Title: CHRISTIAN JOY IN THESE MOST DIFFICULT AND TRYING TIMES AS WE HEAD INTO THE "FINAL BIRTH PANGS" NECESSARY TO PRODUCE ANTICHRIST
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We are educating you about the coming New World Order, the greatest time of tribulation and death in world history, and we are showing you how you can see the progress toward this new Luciferian system in your daily news. We are demonstrating the reality that the world seems poised at the brink of the planned World War III -- the final "birth sorrows" -- that will produce Antichrist on the world scene.
No doubt about it, this news is terrible, and unrelenting. We feel sometimes like the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, for day after day, God rained down terrible warnings of judgment upon Israel through these men.
But, the Good News throughout all this current bad news is that we Christians should find the greatest Joy of any Christians of any era.
Today, we shall show you how to achieve such Joy in the midst of such coming trouble.
We are again going to forego our normal format, where we base our discussion on a story in the News. Today, we want to show you something very important and even more precious. We are going to show you how you can possess the "Peace that passes all understanding through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ", even in the midst of this unparalleled trouble, danger, and heartache. Please get your Bibles so you can follow along.
We have been attempting to inform and prepare you for the occultic New World Order. In the process, many of you have been able to see an America which you had no idea existed; however, God knows, He see this deplorable condition daily, and is profoundly angered. Of course, we know that God's anger over sin, especially willful sin committed by the individual or nation which has experienced the greatest spiritual light, leads directly to judgment. As one Christian leader has so succinctly stated the matter, "If God does not judge America He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gormorrha on Judgment Day".
Your letters and comments have shown us that many of you have been able to take the concepts and principles which we have shared on this program and apply them in your lives, protecting your soul, as well as the souls of your precious children, from the clutches of Satan. We have also seen people react to our message with an increased desire for Holiness Living, which leads to an increased excitement for Jesus Christ. These, also, are specific goals of this ministry.
However, we are concerned that we have shared so many negative aspects concerning America and the world in general that some of you may think that we live lives which are negative, lives which are devoid of the Joy of the Christian walk. Today, we will share with you our fundamental Joy which we possess because we are being sustained and powered by the Holy Spirit.
Let us begin with a reality check as to where we seem to be in world history. In Matthew 24, Jesus gives us many signs for which to look to determine whether we are living in the Last Days' of Time; In verse 34, Jesus said that, when all these signs are occurring simultaneously throughout the world, we would know that His Second Coming is very near. Today, we are at such a great point in world history, as these Matthew 24 events are occurring simultaneously. Then we must consider the Satanic side of the present equation. Demonic guiding spirits are telling the leaders of the New World Order that the time has come for the world to finally enter the New Age of Peace and Safety, the New World Order.
All this information brings us to the profound writings of the Preacher of Ecclesiastes, chapter 3, verse 2: "To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: A time to be born and a time to laugh; a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted...a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance..a time for war and a time for peace..."
What is the historical and spiritual time today?
I believe it is time for us to soberly prepare for Jesus' Second Coming and for the Rapture of the Church. It is time for every believer to ruthlessly purge our hearts before God, honestly acknowledging those things which are displeasing to Him, asking for forgiveness through Jesus' Blood, and making restitution where needed. Then it is time for born-again believers to pray for the unsaved of this world, and bring a strong witness to them so they might be saved.
However, once we have accomplished this in our lives, it is time for us to relax in God's provisions and promises. If we take this attitude, we then will realize tremendous love and soul-peace. Let us review some of these wonderful promises of God to us.
1. Psalm 118:8 God states, "It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man." This Scripture is literally the theme of the entire Bible. It speaks of God's absolute sovereignty over the lives and the affairs of this world.
The Apostle Peter states the same Truth of 1 Peter 5:7, "Casting the whole of your care, all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all on Him, for He cares for you affectionately, and cares about you watchfully." [Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
Or, listen to a similar promise:
"Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail)." [Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
Did you catch that key phrase, "releasing the weight of it"? When you release the weight of your burden, giving it totally to Jesus, you can truly know peace of heart and Christian Joy even if the entire world is falling around you.
What tremendously comforting Truth!! What heart-peace truth! The Bible never says the world will ever know peace; the only peace of which the Bible speaks is the heart-peace of a person totally give over to Jesus Christ. Listen to this definition of heart peace:
"And God's peace shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort, that peace which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." [Philippians 4:7; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
Ponder this definition of heart/soul peace carefully and thoughtfully until it sinks thoroughly throughout your entire being. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak directly to your anxious heart as you contemplate the beginning of what may be the most turbulent time in a long, long time in world history. You will start to feel Jesus' peace and assurance seeping through your soul. This definiton of heart peace to the believer is the most precious in the entire Bible! Ponder it carefully, prayerfully! Let this Scripture permeate your entire being!
Since God controls the leaders of the nations and since He is absolutely sovereign, we can throw all our anxieties and cares into His hands; literally, we can get rid of our burdens by letting God take possession of them. What wonderful psychology this is; what a wonderful release of tension and stress.
But, God continues to talk about His desire and ability to take care of His saints.
In Matthew 6:24-34, Jesus tells us to "seek first of all His kingdom and His righteousness, and then all these [physical] needs will be given..besides."
God states in Hebrews 13:5b-6, "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me." In this verse, God clearly states that He will never, never, never leave us without support, or relax His hold on us. We need not worry about how we will live, eat, and take care of the necessities of life; God will see to it that we have all these things.
The writer to the Hebrews concludes, in verse 6, "The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me? Indeed, what can man do to us?" As I see it, man can do only several few things:
1. Man can persecute us. But we should not fear this, because such persecution will provide us two distinct blessings which otherwise might not come to us. First, when we are persecuted, we are matured in a special way. James states, in chapter 1, verses 2-4, "Consider it wholly joyful my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort...Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be a people perfectly and fully developed.. lacking in nothing...Blessed...is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive the victor's crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him".
In Isaiah 41:10, God is especially forceful in promising greater Grace for His saint when that saint needs it. Listen carefully:
"Fear not, there is nothing to fear, for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My victorious right hand of rightness and justice." [Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
When hard times really come, God tells us "do not look around you in terror and be dismayed". We are not to glance furtively around us with fear and anguish in our eyes. God assures us in the next verse why we can be so confident. He promises, "I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties". You should again ponder these words, "strengthen" and "harden to difficulties". Once you fully comprehend this meaning, you can begin to relax in the Omnipotent Power of the Almighty!
Persecution delivers to the trusting and faithful believer such special and great rewards that we should thank God that we have been counted worthy to suffer for Him.
2. Man can throw us into prison. Again, a believer can only be rewarded when he is imprisoned unjustly. Many, many believers throughout the ages since Jesus Christ have been thrown into prison because of their faith. But, they not only persevered, they prospered spiritually. Many people have been reached for the Gospel within prison walls, because of the witness which the Christian inmate was able to provide. Also, Paul reported the phenomenon that his imprisonment was actively strengthened the believers on the outside.
3. Man can kill our physical bodies. Jesus told us not to be afraid of those who threaten us with physical death, "...do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom you should fear: fear Him, who, after killing, has power to hurl into hell..." The physical martyrdom of the saints of God has always been the catalyst for church growth. God literally turns the evil which wicked men do to the Christian saints into the highest good, namely, heavenly rewards for their faithfulness. Immediately upon death, the Christian saint passes into Paradise, to be comforted in the bosom of Jesus Christ.
So, if Christians refuse to fear persecution, prison, or physical death, we have no reason not to be relaxed and happy in our secure trust in Jesus Christ. We can literally enjoy each day God has given us. We can literally face the impending judgments to come upon the entire world with personal joy and happiness. Once I arrived at the point where I accepted these judgments as part of God's Will, I felt a unique infilling of the Holy Spirit which has continued every day. I enjoy that daily sweet communion with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As I look at the events unfolding before my eyes, I am joyful in the reality that the Rapture of the Church is so very, very close. Very soon, I will behold the sweet face of my Lord and Savior, face to face. I am saddened by the enormous sin all around me, and I grieve for those precious souls who are rejecting Jesus Christ, especially my unsaved loved ones, but I am personally comforted by the unshakable faith that my name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
I can say with Job, "...though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him..." (13:15).
We can sing with Oswald Chambers:
"Since mine eyes have looked on Jesus, I've lost sight of all beside,
So enchained my spirit's vision, Gazing on the Crucified." ["My Utmost For His Highest", Oswald Chambers, in the A.W. Tozer CDROM Library]
Literally, the New World Order is the Great Tribulation, a period of unprecedented turmoil, wars, famines, and God's final judgment. Since we are so close to these events, we can see the beginnings of these prophecies. But, God has some very specific things to say about His provision for His saints in times of judgment:
a. "He will rescue you in six troubles; in seven nothing that is evil for you will touch you. In famine He will redeem you from death, and in war from the power of the sword...neither shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes. At destruction and famine you shall laugh." (Job 5:19-22; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)
b. "The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him...and each of them He delivers..the eyes of the Lord are toward the [uncompromisingly] righteous and His ears are open to their cry...When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles." (Psalm 34:7-17; Ibid)
c. Isaiah 44:8, "Fear not, nor be afraid [in the coming violent upheavals]..." God gave this assurance to the prophet Isaiah just before God's terrible judgment began to pour down upon Israel. [Ibid.]
Therefore, since we know all these things, we are to be active in the service of Jesus Christ. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:4, that "...the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds." Make no mistake about this fact, that the daily warfare in which we are engaged is spiritual. As we confront the events unfolding before us, brought about by men's wickedness and by the terrible weapons at his disposal, we must have firm control of the spiritual weapons supplied by the Holy Spirit.
We need God's spiritual weapons, every second of every day. What are these spiritual weapons? Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10, "In conclusion, be strong in the Lord...Put on God's whole armor that you may be able to stand up against all the strategies and deceits of the devil...therefore, put on God's complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and having done all the crisis demands, to stand firmly in your place." [Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
Once we have firmly and forcefully taken the spiritual power into our lives that the Holy Spirit wants to give us, we are to stand and fight, to "stand firmly in your place" as the terror and the panics sweep around us.
In other words, after diligent training to possess and use God's spiritual weaponry, we are to stand our ground and fight; no Christian is to turn tail and run whenever he sees and hears the battle coming upon him.
Then, Paul tells us what God's spiritual weaponry is:
1. Belt of Truth
2. Breastplate of God's imputed integrity
3. Shoes of the Gospel of Peace
4. A shield of Saving Faith
5. Helmet of the assurance of eternal salvation
6. The sword of the Word of God
7. Prayer, daily, constant prayer
Paul concludes, in verse 18b, "...keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance..." Be alert, and be forewarned. As we share with you now some more New World Order news, we do so in this spirit, so you can be alert in the full knowledge of the enemy in these last days of deceit and unlimited wickedness. But, be joyful, and look up, for your Redeemer is drawing nigh.
d. We need to live daily in the "secret place of the Most High" as described in Psalm 91. Once we daily live in the "secret place of the Most High", we shall fight our battles when they come from this lofty position! Then, all the precious promises of this chapter become ours. The most precious one to me is:
"A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked." [Psalm 91:7-8; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
The wicked events foretold over 2,000 years ago are now seemingly coming to pass at the same time, as a body of prophecies. Jesus told us to watch for this very coordinated event! Jesus said:
"So also when you see these signs, all taken together, coming to pass, you may know of a surety that He is near, at the very doors." [Matthew 24:33]
These events do seem to be coming together now, as a unit, or prophecy.
Are you spiritually ready? Is your family? Are you adequately protecting your loved ones? This is the reason for this ministry, to enable you to first understand the peril facing you, and then help you develop strategies to warn and protect your loved ones. Once you have been thoroughly trained, you can also use your knowledge as a means to open the door of discussion with an unsaved person. I have been able to use it many times, and have seen people come to Jesus Christ as a result. These perilous times are also a time when we can reach many souls for Jesus Christ, making an eternal difference.
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, but have been very lukewarm in your spiritual walk with Him, you need to immediately ask Him for forgiveness and for renewal. He will instantly forgive you, and fill your heart with the joy of the Holy Spirit. Then, you need to begin a daily walk of prayer and personal Bible Study.
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, but have come to realize His reality and the approaching End of the Age, and want to accept His FREE Gift of Eternal Life, you can also do so now, in the privacy of your home. Once you accept Him as Savior, you are spiritually Born Again, and are as assured of Heaven as if you were already there. Then, you can rest assured that the Kingdom of Antichrist will not touch you spiritually.
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