AT WHAT POINT DO WE DISOBEY THE GOVERNMENT?

The following is a treatise written by Wang Yi, a pastor in China under house arrest for preaching the gospel and faithful disobedience. The time in America for faithful disobedience is on the horizon and we must possess the loving attitude and the holy courage that our Chinese brother and leader displayed. This excellent letter was drafted by Wang Yi.

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What Constitutes Faithful Disobedience

I firmly believe that the Bible has not given any branch of any government the authority to run the church or to interfere with the faith of Christians. Therefore, the Bible demands that I, through peaceable means, in meek resistance and active forbearance, filled with joy, resist all administrative policies and legal measures that oppress the church and interfere with the faith of Christians. 

I firmly believe this is a spiritual act of disobedience. In modern authoritarian regimes that persecute the church and oppose the gospel, spiritual disobedience is an inevitable part of the gospel movement.  

I firmly believe that spiritual disobedience is an act of the last times; it is a witness to God’s eternal kingdom and the temporal kingdom of sin and evil. Disobedient Christians follow the example of the crucified Christ by walking the path of the cross. Peaceful disobedience is the way in which we love the world as well as the way in which we avoid becoming part of the world. 

I firmly believe that in carrying out spiritual disobedience, the Bible demands me to rely on the grace and resurrection power of Christ, that I must respect and not overstep two boundaries. 

The first boundary is that of the heart. Love toward the soul, and not hatred toward the body, is the motivation of spiritual disobedience. Transformation of the soul, and not the changing of circumstances, is the aim of spiritual disobedience. At any time, if external oppression and violence rob me of inner peace and endurance, so that my heart begins to breed hatred and bitterness toward those who persecute the church and abuse Christians, then spiritual disobedience fails at that point. 

The second boundary is that of behavior. The gospel demands that disobedience of faith must be non-violent. The mystery of the gospel lies in actively suffering, even being willing to endure unrighteous punishment, as a substitute for physical resistance. Peaceful disobedience is the result of love and forgiveness. The cross means being willing to suffer when one does not have to suffer. For Christ had limitless ability to fight back, yet he endured all of the humility and hurt. The way that Christ resisted the world that resisted him was by extending an olive branch of peace on the cross to the world that crucified him.  

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I firmly believe that Christ has called me to carry out this faithful disobedience through a life of service, under this regime that opposes the gospel and persecutes the church. This is the means by which I preach the gospel, and it is the mystery of the gospel which I preach.

The Lord’s servant,
Wang Yi 

First draft on September 21st, 2018; revised on October 4th. To be circulated by the church after 48 hours of detention. English translation provided by Amy, Brent Pinkall, and the China Partnership translation team.

Wang Yi
December 12, 2018, 

THE RETURN OF THE LORD IS SHIELDED FROM THOSE WHO HAVE NO UNDERSTANDING

And so as it was in the beginning when My Son came upon the earth. And the wisdom that I had to bring Him in was in a mystery and was shielded from the enemy’s eyes, and there was no understanding.

And so shall it be in this day and in this hour when My people come together and are filled with My Spirit, that I will begin to move and set in order My Son’s return.

For there is an hour that I am calling for My sons to be revealed. Even as the earth groans, so is it the hour of the revealing of My sons and My people as they are filled with My Spirit.

There are things that are coming to happen. There are movements of My Spirit that need to be demonstrated in this hour and in this time.

And if you will say to Me, “Yes, I will; yes, I will do the will of My Father,” then I will use you and I will begin to fill you with a filling of My Spirit that was greater than when it started. — An inspired utterance from the vessel of Carolyn Farias

When Jesus was presented in the temple as an infant, there were two old saints who were there by revelation. First, it had been revealed to Simeon that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ (Luke 2:25-35). Part of the revelation he also received was that Jesus would be a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles—something unheard of in those days as the Gentiles were outside of the covenant and considered dogs by the Jews.

The other old saint was Anna, a prophetess, who also came into the temple at exactly the time Joseph and Mary came in with Jesus (Luke 2:36-38). She gave thanks to the Lord and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem (v. 38).

Notice that she spoke to all those who were looking for redemption in Jerusalem. As it was with the Lord’s first coming, so shall it be with His Second Coming. Not everyone will be looking for Him. The mystery of His Second Coming will be shielded from many who are not expecting Him. There will even be scoffers who will doubt His coming (2 Pet. 3:3).

Here are at least three things we need to be mindful of that Peter points out concerning the coming of the Lord.

1. Do not forget that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as one day. Remembering this one thing will keep you from being among the scoffers (2 Pet. 3:8).


2. Since the earth and its elements will be dissolved with fervent heat, we should carry ourselves in holy conduct and godliness (2 Pet. 3:11), and be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless (v. 14). So much for the hyper-grace doctrine and being covered by carte blanche. Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord (Heb. 12:14).

3. Thirdly, we should always be looking for and hastening the coming of the Lord (2 Pet. 3:12), looking for the new heavens and a new earth (v. 13) and looking forward to these things (v. 14). This is an inward look that sees the things that are eternal and not the temporal. Several of the Bible’s references of the Lord’s coming speak of a looking posture that we are to remain in.


“Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and our Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13, NKJV).

Don’t be found among those who fall from their own steadfastness and are led away by the error of the wicked, but continue to grow in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord (2 Pet. 3:17-18).

Be continually filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18-19), and you will stay ready for the Lord’s coming, and you will even have spiritual understanding of the time and season of it.

Here is a short video oCarolyn’s Spirit-inspired utterance followed by an exhortation from Bert.

HEALTH UPDATE

Warm greetings, and warm Jesus love to you, dear friends from across the many miles that separate most of us!

Today was another milestone for me as I completed my last outpatient therapy session, which I will now continue at home. We are presently at the six week mark since my stroke. Most stroke victims recovery period is between the 3-6 month mark, and some with bigger ones take longer. A minister friend of mine said it was about two years before he felt like himself again after his stroke. Barring God’s miracle power, some who have massive strokes with more extensive damage are never quite the same.  

       Balance therapy

I praise the Lord for His kindness and mercy to me and an extension of my life and the ministry He has called me to fulfill on the earth. Now it’s my precious wife Carolyn’s turn to overcome her own ongoing health challenges by God’s grace. Again, most of you don’t know that she needs surgery to remove a low grade malignant tumor from her left calf. It is outpatient surgery, same day out. But then she has to back in just 7-10 days later to have more extensive plastic surgery done to fill in the hole the first surgery  will  leave. That second segment of the surgery is about a 5 hour surgery with a longer recovery period. Please stand in faith and agreement with us for surgical wisdom, guidance, and pinpoint precision with no complications, adverse effects, and an accelerated recovery period, nothing short of miraculous. 

Yes, it has been a challenging season for us, and one that will mark a historical timeline in our history with the Lord. His grace has been abundant and His faithfulness has been great. Carolyn and I believe we will both be stronger, better, and wiser after this season passes. Praise the Name of Jesus!

Carolyn will have surgery and will fully recover.

Why is this happening?

From the beginning I’ve stated that it is simply a demonic attack. I won’t touch anything else in my thought realm. It’s a dead end street. Did you open the door through sin? Not that I’m aware of. We live clean lives, and constantly watch our love walk. We have no unforgiveness or strife with anyone.  We will go to great lengths to repent and forgive.  Has the Lord dealt with you guys about things? Yes, but most things are none of anyone’s business but ours. Are we going to make some adjustments? You bet we are. Much of it has to do with rest. 

The Lord told us that the decade of our 60s would be our most fruitful years (Carolyn is 59 and I am 61). The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy. End of story. But let me say that some attacks on us have been vicious. For example, we’ve received much hate mail from the LGBTQ community over some strong and holy articles we’ve written on homosexuality. Even my wife and son were threatened. Even since the stroke, one so called minister said the reason I had a stroke was because my doctrine was off, and he went on to add that if I didn’t change my doctrine, I’d probably have another stroke. Can you believe the wickedness of such a human being, much less a so called minister?  I deleted his comment, blocked him, and banned him to preacher prison. Many people, even religious ministers, hate the word we preach and the move of the Spirit we carry. Many hate the boldness and directness of our writings. Devils despise the fire of holiness that we love and that has marked our ministry for many years. They also seethe with rage at the anointing on my wife’s prayer life and the wisdom and revelation that have fueled us and hindered many devils from wreaking havoc on the saints and churches. We thank the Lord and intend to run our full race and finish our course and assignment in Him. Obedience is the food of our lives and ministry. 

“Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

WHAT WE DO NEED 

What we do need is a larger prayer covering from our partner churches and dearest friends. Thank you for all you who do pray regularly for us. We know we couldn’t have made it this far without all the outpouring of love, prayers, and support we’ve received.  Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude. Glory to God! And our faith is arising and we are filled with hope for the future. We make one consistent declaration: The devil is defeated and JESUS is LORD!

If you’ve read this far, thank you for your time today.

Abundant grace and peace to all of you who love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. 

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THE 50 HEALING VERSES THAT SUSTAINED ME

When I was hospitalized with a minor stroke ( I say minor because I was admitted quickly in a window of time that minimized the damage, which I am eternally grateful for) I searched for the best healing verses with the most inspirational background music I could find. Here is the video version of what I thought was the best followed by the verses I typed out for your edification and comfort. It’s in the NIV, which is not one of my favorite versions, so for those who feel the same, I’ve added the New King James verses in bold print below each NIV verse. These verses will build your faith for healing and divine health and soundness and starve your doubts to death if you’ll listen to them and meditate on them and confess them. Some of them are repeated twice for emphasis by the creators of the video. I hope they are a blessing to you. Feel free to print them out and pass them on. You don’t need all 50 to get healed. All you need is one that is alive in you to be healed, but they will all help you familiarize yourself with the many healing verses in the Bible and build a solid faith life.

AMAZING TESTIMONY OF KENNETH E. HAGIN’S DILIGENCE IN THE WORD

My spiritual father in the faith, Kenneth E. Hagin, once faced a health crisis with his little daughter Pat. She had a growth in one of her eyes. He had scriptures on healing marked out in his Bible and spent time meditating on them during the nighttime where he would sleep an hour and then stay up for an hour meditating on the scriptures pertaining to her daughter’s healing. He did that all night, one hour sleeping, and the next hour awake, and meditating on the scriptures. He did that for two nights in the midst of conducting some meetings himself. This really impressed upon me the importance of being diligent to put the word of God in your heart. After filling his heart with faith by meditating on the healing scriptures, he called home and told Pat that she was healed. That day the growth she had on her eye disappeared. Glory to God! The Word works, but you have to work the Word. 

The reason many are weak in faith today is because they don’t feed their faith this way with the same diligence and attentiveness.  If it worked for Bro. Hagin it can work for anybody. We just need to apply the Word with the same diligence he did. I know the following scriptures are many, but you don’t have to use all of them. Listen to the video and see which ones the Holy Spirit quickens to you. That is what I did while I was in the hospital for 16 days, and it is what sustained me and gave me hope.  When I had the stroke I was disappointed and tempted to be sorrowful and depressed, but listening to the scriptures via video each day and night got me through that difficult time. It put hope and then faith in me. You can do the same. I put this lengthy blog together because I want to help the sick and diseased to get healed. I want to give you hope and faith is the substance of things hoped for (Heb. 11:1).

You might say, well,” I’m not sick”, but if you’ll wait until the day when sickness and disease attacks your body, you’ll be on the defensive, but if you’ll continually fill your heart with healing and health scriptures now, you’ll have reserves to call on when the evil day comes. Or you’ll just walk in divine health where you won’t ever have sickness and disease. I hope you”ll do the latter and build your faith constantly throughout your life because sickness and disease is one of the main areas where Satan will attack people, and Christians are not exempt.

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HERE THEN ARE THE 50 HEALING VERSES IN THE NIV THAT GO WITH THE VIDEO LINK ABOVE AND THEN THE NKJV BELOW THEM. (forgive me if there are any typos)

1. Psalm 91:14-16 (NIV)- “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;  I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble,  I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Psalm 91:14-16 (NKJV) – “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

2. Exodus 15:26 (NIV) – He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”

Exodus 15:26 (NKJV) –  He said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I amthe Lord who heals you.”

3. Matt. 8:13 (NIV)- Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

Matt. 8:13 (NKJV) – Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.

4. Exodus 23:25 (NIV) – Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you…

Exodus 23:25 (NKJV) – “So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.

5. Matt. 12:15 (NIV) – Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill.

Matt. 12:15 (NKJV) – But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.

6. Deut. 7:15 (NIV) – The Lord will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all who hate you.

Deut. 7:15 (NKJV) – And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you.

7. Matt. 9:22 (NIV)- Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
 
Matt. 9:22 (NKJV) – But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.

8. Deut. 30:19 (NIV) – This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live…

Deut. 30:19 (NKJV) –  I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live…

9. Matt. 14:14 (NIV) – When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

Matt. 14:14 (NKJV) – And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.

10. Ps. 103:1-5 (NIV) – Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Ps. 103:1-5 (NKJV) – Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul,And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things,So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

11. Ps. 107:20 (NIV) – Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 20 He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.

Ps. 107:20 (NKJV) – He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

12. Neh. 8:10 – (NIV) – “The joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Neh. 8:10 (NKJV) – “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

13. Proverbs 4:20-23 (NIV) – My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. 

Proverbs 4:20-23 (NKJV) – My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

14. Is. 53:5 (NIV) – But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Is. 53:5 (NKJV) – But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

15. Jer. 30:17 (NIV) – But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’declares the Lord…

Jer. 30:17 (NKJV) – For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord

16. Joel 3:10 (NIV) – Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong (warrior)!” (the creators of the video substituted “warrior” for “strong”)

Joel 3:10 (NKJV) – “Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’ ”

17. Matt. 8:2-3 (NIV) – A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.

Matt. 8:2-3 (NKJV) –  And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

18. Matt. 18:18-19 (NIV) – “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[b] loosed in heaven.19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

Matt. 18:18-19 (NKJV) – “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

19. Mk. 11:23-24 (NIV) – “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 

Mk. 11:23-24 (NKJV) – For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you,whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

20. John 10:10 (NIV) – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:10 (NKJV) – The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

21. Rom. 8:11 – And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[a] his Spirit who lives in you.

Rom. 8:11 (NJKV) – But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies [a]through His Spirit who dwells in you.

22. 2 Cor. 10:4-5 – The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

2 Cor.  10:4-5 (NJKV) – For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…

23. Gal. 3:13-14 – 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Gal. 3:13-14 (NKJV) – Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

24. Acts 3:16 – By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

Acts 3:16 (NKJV) – And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

25. Eph. 6:10-17 – Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God.

Eph. 6:10-17 (NKJV) – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

26. Phil. 2:13 – For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Phil. 2:13  (NKJV) –  For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

27. 2  Tim. 1:7 – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Tim. 1:7 (NKJV) – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

28. Heb. 10: 23 – Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 

Heb . 10:23 (NKJV) – Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

29. Heb. 10:35 – So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

Heb. 10:35 (NKJV) – Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

30. 1 Pt. 2:24 – “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

1 Pt. 2:24 (NKJV) – who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

31. 1 John 3:21-22 – Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.

1 John 3:21-22 (NKJV) – Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. 22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

32. 3 John 2 – Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

3 John 2 (NKJV) – Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

33. Rom. 8:38-39 – For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a]neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Rom. 8:38-39 (NKJV) – For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

34. Jer. 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

34. Jer. 29:11 (NKJV) – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

35. Isa. 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 Isa. 41:10 (NKJV) – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

36. Ps 91:2 – I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

36. Ps 91:2 (NKJV) – I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

37. Ps 91:14-16 – Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Ps 91:14-16 (NKJV) – “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”

38. Is. 40:31 – But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
 
Is. 40:31 (NKJV) – But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles,they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
 
39. Jer. 30:17 – But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord…
 
Jer. 30:17 ( NKJV) – For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord..
 
40. Lk. 4:40 – At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.
 
Lk. 4:40 (NKJV) – When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.
 
41. Ps. 108:4 – For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
 
Ps. 108:4 (NKJV) – For Your mercy is great above the heavens, and Your truth reaches to the clouds.
 
42. Lam. 3:22-23 – Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
 
Lam. 3:22-23 ( NKJV) – Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
 
43. Deut. 31:8 – “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
 
 Deut. 31:8 (NKJV) – And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.
 
44. Ps. 119:76  – “May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.
 
Ps. 119:76 (NKJV) – Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to Your word to Your servant.
 
45. Isa. 49:13 – Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people  and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
 
Isa. 49:13 (NKJV) – Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people, and will have mercy on His afflicted.
 
46. Micah 7:7 – But as for me, I watch in hope for the LordI wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
 
Micah 7:7 (NKJV) – Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me.

47. Matt. 5:4 – Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Matt. 5:4 ( NKJV) – Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

48. John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27 (NKJV) –  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

49. Rom. 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Rom. 15:13 (NKJV) – Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

50. Neh . 8:10 – ” Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Neh . 8:10 ( NKJV) – Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

WHEN THE RESTRAINER IS REMOVED, THEN

You can no longer play by the rules. It’s time to disembark from the ship of fools, who despise wisdom and mock sin (Pr. 1:7, 14 :9) and return to their folly again and again. Church as usual is over. Christianity as common place and conventional is over. The status quo is now a woe. Faith and fire must be the norm. Away with godliness as a form. Those are the ingredients that will cause you to rise above the storm. Like the eagle who soars into rare air, so shall  the glorious Bride arise beautiful and fair.

Welcome to the end of days. This pandemic is just the very beginning. Only the birth pangs of what is yet to come. Just as the plagues in Pharaoh’s day could not touch God’s covenant people, so this plague or any other, shall not touch the living Church of the Living God. Overcoming glory shall be upon God’s end time army who march willingly in the day of God’s  power and who shall do great exploits in this final hour.

It is time for the the manifold wisdom of God to be on display to confound the evil principalities and powers who oppose God’s plans and stand in the way (Eph. 3:10). It is time to walk in the light of His Word as children of the day (1 Thes. 5:5). Even in the midnight hour there shall be mighty deliverances and conversions. 

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed”. (Acts 16:25-26)

Just as the antichrist spirit represented in Pharaoh’s kingdom rose up in the days of Moses, so shall it be in this dispensation of the latter day Church. But his revealing is restrained (2 The. 2:6) for now by the “He” mentioned in verse 7 – Notice: “only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.” The “He” is the Holy Spirit who is present and most active in the Spirit-filled, on-fire Church of Jesus Christ.  Once the Church is caught away or raptured , there will be nothing left to restrain the Man of sin, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped (v.4).  

The Glorious Church – Truth in Grace

Overcoming glory will be upon the mighty church of the Living God in these end of days.

You see, the Spirit-filled, on-fire Church is the most savorous salt and brightest light on the earth. Once she is removed, all that remains will be the carnal compromising church, who was not prepared and who shall be left behind to experience the tribulation of Satan’s wrath, not God’s wrath as some have touted (Rev. 12:12). God’s wrath comes after the great tribulation (Rev. 6:16-17; Matt. 24:29), which, by the way, the tribulation saints will not suffer for there will be a post-tribulation harvest (Rev. 7:9-14)( 14:14-16). Notice also how the dragon (Satan) was enraged with the offspring or seed or the woman (Rev. 12:17). Actually, Revelation 12 is the greatest depiction of the catching away or rapture in the entire New Testament. Refer to these links for more insight:  The Manchild Rapture -7 and The Manchild Rapture-8

 

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Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words (1 Thes. 4:17-18).

I know many books have been written that all saints will go through the entire tribulation period or at least some of it, and some even believe that the whole idea of a pre-tribulation rapture or catching away of the saints was, or is, an erroneous doctrine concocted some 125 years ago, but personally,  I can’t see that.

The mystery of the pre-tribulation rapture or catching away of the saints that the apostle Paul penned by revelation were words that were to comfort us. Living in the evil day of the reign of the antichrist is not a comforting thought to even the strongest Christian.

There is probably more confusion and misunderstanding regarding 1 The. 2 than any other letters or Scriptures that deals with the last days. Stay tuned for more on that chapter in a near future blog…

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JESUS IS COMING FOR A MIGHTY BLOOD BOUGHT CHURCH, NOT A WEAK, FEARFUL ONE

This is  A Prophecy by the late Kenneth E. Hagin on October 01, 1974 Longmont, Texas: Amidst the present plague/virus and fear in the world and even in among some Christians the Church needs to be reminded of this.

“No, the time of the end is not yet. No, America is not doomed,” I heard Him say. “No, judgment will not fall as yet.

Some have seen some things in the spirit and didn’t know how to interpret it. They interpreted it as happening now. I didn’t say it was going to happen now. In the spirit you see things in the distance —and even in another age.

When the Church age is over, judgment will fall. But judgment will not fall upon the Church. For the only judgment that the church will face is the judgment seat of Christ. They’ll not face the judgment of tribulation (my comments: Pre-trib and post-trip arguments avail; I’m a proponent of both of them with a split church at the pre-trib rapture where some go and some stay; for more clarification on this go here and scroll back, then go forward  to read the 12-part series I did in 2013. I received this understanding from my personal studies on a number of eschatology books of the late Rev. Gordon Lindsay, who was a good friend of Bro. Hagin. My understanding of eschatology may change as I continue to grow, but right now, that is what I believe is closest to the fulness of truth concerning the rapture of the Church). They’ll not face the judgment of the enemy or the judgment of God, for they’re protected by God.

“And there is more to happen yet. There’s missionary work to be done. And even the renewal that you call the ‘Charismatic Renewal,’ and the move of the Spirit in these last days —you have only seen a little. “And there shall be those that stand before the leaders of this nation and work miracles. And it shall be even so as it was with Phillip, after that he had baptized the eunuch that he was caught away and found in another city. And so one shall be in this city and television cameras shall be trained upon him. The reporters will say,” He’s here in Dallas, Texas. ’And as fast as you can snap your finger, a television camera in Los Angeles…and there he is. Some will say, ‘How did he do that?’ It shall be the Spirit of God that shall catch him away (my personal comments: I’ve always had that same conviction. How glorious! We need to think bigger than the present dark situation in our nation.)

And these signs and wonders shall become more prevalent. Signs and wonders have come here and come there. But they shall become more prevalent and more prevalent in these last days. “And let not your heart be fearful, nor let it be afraid.
For there shall, and on the scene he has already arisen (I believe he’s speaking of President Trump who was about 28 years old at this time. I can’t prove that, so I’ll just submit it to you for consideration. Keep reading.), one who shall respond unto the things of God and whose heart will be open toward God.

And your nation, that seemed to be cut down to the roots, and the wild birds of the air and the fowls of the air came and roosted in her branches and did much disrepute unto the nation. Yet that shall all be repaired because this man shall say,
‘I will walk in the way of God. I will trust also in Him.’ And he shall be at the head, and many shall follow him. And the work of God shall be consummated that must be consummated in other nations before I come,” (Oh, glory to God! Hallelujah!)

“I heard Him say, “‘Because, you see, The enemy shall not gainsay the work of the Lord.’ And like a trumpet sounding across the valley, I heard His voice so strong and clear, and He said,

‘I AM NOT COMING FOR A CHURCH, THE BODY OF CHRIST, THAT’S WEAK, EMACIATED, SICKLY, AND UNDERGROUND meaning hiding in fear (my comments: he is not speaking of the mighty underground church, because of persecution as in nations like Iran, but he’s speaking of the mighty holy remnant of God who will rise up in this hour). I’M COMING FOR THE SPIRITUAL GIANT THAT’S ALIVE AND LIVING, AND WORKING THE WORKS OF GOD!’

“So be not fearful, nor cast thy glance around about, and become askant. But look ye up unto Him, for He is the Head of the Church. And through the Church, the Head will manifest himself. And men are the hands of the Lord, and the hands are in the Body. And He shall stretch forth His hands to heal the sick, that signs and wonders shall be wrought in the name of the Holy Child Jesus. (GLORY! GLORY!! GLORY!!!)

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Thissong will fire you up! Blood Bought Church (song)  

“And two things shall shortly be made manifest unto the real people of God: “One is further light and teaching and revelation
in the area and realm of healing —physical healing, divine healing —that will be the key that will unlock the chain that has bound so many and they’ll never more be the same.(comments: There was much teaching in the 70’s and 80’s on this that many of us need to revisit. I was a part of an apostolic team that received a mandate from God to carry the “word of faith into West Africa in the mid-80s into the mid 90s. And I will be writing and ministering more on this in the near future). We need this “word of faith” (Rom. 10:8) especially in this time where great fear is abounding all over the world.

“And then there shall come revelation…further light according to the Word concerning the miraculous, and the part that faith doth play. For faith is like the fuse that ignites the dynamite.” 

“And when the explosion goes off, all can hear and see. But there was a fuse that had to be lit, and FAITH is the fuse. (Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!)

And thou shalt be able to stand and to take a blackboard, like a teacher teaching mathematics and write out the equation and come up with the right answer. And any man or woman, boy or girl, standing or seated in that congregation will be able to take that equation, translate it into the spiritual realm, and their faith will ignite the power of God. And they’ll have an explosion in their home and in their community and in their church.

And it will be popping here and popping there;
and it will be popping here and popping there;
and it will be popping here and popping there…
So get ready for it.

“And the curtain was closed. And into the realm of eternity I could no longer see.
And into the realm of eternity I could no longer hear. But I looked again into the realm of time, where you sit and live, and say with words from heaven above, These things shall shortly be, and shall shortly come.”

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HEALTH UPDATE: END OF ONE PHASE OF REHAB, ANOTHER BEGINS

Here I sit at the end of another long day of rehab looking out the window on a very rainy Friday evening. Visitors are not allowed to enter the facility, but they are allowed to come to the window.

Visitors are not allowed inside the facility, so they visit like this.

It’s been a long  two weeks from being admitted to the hospital and then transferred to inpatient rehab. I have promised myself I would not give the devil any self-gratification for what he put me and my family through. This has become personal. I want to glorify the Lord, my miracle worker, my healer, and great physician. What the devil meant for evil our mighty and merciful God has turned all things for good.

First, I moved very quickly from wheelchair status to walker status to now walking status. To God be the glory! In fact, when I took my first few steps unaided I had a moment and could not stop weeping from the elation of it. When you have been as healthy and active as I am for most of my life and then confined, well, unless you’ve been there, it’s difficult to explain (perhaps some of you know).

I don’t have time nor space to tell you all the ways our loving Father intervened in this affliction, but it was miraculous from the beginning to where I am now. His hand of goodness and tender mercy spared my life and got me to the best human care I could possibly get.Let me just say that if I had gotten in just 30 minutes later it could have been so much worse. Glory to Jesus! When I was escorted to the dining room at the rehab center where I presently am it became very evident the first day that there were patients here in far worse shape than I was. I cannot stop thanking God for His lovingkindness to me.

HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS

Now here’s the good news.

“But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear (Phil.1:12-14).

Yesterday one of my doctors said to me, ” You are a rock star around here!” I pointed to the ceiling and replied, “He’s my Rock!” The rock star status around here came from my therapists and nurses and all those working with me. They actually enjoy me, but they all  know I am the preacher in the facility. Imagine that! They enjoy being around a preacher! That’s because I don’t preach to them per se, but I can say like Paul, that this affliction has turned out to the furtherance of  the gospel from the hospital where I was first admitted the whole rehab facility. Of course, this is not a palace nor a prison that Paul at risk of being nartyred, but nevertheless, it was the devil’s doing. Many have heard my story and testimony of Christ in this place. I have many stories, but here’s my favorite.

Karen (not her real name) is an intern here with an infectious personality and contagious joy. She was my therapist for a couple of days, and a sponge for the gospel. I must of have testified of my life with Christ for 30 minutes straight uninterrupted. She kept asking me questions. Even though we are nearly 40 years apart in age we both graduated from the same university – my graduation being 40 years earlier. Now think about the odds of that! Furthermore, Husson University in Bangor, Maine is where I began my spiritual journey with Jesus that Karen may just be beginning.  She got goose bumps upon hearing that and knows it was divine destiny that we even met. Yes, I was saved and baptized in the university swimming pool 40 years ago.

I could  tell you more stories, but you only need to know that by God’s abundant grace, the devil has begun to pay for messing with me and my family. What was meant for evil and destruction has turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, not because I’m big and brave, but because Jesus designed it that way. I believe It pleases Him when we make the best out of a difficult situation. That instead of murmuring and complaining and wallowing in self-pity as Paul and Silas could’ve very well done in the prison, instead they prayer and praised God and miracles and conversions manifested there (Acts 25).

I by no means am comparing my situation to being in a prison, but the point is the same. We keep on glorying God in the situation and using it to further the gospel.

I’m ready for outpatient therapy where the gospel will be proclaimed again.

Glory to God!

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MY PUBLIC STATEMENT ON MY HEALTH AND CONDITION

On Thursday March 19 I had a minor stroke that left me with limited mobility on my left side. I spent a few days in the hospital before transferring to a rehab center where I am currently receiving intensive therapy. I will be okay and recover full mobility and then some. God has been good to me and will restore my health and heal all my wounds (Jer. 30:17).

Furthermore, God has communicated many things to me during this time concerning adjustments I need to make going forward. My faith is arising and I am filled with hope for the future. What many people don’t yet know is that my wife Carolyn was scheduled for surgery on March 18 that was postponed due to the virus. A blessing in disguise indeed, because I was to take care of her after her surgery, but now am needing care myself.

In the end we will both be okay and fully recover in the mighty Name of Jesus. The only thing is that we have to postpone our ministry travel schedule until further notice.


Until further notice we have temporarily postponed our ministry travels
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WHY DID THIS HAPPEN

Very simply, it was a demonic attack against our lives and ministry. I’ll leave it right there. One reality about true faith is that it never accuses God. To do that is to side in with the devil, who is the true accuser of God and the brethren. I will never give him any self-satisfaction for what he put me and my family through. But I can tell you that by the power of the Holy Spirit he will pay. As a matter of fact, he already is as nearly everyone who has served me in the hospital and rehab center has heard the gospel, and I led my roommate in a sinner’s prayer yesterday here. We will come at him hard. God will restore us physically and multiply us spiritually. We will see more healings and miracles going forward than we’ve ever seen in our lifetime by the mighty power of God. 

Some have asked why I didn’t tell anyone. Honestly, we just are not those kind of people. As the Lord said to a good friend of mine who recently had major surgery when he was about to ask everyone for prayer on Facebook:

“I told you to cast your cares on Me, not Facebook.” 

Isn’t that good? Please don’t feel sorry for us or pity us. Unbelief is detrimental to our fullest recovery. We appreciate compassion, faith filled prayers, and Spirit-inspired intercession but not begging nor accusing God for what happened. I trust you understand. There are a few close friends who pray and are full of faith that we disclosed  this trial to, and they have been a great blessing to us. You know who you are. Your love, faith, and prayers have ministered great strength to Carolyn and I.

Although we appreciate everyone’s love, care, and concern, I  want to also tell you that due to therapy I do not have time to answer people’s questions or respond to personal inquiries.  Please respect our privacy and give us time. We are in touch with a few dear close friends including our pastors and partners, and that is sufficient . 

WHAT ABOUT FINANCES 

Besides putting all my efforts into therapy and giving myself to prayer, I will still be writing articles and working on another book that has been birthed in me during this trial. But we simply cannot travel like we were doing so extensively before. If you want to sow a financial seed or contribution to our ministry, that is your prerogative. You follow the Lord and do what He says. We want to be sensitive to churches and believers in this hour of great national crisis that is difficult on believers and churches and causing a financial burden on many. God is our Source and we fully trust Him to take care of us personally and ministerially. We are His beloved children and His love has overwhelmed us during this time. 

Thank you for your understanding. 

Finally, please be careful not to add or take away from anything I’ve said here. That is how rumors spread. One person twists the story, then another adds to it, and before you know it, accuracy is totally lost. 

Please know that this will turn out to be a historic year in our calendar and timeline with God.  Carolyn and I are in positive spirits and rejoicing in God’s intervention and my miraculous recovery. Carolyn is also in perfect peace concerning her surgery.  We are under the overcoming glory of God right now. Now that this has finally been made public  I will occasionally be giving you updates of our progress and sharing fresh revelation. I will tell you one thing, never has the Word of God been as precious to me as it’s been over the last couple of weeks. I have fed on His healing Word nearly day and night and it is alive in my heart. 

Thank you everyone for your love and concern. We will fully recover and be fully restored. 

Love,

Bert (and Carolyn) 

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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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THE QUESTION NO ONE IS ASKING ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS

The Coronavirus is dominating conversation across America and the globe. Many are getting tired of the constant squabbling and contention it seems to be producing among believers. Personally, although it is a serious crisis, the varying opinions of both preachers and many saints is providing some entertainment and even humor for me. It’s sort of like the story of the blind man in John 9.

First, the question was asked by Jesus’ disciples why a certain man was born blind. Did his sin or the sin of his parents cause him to be born blind? The question was completely off center. It was not the right perspective. They were seeing things through the lenses of the law. Jesus offered them God’s perspective.

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him” (John 9:3). 

Then after Jesus healed the blind man the haggling began among the townsfolk and religious leaders of the identity of both the blind man and Jesus. It’s quite humorous. You should read it. It reminds me of the constant wrangling and disputing over the Coronavirus. 

“Is it some kind of conspiracy?”

“Should the church close its doors to services?”

“Why are we fearful and hiding?”

“Should we obey the laws of the land to not meet?”

“Shouldn’t the church be holding prayer meetings and evangelizing and healing the sick?” 

My question is: “Is this a litmus test on the pulse of the American church?” 

QUESTIONS WE ACTUALLY SHOULD BE ASKING 

In light of the increasingly gross darkness and antichrist spirit that is in the world, here are the questions more Christians should be asking, especially our church and ministry leaders: 

What if churches today lost their buildings could they still function as churches? If there was war, or a great crisis (this Coronavirus is a small test and a light affliction in comparison to what is coming), or severe persecution against the Church, as there could very well be in the very near future of America, could they still function as a church? Would churches be able to continue meeting as a spiritual family and a body in fellowship, teaching, worship, and prayer and taking care of one another without a large facility? Would the believers throughout a city or region stay connected? Are our connections based solely on a physical facility or really on relationship with the Lord and with each other? Or would the loss of a building mean the essential loss of the church?

What if a large church today lost its budget, or paid staff, or senior pastor? Would there still be shepherds to care for the sheep? Or would there be hirelings looking for professional “ministry” elsewhere? I just watched “Sheep Among Wolves” Vol. 2 for the second time, a gripping documentary and feature film on the underground church in Iran, who are providing the model for discipling the nations without any of the aforementioned amenities. 

What if a church lost its denominational affiliation, would it cease to exist? Or if a non-denominational church dropped their seeker-friendly philosophy or in-vogue style of doing church, or their various programs that attract people, would they still exist as a church? How much of our dependence have we placed on these things? And perhaps the biggest question upon which hangs all other questions is this: Without any of these things could the Church still have its identity in Jesus alone?

These are not easy questions, but here is the bottom line. How much of Christ do we have in our lives, our relationships, our churches, and our ministries? After all has been said and done, after we strip away all the props that are holding up these modern churches, how much of the Church’s identity and character is found in Jesus alone? 

UNLESS WE LOSE OUR LIVES WE HAVE LITTLE IDENTITY WITH JESUS 

The Apostle Paul made this statement: “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). As with our true brothers and sisters in Iran, until death becomes a viable option as a believer many will continue to cower to fear. We are living in the day where we must look at death as a true option in serving Jesus. No one wants to die as death is an enemy, but we need to also understand that the true believer has been delivered from the fear of death that subjects us to bondage (Heb. 2:15). All of us may not be called upon to die physically as a martyr, but as followers of Jesus we are certainly called to die to ourselves, to deny ourselves, and to take up our cross and follow Jesus. In this way, we can overcome all fears. 

All fears are connected to the biggest fear – the fear of death. No fear of death means no fear of man, no fear of disease, no fear of rejection, no fear of persecution, and no fear of arrest. We love and serve people with the purest motives while preaching an uncompromised gospel with a demonstration of power derived from a committed life of prayer, fasting, and the giving of our lives. 

To me, this is, at least in part, what the Coronavirus is all about. It’s a litmus test that is exposing our hearts, and so far, much of the Western church is flatlining. 

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