THE FASCINATING VISION OF MARIETTA DAVIS: IRREVERSIBLE CONDITION OF DEPARTED SPIRITS

Entering into paradise with her angel escort Marietta saw a plain with fruit bearing trees. The birds were singing and sweet smelling flowers were blooming everywhere, but the angel would not allow her to stay there because her mission was to learn the condition of the departed child of God.

One of the great revelations given to Marietta was that when people die and their spirits depart from this world their spiritual condition is irreversible. This revelation, which is in perfect harmony with Scripture, is called the Law of Attraction. In other words, if your spirit is drawn to evil in this life you will be drawn into Hades in the next life. You see, the great purpose of Divine revelation is to warn men that their manner of living in this world has a permanent effect on their life in the world to come. Therefore, that which determines your eternal destiny in the world to come should have your most reverent attention in this earthly life. What is 70 or 80 years compared to eternity?

The condition of a human spirit when they depart from this life determines the place where they will be drawn to in the next life. There can be no mixture of the just and the unjust and of the holy and the unholy.

“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” (Rev. 22:11).

There shall by no means enter it anything that defiles.

Holiness and sin have no common ground. Good and evil cannot harmonize. Life and death can never touch each other. The sinful nature of man can never harmonize with the intense purity and holiness of heaven. It’s like trying to mix oil and water. It will never happen.

If you do not enjoy worshipping Jesus down here on the earth, what makes you think you will be able to up there in heaven? If you do not enjoy being around the things of God here and hearing good preaching, what makes you think you’ll enjoy it there? If you don’t enjoy conversations of Jesus and the Bible here, what makes you think you’ll enjoy it there?

Here are some questions that identify the nature of a man here on the earth:

Are you a slave to sin? Do you find that sin controls you, and you find it nearly impossible to break its bondage over you?

What attracts you? What are you drawn to in this world? Are you drawn to places where sinful passions dominate the atmosphere? Do you have mental freedom? Do you have peace deep inside? These are questions that will identify your true spiritual condition.

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. Why? Because there is no sin.

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.

“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 was one of the great revelations given to Marietta Davis and it agrees perfectly with the Scriptures.

Holiness is what makes heaven so wonderful and only the holy will enter therein. There is no sin, no Satan, no curse, no darkness, no death, no pain, 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.

To be continued…

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HEAVEN AND HELL

“…I will reluctantly tell about visions and revelations from the Lord. I was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago. Whether I was in my body or out of my body, I don’t know—only God knows. Yes, only God knows whether I was in my body or outside my body. But I do know that I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words, things no human is allowed to tell” (2 Cor. 12:1-4 – NLT).

“For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live” (Phil. 1:21-24 – NLT).

The apostle Paul couldn’t wait to get to heaven and be with Christ. He said it was far better to go to heaven than to stay on the earth. A man who has this kind of longing is otherworldly. He has seen it. He has experienced it. It is reality to him. Therefore the desire in his heart is so great to get there. To most religious people, even some Christians, heaven and hell are more fantasy than reality. We need revelation of the afterworld. It will transform our hearts and change our lives.

The only modern day man I’ve known personally who’s had such visions of the afterworld is the late Kenneth E. Hagin, a genuine prophet of the Lord. Just the other day I was reading his book, I Believe In Visions, which details his many visions of Jesus. What an incredible book with tremendous messages for the body of Christ! One of the visions was an open vision where Jesus walked down the corridor of a hospital where Brother Hagin was being treated for an arm injury he incurred. He approached his bed and sat down in a chair and spoke to Hagin for nearly 90 minutes. Amazing!

Not only did Brother Hagin, or Dad Hagin, as many affectionally called him, experience many visions throughout his lifetime and ministry, but his salvation experience included a a dramatic vision of hell and the glory world. All of this is detailed in another one of his mini books called, I Went To Hell. Surprisingly this book received quite a number of negative reviews. Why are people so doubtful and skeptical concerning such serious and sacred themes as heaven and hell? I’m not saying we should believe every vision or experience people have had of the afterworld, but we have the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to help us discern the false and fanatical from the true. Also, to be considered is a man’s character and integrity. Dad Hagin was a man of great spiritual stature who lived an impeccable life of faithfulness to the Lord and his calling.

Down through the ages since the day of Christ’s resurrection there have been many authentic cases of people who’ve had visions and dreams and out of the body experiences—even people who apparently died and were permitted to return and tell their stories. The Scriptures have cases of the dead being raised and history does, too. Down through the centuries a number of people, such as Kenneth E. Hagin have had genuine out of the body experiences that are in close harmony with Bible revelation.

One of the most remarkable in recent modern times is the well documented vision of Marietta Davis in 1848. She was a 25 year old young woman who for nine days lay in a trance (trances are Scriptural as both Peter (Acts 10:10) and Paul (Acts 22:17) had them) from which she could not be awakened and during which times she witnessed visions of heaven and hell. I am very familiar with her testimony, having read it several times, and it is very close in harmony to Bible revelation of the nature of man’s existence after death. It is most fascinating.

Previous to her vision she had been under deep conviction of sin, but apparently had not surrendered to the Lord and obtained assurance of salvation. Consequently when she left her body she was to a certain extent susceptible to the attraction of both heaven and hell. Perhaps this is the reason God chose her to witness both places of departed spirits. Once again, her testimony is very closely related to Biblical revelation and agrees with what Jesus taught in Luke 16 concerning the spiritual condition of the rich man and Lazarus.

Marietta Davis’ testimony is a solemn warning to all who follow the sinful pleasures of this world and the paths that lead to death. We will detail her testimony in greater detail in ensuing blogs.

The Lord dealt with me in 2005 about writing and speaking more on what He called lost themes or discarded and understated truths in the body of Christ that need to be restored to their rightful place in the Church. Most of my books are written in the light of this burden the Lord gave me.

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PASSION FOR SOULS

All the forces of evil are arrayed against the gospel penetrating the minds and hearts of sinners. The devil’s strategy has always been to institutionalize the Church and to turn it into a powerless religious system where it has little consciousness of eternity and no zeal for the conversion of lost souls. If the devil can turn the Church into a business that deals mainly with the dollar in mind, or into a charitable organization that is satisfied with humanitarian projects only, or into a social club or an entertainment center, he has succeeded, and he will rear his proud head back with glee for doing so. The Church has been ordained by God to be above all else, a soul-saving organism.

The devil will use division from within the church and persecution from without the church to stop the gospel from spreading. It is obvious from reading through the gospels and the book of Acts that there were revivals, but there were also riots and fierce opposition to the gospel, to the work of evangelism, and the conversion of sinners. Satan will use every strategy in his arsenal to keep Christians from preaching the gospel and to keep sinners from receiving it.

As an example of the latter, I was on the streets one time helping a local church with evangelistic outreach when my team and I were invited into a home. As soon as I began to bear down and preach the gospel to some of the members of that household, distractions began to come. I would say the word ‘hell’ and the landline phone would ring. I would say the name of Jesus and how foolish it was to live without God and the cell phone would ring. Conviction would come and someone would knock on the door or start playing with the dog. When the opportunity to receive Jesus was given, the conversation would move into a natural direction as the devil toyed with people’s minds.

I decided to tell the people what was happening, thus exposing the devil’s devices. That must have shut him up for good because suddenly all the distractions ceased and the presence of God moved in, and you couldn’t hear a pin drop for the next 30 minutes as the people, out of a willing heart, called on the name of the Lord with joy and tears. It was glorious! My team and I didn’t want to engage in any casual conversation after we left the house because of the richness of the presence and the peace of God we had just experienced.

Fire and conviction is the Spirit’s function

What an impression this made on the sinners who were saved! They didn’t just utter a prayer or make a confession, but they received an impartation. The two members of my team were also deeply impacted. These are the kind of experiences that will make soul winners out of common men. You can’t get this from a textbook. It is not the enticing words of man’s speech but it is the impartation that comes through demonstrations of the Holy Spirit that will eternally and permanently leave its mark on people.

In the light of eternity what are the things in this life that really matter? In comparison to the eternal destiny of the human race, how insignificant are so many of life’s trivialities! There is nothing we can take with us to heaven except people. Jesus’ final message to His disciples still rings true, and all the more as we see the day of His return approaching: “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved and he that believes not shall be damned” (Mk 16:15-16).

May the damned be less.

And may the Lord saturate us with an undying zeal for the souls of men.

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ALL THAT’S WRONG WITH NEW HOLLYWOOD FILM ON ‘NO HELL’ PREACHER

Charisma magazine writes, “At one point, Bishop Carlton Pearson pastored Higher Dimensions Family Church, a Pentecostal megachurch of over 5,000 people in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was mentored by Oral Roberts and served on the board at Oral Roberts University. Then Pearson declared that he no longer believed in hell and preached what he called the “gospel of inclusion.” As a result, he was forced to resign from ORU’s board of regents and was deemed a heretic by his former peers. He traded his Pentecostal ministry for universalism.

“Pearson’s story is now the subject of a new Hollywood film, Come Sunday, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.”

I’m very familiar with this tragic story. When I attended Bible school in  Tulsa in the early to mid-1980s I’d periodically visit Pearson’s church because I enjoyed his dynamic preaching. It shocked me to hear of how he’d become a universalist. In the following movie clip, Pearson played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, asks one of the religious clerics in a court room-like scene, “If you could get your daddy out of hell, would you?” And then, “Are we more merciful than God?” implying that God’s love and mercy will not allow anyone to go, or at least remain, in hell.

Come Sunday

The biggest tragedy in this film involves those who will believe its message. The issue of the ‘no hell’ universalist doctrine is not one of mercy in allowing sinners out of hell or  refuting its existence altogether, but it is one of God’s eternal justice that has been forever settled by Scripture. The question should be: Is our sense of justice greater than God’s?

It is because of God’s holy and just nature that He by no means will clear the guilty (Ex. 34:7) (Nu. 14:18) but must uphold and execute His Law.

What would you think of a judge who did not uphold the Law? Sin is the transgression of the Law (1 Jn. 3:4). It is the transgression or the crime that must be penalized. What if your own daughter was violently raped or your son was murdered ? Or your wife, husband, a mother or father? Would you not want justice served? What if a judge cleared the guilty because the criminal’s good works outweighed his crime? Would that hold up in man’s courtroom? If such a system does not exist in man’s courtroom, would it hold up in God’s courtroom? This would not be mercy at all but the gravest of injustices? Yet people think that God’s mercy will automatically forgive man’s sin and allow guilty sinners entrance into heaven. Such an unscriptural mercy does not exist!

Anyone who suggests that God can show mercy while foregoing His justice is ignoring His holy and just nature and His Law of sin and death. What kind of faith could we have in a God who ignores the Laws He Himself established? What kind of hope and trust could we exercise toward a God like that who is fickle and whimsical and does not uphold His own Word?

God cannot disregard His own Word and His own laws. When it comes to sin God cannot ever set aside His justice to show mercy. The soul that sins must die (Ez. 18:20), and yet God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ez. 33:11). This presents quite a dilemma. It is not an easy thing for God to clear the guilty. So the question is: Is there a basis by which God can maintain His justice while still extending mercy to the sinner?

God’s justice and mercy are not contradictory to each other, but they are complementary and in perfect balance. From the beginning of Adam’s fall the forgiveness of sins has not been a simple matter for a holy God. God cannot just show mercy to a sinner without the sinner’s transgressions being punished and satisfied by the claims of justice. No earthly judge will do that. How much more just is our God? Here are three things that our perfectly loving God, who is  infinitely holy and just, can never say to any man:

  1. It’s okay that you sinned: forget about it, I forgive you.
  2. Because of My love I won’t judge you.
  3. I don’t love you anymore because you sinned.

Once again, God’s love and justice do not oppose each other. God loves sinners and desires none to perish, but He must execute judgment and punishment on their sin. So the question rephrased again is:

How can a holy and righteous God extend mercy toward a guilty sinner while still upholding His justice?

Enter Jesus. Enter the cross. The beauty and majesty of the cross is that we see both the judgment and the mercy of God displayed there. God placed our sin on the sinless Son of God and satisfied the Father’s justice while also granting us the free offer of salvation that satisfied His mercy.  This is the LOVE OF GOD! – His justice and mercy rolled up into one in order to redeem a sinful and disobedient people. God pronounced judgment on sin, but because of His love He paid for it Himself through His Son Jesus Christ.

God is both a Judge and a Savior who established a perfect righteousness. That is why the movie, Come Sunday, is a serious indictment against God’s perfect character, and although the acting is admirable, the theme of the movie is most despicable. God is not on trial. We are.

May God grant Carlton Pearson a revelation of God’s perfectly holy and just nature and bring him to subsequent repentance, so that then he may understand, appreciate, and receive God’s true mercy.

“He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord” (Pr. 17:15).

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FAKE NEWS: BILLY GRAHAM IS NOT DEAD AND IT IS HIS FAILURE THAT INSPIRES ME

For true believers death is no longer a mystery…no longer a fear or a bondage, but a glorious transition into the highest dimension of life there ever could be. So in essence, the announcement of his death is fake news. Even Rev. Graham said so:

“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”

Billy Graham is more alive now than he’s ever been for he is in the presence of the Lord he served while in his body. Why is it so difficult for many people, even believers to grasp that we are not bodies with a spirit on, but we are spirits with a body on. The real you is a spirit that shall never die. When uninformed people say of the deceased R.I.P. they are being body-conscious and unscriptural. Spirits don’t rest in peace. They soar into the heavens at the speed of light and are thrust into heavenly activity upon their arrival.

Never feel sorry for a believer who dies. Yes, we miss them and feel their loss if they are family or a close friend, but they are in glory with the Lord and all the departed saints waiting for the rest of the redeemed.

Here is a poem I wrote and read at the closing of my Daddy’s memorial service in 2016 that expresses the glory more than the grief of a departed saint:

Why should I cry? My Daddy is alive and in the midst of the glories of heaven,
Why do I want to think of my loss?
Instead of my Daddy’s gain?
Why should I wail in a pagan dirge of despair?
When my Daddy is with Jesus in the Father’s care,
My Daddy didn’t die; he just went home,
To the born again Christian death is not a defeat,
It is a victory and a triumph of the highest degree,
So can I be full of sorrow when my Daddy is so happy?
Should I be full of mourning when he is rejoicing with great joy?
You see, my Daddy didn’t die – he just went home.

Rev. Billy Graham just went home. We celebrate his life so well lived and a ministry that touched millions. What an inspiration he should be to all of us, especially ministers! He is being called America’s pastor and rightfully so. He touched so many throughout many decades from the lowest to the highest in our society. His evangelistic crusades brought salvation to multitudes the world over. He counseled with presidents, kings, and prime ministers. He spoke privately to well known athletes, singers, musicians, and celebrities. Nearly everyone in modern civilization on every continent was familiar with his name. But always he sought to glorify the Name above all names, Jesus Christ and win souls for Him. Even now after he’s gone, CNN, one of the most liberal media networks is running his sermons. He had tremendous favor with all audiences. He was a man of integrity and humility and people sensed that he genuinely cared about them.

One of the greatest lessons that I learned from him, however, was not from his successes but from his failures. “What? How did he fail?” you might be wondering.

Shortly after Billy Graham’s 80th birthday, Larry King interviewed him and said: “It must be rewarding to you to look back on your life and not have to live with regrets.” Here’s Dr. Graham’s compelling response:

“I am the greatest failure of all men. I was too much with men and too little with God. I was too busy with business meetings and even conducting services. I should have been more with God, and people would’ve sensed God’s presence about me when they were with me.”

Let’s not wait until we’re 80 to say that. You see, in spite of all of Rev. Graham’s accomplishments, he sensed there was more. The greatest thing man can still do with his time is to spend it in holy communion and solitude with God. True eternal life is to know Him.

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).

Rev. Billy Graham’s life inspires me to be faithful to my calling as a Christian, a husband, a father, and a friend, but it is what he called his failure that inspires me most—to be less with men and more with God.

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PASSION FOR ETERNITY

Heaven or hell…heaven or hell…heaven or hell? One hundred years from now where will you be? If it’s heaven, what will be your standing? What will be your eternal reward? What will be your eternal position with Jesus? Will you reap of gold, silver, and precious stones or will your works go up in smoke as wood, hay, and stubble? (1 Cor 3:12-15). Did your life glorify God? Did you live whole-heartedly for Him? Are you born again and have you even come into right relationship with God through Jesus Christ? Death will come and is even now at your doorstep. Don’t play with God. An unscriptural mercy does not exist. Please repent and get right with God. Isn’t it time to surrender to Jesus Christ?

Oh Christian, and what of your family, friends, and neighbors? And what of all the lost people you know? Where will they be? Are you praying for them and being a living witness before them?

There’s such inspiration in my belly (heart) for eternal things (perhaps because I’ve given myself to the study of it recently, for my Arabic program is just that – a preparation for eternity in the Arab world and beyond) and the fulfillment of the great commission and a reaping of the precious fruit of the earth that remains.

“For I am full of words; the spirit within me compels me. Indeed my belly is like wine that has no vent; it is ready to burst like new wineskins. I will speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer” (Job 32:18-20).

“For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).

Truly I feel like I’ve been to heaven and back, and had a peek into hell.

THE WORK OF EVANGELISM AND UNDERSTANDING THE GOSPEL

Let me speak to you as an evangelist. The true work of evangelism is one of the most neglected in the Church, and yet it is one of the most important. I’m not even sure that many of us understand this ministry. Contrary to popular thought and opinion, evangelism is not just the announcement of the good news of the gospel, but it is also a call to warn people of the judgment to come as the apostle Paul did before Felix the governor.

“Some days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla who was a Jewess; and he sent for Paul and listened to him talk about faith in Christ Jesus. But as he continued to argue about uprightness, purity of life, the control of the passions (temperance or self-control), and the judgment to come, Felix became alarmed and terrified and said, Go away for the present; when I have a convenient opportunity I will send for you” (Acts 24:24-25 Amp).

Paul did not hold back. He warned the governor of the eternal consequences of living in sin. The above verses tell us that these themes of righteousness, self-control, and of the judgment to come that Paul expounded on were all part of the faith in Christ Jesus, and of the gospel he preached. I’m not so sure we understand that this is all a part of the gospel. People must know they are sick before they can appreciate and receive the cure. Sin is sickness, and Christ is the cure. Paul didn’t just preach the cure; he preached about the sickness, too.

Notice also how Paul “argued” and spoke passionately, something we need much more of today. Sometimes we can be such a passion-less people, but Paul was a man of overwhelming passion.

“Now while Paul was awaiting them at Athens, his spirit was grieved and roused to anger as he saw the city was full of idols, so he reasoned and argued in the synagogue…” (Acts 17:16-17 Amp).

“By the time Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was completely engrossed with preaching, earnestly arguing and testifying to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ” (Acts 18:5 Amp).

Paul had visions and revelation of the otherworld and the realities of eternity pressed on him constantly (2 Cor. 12:1-4). Oh, for such people in this hour who are possessed with eternity!

A REVELATION OF ETERNITY WILL GIVE YOU PASSION

I’ve been in that place in the spirit so many times over the years. I’ve had people tell me to tone things down, to not get too excited, to not raise my voice so loud, but they just didn’t understand the passion of one who knows, as a messenger of God, he stands between the living and the dead. A dying preacher once said, “I’ve taken a good look into eternity, and if I could come back, how different I would preach.”

If we’re not careful, our preaching can become heady, but heart-less, informative but passion-less. It can lack revelation of the otherworld and the life to come. Desperate times require desperate preaching. The urgency of the hour requires an urgent message. When a house is on fire and its inhabitants are perishing, an urgent response is demanded. And so, will we not help those whose souls are on the edge of the fire of hell?

Paul’s spirit was “grieved and roused to anger; he reasoned, argued, testified, and was completely engrossed with preaching”. This beloved man was possessed with another spirit. God gripped him. The words he penned throughout his epistles are full of strong emotions and consuming passions that still vibrate in the hearts of those who are also consumed with eternity.

The words that Paul spoke to Felix alarmed and terrified him. Somehow we’ve come to believe that words, which soothe and comfort are the only words we need to be speaking. How grave a mistake that is! How many have perished because there was no voice of inspiration to arouse them from their slumber? We must speak to the lost as if it were our last opportunity, with tenderness, love, and passion dripping from our lips, and weeping, if possible, through every argument. We must learn the art and skill of compelling sinners to Christ.

When I visit churches I see such a need for the impartation of the zeal and fire of evangelism. I see such a need for the ministry of the evangelist and for the local church to share its resources to support worthy men who fill that ministry.

It’s so easy for the local church and its officers to become complacent and to take on a form of academia and ecclesiasticism that kills the spirit of revival and the zeal for evangelism. There has been a great deal of secularization in so many of our congregations across America and the world.

Listen to the words of Gordon Lindsay:

“The tendency of the paid clergy in general has been to ecclesiasticism, the development of a form of religion and the freezing of it into a static condition. An office in the church can be made into a professional thing, a means of making a living. A man caught in the toils of its vicious cycle is to be pitied. God calls every minister to be a guardian of the souls of men.”

We need to take the gospel out of the secularization state and out of the academic sphere and apply it to the individual in terms of life and death and heaven and hell. Let’s put the gospel into the personal realm of human experience. The ministry of evangelism reminds men that beyond this world there is an after-life, and all of humanity is but one heart-beat away from eternity; to either enter heaven, the abode of the righteous, or hell, the regions of the damned…forever!

TO BE CONTINUED…

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PIGEON RELIGION

Doves are sensitive birds. At the slightest movement they fly away. They are symbolic of the Holy Spirit. Although similar, pigeons are distinctly different. While a dove is more sensitive and easier to shoo away, a pigeon walks in places with lots of people and lots of noise and is not as easily spooked.

Pigeon religion is a counterfeit spirit to the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which again is symbolic of the dove.

Looking briefly at some recent statistics a friend posted, the two most unchurched areas in America are San Francisco at 60% and the Boston area, where we presently live, at 57%. The most dechurched areas are San Francisco (bay area) and Boston as well, at 47% and 46% respectively.

The difference between unchurched and dechurched is the difference between a sinner (unchurched) and a believer who is uncommitted to a local body (dechurched).

In comparing the entire East Coast with the West Coast, the East coast is only 5 percent more unchurched than the West Coast. However, the dechurched on the East Coast is significantly higher than the dechurched on the West Coast by a significant margin – nearly 80 percent more. This would imply that on the West Coast believers are generally more committed to a local body and living in community. That was surprising to me.

EXAMPLES OF PIGEON RELIGION

Many of the Pentecostal/ Charismatic churches on the East Coast are involved in the prophetic movement, but it’s failing to add growth and stability. On the West Coast the Pentecostal/Charismatic church is caught up in a conglomeration of movements that is also failing to add long term stability to this generation. Additionally, the seeker sensitive movement is failing to make a significant spiritual impact in these regions.

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that there are thousands, not hundreds, but thousands of false prophets roaming our land. Aren’t you growing a little tired of hearing about new mantles, double portions, debt cancellation anointings, and breaker anointings? Not to mention the gross overemphasis on personal prophecy and prophetic ministry, the inordinate attention given to deliverance and demonic warfare, angelic activation, gold dust, heavenly portals, and atmosphere changes.

One ministry advertised itself by the blowing of the shofar, calling it a unique and distinct anointing that causes breakthroughs in cities and regions. Really? So all this ministry needs to do is blow the shofar and it will cause breakthroughs in entire regions? As one old minister of God used to say, I’d rather hear a donkey bray at midnight in a tin barn than to hear such foolishness. It’s painful, actually, because so many young and untrained believers fall for this wacko version of Christianity. How do we expect to win the world with this nonsense? And have you ever noticed that most of the Christians who are enamored with such things live dysfunctional lives? The bane of every shepherd and ministry gift is when your preaching and teaching breeds such imbalanced and unstable people.

Beware of pigeon religion. Follow the dove, the real Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of truth and not a pigeon.

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ENTERING INTO THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST

Around 2005 the Lord dealt with me about preaching and writing on what he called “lost” or discarded themes. For example, He told me that there had been a diabolical silence on holiness in the Church that had allowed Satan to take advantage of many as they gave place to sin,  carnality, complacency, and compromise. Other themes such as the return of the Lord, heaven, hell, God’s judgments, etc. have also been understated or totally absent from many pulpits across America (My book, The Real Spirit Of Revival, is the book that deals most with these themes).

This is one of the reasons I have emphasized judgment here at the turn of the New Year. The Lord gave me a recent dream about it, it’s a part of my assignment, and it is the season for it. The time of judgment is at hand and 2018 is a new beginning on God’s calendar, so to speak, for His stronger dealings with His people. He’s getting us ready, and many of my consecrated fellow ministers are sensing the same thing.

We’ve been guilty of accentuating the blessings of God at the expense of His judgments. We often hear Romans 2:4 quoted that says the goodness of God leads us to repentance. This is true, but most fail to note that this verse is sandwiched inbetween verses on wrath and judgment. In order to fully appreciate His goodness we must also understand His wrath, His severity, and His judgments. Furthermore, understanding these other elements of God’s nature is also a safeguard against deception.

We must also understand that the believer’s sins have already been judged. God will not remember our sins and iniquities any more (Heb. 10:17). Hallelujah! Praise God that once we’ve  repented and surrendered to Jesus our sins are blotted out (Acts 3:19). Additionally, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1 Jn. 2:1), that when we sin after our conversion we can ask God to forgive us and cleanse us, and He will most certainly do so (1 Jn. 1:9). The believer’s judgment is a judgment of eternal rewards that we gain or forfeit based on our works in this life. Many believers will be rewarded but many will also suffer loss and regret, eternal rankings/positions, crowns, and high eternal privileges. This judgment is called the Judgment Seat of Christ. It is a fearful judgment that Paul referred to as the terror of the Lord (2 Cor. 5:11).

Where many believers have fallen short is in not judging or examining themselves so they won’t be judged and condemned with the world in this life (1 Cor. 11:31-32), and miss out on eternal rewards in the next life . We’ve failed to visit and walk before the Judgment Seat here on earth. How do you do that? By visiting it over and over again in your heart and living before it. The prophets coined a phrase, “as the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand” (1 Kings 17:2), and the apostle Paul said something similar that “by the manifestation of the truth he commended himself to every man’s conscience in the sight of God” (2 Cor. 4:2).  This is a form of walking before the Judgment Seat of Christ.

THINGS TO REMEMBER

In our walk with God every thought, word, motive, and deed must be held up to the light of this judgment. Here are some things to remember:

  • We must remember the importance of being rich in good works that glorify God (1 Tim. 6:18).
  • We must remember what the Word of God says concerning the dangers of the tongue (Mt. 12:36-37), and that we are to minister edification and grace to those who hear us, and let no corrupt communication come out of our mouths (Eph. 4:29-31).
  • We must beware of craftiness and hypocrisy, knowing that our motives are the bedrock of all God’s judgments, and that there are rewards for all labor done in secret, and which we receive no earthly recognition or accolades for (Mt. 6:1-7; 16-21).
  • We must be careful to do all things in love and for the glory of God lest our works be revealed as wood, hay, and stubble to be burned up (1 Cor. 3:12-15) and we suffer loss.
  • We must remember that there are rewards and a glory for the soul winner that even certain prophets of the Old Testament foresaw (Dan. 12:2-3).
  • We must remember that there are rewards for those who due to their uncompromising stand for Jesus, suffer for righteousness sake (Mt. 5:10-12).

And we haven’t even scratched the service of all the Word says concerning this Judgment. Are  you beginning to see how much is contained within the Word of God concerning judgments and rewards? Can you also see how we’ve fallen short of giving attention to these things?

THE FINAL QUEST BOOK

I remember years ago when I first read one of my all time favorite books, The Final Quest, by Rick Joyner. I have read it, meditated on it, and referred to it many times since. In my humble opinion, it is a classic.

In one part of the book brother Joyner mentions how he was allowed to visit the Judgment Seat of Christ. He called the door that led to it as “terrible”, “fearful”, and “dark”. Unlike the other doors representing truths he had visited, this door was surrounded and enveloped in great darkness. When he asked why it was so dark, the voice responded:

“The darkness reflects how little attention the Church is presently giving to the truths of eternal judgment.”

The darkness also reflected how difficult it was to pass through the Judgment Seat of Christ door because it is a hard truth with greater terror than we’ve ever known.

On the positive side the voice also stated these things:

  • “The door of judgment would not be so dark and foreboding if we had just given more attention to this truth.”
  • “To those who choose to pay attention to this truth now they will find it much easier for them later on and they will not suffer loss.”
  • “The greatest glory and the greatest wisdom men will ever know in this life or the next, is found at the door of this judgment.”
  • “The greatest authority that men can receive will be entrusted only to those who go through this door.”
  • “If men knew the glory that is revealed behind the door of the Judgment Seat of Christ it would be the most brilliant.” 
  • “We must be familiar with not only the kindness of the Lord, but His severity that is revealed in judgment. If we don’t possess a balance of both we will fall to deception.”

Wow! Those statements alone are worth careful study of this most important but discarded theme.

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BREAKING NEWS: GLORY MANIFESTS IN WEEKEND MEETINGS

TESTIMONY FROM THIS WEEKEND’S GLORIOUS MEETINGS AT FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD IN WATERBURY, CT:

“I had not cried so much in awhile. The second service was like being in a cloud with the Holy Presence of God wrapping us in a Love that was immeasurable!!! It’s Monday morning and it’s still here.” A. V.

GLORY TO GOD!

We were in a Holy Ghost bubble from beginning to end. Hardly anyone moved. Old and young were captivated by the presence of the Lord. Utterance pressed upon my lips from the beginning of Sunday’s services to the end. But I can take no credit except to say that it was easy to yield to the Spirit of God.

First, because of the hunger and expectation of the people. Secondly, because of the liberty the pastors allowed us to have in these meetings. And thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, my wife went into deep intercession before both services even while sitting on the platform.

The aforementioned testimony also bore witness to the remaining effect of the glory that manifested on Sunday. She stated that it was still present on Monday morning.

The last time I remember hearing of this sort of residual anointing was about three years ago when a dear sister testified of how she felt God’s holy presence in the lobby of the church the day after one of our meetings. I also remember hearing the testimony of one of my pastor friends testify of how the presence of the fear of the Lord saturated the offices of his church building after a prophet had ministered there.

I believe this kind of manifestation is what the apostle Paul referred to when he said this:

“Meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak” (Col. 4:3-4).

Paul said he desired prayers to make the word and the mystery of Christ manifest. This is what I believed happened this past weekend. These type of meetings have long term effects on the hearts and lives of the saints. Even sinners alike who were present were mightily impacted by the Spirit of God.

This is the reason why I wrote the book, Passing On The Move Of God To The Next Generation. We need to have this kind of glory and presence restored to today’s Church. Holy Spirit inspired prayer is the key. The reason we don’t have more of these type of manifestations is because we don’t pray long enough in the Spirit to obtain this blessing.

The Lord is calling us to more Spirit-inspired prayer (Prayer: The Language Of The Spirit).

THE COMING JUDGMENT AND THE COMING GLORY

One genuine prophet of God said he couldn’t see the condition of America past September of this year. I took it to mean that something terrible may happen.

November is the time of mid-term elections here in America. Could there be a vicious backlash from the angry leftists who have such hatred toward our bold bully President? Could there be an assassination attempt against him? The fight between good and evil in our nation has just begun. The liberal leftists are coming with a vengeance. They are already plotting and planning now for the overturn of Trump’s agenda that they hope will start with mid-term elections. One righteous preacher predicted that barring a miracle in November Nancy Pelosi may be back as the Speaker of the House again. How loathsome and nauseating that would be! He also predicted that it will be the greatest internal fight and leftist backlash in the history of our government. I submit all this to the reader for prayerful consideration. Some things can still be further delayed or stopped altogether through prayer and repentance. One thing is for sure: the time of shaking is here.

And this word, yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved…” (Heb. 12:27-28). 

I want to apply this shaking to what is presently happening in America. Donald Trump’s presidency was the beginning of the greater shaking in our nation. Thank God we who follow Christ belong to a higher kingdom not of this world. To be honest, I was not pro-Trump during the early part of the election season, even reproving those who were. I don’t know the man’s heart now, but he’s never been a godly man. You may disagree with me, but Since then I’ve seen the hand of God on him and how in God’s sovereignty he was elected and is actually being used to help restore God’s purposes for America.

Yes, he is rude and crude, but he was the only one with enough clout who could stop Barrack Obama’s antichrist agenda of a terrible remaking of America and a big step toward further socialism and possibly a future one world government. He was the only one who could drain the dirty swamp in Washington. He was the only one who could’ve come against international corruption. He was the only one who loves all the things that made America great and could pushback to restore her greatness. Excuse my coarse rhetoric, but our president is the bully with balls. No other candidate matched the demeanor this man has for what God needed done in holding back evil forces intent on destroying  our nation in this hour, and extend mercy and opportunity for the real Church. Again, you may disagree, but that is how I see it.

INSTRUMENT OF JUDGMENT

But I believe Trump is also an instrument of judgment, not only on the world’s system, but upon the false church. What do I mean?

The false church tipped the scales to elect Barrack Obama, an enemy of God, the true Church, and Israel. The false Church and professors of Christianity voted for an agenda to infiltrate America with more foreign religions, and many immigrants who would receive government aid to further deepen our national debt. The false church voted for an agenda that would reduce our liberties and increase the hatred for true Christianity. The false church  lacked any sort of godly discernment and was too weak and anemic to save marriage, free speech, and the life of the unborn.

The awful escalation of violence, hatred, and division in America and her present condition right now is due in great part to Barrack Obama’s presidency. What a disaster! No presidency has done more harm to America’s constitution, morals, and liberties than Obama’s. Members of the true Church were the only ones who saw through his chameleon colors and smooth lips. They were the remnant that saw war in his heart and a treasonous man who hates America.

Mario Murillo in a recent article said this about the false compromising church:

“God has waited and been patient. He gave you time to play church. He let you have your blessing toys. He looked away in hopes we would come to ourselves. His blessing and his goodness did not bring you to repentance. No, it became a license to go deeper into counterfeit Christianity. The American church is guilty of great crimes against the Holy Spirit. We told Him to leave and let us grow Christianity incorporated—the worst thing we could have done. It was a mistake—a terrible, incalculable, ongoing mistake—derailing more truth in less time than any moral plague in history.”

Wow! What a piercing word.

A GREATER DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE TRUE AND FALSE CHURCH

God is a God of both unity and division. It seems contradictory that Jesus prayed for believers to be united as one (Jn. 17:20-22) while also stating that He came to bring division.

Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law” (Lk. 12:51-53). 

Truth and light separates and divides, but also creates unity. One day all that’s false will be separated from all that’s true. The weeds will be separated from the wheat (Mt. 13:38-43). The bad fish will be separated from the good fish (Mt. 13:47-50). The goats will be separated from the sheep (Mt. 13:31-46). And the foolish virgins will be distinguished from the wise virgins (Mt. 25:1-13). But this separation is not all relegated to the future, but it is a principle of judgment that has happened throughout the ages and will intensify as the coming of the Lord draws near. God shakes everything that can be shaken and removes it, so only that which cannot be shaken remains (Heb. 12:27). He does this even within the Church.

Yes, included in this principle of judgment is our own Christian maturity and sanctification. God reveals what is false in us and removes it or prunes us from it (Jn. 15:2), so that only the true and the holy remain. As an analogy, during the wheat harvest time in Israel the farmers would collect the harvest and first lay it out on a threshing floor where it was stomped on and crushed in order to begin to separate the inner grain from the outer husk or shell. Then they would take the grain/wheat up on the side of a hill when the night winds were blowing and throw the harvested wheat into the air. The wind would then blow away the residue of the chaff that remained, so that the pure wheat could then be harvested and collected. God does that with us.

He is preparing a bride for Himself who is free of all spots and blemishes. He removes those things that defile us in order to sanctify us and cleanse us with the washing of water by the Word (Eph. 5:26-27).

I see a great process of this divine separation taking place right in our day. There will be more intense times now in our personal lives, the church, and the nation that will appear violent as God uses circumstances and situations to sort of crush us with godly pressure, and then He will toss us again and again into the wind of the Holy Spirit to separate us from what must be revealed and removed. Our repeated impacts against the pure truth of God’s Word will cause a breaking. It will appear as judgment, but we must remember that His purpose is not vindictive or punitive but redemptive. He is preparing us for Himself and to be a more effective vehicle of power and mercy to the world. It is when the world witnesses the glory of God in the true Church that they will have a greater opportunity to repent and believe the gospel. But judgment must come before the glory, so that God’s people can stand in the glory. It will work for our good as we continually yield to Him in the process and genuinely worship and obey Him. Let us receive grace so that we can serve God whole-heartedly in these days of shaking.

“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:28-29).

WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED AS WE PRAY

Here’s what we may expect in the nation and in the Church in both judgment and glory (some of these statements were taken from a recent Mario Murillo article and modified):

  • Preachers who have peddled the word of God for gain will have their ministries judged and some will even be publicly humiliated and could also be taken out of the way.
  • Churches that have been built on compromise and the wisdom of man will see a mass exodus as people begin to seek pure truth and authenticity as well as the reality of the Holy Spirit and the power of God.
  • Organizations and companies who have used their power and wealth to persecute the righteous will be shaken and some big CEO’s may even die (think of king Herod; Acts 12:23).
  • The most powerful anti-Trump liberal forces will crumble when they attack our president, not because he is godly or a great leader, but because he is wreaking havoc on a corrupt world system.
  • Corrupt politicians who have abused their power and preyed on the sentiments and the gullibility of the American people will also vanish from the scene and may also die.

The fight will now be against God.

Here are some reasons for the judgment:

  1. A righteous remnant is praying and contending for a holy Church and the power of God and He is compelled to respond.
  2. God wants true repentance, holiness, and revival.
  3. The false church must be judged so that power and mercy can be extended to the masses through a holy and consecrated Church.
  4. America has done much good in the world, sown precious seeds of the gospel for many generations, and still remains a beacon of light and hope for many people throughout the nations, and for those reasons God wants to preserve her.

I believe we will see wrath and mercy, kindness and severity, revival and judgment poured out simultaneously side by side. This process has already started and is meant to further distinguish the true church from the false church as the Lord gets the attention of His people and the world. It is time to  judge ourselves so we can be on the glory side.

Here is what we can expect on the glory side:

  1. As the true Church shines with increasing glory persecution will also increase, and true believers will be further marginalized and godly preachers hated.
  2. The true Church may be driven underground, but will become an epicenter of glory, power, and mass conversions.
  3. The nameless and faceless generation and those who have labored in obscurity and been faithful in the little will arise in strength and their voices will echo the true word of the Lord in this hour, and many young people shall see the evil and corruption in our nation as well as the unrighteous persecution of Christians and will favor Christianity and be open to the gospel.
  4. Every church and ministry that is fueled by the wisdom of man will continue to diminish in effectiveness and power, and those who move according to God’s heart and plan will grow increasingly stronger and flourish.

Everything that can be shaken will be shaken. The days of playing church are over as we enter into a season of greater seriousness in the Spirit and in the body of Christ. The increased persecution will bring more churches together as the people of God put aside their petty differences and rally around the Lordship of Jesus and His true cause and commission. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad I’m on the Lord’s side. How glorious these days will be for those who truly love and fear the Lord.