While we are debating and fussing over the two presidential candidates…while many so called prophets are prophesying the victory of their chosen candidate, even adding “thus saith the Lord” to their presumptuous utterances… while we concern ourselves with the peripheral consequences of what could or would happen if one candidate gets elected over another, the devil is plotting to steal, kill, and destroy us another way.

It’s almost like a special forces military operation in a time of war when they use the element of distraction in one territorial area to overwhelm with a surprise attack elsewhere. Do not be distracted by the strife and confusion this election is generating. Do not chase the enemy’s fires. Do not be deceived by the lies and false prophecies floating through the airwaves and cyber space. I have found that there are only a few who are speaking the true word of the Lord in this hour. Beware of the voices you are listening to. Hear ye what the Spirit of God is truly saying to your spirit. Judgment begins in the house of God (1 Pt. 4:17). And if you read that chapter in context it is speaking of suffering according to the will of God – suffering for righteousness sake, being reproached for the name of Christ, so that we won’t be judged with the world and with those who do not obey the gospel.

Amidst all the confusion and division in the Church over politics, the enemy is luring and working a hideous plan that could strike this nation suddenly and leave more death and destruction in its wake than we’ve ever known. If the Church doesn’t stop the argumentative rhetoric and give itself over to soberness, watchfulness, and a real spirit of prayer and intercession, we could see a fatalistic series of unprecedented events surrounding this coming election. There is even a possibility of martial law being declared because of the confusion and uproar it will create. Either way, there will be an uproar and there will be a level of suffering in it. How much? I don’t know. There are some things we can stop through prayer; there are other things we can only delay; and in some situations prayer will not stop or delay what is coming. For example, Jesus foretold of certain events, especially in the end of days, that cannot be stopped.

No American president can stop the things which have already been set in motion in this nation. There has already been a dishonorable sowing that we shall reap as a nation. But I believe we can short circuit the damage through prayer, and not through the election of any president.

The most convincing argument many in the Church are making to vote for the lesser of two evils in Donald Trump is so that new conservative judges can be appointed at the Supreme Court level. This has caused fear, panic, and distraction in many believers. Even pastors and leaders are caught up in the fear and dissimulation of it. As important as the appointment of SCOTUS judges are, which have the potential to dictate the passing of certain laws that could further jeopardize and thwart our religious liberties, an element of it is masquerading a bigger plan of the enemy to get us off of real prayer, total dependence on God, and the advancement of His kingdom in the midst of national crisis.

I feel like we are living in a time similar to Jehoshaphat’s when Judah was surrounded by its enemies and had no might to stand against them (2 Chron. 20). Let’s face it; there is no human solution to the predicament our nation finds itself in in this hour. If Hillary Clinton is elected president there will an uproar and confusion. If Donald Trump is elected there will be an uproar and confusion. And if Obama declares martial law there will be an uproar and confusion. There will be riots in the streets and many will be killed. Regardless of who wins the presidency, Bible prophecy will be fulfilled in the world. Our answers are not in man. Our eyes must be totally and 100% on the Lord.

“O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You” (2 Chr. 20:12).

I don’t know about you but I have one president, One King, and He is the Lord Jesus Christ. My hope is not in the systems of this world but in God. Therefore, I don’t fear; I don’t panic. Our king has overcome even death itself and tasted death for every man (Heb. 2:9). Our kingdom is not of this world (Jn. 18:36). Why are we fighting over the kingdoms of this world? Why are we fighting over presidential candidates as if they are going to save the day? I have more faith in a child than I do over these liars running for office.

Do we really think that if Donald Trump wins the election our nation will be saved and our future in this nation secured? Who has bewitched you?  Say he does win, will the Church relax and be lulled into a deeper state of slumber and an even greater false sense of security? We got 8 years of Obama, but I dare to say as far as our obedience to the great commission is concerned, the Church is no better off than it was before he came into office. If you fear the consequences of a Hillary presidency then your motive is situational ethics and you are not even in the right state of mind and heart to pray or vote.

The essence of situational ethics is the primary concern over the outcome or consequences of an action. In this case, a Clinton presidency. I don’t want her to be our president either for she is a wicked and corrupt politician, but that is not my main concern. My main concern is being right with God and aligned with His statutes, precepts, laws, and plans and purposes. Let me ask you a pointed question: What unrepentant sin must a Republican commit before you stop rewarding them with your vote? Many are planning to vote based on situational ethics and not the righteousness of God.

For years God has been testing our free moral agency. For instance, I have many African American friends who voted for Obama. I pleaded with some of them about how their conscience could vote for such a wicked and corrupt man with the most unbiblical world view and antichrist spirit of any president this nation has ever had in its history. I know that statement alone will cause some to unfollow this blog and defriend me from their social networks, but I could care less. You who voted for Obama were judged by God for your evil choice, and if you haven’t repented yet you should do so now. Just don’t make the same mistake again. A vote for evil is a vote for the curse. Who you vote for reflects your values and affects your children. Yes, I believe a curse can come on your household and posterity because of who you vote for. I cannot vote for the lesser of two evils any more. I cannot vote for unrighteousness.

As a nation, we crossed a line when we voted a second time for Obama. Because of the unwise choice  of many we have reached a point of no return. But my concern is not so much for the nation as it is for the Church. I am now reserved to the fact that our nation will suffer and the Church will also suffer as a result. Just how much, I don’t know. But we must be prepared to suffer for the gospel, for the name of Jesus, and for righteousness sake in a way we perhaps have not suffered heretofore in this nation.




The Bible calls heaven, our eternal home, and blessed hope. If we are more at home here on the earth than we think we’d be there, then we don’t yet have the revelation of heaven that God wants us to have. Our hope and faith needs to be enlightened with revelation and infused with a desire for our future home.

The hope of heaven is what has enabled me and my family to deal with my Daddy’s recent departure from such a positive eternal perspective. Though we miss my Daddy greatly, this eternal perspective is also what allows us to live our lives with greater joy and anticipation from surely knowing that my Daddy is among that great cloud of witnesses cheering us on in our own race to the finish line.

“Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us” (Heb. 12:1).

This huge crowd of men of faith or cloud of witnesses does not observe us from a mere natural standpoint. They are not concerned about our earthly status in the sense of our wealth, prestige, or reputation. They are not concerned about how many houses, lands, cars, or material possessions we own. They are mainly concerned about one thing: The condition of our spiritual lives, and the salvation of sinners and maturity of the saints.

For example, the late Kenneth E. Hagin had an Enoch-like experience he describes in his book, “Following God’s Plan For Your Life”, where he was taken up to heaven. There he saw his sister Oleta, who had died of cancer at just 45 years of age. Hagin was allowed to talk to her. She told him since her arrival in heaven that she had already seen several family members, while expressing concern for others on the earth who were presently away from God. She told Brother Hagin that he should talk to her eldest son about the Lord and that he would listen to him. These things are real friends. Heaven knows what goes on spiritually down here on the earth. What an incentive to run our race and fulfill God’s plan for our lives! What an incentive to finish strong! What an incentive to be about our Father’s business!

We can even suffer in this life for the gospel’s sake because of the future joy that is ahead for us in heaven, and the glad reunion with our saved loved ones who await our arrival. I can almost hear my Daddy’s voice now cheering me on from among that cloud of witnesses. “Go Bert! Go! You are doing well! Stay close to Jesus! Love and forgive everyone! Stay strong in your calling! Keep preaching the truth of the gospel! Run faster! Stay on course! Bring more souls to heaven! Keep reaching out to our family! Go, son go!!!”

I draw great strength from my Daddy’s life and greatness in God. He was a very imperfect man who had many shortcomings and made many mistakes, but he was never ashamed of the gospel. His greatness lay in that simple characteristic. That is why Jesus confesses his name before the Father and the angels (Lk. 12:8).

“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 10:32-33).

Death has truly lost its sting. The grave has truly lost its victory (1 Cor. 15:55). When we who’ve born again understand what death truly is, it loses its power and grip over us. We are no longer in fear to the bondage of it. Death is the beginning of our transition to heaven. Could it be that the reason so many people have a fear of death and such uncertainty about heaven be because of the lack of teaching and revelation on it? Could it also be that the reason people have such unsatisfied desires in this life is because they were made for another world that is filled with perfect joy, peace, and satisfaction?

Jesus paved the way to heaven for us. He wanted us to be with Him forever. He is not trying to keep anyone out of heaven, but He is working to get us all in.

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me… “ (Jn. 17:24). He endured the horrific death of the cross and being separated from His heavenly Father for the joy that was set before Him (Heb. 12:2). That joy was you and I. Oh, glory to God! Jesus loves us so much that He chose to take on the sins of all mankind by offering His blood as the perfect sacrifice and suffer such a grueling death, so that He wouldn’t have to live without us! That should be enough to melt every man’s heart and submit to Jesus as Lord and Savior.

The apostle Paul had come to many revelations. One was of heaven. He’d been caught up there and witnessed some of its glories.

“I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven” (2 Cor. 12:2).

Paul here is speaking of himself. His visit to paradise was so real he didn’t know if he was in or out of his body. His experience was so great and glorious he couldn’t find words to describe it (v. 4). This foretaste of heaven gave him a strong desire to return rather than to stay here on the earth.

“For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better” (Phil. 1:23).

Paul drew enormous strength from his visit and revelation of heaven. Such is the purpose for these last few blogs – to make heaven more real to each of us so that we will stay encouraged and never quit or give up, knowing what our final destination is. Heaven should have a major influence on how we live our lives on this earth.

If you are a sinner or a backslider, repent of your sins and give your life to Jesus. If you are saved, don’t ever quit or give up. I want you all to make it and have an abundant entrance into the joys that await us who’ve lived for Him. I can guarantee you that every trial, every pain, and every sacrifice you make for His glory will be worth it all in the end.

Jesus loves you and wants you with Him forever.









In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (Jn. 14:2-3)

They say when a loved one moves to heaven one feels closer to it. The hope of being reunited with that loved one makes heaven even more real. When enough of your saved loved ones move to heaven they say you can even become homesick, especially as the revelation of your eternal home grows in you.

My Daddy departed this earth on Friday morning August 5th at approximately 7:30 (you can read about the night and day of his departure in my last blog). The night before his morning departure I was in a meeting hearing a man speak on the glories of heaven. The man, Dean Braxton, had been clinically dead for an hour and 45 minutes and was taken to heaven where he saw and heard many things.

I knew my Daddy was close to his earthly departure and heavenly arrival, but I did not know that in less than 12 hours he would actually be there. The Lord used Dean to get me ready not only for his departure but for his arrival as well. In a certain sense, his description of heaven and what it was like to die and go there put me there ahead of my Daddy.

Here are some high points of Dean’s journey to heaven that he testified of on that imminent and preordained night of August 4th.


Everything in heaven is right; nothing is wrong. Everything and everyone is glad you are there. Also, everything is alive; there is nothing dead there. True death is not having the Father and the Son or the Holy Spirit in your life. Not  having Jesus as your Lord and Savior and not being in right relationship with God is the death of all deaths. “God is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Mt. 22:32b).

It seemed that if you were not right with God you would be burned up by His brightness. Terror is what you would experience if you were not right with Him. However, those who were right with God could look at Him with a pure heart and they experienced perfect joy and peace. The feeling, however, was actually past peace because there isn’t anything in heaven to be peaceful from.

Everything is alive and in perfect order where Jesus and the Father are. They do not live with death. On the earth we live with death and decay all around us and become desensitized to it in thinking that there is an end to everything, but in heaven life goes on and on and never ends. The Father and Jesus are pure life, light, and love, and you become one with what they are.

Everything in heaven is light and life. The buildings, atmosphere, and landscape are all light-like. The buildings look almost like glass and they shine with the glory of God. They can also move around from place to place. The trees, flowers, bushes, grass, mountains, hills, valleys, lakes, rivers, etc. are all alive and cannot be described in earthly terms.


Our brother Dean testified that when you looked at any part of Jesus’ body you felt such an individual love. Everything about Him loves you. His feet, His hands, and His entire body love you.

“Jesus loved me so much that I did not have to look at His face to experience His love. His feet showed me love. If all I saw was His feet I knew He loved me. It was not only that He loved me, but it was like I was the only one He loved in all creation. I knew He loved others but it seemed like I was the only one He loved.” Dean Braxton

You can look at any part of Jesus’ body and know He loves you. By looking at His hands you know how much He loves you. You can still see the nail piercings in His hands and experience His overwhelming love that comes forth from them. They seem to say to each individual, “I love you and only you.” You know He loves others, but it feels like He only loves you.

I lost it when I heard that part. I cried and laughed and praised God with deep adoration. We cannot yet fully comprehend how much it cost in pain to His physical body so that we could have a relationship of life with Him (Is. 52:14-15). We love Him because He first loved us! (1 Jn. 4:19)


The final high point I will share on heaven is that there is a welcoming party that includes far more than those you knew in your earthly years. The party of saints who will greet you upon entering heaven go all the way back to every generation of your blood line who were saved. It is not a small number of people. God is a God of genealogies. We see in the Old Testament when the lineage of the prophets, priests, and kings were listed, and again in the gospels when Jesus and Mary’s genealogy is traced back through many generations of time (beginning of Matthew and Luke.). How wonderful to know that every saint and born again child of God will be greeted by so many with great joy unspeakable and full of glory upon their arrival in heaven!

An announcement is made upon every saint’s arrival I heaven, for just as the angels know and rejoice when one sinner repents on the earth (Lk. 15:7, 10), so too they know when one is about to arrive in heaven. It comforts me to know that when my beloved earthly Daddy was about to depart as I spoke by speaker phone into his ear just minutes before his departure that his name and coming arrival had already been announced in the annals of heaven. The angel came for him at that moment and escorted him home while his welcoming party rejoiced and ushered him into the glory of our heavenly Father’s house forever.


For the first two days after his departure I grieved for the loss of my earthly Daddy. It hurt deep inside not to have him with us any more. We feel this grief because separation was not in the original design of God. It is a part of the curse. However, our hope and rejoicing must be centered in the glad reunion that awaits those who’ve tasted of eternal life. When I began turning my focus toward the reality of heaven and of one day being reunited with my Daddy my level of grief changed and took on a new dimension. Hope and joy sprung forth and my heart began to grow lighter. Of course, I miss him, as we all do our departed loved ones, but when I filled my mind and heart with thoughts of heaven my rejoicing in Daddy’s gain outweighed the sorrow of his loss.

Here is a poem I wrote and read at the closing of my Daddy’s memorial service that expresses this well:

Why should I cry? My Daddy is alive and in the midst of the glories of heaven

Why do I want to think of my loss?

Instead of my Daddy’s gain

Why should I wail in a pagan dirge of despair?

When my Daddy is with Jesus in the Father’s care

My Daddy didn’t die; he just went home

To the born again Christian death is not a defeat

It is a victory and a triumph of the highest degree

So can I be full of sorrow when my Daddy is so happy?

Should I be full of mourning when he is rejoicing with great joy?

You see, my Daddy didn’t die – he just went home.

Praise God! This is the lot and portion of every born again saint. Hallelujah! We are all homeward bound. Until then let us work for the Master and bring many more people to Him while it is yet day, for the night comes when no man can work.






It was Thursday August 4th and our immediate family all bore witness that my Daddy’s days were numbered. His heart was failing and the end of his earthly life was very near. My prayer and working agreement that I had made with the Lord was that he not suffer or be in pain, but that when it was time for him to go he would go in peace and have an abundant entrance into the presence of the Lord.

At noon of that same day I drove three hours north to hear one of God’s choice servants share his story of death and the afterlife. In going I knew full well that my Daddy might pass while I was gone. That is not what I wanted and I was tossed on whether I should go or stay. I didn’t have a green light or a red light to do either one, so I asked the Lord to hold my Daddy here until I returned two days later. Somehow in making the decision to go I was still somewhat unsettled in my spirit while at the same time feeling a divine prompting to go. This is a little difficult to explain as I usually have either a green light or a red light on important decisions I make, which in this case was simply the witness of the Spirit to go or a check in my spirit to stay, but this time it was like a yellow light. To proceed with caution seemed to be the witness, and so I left.

Fast forward to the evening’s meeting…

My spirit pulsated with life and unspeakable joy from the words of the special speaker I’d traveled three hours to hear. I sat in the front row and laughed and wept through the entire meeting as the preacher described what it was like to die and go to heaven. At one high point in the meeting when he said, “everything in heaven loves you,” I lost it. From Jesus to every saint, to the very atmosphere and untold beauties and creation of heaven, everything saturates your being with the love of the Father and the Son.

In his visit to heaven, when he looked on Jesus’ feet those feet loved him, His hands loved him, every part of Jesus spoke love to Him. My own son Daniel had a vision of Jesus when he was about 9 or 10 years old, and said that His eyes were like deep pools of  love. I’ve heard that testimony repeated more than once by a few others who’ve had a vision of Him.

Knowing that my Daddy’s departure was ever so near this ministered to me immensely. It became clear that I was in this meeting by divine assignment. I was so happy inside with the overflowing love of God and fuel to take back to my family in the hour of our trial. The words from the preacher were filled with life and love and pure Jesus.

You see, this aforementioned preacher was not just another charlatan scamming people on a made-up vision he had to extract money from gullible and naïve hearers. You see, 10 years ago this brother had been declared clinically dead for an hour and 45 minutes (http://www.deanbraxton.com/). It was a miracle that he was allowed to return to his body without any repercussions and disabilities from such a long duration of lack of oxygen. I was riveted to his words with a living hope and expectation knowing that this was the realm my precious Daddy would soon be entering.

After being filled with the Spirit of God in this meeting I sat with the speaker and a handful of others in sweet fellowship around the things of God. As I listened to him I mused within, “this man is possessed with another spirit”. You would, too if you experienced the inexpressible beauties of heaven and the Father’s super-abounding perfect love that He has toward us. This man told us that he didn’t want to return to his body after he had died, and even now he emphatically restated that he doesn’t want to be here on the earth. “I’m on my way home!” he exclaimed.

Oh beloved, if we only knew what awaits us there, we wouldn’t be so caught up in the trivialities of this earthly life either! Could this experiential knowledge of heaven be the same reason the apostle Paul penned these words?

“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you” (Phil. 1:21-24).

The apostle Paul knew that it is far better to depart, go to heaven, and be with Christ than to stay here. He could speak such words because he also had been a visitor to heaven.

I was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago. Whether I was in my body or out of my body, I don’t know—only God knows. Yes, only God knows whether I was in my body or outside my body. But I do know that I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words, things no human is allowed to tell” (2 Cor. 12:2-4 – NLT).

Paul said heaven was so real that he didn’t really know if he was still in his body or out of it, and he heard astounding things that cannot be expressed in this earthly realm with earthly terms. His experience matched up with the man’s testimony I was now hearing. He told us that he doesn’t even rejoice in yesterday’s victories because he is so focused on the prize set before him.

I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me. The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:13b-14).

After enjoying sweet fellowship with this man, I drove to the house I was staying in and went to bed. It was very late but I awoke early. Still unsettled in my mind as to my Daddy’s departure, but also still rejoicing within my spirit at the life giving words from the night before, I decided to call home to inquire of my Daddy’s condition. It was about 7:15 am. The news I heard seemed untimely. My Daddy was unresponsive. As I was on speaker phone encouraging my family and speaking almost prophetically to them my Daddy suddenly departed. Through the panic and tears I continued to speak releasing grace and life into the situation. It was difficult and gut-wrenching not to be there to help in my family’s hour of need. This is why I felt unsettled when I left. This is why I had a yellow light and not a green or a red. The Lord let me choose.

I cancelled my prior plans to spend another day with this preacher, and in a haste, headed home. With my spirit continuing to commune with heaven I inquired of the Lord. “Lord, why didn’t you hold my Daddy here until I got to the house. That was our agreement. He responded, “I was answering your first prayer and desire not to let him suffer or experience pain. He’d reached his end and he let go after seeing you and Daniel.”

Daniel is our only beloved son and my Daddy’s only precious grandson. He’s working a summer job in the south and can’t come home yet. Daniel had just spoken to him by video the day before in obedience to the witness my wife Carolyn received that he may not be here when he comes home next week. And I also had just returned from a 10 day ministry trip and was able to spend a good part of two precious days with my Daddy before leaving again.

As I continued listening to the Lord he said to me: “My angel was on standby to go and escort your Daddy’s spirit to heaven. I told him that you were going to call your family at 7:15 that morning. I commanded my angel saying, ‘when he calls, you go and bring my son home’. I was honoring your other prayer that you should be present when your Daddy departs. You had what you call a yellow light because you knew something was not quite right and that your Daddy would possibly depart when you were gone. I gave you a choice because deep in your heart you wanted to be at both places, and because your choices were based on the purity of your heart I gave you the closest thing to having both.”

When I heard and saw what the Lord had arranged for me I wept again in the car. What are the chances of my Daddy departing in a 10 minute window of a phone call? The Lord did that for me to answer both of my conflicting heart’s desires. He will move heaven and earth for those who trust Him and whose desires are pure and according to His wisdom and plan. He is involved in every detail of our lives. The way the Lord arranged my Daddy’s final days and departure were, in fact, a manifestation of His perfect wisdom and timing all wrapped up in His marvelous abounding love that He has toward each of us.

Certainly not everything is ideal in the departure of our loved ones, but those who’ve been born again and have come into a real relationship with the Lord can expect His best. Even when we don’t always understand we must trust in His perfect wisdom and plan. Certain things will be left a mystery for only our Sovereign God to know and or to be revealed to us in eternity.

Go back and investigate all the times the Lord moved in the details of your life. You will see that all the time He is working for us to answer every prayer and meet every need according to the will of God and His written Word.

Oh, how He loves us! And how excellent is His Name in all the earth and His ways past searching out!


Note of thanks: We are so overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from you all during this time. This is the body of Christ – the family of God. I’ve often thought that our lives would be far better and richer if we could just love each other in life as much as we do in death. I know I’ve got work to do on this end.

My Daddy and I were very close. In-between my many constant ministry travels the last few months I’ve tried to spend as much time with him as I could. The Lord gave me the honor of sharing many intimate moments with him. We became like very close friends as he shared stories and secrets of his life. This has made me miss him all the more, and caused me to cry many sweet tears already. Yet I do rejoice knowing for a fact that he was born again of the Spirit of God (John 3:1-7) and is now in the presence of the One he loved and served.

My Daddy’s greatest wish and desire for his extended family, relatives, and loved ones is for all to truly and experientially know the wonderful Lord and Savior he had come to know. For him, it was not a religion for he had that in a denominational church for many years, but for him it was a loving relationship.

My family and I would like to once again sincerely express our love and gratitude to each one of you for your heart felt condolences and care in this trying hour of mixed emotions. Warm Jesus love and hugs to each of you. You are all so special and loved by the Lord, and it is our earnest prayer that you would supernaturally know the width, length, depth, and height of that love that surpasses our own understanding. Oh dear ones, He is so worthy of all our hearts and lives.

“Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of His saints.” (Ps. 116:15)

My precious Daddy, I love you so much, miss you so much, and await our glad reunion.
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Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to come. He said this even after He breathed on a few of them and commanded them to receive the Holy Spirit (Jn. 20:22). This is another proof of the two-fold experience, measure, and purpose of the Holy Spirit; one in salvation, that is as a well of living water (Jn. 4:14), and one for power, which is likened to rivers of living water (Jn. 7:37-38).

Jesus told the disciples to wait for the power of the Holy Spirit implying that they were in no condition to minister as He did without this power (Jn. 20:21)(Acts 1:8). Much of the Church has missed that basic truth. All ministry starts and ends with the Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself said He could do nothing without him. It was unthinkable for Jesus to attempt to minister without the anointing of the Spirit and without hearing instructions and counsel from His Father. The Holy Spirit is the one who endues us with power, anoints us with fresh oil, moves in us in worship, in prayer, in preaching, and in demonstration.

It was the Holy Spirit who moved on Peter giving him utterance at Pentecost that caused hearts to be pierced with the sword of the Spirit (Acts 2:37). That is how the Church was birthed, and that is how she is to continue – in demonstration of the Spirit and the power of God. Increased activity of the Holy Spirit is the answer to all our problems. Increased activity of the Holy Spirit is God’s divine response to the increasing darkness and gross darkness in America and in the nations.

The activity of the Holy Spirit continued throughout the book of Acts. Thus the reason for the much fruit and results they witnessed and the revival they experienced. We need to be reminded of this simple but powerful truth so that we can begin putting our complete trust in God and not in man.

We come against the direct commandment of God when we don’t move with the Holy Spirit. Let that statement sink in.

Do you understand how powerful the Holy Spirit is? Do you understand that He can do one thing that would catapult us into revival and awakening that we could not do in 1,000 years in our strength? Do you understand that it was He who transformed one of the greatest opposers of the early Church and turned him into one the greatest apostles and proponents of the Church there has ever been? And it all happened through the prayers of the saints – in Saul’s case it was the prayer of forgiveness that Stephen prayed at his stoning (Acts 7:57-60) that was instrumental in releasing the power of the Holy Spirit to transform Saul.

When great persecution came against the early Church and James was killed by Herod (Acts 12:1-3), then Peter was arrested and taken to prison, the Church prayed constantly (v. 12). In James’ case, the Church had failed to pray, but they prevailed in their prayers for Peter. And what happened? An angel was sent to deliver Peter from prison. Not only that, but I believe it was also the same angel that smote Herod (v. 23), another great opposer of the Church and he died an awful death. God knows how to deal with those who oppose His Church and His people if we would only pray and trust in His dealings and in His power.

This is what the Church needs to be reminded of today. Times are tough. Our nation and the world are in desperate need of God. No matter what things look like, nothing is too difficult for the Lord, and if we will only pray effectually, fervently and constantly the Lord will move. He will respond, and we will see His mighty hand moving upon our land.


The world has gone mad. It seems as if every headline highlights the onslaught of demonic activity in our nation and the world (Russia is our latest example). Hordes of demons are attempting to kill everything that moves and breathes and has their being in Christ.

Don’t fool yourself, this is the spirit of antichrist that has multiplied its efforts exponentially in just the last few years. This may be the final battle of the ages. A principality and power sits in the White House, in the UN, in the middle east region, in Russia, and throughout the nations of the world wicked governments rule under these powers and principalities.

It is really a time to humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways, and pray and seek God. It is also a time for a thorough evaluation and examination of our hearts and for the Church to judge herself. If things are not right in the Church she will judged, so let us judge ourselves so we won’t be judged (1 Cor. 11:31) (1 Pt. 4:17).

It is a time to fear the Lord and stand by what He says in His Word and refuse to compromise, and stand and speak the words of this new life (Acts 5:20; 4:20) to the generations and those who oppose Christ, for it is better to obey God than man (Acts 5:29).

Recognize also the spirit of offense in the world and in the Church. The political correctness is off the charts. Just a few days ago I was lambasted by professing Christians for calling the liberal agenda demonic. It is time to speak plainly calling evil by its name. It is time to tell Christians plainly how their lives are wrong (2 Tim. 4:1-5) and to do the work of an evangelist.

Speak the truth always in love, and be wise as serpents and harmless as doves in the spirit of our Lord and Master – meek as a lamb but bold as a lion. Pick your battles wisely and be aware of the pigs and dogs who are not worthy of pearls and that which is holy. Anyone who defends the evils of this president and administration are in that number. Watch and pray always.

Stand strong, my brothers and sisters in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Learn to endure hardness because it is increasing in the earth. Remember that our kingdom is an everlasting kingdom that has no end. We win!

I have a deep love and appreciation for all who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and who are clearly and unashamedly standing for righteousness in this hour. You are worthy of double honor if you preach the Word this way.

Much grace and peace to you all who love and labor for the crown of life and glory promised us. And you dear ones, who are serving in persecuted lands, and who at this time are in prison and chains, you are not forgotten. We stand with you and remember you in our prayers (Heb. 13:3). We are one in the Lord.

Let us move forward in the strength and courage of the Lord as if going out to meet Him. Lift up your eyes; He is coming. Soon we’ll all be home, and we can leave this garbage can behind that fallen man has made of this world. Until we depart, let us keep looking into Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.


Your brother and end time fellow laborer and soldier in the battle of the ages,
Bert Farias


“Listen to the Lord, you leaders of ‘Sodom.’ Listen to the law of our God, people of ‘Gomorrah.’ ‘What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?’ says the Lord. ‘I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fattened cattle. I get no pleasure from the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. When you come to worship me, who asked you to parade through my courts with all your ceremony? Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts; the incense of your offerings disgusts me! As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath and your special days for fasting—they are all sinful and false. I want no more of your pious meetings. I hate your new moon celebrations and your annual festivals. They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them! When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims. Wash yourselves and be clean! Get your sins out of my sight. Give up your evil ways. Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows'” (Is. 1:10-17).

Wow! What a scathing rebuke from the Lord. Here is the main point of what the Lord is saying here:

Anything not connected with the heart of God counts very little for eternity. When the Lord spoke this rebuke to Israel of old it came as a strong wake up call to return to pure religion. This could apply today as it is so easy to get entrapped with the appearance, production, and professionalism of Christianity with all its hype and miss the heart of God for people, especially the hurting and suffering.

When the Lord wants to wake us up He can do it gently with a kiss of kindness, or He can be severe and really shake us. “Behold the kindness and severity of the Lord” (Rom. 11:22). Many need to be shaken in this hour.

Some Christians today find it hard to believe that the Lord ever speaks like this or could ever deal with us in severity. To them, He is always warm, kind, nice, and gentle – always assuring us only of His pleasure, never rebuking or reproving us. They are sadly mistaken. There are many examples of what I call tough love and the severity of the Lord in the Scriptures from the life and ministry of Jesus in the gospels, Paul in the epistles, as well as post resurrection correction and severe warnings to the churches in Rev. 2 & 3. But in all these things the Father deals with us as His children.

“My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child” (Heb. 12:5-6).

In an extended time of prayer and fasting in 2002 the Lord dealt severely with me concerning my own life, character, and calling. Here is an excerpt of my communion with the Lord from a book (The Journal Of A Journey To His Holiness) I wrote sharing the experience:


James 1:27—My captains are found among these just as the Son was found among them. I do a work in you of pure religion. I do a work in you to place you among My captains. I do a work of love in you. I do a work of sensitivity to My heart in you.

Behold My heart as I was moved with compassion for the widow at Nain whose son had just died. Behold My heart as I picked up the little children and blessed them. Behold My heart as I called and healed the blind beggars.

I do a work in you to increase the fruit of your compassion. I do a work in you to increase true ministry. I do a work in you to make you more skillful in My anointing. As you’ve heard My servant say, “Truth and compassion equal skill in My anointing.” I speak the truth, but I am moved with compassion.

Truth does not move Me.  Compassion moves Me. I am working both on your speaking and on your compassion so that your life and your works would be found pure in Him who moves.

This is the alignment of My Spirit to continue to build those mysteries in you of which you’ve prayed. This is the alignment of My Spirit to build into you true priestly ministry. This is My armor for you.

I am tightening your belt of truth. I am firming you up with the breastplate of My righteousness. I am strengthening your arms to hold up the shield of faith. I am shodding your feet with a greater preparation of the gospel of peace. I am protecting your mind by having you renew it with My salvation. I am sharpening your sword of the Spirit.

You are asking Me about pure religion. “What is it that makes visiting the fatherless and the widows in their affliction pure and undefiled?” I hear you asking.

I will answer you in segments. First of all, you have had a recent prompting in your spirit concerning this book (James). There is a reason for this. You see many of the mysteries you have recently prayed have come from this book.

Personal comment: I was spending much time praying in other tongues and this was a real revelation to me.  Apparently it is possible to be praying mysteries in the Spirit concerning an entire book, epistle, or chapter in the Bible especially as it pertains to your own life.

The work I do in you is found in much of this book. It is a work of removing the impurities and the impediments of your life so that your works will be found pure in the day of the testing of My fire.

I am requiring a living faith from My people in this hour. How much more My priests and My captains? You have been weighed in the balance and been found lacking in genuine faith. This is why I speak to you of pure religion.

I am giving you wisdom for your trials. Trials remove the impurities. Trials produce a patience of character where you become mature and complete and lacking in nothing. This is the work I do in you. These are the mysteries you’ve been praying before Me.  Now I give you more understanding.

I am speaking to your character. I am speaking to your calling. In both your character and your calling I am commanding the image of the Son to arise in you. Your prayers have not been in vain. I have come to reveal the mystery of Christ in you, the hope of glory.

The Son was pure before and after He entered public ministry. With and without the anointing He was pure. His private words and works matched His public words and works. James knew this well.

Personal comment: The reason for this is that James was the natural brother of Jesus and lived and grew up in the same house.

This is My perfect will for all My children, especially those who are ministers of My Word in public service. My perfect will is for all religion to be pure.

For religion to be pure, all impurities must be gone. All hypocrisy must be gone. All partiality must be gone. Acts of mercy and good fruits must not be found wanting.

The leaven of the Pharisees was hypocrisy. They said many things but did not do them. Their hearing and their speaking did not culminate in good deeds. They judged the shortcomings of others while overlooking their own.

Hypocrisy also manifests in a double tongue. A man’s religion is vain and useless when he cannot bridle his tongue, when blessing and cursing proceed out of the same mouth, when praise and then murmuring and complaining comes gushing forth. Remember, it is what comes out of a man’s mouth that defiles him.

Such is the case in many of those who call themselves by My name.  That is why I have told you that the work I do in you is to make you one with your message (God’s Word). Your words must be mirrored by your works, and your words must be found pure at all times. You have been walking in that which has been permissible, but now I am calling for the perfect to come.

Partiality is another impurity that defiles My people. Partiality is being a respecter of persons. It respects the rich while despising the poor. It receives the rich for what they can give, but despises the poor because their needs require acts of sacrifice and compassion. Partiality honors what it can get, but dishonors what it can give. The needy suffer because of the partiality of My people. My mercy is shut up in the bowels of My people. Many of them are unfamiliar with the Father of mercies.

God is the Father of pure religion. You will find His pure works birthed among the poor and needy. You will find the bondservants of His Son in the avenues of the despised, in the streets of the oppressed, and in the homes of the broken and downtrodden.

Pure religion is that which is without hypocrisy and partiality, full of mercy and good fruits. Wisdom and understanding is manifest in these works. A meekness of wisdom is the character of those who work these works of God.





My life experience overrules any and all opposing views to the validity of the Bible and the reality of Jesus Christ.

I believe in a know-so salvation, the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues, healing, and deliverance. I have witnessed cripples walking, blind eyes seeing, deaf ears hearing, and mutes speaking. I have witnessed the healing of all manner of sicknesses and diseases through my own hands. I have witnessed demons leaving people and the manifestation of new found freedom in their lives. I have had supernatural encounters with God, visitations, and regular communion with the Comforter whom Jesus sent, who is the Holy Spirit.

I believe sin is sin no matter how many justify it, dilute it, pacify it, pollute it, and reason it all away. I believe abortion is murder, homosexuality and lesbianism and gay marriage are an abomination to God and a result of demon power, no matter what the culture and the media say or what post modernism teaches. I believe hell was made for the devil and his angels and all who live in sin independently of God. I believe all religion is the crowning work of Satan to deceive the masses from a real relationship with the living God through Jesus Christ.

And all of you are a ship of fools if you don’t align yourselves with the standards of Jesus Christ and His unchanging Word. Wake up and believe the Bible and surrender all to Jesus Christ now, or hell will surely be your final eternal destination. Forever. Repent or you, too will perish.

I’m not telling you what I think. I’m telling you what I know. I’m going to let you do your own thinking. I know what I am talking about. I am a witness.

Awake from the dead, and Christ will give you light (Eph. 5:14)!

We need great faith in this hour to speak the truth in love, loud and clear, and plain and simple, because we are on the verge of great tribulation. There will be no time for debating. No time for political correctness. No time for committees and twisted minded people making stupid decisions that are contrary to the will of God. In this dark day you better know whose you are, and who you serve. You better know where you came from, and where you are going. You better know what you believe and why you believe it.

Everything else is hot air. And God knows we don’t need any more of that.


The following are key excerpts from prophecies and visions of recent times that I have shared over the past couple of years. They serve to warn us and prepare for the days we are living in. Do not merely admire the preciseness of some of their prophetic statements but make application of their words and prepare yourself for what is here now and what is yet to come.


There will be many Christians who believe that they can do whatever they want and God will look the other way. People are tremendously afraid of this position because they have heard so much on this line: “Oh, you know you are the elect of God. You are sure to be all right (this is the once saved-always saved position).” That is wrong. The elect of God are those that are pressing forward.

It will be common for preachers to deny the existence of hell. Denying hell prepares the way for antichrist. What? No hell. The devil has always said that. No hell, no devil. They are ready for him. The devil has always said no hell, no evil. And these people are preparing, and they do not know it, for the Man of Sin.

It will be offensive to talk about the blood of Christ. When I spoke about the blood and when I spoke about this infernal thing, the whole place was upset. You be careful when anybody comes to you with a sugar-coated pill or with a slimy tongue. They are always of the devil. The Spirit of the Lord will always deal with truth. These people never deal with truth. They always cover up the truth.

Give the devil the biggest chase of his life and say these words: “The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanseth us from all unrighteousness.”

The world will look to worship a man and will overlook his faults to get him into power. These people are determined to have a man. They know someone has to come. We know Who He is that is coming. They begin to make a man. So they find a man in India, they polish him up as much as they can, and they make him as—well, in appearance, but you know we are told by the Lord that there is soft clothing that goes onto wolves’ backs.

That people believe that certain preachers are of God simply because of their crowds and their buildings.

As churches turn away from the Holy Spirit many believers go to false teachers.


I remember in the vision that I asked the Lord “What is this? What is this evil, tempestuous dark cloud?”
The Lord said, “This is what I showed My prophet, Isaiah (Isa. 61:1-2). This is every evil thing you can name. It is every demon, it is every disease, it is sickness and bacterial attacks that haven’t even been discovered yet. It will cause humans to do things to humans that aren’t even human. It is filled with insanity, and many people will lose their mind and their faculties. It is murder, terror, rape, abuse, terrorism, torture, and much worse. It is filled with deceptions, heresies, perversions, and filth.”

Some things the Lord showed me I have not had permission to speak.

I also saw people – many, many people. Some were running into the dark cloud, and some were being sucked into it. It reminded me of this very powerful Shop-vac I have. It will not only suck up the dirt but also my tools, if I don’t pay attention.
I saw may people screaming with terror and actually being dragged into this cloud. Though they were refusing it and resisting it with all their strength, they still did not possess the power to stop it.

I was so disturbed when I saw a cross on someone’s pocket or jewelry. I remember saying to the Lord, “Who are those people being drawn into this filth and terror, wearing the Christian symbol of the cross? Who are these people, not even resisting? And who are these people, resisting with all their might but it does them no good? They just keep disappearing into this horrible, evil cloud of gross darkness.”

The Lord answered me and said, “Oh, these are those who do not have clean hands and a pure heart. They have been warned but ignored the warnings. Some even wanted this filth as their lifestyle.”

I asked, “Well, who are these wearing the cross?”

“Oh,” the Lord said, “These are the people who claim Me as Savior. Many of them have desired this filth and even fought for it. They make excuses but are not excused. The ones who are resisting thought My prophets were exaggerating and from the old school, and they denied the warnings. Now that this evil has come, they possess little to no power, and certainly not enough to resist and overcome this horrible onslaught of enemy power. Only those with clean hands and a pure heart will be able to totally resist this. It will cover the earth.”


A lukewarmness without parallel will take hold of the Christians, a falling away from true, living Christianity. Christians will not be open for penetrating preaching. They will not, like in earlier times, want to hear of sin and grace, law and gospel, repentance and restoration. There will come a substitute instead: prosperity (happiness) Christianity.
The important thing will be to have success, to be something; to have material things, things that God never promised us in this way. Churches and prayer houses will be emptier and emptier. Instead of the preaching we have been used to for generations – like, to take your cross up and follow Jesus, – entertainment, art and culture will invade the churches where there should have been gatherings for repentance and revival. This will increase markedly just before the return of Jesus.


Before I visit the nations in judgment; I will begin at My house. When I do cause My wrath to come upon the cities of the world, My people shall be separate. I desire a people without spot or wrinkle and such will be preserved by Me in the time of My wrath, which will be coming upon all iniquity and unrighteousness.

I am going to prepare you for the coming days by a hard path that will cause many to cry out continually unto Me. For when the going is easy men do not seek Me, but rejoice in a temporary blessing. And when that blessing is removed they so often turn this way and that way but do not come to Me. I am showing you these things in order that you may seek Me continually and with great diligence. As you seek Me I will open up truths to you that you have not seen before, and these very truths will be such that will enable you to stand in these last days.

The coming days are going to be most dangerous, difficult and dark for there shall be a mighty outpouring of My Spirit in judgment upon many cities and many shall be destroyed. My people must be diligently warned concerning the days ahead. Many shall turn after seducing spirits, and already many are seducing My people. It is those who ‘Do Righteousness’ that are righteous. Many cover their sins by great theological words. But I warn you of seducing spirits who instruct my people in an evil way. Many of these I will anoint that they in turn may purify and sift My people, for I will have a holy people. When I come I shall not find faith upon the earth but in a few, for when the time of testing comes many will depart from their Lord.

Many shall come with seducing spirits and hold out lustful enticements. You will find that after I have visited My people again the way will become more and more narrow, and fewer shall walk therein. Be not deceived, the ways of righteousness are My ways. For though Satan come as an angel of light hearken not to him; for those who perform miracles and speak not righteousness are not of Me. I warn you with great intensity that I am going to judge My house and have a Church without spot or wrinkle when I come.


In 1987 the late Lester Sumrall in his book, I Predict, wrote about 6 things that would happen in our nation.

1. America would depart from Christianity.
2. America would endorse pagan religions.
3. America would embrace doctrines of demons.
4. Satan worship and human sacrifice would occur more and more (this is not talked about but is happening underground).
5. America would be consumed with rebellion and it would be like a tornado in our land. Anarchy would spread among our youth, schools, and colleges. In the home, on the job, and throughout the entire social structure there would be no more tenderness in the home, no love, no laughter, many marriages would fail, and children would not know who to love and who to hate.

6. There would be a tremendous tearing of America’s moral fiber, homosexuality would no longer be in the closet but be considered normal, and even bestiality would be seen more and more in our society.

I would have to say that brother Sumrall’s predictions were amazingly accurate.

After his 1987 prediction Lester Sumrall went on to say that all the evil he predicted would transpire just before a great awakening comes to America.

The evil and persecution in the world and in America now will separate the true from the false, the nominal Christian from the serious disciple, and the Lord will once again use a remnant to fulfill His end-time purposes.


Where do I even begin? We just completed a glorious week of Holy Ghost filled ministry in Sierra Leone. The host bishop of the convention said: “Something has changed in the realm of the Spirit. This was the best convention we’ve had in the 11 years we’ve been hosting them.”

It all began with an overwhelming sense of God’s presence as soon as we stepped unto the platform the first night. I wept uncontrollably for the first few minutes, not able to speak. I had not even officially greeted the people yet. I had been introduced by the bishop, but the Lord decided to introduce Himself by manifesting His glorious presence at the start. I knew then that we were in for a special and different kind of convention. The night ended with ministry to the lowly and broken-hearted. The mighty glorious king revealed His heart to us. Both His majesty and condescension were in manifestation.

“The Lord is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, who dwells on high, who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in the heavens and in the earth? He raises the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the ash heap, that He may seat him with princes — with the princes of His people. He grants the barren woman a home, like a joyful mother of children.” (Ps. 113:4-9)

The second night brought forth this compelling utterance: “There are a multitude of angels ready to be released, but My people don’t follow my wisdom and plan so My angels are hindered.” We preached on the ministry of angels.

The third night there was a call to the younger generation to receive the baton of the move of God from the older generation. Seventy young people under the age of 30 responded and will begin meeting with bishop Julius once per week for now. The intent and purpose is to train them for evangelistic ministry to the nation.

The fourth night was a night of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit with many receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues.

The final night was a night of more demonstrations with many healings through the word of knowledge. Great joy and rejoicing  in the river of God. About 100 young people stayed at the altar dancing and praising the Lord even after the meeting officially ended and the saints in attendance were dismissed. A spirit of revival impregnated the atmosphere.

The direction the Lord gave us for this convention began with one phrase: “What is going to heal this nation is the pure rivers of living water that flow from a man’s heart.”

As we meditated on this word we realized that the waters have been polluted and defiled because of the impurities and corruption in men’s hearts, especially God’s leaders and shepherds. Many are lusting after fame, power, and popularity instead of moving with God’s true heart for people. This wisdom and understanding led us to focus on this theme in the morning sessions with the pastors, leaders, and church workers. God’s dealings with us were very strong and resulted in a humility and repentance among those present. True repentance is always a prerequisite for revival.

The morning seminar was intermingled with Spirit inspired utterances and songs. In fact, some of the messages were like an entire word of knowledge, as we continually sensed the burning fire of the word of the Lord pressing against our lips. There was such unction and liberty to minister. What a joy to flow in this river! Hearts were searched out and cleansed by the word of the Lord.

Our schedule is full for the rest of the year except for December when the holidays begin. Already invitations from Stateside churches and from other nations are coming in for next year. We could use more monthly partners to help us plan in advance and respond appropriately to these invitations. In the past, we’ve either had to pay out of our own pocket, beat the bushes to raise the funds, purchase airfare on credit, or we’ve had to simply turn down these invitations. It’s a new day now as there is more demand. Please prayerfully consider being a monthly partner in your giving.

Help us take the word of the Lord and the move of the Spirit to America and the nations while we still have the strength and energy to run. You can give through our donate button, automatic bank transfer, or by check payable to: Holy Fire Ministries, PO Box 4527, Windham, NH 03087

Many thanks!

Much love,

Bert and Carolyn