THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: IS GOD CHALLENGING THE MODERN GODS OF OUR DAY?

Sports, entertainment, materialism, education…these are your gods America. These are the gods of many within the Church who perhaps have not yet even entered the kingdom. This Coronavirus crisis is exposing these gods. Not just here in America but globally it seems God is shutting these things down.

Movies theaters and malls are closed. Restaurants are closed. Colleges, universities, and schools are closed. It’s not necessarily sinful to enjoy these centers of entertainment and institutions of learning, but remember Lot’s wife. Remember the lessons and Biblical accounts from Noah’s day and Lot’s day and what Jesus warned us of. 

“And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.  Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:26-30).

Now that our lives are less consumed with these gods, less busy with our own agendas… now that we have more down time at home… perhaps people are learning to be a family again, perhaps parents and children are having more communication and time to evaluate their spiritual lives, and even erect a family altar of soul searching, repentance, and prayer as well as Bible time. At least that is my hope.  

Some may disagree, but this crisis is not really God’s severe judgment, but actually an act of mercy to prepare us for something more. Something far worse is coming in the not-so-distant future. Right now we need to be purged and cleansed from our idols and positioned for a tumultuous decade that has only just begun (The Tumultuous 2020s). God grieves over the condition of many hearts in this hour, the sin and idolatry in our lives, the many distractions and lack of wholeheartedness in us. God wants our hearts, because without this surrender He knows it will not be well for us going forward. 

Many are praying amiss concerning the Coronavirus. It is a time of testing, soul searching, repentance, and submission to God — not a time of wrangling and debating this crisis, wondering whether it is a big conspiracy that China or our own government is behind, and/or flippantly rebuking, binding, and loosing everything that upsets our comfortable, cozy little life. 

It is a time for sobriety and sincere repentance from the god of mammon, and looking away from the temporal toward that which is eternal.

“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18).

God is silencing the temporal so we can hear the eternal. He is silencing the voices of these gods and idols we’ve made, so we can hear His voice clearly. He’s removing the distractions that have kept you from Him. If American Christians would now give time and space for humility and repentance, fasting, praying, and seeking God we could stay the hand of God’s judgment. Realize though, that some things can be stopped or delayed but not changed. 

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GREAT TRIBULATION COMING 

Some will label me a doomsday preacher for my next words, but in actuality, I’m very excited about my future. The Bible paints a very positive picture for the saints without skipping over how bleak and terrible the future is for the sinful, the evil, and the unrepentant. Call that doomsday if you’d like, but while the Scriptures declare God’s mercy in abundance, it does not avoid the reality of God’s judgments.  

This world is on the verge of the greatest tribulation it has ever faced in its entire history, and God loves us too much to not give us opportunities to turn whole-heartedly to Him. God does not want to allow devastation to come to this earth without granting us a chance to get our hearts right. What makes us think that we are exempt from what the Bible has already foretold.  A time of tribulation and then great tribulation is coming. The sky is blackened. Storm clouds are appearing on the horizon. The worse may not come tomorrow, or next month, or next year, or even in the next few years (although I personally believe we’re at the door), but be assured that the storm is coming… one unlike anything most of us have ever seen in our lifetimes. This is not a scare tactic or gloom and doom hyper-drama, but it is reality. It is what Jesus foretold. 

“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Lk. 21:25-26).

Too many people are afraid of a little pandemic that is a light affliction compared to what is coming, but they are not afraid of God Almighty. People are afraid of a virus that causes flu-like symptoms, which has been way overblown by globalist interests and the lying media, but they’re not afraid of a hell that burns with fire and brimstone. They’re afraid the economy might sink, but they’re not afraid they’ll sink into Satan’s damnable abyss, forever lost without God. 

With every worsening crisis God is telling us that Jesus is coming soon. With every worldwide calamity His voice speaks that His coming is near. The Church is slumbering and sleeping and many foolish virgins lack the oil of the Holy Ghost, and they are not hearing the Bridegroom’s knock nor ready for His entrance. 

May I encourage you to shut off the voices of these modern gods. Shut off the voices of the media pundits and talking heads who know nothing of the kingdom of God. Shut off the voices of entertainment and technological gadgets and games. Please start listening to God. 

Once again, this virus doesn’t compare to the catastrophes that will unfold in these end times. There is a time when the very earth will shake with the greatest seismic tremors ever, the seas will roar with the greatest tsunamis ever, the heavens will be shaken, too and the stars will fall, and there is even a time where men will wish for the rocks from the mountains to fall on them so they can die.  

And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb” (Rev. 6:15-16)! 

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PROPHECY: FAITH TO OVERCOME

The following Spirit-inspired utterance was recorded and transcribed in our private prayer time before our public ministry time in Pensacola, Florida at Freedom church. It gave us direction to minister along these lines in the two morning services, which are now available on our Holy Fire Ministries YouTube channel

When My people trust Me it brings Me glory, more glory than the myriads of angels that worship Me now in this place. When My people on the earth who dwell among darkness and so much gross darkness… when they trust Me in spite of what they don’t yet see, in spite of what they don’t yet know…when they trust Me under the canopy of darkness that the earth is under, oh, it brings the Father great glory, more so than any of the angels and saints that are now here in this place, for they worship Me in the full light…they worship Me in the full manifestation of My glory here in heaven. Oh, but down there when My people worship Me in a sin-filled, curse-filled world, oh what glory it brings the Father, what attention it brings to the angels as they peer from heaven and take note of this mighty army of overcomers that I have on earth that bring Me such praise and glory. 

So continue to trust Me and teach My people to trust Me, even in their trials and in their tests and in their hardship.  Let them know that they bring Me great glory when they trust Me in spite of what they don’t see and what they don’t feel yet. Yes, encourage them to have the Abraham kind of faith where he staggered not at the promise of God, oh, but he was fully persuaded that what I said would come to pass. Yes, impart this truth and this spirit to My people, for as the times increasingly get darker, so must their faith increase, so must their trust in Me increase, so must they see Me even as you’ve talked about among yourselves. 

They must see Me in the difficulties, they must see Me in the hardship and in the tests and trials. They must turn their face and turn their eyes away from all the difficult circumstances and difficult environment they find themselves in and they must turn and face the wall, turn and and face Me, turn and see Me, turn to Christ, and the veils shall be removed. And they shall see Me in greater accuracy and in greater awareness and in greater glory. And they shall walk  in great peace. 

Hallelujah! Thank you, Lord.

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CORONA VIRUS: PROOF CHURCH IS NOT YET READY FOR TUMULTUOUS 2020s

The media has effectively shut the world economy down in one week. Think about it.

Just like that the government controls all sporting events, concerts, jobs, colleges, medical facilities, whether or not you can leave your house, they’ve depleted resources such as toilet paper and food, and control all travel. And many wonder why they develop and use viruses to scare the public.

They now control you and everything about your life. See how easy it was? Mass panic, fear, hysteria, and complete control of literally the entire world. Over a virus! One that the survival rates are even extremely high. All freedom has been limited overnight.

See how easy that was?

And much of the Church is flowing with the spirit of fear, forsaking the assembling of themselves together, missing the opportunity to serve in practical ways to let their light shine before men.

We are not ready for the tumultuous 2020s. 

WAKE UP SHEEPLE

“Sheeple” is the insult the blogging masses use to call someone. It means a “dummy following a person or ideology without knowing why they’re following said person or ideology.” According to Merriam-Webster, here’s the actual definition: People who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced; people likened to sheep.

I wrote the following in my newest book: In many ways the decade of the 2020s will be the most tumultuous decade in American history. Take a look at this definition of tumultuous: making a loud, confused noise; uproarious. 

Now think of the recent 2016 elections, the multiplied efforts to discredit everything our president does, the Russian collusion, the subsequent attempts to impeach him, but now a virus that has the entire world bound by fear. 

In a presidential term where everyone from all sides of the political spectrum have been shouting at each other, we now have everyone huddling together over a virus that has killed 41 people in America. 

Welcome to the tumultuous 2020s. 

Tumultuous: Loud, deafening, thunderous, thundering, ear-shattering, ear-splitting, ear-piercing, uproarious, noisy, clamorous, vociferous, excited, confused, or disorderly.

Here are some more synonyms to describe tumultuous: tempestuous, stormy, turbulent, in turmoil, passionate, intense, explosive, violent, volatile, and full of upheavals. Are you getting the picture?

Of course, this virus phobia won’t last. But something else will come soon that will change America for good. It will never be the nation it once was. We are sitting ducks. But God! But the Church! We must forget this world and labor not for the meat that perishes.

“Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life…” (John 6:27).

Your faith is “much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ…” (1 Pt. 1:7). 

ANTICHRIST SYSTEM RULING THE WORLD 

FEAR is a big black monster that the media partners with to shape the minds of the masses. And sadly, much of the Church is following suit. The antichrist spirit uses fear to control everything about your life. This Corona virus is proof. It’s a light affliction compared to what’s coming to America. 

Much of the Church is like the disciples who were rebuked by Jesus after His resurrection. “He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen” (Mk. 16:14). After rebuking them Jesus commissioned them. “Go preach and make disciples” He said. This is what we are to always be doing. But let’s face it; we are full of unbelief and hardness of heart. We’re ruled by mammon. We live in a bubble. We love our lives, and we fear death. We are not yet prepared and positioned for the tumult of this decade, which will bring far more than a mild virus that mainly affects the elderly. 

Some Christians are familiar with the testimony of John G. Lake, and “the law of the Spirit and life” that operated in his life and ministry during the bubonic plague. Here it is:

“Because we were in contact with the Spirit of life, I and a little Dutch fellow with me went out and buried many of the people who had died from the bubonic plague.  We went into homes and carried them out, dug the graves and put them in.  Sometimes we would put three or four in one grave.

“We never took the disease.  Why?  Because of the knowledge of the law of life in Christ Jesus protects us.  That law was working.”

Church, we need to come up to this level of faith and understanding during the days and years just ahead of us. 

Meditate on these scriptures beloved, and build your faith and starve your fears and doubts to death.

“Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find FAITH on the earth.” (Luke 18:8)

“If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God… I will put NONE of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.” (Ex. 15:26)

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our FAITH.” (1 John 5:4)

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER, LOVE, and a SOUND MIND.” (2 Tim. 1:7)

Unless the Bible becomes our complete and absolute standard of truth the tide of fear will continue to rise in the Church and in our society.

Never has there been a more urgent need for true spiritual physicians, brave preachers of righteousness, and shepherds who are not moved by fear or popular opinion, but who genuinely care for the sheep. 

.Tumultuous 2020s And Beyond by Author Bert Farias

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THE AMERICANIZATION OF JESUS

“It is quite an education when I consider the degree of anger and hostility I get from “Christians” when I simply point out the ethics that Jesus taught, you know, ‘red letter’ stuff, like, love your enemies, do good to them who spitefully use you, etc. People will dodge, dance, resist, resent, fight, attack, slander, and any number of other lovely “Christian” behaviors for the right to cling to retributive justice and other unbiblical and ungodly beliefs, especially when Jesus’ ethics challenge their own. Once when dealing with an elder’s wife on an issue, I pointed to what Jesus said (in context, properly exegeted), in her own “red letter” Bible, that was contrary to what she was believing, clinging to, and fighting me about. Her exact words to me: ‘My Jesus is not like that.’ Precisely, that is the problem.” Dr. Stephen Crosby

The Church presents Christ as the therapist, the banker, the philosopher, the friend, the hippie, the social activist, the look-the-other-way zero-accountability spiritual figure.

Why are the majority of people in the West so confused or deceived about who Jesus really is? Why do they seem to have so little depth or spiritual substance in their lives? Why can’t these people’s Christianity go beyond, “Jesus said, ‘do not judge’?” Is it not in large part due to the distorted message of Him that our pulpits, our preachers, and our churches are presenting? Is it not for the lack of example we’ve had in many Christian leaders? Similarly, the reason for much of today’s current moral and cultural malaise stems from the Church’s distorted message of the Christ.

The image of Jesus for many professing Christians has been shaped by the society around them. Unless you have an intimate relationship with the Holy One and His Word, the image you have of Him will be distorted. It will resemble the pop culture you live in and what the people of that culture worship. In the West, self is god. Corruptible man is worshipped. Humanism rules. And this is what we see in much of today’s Church.

If a professing believer does not want to give up his carnal, sinful lifestyle and adhere to the Lord’s ways, he can just create an image of God that makes room for his sinful lifestyle. It is a very subtle deception that comforts and consoles him in his carnality and sin by saying things like, “God knows my heart,” or “God understands my struggles.” These types of comments, however, are usually made as a way of defending his lifestyle and justifying his carnal appetites. Is the Jesus you serve a product of your own desires patterned after this world, or is He the true presence of the Living Word of God in your life?

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For example, divorce is now a rampant part of our Western culture, and the divorce rate in the church is nearly equal to that in the world. Many professing Christians find an unscriptural excuse to leave their spouses, and, in contradiction to the will of God, they forsake the vows they once made. And now that our culture is deteriorating to levels of sexual anarchy, professing Christians are claiming that one can also be gay and be a Christian. This is what happens when professing Christians flow with the spirit of the world. The image of God in them changes.

Emil Durkheim, the classic father of sociology, wrote extensively about totemism. Totemism is derived from the word “totem,” which is a natural object or an animate being, such as an animal or bird, assumed to be the emblem of a clan, family, or group. It can be an object or a natural phenomenon that a family considers itself to be closely related to; a totem serves as a distinctive mark of that group or family. Totemism is the belief in the kinship of groups or individuals having a common totem and the rituals, taboos, and practices associated with such a belief.

Durkheim described totemism as the human tendency to form a conception of God in our own image. He said that oftentimes human beings, whether they are jungle tribes or sophisticated city dwellers, will take the values and traditions that they admire most about themselves and project them onto a totem. Eventually, they stand in awe of that totem and end up worshipping an incarnation of the things they love about themselves. This is what people do with the image of God. We create an image of a god whom we can relate to and who cares about the same things we care about.

During the days of Moses, Israel was living in an environment that worshipped images of animals and creeping things, and so a golden calf was fashioned from the people’s gold and worshipped (Ex. 32). “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man — and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things” (Rom. 1:22-23). Their culture influenced and shaped their image of God. If you don’t stay in God’s presence and in God’s Word, being a doer of it, the same thing could happen to you.

Beware of idolatry and changing the image of an incorruptible God into corruptible man.

In the West, worshipping golden images of animals and insects is not as prominent. As I stated, we worship something more subtle: self.

The fewer preconceptions we bring from the outside to the reading of the gospels, the more clearly we shall see Him as He really is. It is all too easy to believe in a Jesus who is largely a construction of our own imagination — an inoffensive Person whom no one could dislike or disapprove of, and certainly whom no one would ever crucify.

But the Jesus we meet in the gospels is far from being an inoffensive person. On the contrary, He caused offense quite frequently. Even His loyal followers found Him to be offensive at times, even disconcerting. He upset all established notions of religious propriety.

An inaccurate, distorted, and unbiblical view of Jesus is a big reason why many pastors fail to confront sin in the Church and speak of the evils in our society.

When asked why pastors don’t speak out against the evils in our nation and government, one influential pastor said, “I think one reason is a lot of Christian leaders have the wrong idea about Jesus. They see Jesus as this little, wimpy guy who walked around plucking daisies and eating birdseed and saying nice things, but never doing anything controversial.

“The fact is, Jesus did confront his culture with truth — and he ended up being crucified because of it. I believe it’s time for pastors to say, ‘You know, I don’t care about controversy, I don’t care whether I’m going to lose church members, I don’t care about building a big church. I’m going to stand for truth, regardless of what happens.’”

At times, the greatest love we can demonstrate is in rebuke. Conversely, at times, the greatest cruelty we can demonstrate is in never confronting sin or evil.

“Nothing can be more cruel than the tenderness that consigns another to their sin. Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe rebuke that calls a brother back from the path of sin.”Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Jesus said what He meant and meant what He said. If you read His words assuming otherwise, then you are not encountering the real Jesus.

This is an excerpt from the fourth book of a compelling tetralogy called The Real Jesus. The other three books are The Real Salvation, The Real Spirit of Revival, and The Real Gospel. These books expose the falsehood that has creeped into the Church today and defiled it. They will help purify your walk with the Lord and increase your love for the truth.

 

KNOWING GOD’S WAYS: THE OLD LADY, THE LETTER, AND THE LESSON

Jesus has taught me to love the one.

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?” (Luke 15:4)

Be patient with me as I give you the backdrop of this theme.

Because we make most of our living in the traveling ministry, end-of-the-year holidays are normally a challenging time for us financially. Lots of money going out and not so much coming in – that is, in the natural. Add to this, a big expensive book project we just completed (haven’t quite broken even yet), and you have quite a disproportionate ratio of output to income. But my philosophy and belief system is quite different from the average minister.

In my heart I’ve made a covenant with God: “I pray. You pay.”

THE HEAVENLY ECONOMY AND THE CURRENCY OF FAITH

I’m not going to worry a lick about finances. That would be sin. God is faithful. Honestly, most believers are unbelievers when it comes to finances. They tell everyone their needs and then praise God for meeting their needs. Not. Real. Faith. Sorry. I was brought up old school by men who knew what the real faith was. But that’s another topic for another day.

Back to the subject at hand and loving the one.

We always receive unexpected income from unexpected sources. Always. After all, God causes MEN to give unto your bosom (Luke 6:38). So…in the past month we received two unexpected checks for our ministry from two unexpected sources – one was from an old Canadian shut-in woman. This is really good, so again, thanks for your patience.

We had never met this woman. We didn’t know anything about her. She sent us a good sized check with an enclosed thank you card and letter thanking us for our ministry (see letter below).

Occasionally, we receive such surprise support, usually from old ladies. These type of seed offerings are always very special and very sacred to us. Mostly I always cry. First, because I know God did it since we didn’t make our needs known. He alone knew our need. This is the beautiful quality about real faith. When you don’t share your needs with anyone, and then you see the manifestation of those needs being met, you know it came directly from the Lord. This is how your faith grows.

Secondly, the need was met through the most unlikely vessel – in this case, an old shut-in precious saint.

THE REST OF THE STORY

Well, she wrote her phone number on the letter and I called her to thank her. This story just keeps getting better so hang on. Sorry it’s so lengthy.

When she answered she told me to wait until she put her hearing aid on (smile and say awww). When I told her who I was she was so excited. It was a long phone call. She needed godly encouragement.

I knew she loved the Lord but the devil was casting doubt on her salvation. She said she wasn’t sure. Well, the Spirit of God witnessed to me that she was indeed a very godly woman, but in her frailty the devil was taking advantage of her mind. I ministered assurance of salvation, told her how to stand against the devil’s lies, and then prayed with her.

Then I asked her about her family. Her response put the entire world and the day’s activities on hold for me. Oh, she was so burdened for her two adult children who were away from the Lord and her one grandson who was a transgender. That’s when my bowels of mercy rumbled. Such heartache she had! Such a burden she carried for the salvation of her little family! This is so common for so many. That’s when I realized just how saintly she was. I could feel the great heart of the Lord not only for her, but the many forgotten and forsaken elderly in society and in the church. I encouraged her some more and then prayed with her on the phone.

Somehow I wanted to do more for her, so I told her I was going to send her a letter, and I did days later. She has no email so I sent it postal and included a printed rough draft manuscript of a future book I’m working on called, Preparing For Eternity.

To top it all off, I had called this dear woman on her 90th birthday and didn’t know it. How faithful is our God and Father to express His love for this precious saint on her birthday!

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Go for the one. 

THE LESSON FROM THE LORD

When I got off the phone with her the Lord really ministered to my heart to stay underground in my calling and to not let the religious systems of man spoil or stain what He had called me to do. To just be obedient to go after the one’s and two’s, and three’s that He puts in my path. To be content going to smaller churches and obscure places, although He just sent us to the largest church in Paris, France with membership well over 10,000. He does that sometimes but it’s always with a specific designed purpose to bring forth an eternal change in a people or a city/nation. I love HIS assignments. They are so much sweeter than our own conjured up assignments that are most often tainted with human wisdom and some aspect of self promotion.

The one constant communication in my heart from the Spirit of God, and it’s been this way for many years, is to not get caught up in the rat race of the production and professionalism of public ministry and the bane of much of Western Christianity whereby so many have been deceived and defiled. Don’t go that way, beloved. Go for the least, the last, and the lost. And if,  and when, the Lord opens up larger opportunities to reach multitudes of people, stay small in your own eyes.

Look beyond the surface of plastic smiles to the heart in pain and the brokenness that fills so much of society. Even in church services I can guarantee you there is someone sitting close to you who is fighting a great battle and is overwhelmed with discouragement. Let the strong bear the infirmities of the weak. That is the perfect law of Christ and His heart for each of us.

Most of my life has been a continual yearning to know God’s heart – to know His ways and not just His acts. That’s really what this post is about. It’s the theme of much of what I write.

I trust it’s a blessing to those who carry the same heart cry.

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DANGEROUS CROSSINGS WE CELEBRATE AND MARKET IN THE PROPHETIC MOVEMENT

by Don Lynch

While reading a book by a leader who says he sees angels and demons 24-7, at the recommendation of one of our primary sources of contemporary Spirit-filled living, this author’s apparent deviation into dangerous existentialism and neo-Gnosticism immediately grieved my soul. The author invites people to see what he sees as if all believers should be enabled to live with such intimidating imaginations as their guidepost for reality. He says, “Since you now see this way, here is how you live your life.”

He instructs people how to live with these imaginations that clearly and fundamentally contradicts what the Bible says. He does not attempt to filter these personal experiences into the Biblical revelation, so his readers begin with a Biblical “how things really work in the spirit.” He begins with an experience to teach a principle. To anyone who doubts that he has these experiences or thinks they might not be Biblical, he says, “God wouldn’t have given you such a spectacular brain unless He intended for you to put it to good use.”

We should be stunned by reading that statement. We should also organize a period of corporate mourning that some of our well-known heroes think this book and this leadership pattern is a great resource. We should ask, “How did our heroes of supernatural function become so unbiblical in this regard while remaining Biblical in many other aspects of the kingdom of God?”

Can my spectacular brain, put to good use, tell me anything about how things really work in the spirit? No, it cannot, if we remain true to the Bible. It is Biblically certain that we do not start with our brains to interpret, judge, apply, or process revelation. Human imagination is not the prophetic source of revelation any more than human conscience determines what is right and wrong. How much Holy Spirit we have does not alter that reality.

We should suggest that everything this book says after that statement finds its proper place in a shredding machine. And we should see this as a clear example of the dangerous crossings we are celebrating, encouraging, and opportunistically marketing in the prophetic movement.

IT GETS WORSE 

The author gets infinitely worse when he invites anyone reading his book to come “to his own conclusions” about “the author’s opinions” concerning his dangerous crossings. The author says something we should see as a complete denial of God’s absolutes when he assumes our spectacular brains bring us to our own conclusions. He ignores Bible at the start and releases his teaching as a kingdom leader without a context for Biblical accountability.

Between these two gross Biblical errors walks the imaginations of a person in leadership in the kingdom of God, validated by some of our most excellent experts on supernatural reality, asking us to do what the Bible says we should never do. He asks us to make dangerous crossings into spiritual reality without a Bible and submission to prophetic process.

We should be stunned to read these words in print, stunned that this fundamental error goes unchallenged without a loud voice from this movement. We should look around a few minutes to discover the source of this stunning departure from Truth. We should be saying something like, “Stop telling people to ignore the Bible and go with what their brain tells them is how things really work in the spirit. Stop teaching experience as principle.”

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE AS PRINCIPLE 

We have had prophets which should not have been teachers who explained authentic prophetic experiences as if they were principles. We have entered the season when selling the capacities of the Spirit is normalized with a hurried shrugging off of caution. We say, “If I can do this, you can too” when God specifically says otherwise. We have had famous and authentic prophets who taught experience as principle.

In one trending example, we have this mentality about seer-ism that is extra-biblical at best and sorcery at worst. We cannot seem to tell the difference between the two. We have some reliable voices and leaders, like James Goll, teaching “seer as form of a prophet,” recognizing this is a way of experiencing spiritual reality that calls for unique training. We also have seer courses that are nothing more than Gnostic witchcraft. We cannot seem to tell the difference.

We have examples of dangerous crossings now marketable as the hype on television and social media as “higher, deeper, greater, and more accurate” forms of prophetic instruction that are not Biblical and never pass through the prophetic process or a Biblical filter. The presupposition is that someone went to Heaven and heard from Jesus directly because he is a seer prophet, so the Bible and prophetic process do not apply and no interpretation, application, or implementation of this revelation is needed. We act as if this qualifies little men to cast big shadows. Then, we drop this seer-ism exaggeration into our marketing machines with several sprinkles of pagan hype and sell the phony baloney idea that everyone can do it.

MARKETING THE MYTHS OF MYSTICS 

Someone told us we could market our ministries. Someone told us we have entered a season of history that normalizes mysticism without Biblical Truth. Someone told us to brand ourselves and sell our brands. Someone told us correction does not sell, so we should offer our “how-to’s” like lollipops with a variety of pleasing tastes. Someone told us the cotton candy Gospel is cool in our prophetic circus. Someone told us Joel’s prophecy suddenly means everyone should be caught up into Heaven to hear revelation from God’s mouth to my ears “in this hour.” Someone should be telling us to hear the Bible more than we see in the spirit.

We need to hear God speak from His Word before we assume what we see is Truth. We should expect any person communicating to have mature expertise in the Word of God or a measurable, practiced submission to a leader who does. The prophetic process applies to all revelatory experiences. Only the Bible tells us, “how things really work in the spirit,” so all prophetic process must stand the constant scrutiny and correction of Scripture.

Marketing hype justifies irresponsibility. Social media now offers us the opportunity to communicate without accountability for the outcomes. The idea that kingdom leaders continually apply Bible Truth and apostolic Didache to spiritual trends has disappeared because of our uncertainty about how to use social media and our newly-discovered “let’s all be positive all the time” posture. “If it sells, it is good for the kingdom,” sounds like a Christianized website stuffed with a satanic ritual.
Who is Responsible?

Kingdom leaders are responsible for what they say. And, kingdom leaders are responsible for what others who say they represent the King say. Kingdom leaders are responsible at the measure of their kingdom assignments to respond to error. Kingdom leaders are responsible to identify and isolate wolves, and wolves are recognized by what they say as prophets and teachers, getting close to the sheep, acting as if they are part of the culture but motivated to consume sheep by moving them into a separate sheepfold.

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Kingdom leaders should begin a radical clean up in the prophetic. Kingdom leaders should curb the marketing hype on unbiblical seer-ism. It is time to stop stamping marketing mysticism with “OK for shipment.” The kingdom suffered with its own dysfunction until recently, when it took 15 years to deal with a sexual predator. We cannot afford to take another 15 years to correct this prophetic trend.

We say, “God will take care of that.” We prophesy that He will to avoid our responsibilities, and we reveal that we need to start the judgment in our own hearts. We are unwilling to be leaders when we neglect problem-solving. The prophetic movement needs a good foot washing.

The Bible does not say, “God will judge prophetic revelations someday.” The Bible says, “You need to judge accurately, get good at it, practice it within kingdom culture, and prepare for judging angels and nations.” The Bible says, “You leaders, given oversight by Holy Spirit, deal with the wolves.” The Bible says, “You judge. You bring to account. You follow through on kingdom relational integrity.”

The role of leaders is not “let me endorse your book so it will sell more copies, and the marketing hype will push you into a place of influence for which you have no Divine appointment or preparation and maturity.” Allowing people to misrepresent the King disgraces Him and the kingdom of God.

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THE TWO SCARIEST VERSES IN THE BIBLE

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works…And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:12, 15).

But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Rev. 21:8).

Sin is made light of and winked at today, but when we understand these verses then it takes on a fearful nature. The Bible has several references to the Book of Life (Ex. 32:31-33)(Ps. 69:28)(Dan. 12:1)(Phil. 4:3)(Rev. 3:5). If a man’s name is not found in it at the Day of Judgment, there is no more hope. Today preachers peddle universalism and play around with the Scriptures attempting to remove hell and the judgments of God from the Bible, but it’s an exercise in futility as the Word of God can never be altered or changed for anyone (Ps. 119:89).

OUT OF HADES TO STAND BEFORE THE GREAT WHITE THRONE

Have you ever thought of the present place of all lost departed souls who died in their sins? Jesus unveils this mystery in Luke 16:19-21 when he speaks of a rich man dying and lifting up his eyes in Hades. He was rich no more, but had lost everything, even his own soul. But one day that rich man along with multitudes of other lost departed souls will be drawn out of Hades, receive their bodies, and stand before the Great White Throne Judgment before being cast into the lake of fire for all of eternity. Though the rich man and multitudes of lost departed souls will have regained their bodies, that will not be a happy moment. The rich man was familiar enough with the Scriptures (Lk. 16:27-31) to know that this judgment lay ahead, though he paid little attention to it while he lived on the earth.

But the climaxing moment of his despair is yet to come while he remains in Hades. Every lost departed soul tends to hope against hope, even when all hope is gone. Do you think the rich man will entertain a hope that somehow he will be granted a pardon and be numbered among the righteous? Don’t you think that perhaps in Hades he and all other lost departed souls, some who’ve been there thousands of years, entertain the idea and the possibility that somehow one last prayer for deliverance and mercy might be granted?

Imagine as the rich man’s turn comes to stand before the Great White Throne to hear the final verdict, there being a secret hope, slim as it may be, that possibly his name will be cleared and found within the Book of Life. Solemnly he waits and watches the recording angel’s finger run through the pages. When he sees the angel nod his head no, despair and terror seizes him. Alas, his name is not there. He realizes now that he will have no part in the regions of life and light, but for he and all the lost departed souls with him is reserved only the second death (Rev. 21:8). How deeply painful of a thought.

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THE ENDLESS NIGHTMARE (REALITY) OF LOST DEPARTED SOULS

Although the rich man was a son of Abraham after the flesh, for he called him “father Abraham”, by his unbelief and lack of repentance it was proven he was not of Abraham’s seed (John 8:39, 44). His fate along with multitudes of others is described by Jesus:

And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 8:11-12).

The phrase “weeping and gnashing of teeth” is an expression that describes the final emotion of despair. For all lost departed souls there is no hope.
What self-incriminations, what remorse and despair those lost souls will perceive in that day when their name is not found in the Book of Life. What eternal doom lies ahead for them when they realize the penalty for their sin and failure to believe God’s Word.  What horror will grip them when they discover the fate of following their stubborn self-willed, self-determined course  of eternal damnation.
It’s a nightmare for them that they would soon rather awake from and forget. But alas, it is not a nightmare, but reality. For the lost, the endless darkness of eternity will begin after the Great White Throne Judgment. They sealed their fate upon taking their last breath on this temporal shore called earth. It is the greatest tragedy known to mankind. If only they would believe it while living, they could escape it.
No matter what people believe, the sweetest, most truthful lips that ever spoke told us beforehand how it is:
Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matt. 7:13-14). 
There is a calculated statistic I read somewhere that for every 50 persons who choose the narrow way, 1950 choose the broad way to destruction. My soul grips me with fear and trembling when I ponder that ratio.
Let’s watch and be sober for the end of all things is at hand (1 Pt. 4:7). May the Lord increase our burden for the lost.

Do you want to survive or thrive in this decade? You must take an uncompromised stand for truth and righteousness. Please get my new book, The Tumultuous 2020s and Beyond, to discover all that’s at stake in the coming years. We must be bold, fearless, and strong in the Lord. 

For more of the same please make some time to listen to the Charisma podcast interview I did this past week. Thank you for your love, prayers, and support! 

Also, The Real Salvation, The Real Jesus, and The Real Gospel are poignant and prophetic books that combat the departure from the faith we are seeing in our day. These are books that are having a deeply sanctifying effect on many of our readers lives. They will save and deliver many from going to hell. 

THE BOGUS ALTAR CALL

Today in the West a church ‘altar call’ (if they even have one) often consists of the pastor asking for every head bowed and every eye closed while they ask for a show of hands raised by those who want to ‘accept Jesus’. That is so very Western, for an Easterner or an Oriental would never think they have the privilege of merely ‘accepting’ the King into their lives. Instead, they would give their lives to the King, humbly asking that He accept them.

Two minister friends of mine were having lunch one day. They were talking about some of these differences between Western and Eastern thinking, and one friend mentioned a trip to India and what one of the Indian pastors had said.

“You in America preach a different gospel that we do in India”, the Indian pastor said. “You preach that if you accept Jesus He will heal your family, He will heal your money and give you more, and He will heal your body. You will be blessed if you accept Jesus. But in India we preach that if you believe in Jesus your family may reject you, you may lose your health, you may lose your money, and you may lose your life.”

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The West invites Jesus into their already busy lives, while the East gives their whole life to Jesus to the point of immediately being willing to die for Him if called upon to do so. The West doesn’t understand Jesus is a King, but instead think of Him first as a friend, one who is on our side to improve our life and make us prosperous. The East realizes He is the King who will rule the earth, and even now as Head of the body of Christ, rules and reigns as the God-Man.

One is horrified that God in the flesh would be betrayed by a supposed friend over an intimate dinner while the other merely sees a dinner in which one of the attendees left to carry out his plan.

I look around at the body of Christ in the West and see so much sin, so much love of the world and all that is in it, and I wonder why there is such a lack of revelation about Who Jesus is. And that is the key, our churches have largely left receiving revelation from God as the purpose for meeting, and for prayer and worship, in favor of entertainment copied from the world. Instead of attracting people with the banner proclaiming they can know God, the church tries to attract people under the banner proclaiming Jesus can make your life better if you include Him in it.

But to the remnant who know Him as King, Who can indeed also be a Friend (but not one without the other), great grace and peace be upon you.

Do you want to survive or thrive in this decade? You must take an uncompromised stand for truth and righteousness. Please get my new book, The Tumultuous 2020s and Beyond, to discover all that’s at stake in the coming years. We must be bold, fearless, and strong in the Lord. 

For more of the same please make some time to listen to the Charisma podcast interview I did this past week. Thank you for your love, prayers, and support! 

Also, The Real Salvation, The Real Jesus, and The Real Gospel are poignant and prophetic books that combat the departure from the faith we are seeing in our day. These are books that have had a deeply sanctifying effect on many of our readers lives. 

HEAVEN: HOME OF THE HOLY

I remember years ago during one summer ministry trip to the West Coast I went to a park on a day off to lay out in the sun. I put a blanket down and was laying flat on my back with my eyes closed just minding my own business. Suddenly I sensed the presence of evil in that place. As I sat up and looked around I realized that I was in a homosexual park. My spiritual nature did not jell with the spirits that were in that park. Do you think homosexual spirits would be at home in heaven? What about adulterers and fornicators? Liars and thieves? Murderers and child molesters? Even the cowardly and the unbelieving will not be there, but will instead have their part somewhere else.

“But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Rev. 21:8).

If you had just arrived on the earth after living in heaven for a long time the atmosphere and conditions of the earth would repulse you. Sin has cursed the earth. Man’s sinful nature has polluted the entire planet.

Why do think there are strife-filled marriages and broken homes? Why do you think there are unwanted pregnancies and abortions? Battered wives and abused/neglected children? Drug addicts and alcoholics? Murders and suicides? Thefts and rapes? Adulteries and fornication?Homosexuals and lesbians? False religions and cults? Fightings and wars? Jails and prisons? It’s because of sin!

There is no sin in heaven. There is no one with a sinful nature in heaven. There are no places of sin up there in the glory world. There are no police, no funeral parlors, no hospitals, no prisons, no houses of prostitution, no bars or night clubs, no dirty dancing halls, or porn shops. There is no Satan, no curse, no darkness, no death, and no sickness and disease, or pain. Why? Because there is no sin.

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Heaven is a holy place. What makes it so holy is the absence of sin. Heaven is marked by perfect love, perfect peace and tranquility, fulness of joy unspeakable, endless worship, perfect harmony, and unfathomable beauty. Only those whose sinful nature has been transformed and who now possess the nature of God can pass through those pearly gates. You must be born again (John 3:7)! To be born again means to be changed from one nature to another. It means to receive power to becomes the very sons of God (John 1:12), and pass from one realm into another. It means to recover the nature of Adam before he sinned.

Nothing unclean or defiled can enter into heaven. Without holiness no one will see the Lord (Heb. 12:14).

“But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life” (Rev. 21:27).

In this life is where your eternal destiny is determined. This agrees perfectly with the Scriptures.

Holiness is what makes heaven so wonderful and only the holy will enter therein. This glorious atmosphere is what man was created for. Only the precious Blood of Christ can cleanse you to cause you to pass through.

I hope I will see you there. What a day that will be.

Do you want to survive or thrive in this decade? You must take an uncompromised stand for truth and righteousness. Please get my new book, The Tumultuous 2020s and Beyond, to discover all that’s at stake in the coming years. We must be bold, fearless, and strong in the Lord. 

For more of the same please make some time to listen to the Charisma podcast interview I did this past week. Thank you for your love, prayers, and support! 

THE LAW OF ATTRACTION: NONE HOLY CAN ENTER

A couple of years ago I preached a message on The Law Of Attraction using Rev. 22:11 as an opening text, explaining that the condition of departed spirits who’ve left this earth is irreversible.

“He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”

After death you will be drawn to the ruling passions you were drawn to in this life. This means that if you were drawn to places where sin reigns such as night clubs, bars, porn sites, to where evil is glorified, to where profanity, obscenities, and curses are spoken, then you will leave this earth and be pulled toward the place of those ruling desires. In this case, hell.

If you are a slave to sin and cannot stop its bondage in your life…if you do not enjoy worshiping and sharing Jesus…if you resist spiritual instruction and holy preaching you are in danger of eternal perdition. If you do not have mental freedom and peace deep down inside your spiritual nature is not in accord with God.

Heaven is for the pure and holy. Heaven is for those whose natures have changed, who’ve truly repented and been born again, and who love Jesus with all their hearts and are living wholly for Him. Holiness and sin can never touch each other. There can be no mixture. Good and evil cannot harmonize. The sinful nature of man can never harmonize with the intense purity and holiness of heaven. A sinner would be in complete discord and agony in heaven.

You’re either born again with a new nature that loves and practices righteousness or you’re still in your sins and practicing unrighteousness. Heaven and hell are determined by you and your nature, not God. He has sent Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed that you might repent and believe the gospel and be born again (Jn. 3:7) and given power to become sons of God (Jn. 1:12).

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What I’m saying is this: The great purpose of divine revelation is to warn men that their manner of living in this world has a permanent effect on their eternal destiny. Humanity’s time on the earth is very brief compared to eternity and serves to only be a dressing room to prepare your soul for eternity and secure fitness for the next life. This is what should have every man’s reverent attention in this life.

Do not let the devil lie to you and tell you that you will be unhappy if you repent and live a holy lifestyle and that somehow you’ll be missing out on the fun. Don’t believe the big lie of Satan that there can be no real enjoyment in life if you stop sinning. The truth is that the person who has truly repented has no desire to sin. The grace of God is given to a person who repents and changes that person’s desires and empowers him to live for Christ.

The fake love gospel void of repentance has deceived many. The hyper-grace gospel void of repentance has deceived many. The diabolical silence on holiness and such themes as the cross, the blood, and hell have bred defective believers who profess Christ but in works and obedience deny Him.

Many in and outside the church need to repent and believe the gospel. If we just do that it will change the Church and the nation.