THE WORLD HAS GONE MAD BUT WE WIN!

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.

Love,

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

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TAKING ON THE HEART OF THE LORD: REMOVING THE IMPURITIES

“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:

PURE RELIGION

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.

 

 

 

I BELIEVE FOR I AM A WITNESS

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.

AMAZINGLY ACCURATE PROPHECIES OF OLD THAT ARE MANIFESTATING NOW

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.

SMITH WIGGLESWORTH

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.

DR. MARK BARCLAY

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.”

AN OLD 90 YEAR OLD NORWEGIAN WOMAN

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.

STANLEY FRODSHAM

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.

LESTER SUMRALL

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.

SIERRA LEONE: A FULL REPORT

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