time. However, looking to 1 John 4:1, one can realize that Peter was just doing as all Christians are instructed to do when a preacher, teacher, or even a spirit from God comes to us preaching new things…
Eating unclean animals was something Peter already knew in the Word to be wrong. So he stood on the truth as he knew it. Peter simply misunderstood the vision, as we will see later. Like the Berean’s he was simply being cautious when he questioned the voice telling him to do as he thought would be sinful.
Yes, some to this day proclaim this passage means that after the cross it was “ok’d” by God to eat unclean foods like pork and other foods that even Science confirms as poisonous to the body. However, if you read this passage in context you find that this is not what’s happening here at all. In fact it amazes me how easy it is to prove what’s actually being said here.
First of all, notice the obvious fact that Peter is a New Testament Christian. Also notice he is stating plainly, three and a half years AFTER Christ ascended into Heaven that he still refuses to eat unclean foods. If Jesus ok’d unclean foods after the cross, then why is Peter still not eating pork and other unclean foods three and a half years later? This proves Jesus never gave the ok to eat such things before He ascended, which by the way was after the New Testament church started.
Peter simply misunderstood the vision as is clearly illustrated in the Word. Acts even states Peter “doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean.” As the Scripture intimates, he thought at first, as the people today think, that it was now ok to eat unclean food. Later however, Peter contemplates the vision and actually explains what it meant removing all doubt. His first clue of course came "While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee." (Acts ) Peter then began to consider the vision even more closely when one of them men at his door said, “…Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. " (Acts ) Peter later informed them that “…God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean." (Acts ) Again, this amazes me that still, to this day preachers the world over claim this vision was talking about giving permission to eat unclean animals!
Three times Peter saw that sheet come down, and three times he said “nothing UNCLEAN” ever entered his mouth. The Lord sent the vision THREE times because THREE UNCLEAN GENTILES were at his door. (See Acts ) Later the Apostles found out that “unclean” Gentiles had now heard the Word of God. (See Acts 11:1) They were concerned that Peter was eating with uncircumcised men. (See Acts 11:3) So Peter reassured them by simply explaining the vision the Lord had given of the sheet that descended three times while in Joppa. Scriptures make it perfectly clear now that he understood it to mean it was the Holy Spirit informing him it’s time to speak to those that were once unclean, and now made clean. Or as Hosea put it, “I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.” (Hosea 2:23)
In fundamental nature, it was then that this prophecy was fulfilled. Later we see Paul and Barnabas openly stating with their mouths before many witnesses that this is in fact the case when speaking to a few envious Jews one day that were questioning their actions…
It was also confirmed as biblical fact in both Romans and Galatians later on…
Question: How could those in modern day
All I see happening in Jerusalem today is yet another attempt of Satan
to hinder the work as he tried with Sanballat when Nehemiah was called to rebuild
the wall as well as the house of God. Sanballat sought to stop the work by
doing all he could to distract Nehemiah from his God given duty. Satan loves to
use distractions like this to keep the
In other words.. Christians are watching the WRONG
By the way, this is not the only method Satan
has been using to try and sidetrack the people into “watching
We need to stop looking where Satan is
POINTING! We need to start looking where our Lord Jesus points instead. With
that said, what does prophecy say the true
Speaking of Jesus…
· Matthew says, "Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
Right before Jesus returns He will gather His people just as the farmer gathers his wheat into his barn. However, before gathering the wheat, the chaff, dust, and other contaminations must be removed. In order to do this “a shaking” of the wheat must be done so as to allow a perfect separation. In the olden times it was common for the wheat from the field to be placed in a large basket with many holes in the bottom that were too small for the wheat kernels to fall through. Shaking the basket and tossing the wheat into the air allowed for the cleansing process to be done. The small bits and pieces would fall through the holes in the basket, and the dust (chaff) would be carried off by the wind. If no wind was present, a “fan” was used. Eventually only the wheat would end up in the basket. The Lord is performing “the shaking” as we speak in many of the churches across the globe.
· Isaiah 41:15-16, "Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel."
By the way, this is NOT to be confused with the counterfeit shaking of Satan. The shaking of the Lord is designed to rid the true church of those that claim Christ Lord, but when truth is proclaimed, or trials arrive, they cannot stand firm as do the elect. They will be shaken out of the church. This has always been Satan’s plan…
· Luke -32, "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren."
As our Lord prays we see that His elect can never be affected adversely. The elect cannot be deceived, and as we also know the Lord has promised to be by our side all the way till the end.
· Mark , "For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect."
· Matthew 28:20, "…, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
Through all the prophecied trials and tribulations already beginning on this troubled earth, we are to clearly understand He is Lord! Even during His mighty shaking of the church, not one soul that loves their Lord will find themselves alone and standing outside His church.
· Amos 9:9, "For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth."
Sadly, some will indeed be shaken out for they have become so lukewarm that they’re spewed out as useless to the Lord and not worthy for Heaven. (See Revelation 3:14-16) This is why this soul seeks to get as close to the Lord as is possible. James 4:8 is so clear and filled with such powerful and simple truths that it amazes me how so many that claim Christ Lord never seek to do as it directs.
· James 4:8, "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded."
So many blessings are right there for the taking if we all just gather to His side! Without a faith that draws you close to the Lord you cannot expect this Lord to want to draw close to you. If He is far from you, how can one stand in such a shaking as this?
Yes, many are dying in
Trials and tribulations are not all that causes the soul to drift away from His Lord. Satan can generate his “sifting” by simply tempting the soul to look upon his or her “riches” to such an extent that their Lord is no longer in the picture. They fail to “buy” from Christ gold refined in the fire that makes them truly rich. (See Revelation 3:17,18) Their self satisfaction outweighs their first Love so much so that He is no longer part of their life. All that is before the eyes becomes paramount to them now.
Yes, some of the calamities we see are
prophetic and indeed a sign of the times. Strangely enough the enemy of souls
can even flip that coin to cause some to minimize such events and disregard the
necessity to prepare their houses. We are being attacked on every front, but
most of us are completely oblivious to this. We are too interested in what’s
happening in the news. So much so, that we concentrate our efforts talking of
the wars and spreading the rumors of the wars. We need to get ready and help
others get ready as well.
· Amos 9:10, "All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us."
· 1 Thessalonians 5:3, "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape."
As prophecied, it’s about to get very intense, and those that aren’t committed students of His Word so as to draw nigh and be better prepared, this day WILL come as a thief in the night. Only those that study, and believe His promises will be able to avoid such trials, including the hour of temptation. Praise the Lord that many of you "…brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief." (1 Thessalonians 5:4)
Sadly, also associated with this prophecied shaking is the work of the unstable brethren that have that spirit of fear Christ never gave them to such an extent that they come against those of us who do choose to stand firm courageously. As Jesus prophecied, many will indeed deliver some of us unto great trials…
· Matthew 24:9-10, "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another."
Some of you reading this have already seen this come to light in your lifetime. Sad to say, many of us have first hand experience in the fulfillment of this prophecy. Still, we tread on knowing our Lord is always by our side.
Another way we find many shaken from the truth is how every wind of doctrine has found many itching ears deep within the church so as to further the advances of the enemy. This, our Lord allows so as to shake free those that refuse to take Him at His Word.
· Jeremiah 13:24-25, "Therefore will I scatter them as the stubble that passeth away by the wind of the wilderness. This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the LORD; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood."
· Jude 1:11-12, "Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain… clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;"
· Hosea 13:3, "Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney."
· Ephesians 4:14, "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;"
For those of you that are having a hard time seeing this happen in your own circle of friends. Let me ask you if any of the following heresies have caused some close to you to leave the church you attend? Instead of Present Truth, they now concentrate on preaching the following “new truths,” and claim if not adhered to will result in damnation.
All these strange doctrines are designed to prevent the child of God from preaching present Truth. It gets them excited by thinking they have found something new, and are called by God Himself to proclaim it, when in fact they are only being used to stop the forward movement of present Truth. Truth is, there is nothing new in any of these proven heresies. All were used by Satan in the past, and seeing how they were effective to a point, he uses them again today.
With some it is a great delusion upon them that shocks those close to them as to how blind they have become. No matter how much we try to share bible truths with them, we see them completely unable to understand. It truly causes some of us to be astonished because we see the truth for what it truly is. We are truly shocked at how suddenly brethren who once walked with us have now chosen to walk with us no more, and all of it comes about in a manner that is easily exposed in Scripture. They can no longer see what we see because they have given Satan free reign and placed Truth in the waste pile. Pray for them! They must listen to that which is shared and validate it as did the Berean before it’s too late.
· Hebrews 12:25-26, "See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven."
Christianity 101 tells us that "…faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17) But because of the prophecied “...famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:" (Amos ), most are unable to grasp basic truths. Unless the Bible is a daily staple in our spiritual diet, we will have no strength to fight the enemy.
What did Jesus use when Satan attacked Him after those 40 days? He used the WORD! Jesus used the Word as a Two Edged Sword and slashed through every twisted Scripture like a hot knife through warm butter! Without this weapon we stand with only the FLESH before the ultimate enemy of mankind. Rest assured, he will use every weapon in his arsenal to hack away at the powerless flesh with childlike ease. Think about that for a moment. If you stand alone it’s truly you against all that Satan can muster. All you can use to fight him with is your puny flesh! I don’t care if you’re a body building steroid pumping Goliath, your best effort can in no way defeat his smallest ploy! The flesh is truly that weak. That is why we NEED Jesus so much.
Those that draw nigh, those that study His
Word, and those that take Him at His Word will never be ashamed. He has
you in the palm of His hand! In that place you cannot be shaken from His love!
Our small numbers may give the impression the church will fail. But the Lord promises great blessings to those standing firm in His truth. He only used 12 men to start this church did He not? He also promises to help this little remnant during this time of trouble. Especially during the hour of temptation…
· Revelation , "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth."
The world has no experience with this God we love and that is why when trials come they are “shaken” from His church. Yes, I know some claim the church is here, or the church is there, and it is not with us. Nevertheless, when you see the proven apostasy in their church, the hatred in their eyes, the evil actions and hateful words, you can better appreciate the peace in drawing nigh to the Lord and His Truth. It’s such a peaceful place under His wings. The fruit is plain as day in both camps. Those shaken out only know what Satan stealthily taught them. Only the flesh and all it has to offer can move them now. This is the foothold the enemy will use to crush billions. Pray for them, for there is still some time left for them to respond.
Wars and rumors of war, riches, poverty, complacency, heresies, sickness, insufficient bible knowledge, lack of faith, persecutions, and a host of other methods used by the infamous enemy of Christ are all aimed at the true biblical Israel so as to get them off the path to do that which the Lord never sanctioned as well as speak words He never uttered.
We need to stop watching “mortal” Israel and
focus on what His Word said His “eternal” Israel would be doing to both glorify
His name and accelerate His arrival. We need to stop wishing we will be ready
months or years from now. We need to be ready
The Lord is shaking His Israel. Hold on tight!
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