Monday, February 24, 2020

Worldly Behaviour Displeases God

“Adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the world's friend becomes God's enemy” (James 4:4 HCSB).

Rapture Vision (Brother Glenn) This can also be found in our visions page.

I received a vision from the Lord during the very early morning hours of Saturday (22/02/2020). In the vision, my family and I were together at home sleeping, it appeared to be very late at night (Matthew 25:6). I heard a loud voice and I just knew it was the LORD speaking and He called each one of us using the same words just using our names saying, "Cailin, My good and faithful (Matthew 25:23) servant come forth" (John 11:43). And immediately, I saw Cailin (our seven year old daughter) being transformed into a body of light flying through the roof and the sky and standing at the Lord's right hand side and the rest of us were called too and standing in the sequence we were called (Matthew 25:34). as I looked around I saw multitudes of other people also on the Lord's right hand side. end of vision!

Brief explanation

Brethren, the Lord is again warning us and exciting us to be ready and prepared for this great event the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18). Let us keep up the good work and continue doing the will of God. After this vision, I asked the Lord why Cailin (our 7 year old daughter) was being good and faithful since she never labored the Lord said, her obedience to us as her parents, her praying, bible reading and her participating in our ministry worship services and family devotional times makes her faithful in His eyes. Therefore, no brother or sister young or old should consider any contribution in terms of doing God's will as trivial. The Lord rewards every act of obedience that is done in His name and that brings Glory and honor to Him (1 Corinthians 10:31; Hebrews 6:10).

Brethren, this message is from God and it is serious. Don’t take it lightly; it is a warning! In previous articles (specifically Worldly Dressing, Appreciating the Way You Look, and Women in Pants and External Adornments), we have shared with you from the Lord that makeup and worldly dressing is worldly and goes against the Christian way of life, which is holiness and non-conformation to worldliness (Romans 12:1-2). Our message is a word of correction from the Lord.

This article on worldliness is a reminder from the Lord to Christians to stop embracing worldly principles and practices and to live as ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).This article is being presented to show that some things that Christians consider as normal are indeed worldly. We will therefore use Scriptural evidence to lead our convictions as well as some warnings we received from the Lord regarding worldly behaviour.

Satan, the god of this World

In order for us to understand Satan’s role in this world, we must acknowledge what the Bible says regarding him. Unfortunately, some people don’t believe in Satan’s existence and as the god of this sinful world (1 Corinthians 1:28). This rests entirely upon their faith as it requires faith to accept the Bible’s evidence and testimony about the devil. In this brief study, we will examine a few scriptures to satisfy ourselves with truth relating to Satan’s being and behaviour. The Bible says: “Regarding them: the god of this age (World) has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4; John 12:31).

From the above Scriptures, Satan is seen to be blinding people spiritually, so that they ignore the gospel of salvation. He is also the one using the various resource of the world to tempt and make us submissive to him (Matthew 4:8-9; Job 1:7). He is always at work in this world to destroy both the believing and unbelieving (1 Peter 5:8-9), again only faith and obedience in Christ alone gives us victory against his war for our souls (James 4:7). He is in the world not to make life easy for the human race, but to kill and destroy us (John 10:10), which reflects the current situation in the world today (Romans 1:20-32) He is a master deceiver and skillful in spreading lies and divisions between God and man (Genesis 3:1-5; Revelation 12:9).

Furthermore, Satan claims victory over those he controls and the end result is death (John 8:44-45; Ephesians 2:2; Romans 6:23). The ways of this world are sinfulness and the gratification of our carnal nature (Galatians 5:19-21; Romans 8:6-7). As it is, victory over Satan and sin is only through Christ Jesus, by faith in His redemptive work (Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 4:4; Revelation 12:11). We can only be more than conquerors if we don’t follow the ways of the world, which the above Scriptures declare as chasing after fleshly desires (Romans 8:37). Brethren, though some of our labour here is for the flesh, are we using the things here to control us or are we also working for The Lord and giving Him the glory (Luke 19:13-26)?

Remember, Satan operates through the spirit of lust, greed, selfishness and hatred, leading people in opposition to one another. To prove this, just read today’s sports headlines and business ads, "We are the best! We have more". Frankly, this is worldliness at best and this same spirit has made its way into the church. Christians and churches are now divided and are at war with one another for money and souls in order to attract more people and attention to themselves (1 Corinthians 3:1-4). This is not Christ’s way and command to the Church. His will is to unify and build the body up in perfect love and fruitful labour for the glory of God (Ephesians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 2:14-18).

Are You Friends With the World?

Broadly speaking, friendship with the world involves following the ways of the world through a continuous appetite for more and more worldly things (1 John 2:15-16). In addition, Christians have become very comfortable with many worldly activities and some of these activities are being celebrated in the Church today. In these celebrations, the Church practices being seen as ‘seasonal’, using relevant Scriptures to highlight such events. The point is: do such events promote obedience to Christ Jesus, or do they make the Church conform to the world and become relevant to the overall goal of the world leaders?

Like we shared in a previous article, the Lord considers every wrong thing we do as worldliness. Biblically, wrong things involves all things that goes against the Scriptures (James 4:17). Therefore, worldliness is anything that encourages us away from the Lord and leads us into some form of idolatry and habitual sinful desires (Colossians 3:5; 1 Peter 4:3).

We will consider some corrections on worldly behaviour from the Lord to us as a ministry and to others. Some few years ago, I was due to attend a meeting with my former pastor, so we asked the Lord what message I should take with me to the pastor. The Lord said that I should tell the pastor what things are permitted in the church and what should not be permitted. The Lord was referring to some incidents of worldly dancing and worldly music that were being performed in the church. There were also some plays that highlighted violence, drugs, and sexual lust. These scenes are all worldly and increase the appetite of the flesh.

While we understand that this message is intended to warn us against such behaviour, involving the perceptive senses to hear and visualize such events also brings desire. As it is, we make our message acceptable to the youth by depicting real life situations, when they already see all that on television and movies. Furthermore, worldly events like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Spring Day, Halloween, etc. are all designed to take attention from Christ and the cross, but bring focus to the celebration and idolizing of nature and persons. This also applies to worldly excursions, vacations to worldly places and beaches, or cruises which promote lust. Oftentimes, Christians who go on these journeys or vacations have little to no time for Bible reading and prayers. It ends up being a vacation from the Lord, while the Bible says that we should meditate on the Word day and night (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2; Psalm 119:97) and “Pray without Ceasing” ( 1 Thessalonians 5:17). I challenge every Christian: how do these events bring glory to Christ? And how do they benefit you spiritually to stop sinning? You might say that it draws attention to our church or message; yes it does, but was Jesus Christ really seen and glorified in this? (Matthew 5:14-16).

Worldliness in the Church

Moreover, there are many pastors who don’t find it worldly to sing worldly songs from the pulpit, or worldly songs masked as Christian songs. Not only are they doing that to become popular especially with the younger generation, but they also encourage their church members that it is not wrong and that such music does not interfere with our salvation. In truth, it does interfere with our salvation; anything that gives pleasure to the sinful nature is not from faith, and it is therefore sin (Romans 14:23). The God of the Bible, the One speaking to us, has warned several Christians against listening to worldly music, watching secular television and movies, and attending ungodly parties, indicating that doing these activities is being worldly. Surely, you know these appeal to the senses, leading to desire; this is an indulgence to the gratification of the flesh, isn't it? In this, does it show the nature of Christ in us or does it encouragement us to sin, for desire leads to fulfillment?

Finally, leading a worldly lifestyle is not acceptable to God. I have heard many pastors sharing dreams of luxury cars, magnificent buildings, and other worldly things this they believe will draw people to God because people will see how God has blessed them and "prospered" them, so they can desire the same things. Their sermons often manipulate Scripture to only focus on what "itching" ears want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3), such as God's "blessings" and "grace" for us to just live happy here on earth and have the best life here (John 16:33); they rarely mention living holy (1 Peter 1:13-16), Christ's soon return (Revelation 22:12), or God's judgment (2 Corinthians 5:10). This clearly portrays God wrongly! God's message of holy living and obedience is being exchanged for worldly things to show off; we cannot serve both God and material wealth (Matthew 6:24). While it is good to show how God blessed us with things, it should never be the motive to draw us to Him. This is exactly the ‘bait’ that the prosperity teachers are using (1 Timothy 6:10). They are pulling the masses to gain fame and enrich themselves through the tithes and offerings, all these being done at the expense of their member's salvation!

In conclusion, being friends with the world is accepting Satan as your ruler and father. If we make friends with people to just socialize with them on worldly terms, and not to fellowship in Christ, our union with them is benefiting our (and their) sensual needs for the "feeling good" of our nature like lust or desire. In Christ, however, we feed on what builds us up in Him (Philippians 4:8; Colossians 3:1-2; John 14:15) in our daily quest to crucify the sinful nature. Choose your friends for the good of the gospel and their salvation.

So, have you been focusing on being friends with the world, or would you like to be a true friend of Jesus Christ? If you desire to be friends with The Lord, please pray this Prayer of Sincere Repentance to get you started in this beautiful journey. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed Love,
Brother Glenn.

Monday, February 10, 2020

How God's Angels Serves Us

Visions By Claudia (These are available also in our visions section)

Vision Of a Bright Cloud

On the February 5, 2020 I had a vision just before my early morning prayers. I saw a brilliant white cloud and a very Bright Light that illuminated the entire sky. As I looked, I felt a deep penetrating peace entering me...END! (See Matthew 17:5)

Vision Of Angels Singing

Again on February 7, 2020. I had another vision, I could see  countless Angels who were dressed in dazzling white robes standing on a pure white cloud. I immediately started singing praises to the Lord and the angelic host joined in singing praises to the Lord. End! (Job 38:7; Luke 2:13-14).

Angels and Their Origin

The Bible says that God created everything in Heaven and on the earth (Genesis1:1; 2:1; John 1:1-3). In the book of Colossians 1:16, we read, “For by Him all things were created: things in Heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him” (NIV). These angelic beings are eternal and they shouted with joy when God laid the foundation of the world (Luke 20:36; Job 38:1-7). Furthermore, we are told in Scripture that angels do not reproduce or given in marriage (Matthew 22:30).

Upon further study, we read that angels are wise and intelligent beings who have a keen interest in human affairs (Daniel 9:21-22; Daniel 10:14; Luke 15:10). We also read that angels are spirits (Psalm 104:4; Ephesians 3:10).

Angels and Their Dealings With Mankind

Comparatively, Angels were created before man and they are countless and of a higher order (Psalm 103:20; Isaiah 6:2-3; Luke 12:8-9; Psalm 8:5). Because of the high position that angels have as God’s servants, they are said to be, “holy ones”, “stars”, and even as “sons of God” (Job 1:6; 2:1; 5:1; Psalm 89:5,7; Revelation 9:1). In Scripture, we are warned not to worship Angels (Revelation 19:10; Colossians 2:18). As it is, we further learn that angels are serving mankind as guides, protectors, and deliverers (Genesis 24:7, 40; Exodus 14:19; Psalm 34:7; 91:11; Isaiah 63:9; Daniel 3:28).

There are various categories of angels (Genesis 3:24; Isaiah 6:2; Ezekiel 10:3; 2 Kings 6:16-17) and when God revealed angelic beings to people they have various forms. When God sends Angels as messengers to humans, they are given a form similar to that of mankind, though they are usually different; this creates a feeling of awe (Judges 13:15-20; Matthew 28:2-3; Luke 2:9; Acts 1:10).

This is very important: when people claim to have received a message from an angel, it should never proclaim a gospel other than the message of the cross, resurrection and the final judgement of God (Galatians 1:8; Revelation 14:6-7). In the New Testament, we find the angels of the Lord supporting and encouraging the disciples in the work of the gospel:
  • Two angels who looked like men and dressed in white told the disciples that Jesus would come back in the same manner that He ascended (Acts 1:11).
  • An angel directed Philip to preach to the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26)
  • An angels appeared in a vision to give instructions to Cornelius (Acts 10:3-7,22).
  • Angels were sent to offer protection and rescue God’s servants from prison (Acts 12:7-11).
  • An angel came to Paul to strengthen him and to assure him that he would preach to Caesar and spare the lives of his fellow sailors (Acts 27:23-24).
Can People Order Angels Around?

The Lord has given us authority over Satan and demonic spirits, but He has not given us authority to order His holy angels around (Luke 10:18-20). In addition, angels report to the Father and they are His Heavenly witnesses (Job1:6; Luke 12:8-9; Revelation 4:8-11). Also, as I will explain later, Angels do submit to the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ. They do so out of reverence to the Lord, and as much as bad angels or demons hate to acknowledge their defeat at the cross, the angels of the Lord submit to Him (Colossians 1:15-20; Philippians 2:7-11).

Can Angels Heal?

I heard a testimony of someone seeing angels healing people; this testimony contradicts Scripture, however well-intentioned it may be (1 Corinthians 12:9). In the New Covenant, it’s us – the Church, and not angels, who have been commissioned to bring healing in the name of Jesus (Matthew 10:1,8). In the New Testament, Jesus alone is the focus for anyone who was healed miraculously (Acts 3:1-8, 16; Acts 4:9-10; Acts 9:32-35; Acts 28:7-9). Healing and forgiveness of sins is granted when we pray in faith in the name of the Lord and repent of our sins (James 5:14-16). The story of the Pool of Siloam falls under the Old Covenant system, and when Jesus came to that pool He provided a better solution to those who waited for the stirring of the waters (John 5:6-8). Jesus healed everyone who came to Him in faith seeking healing and deliverance (Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 9:35-36; Matthew 14:14).

In the New Testament, we do not see any evidence of angels performing healing, and as a matter of fact, we are warned about a wrong emphasis on angels:
  • False angels can bring deception via a different gospel other than what is written in the Bible (Galatians 1:8).
  • Satan and his demons can masquerade as "angels of light", and his servants also masquerade as “servants of righteousness” (2 Corinthians 11:14).
  • Deceived and misguided people worship angels and deceive people with their emphasis on supernatural experiences that are rooted in their fleshly pride, and not in the Holy Spirit or Scriptures (Colossians 2:18).
Encounters With Angels

I will relate two short experiences we had with angels. In 2009, I was shown a vision of angels in human form who were clothed in white guarding my two daughters. In this vision, I saw my daughters Charis and Claudia playing, and I saw two white figures standing close by watching them. I immediately reacted and shouted, “I rebuke you in Jesus name” and as I did that I saw the angels fleeing and they stood a short distance from us (Colossians 1:15-20; Philippians 2:7-11). I continued rebuking them while they just looked at me, and a thought come to my mind that “those are your daughters” guardian angels”. When this thought appeared I wanted to inquire of them but they disappeared.

Furthermore, and I have never reported on this, Charis had numerous visits from different angels who declared upon their appearances that they were sent by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I will only relate on one experience here since it may appeal to everyone. The other angelic visions were personal messages to some of us from the Lord. The vision and the message I am about to share should not be construed as a possible rapture date setting. The female angel who brought the message did not give us the meaning of this message. This particular angel has been sent twice to Charis as a messenger of the Lord (Acts 10:3-8). The vision is described below.

The Vision of the Number 3

This is the vision the Lord gave me (Charis) in the morning of February 28, 2013. I saw an angel appearing in the form of a woman. Although, she did not give me her name, I knew her name was Celeste and that she was an angel sent by the Lord. She spoke and said, “Did you notice that the Lord used the number 3 various times, like your family had to go on a fast for 3 days, and the Lord used the number 3 in the vision you had about your mother? The Lord also used the number 3 in David’s punishment and the Lord rose from the dead in 3 days’ time? I asked her, why are you telling me all these? She replied, “I am sent to tell you this and don’t forget my words; please remember my words”. I replied saying “Yes, I will not forget”, and she disappeared.

Kindly allow me to add some background to this vision. In the beginning of the Lord Jesus Christ’s visits to us, He commanded us to fast for 3 days to receive a blessing, breakthrough and to establish this ministry. Soon after our fasting, He announced what we fasted for. This was predicted and it all came true. Also, the Lord showed Charis a vision of something my wife was going to do; this prediction came true and the rest we know it from the Scriptures. We have no direct interpretation to this revelation but we share it with you as a warning and encouragement.

In conclusion, the Lord also told us that angels do not dispense the gifts of the Holy Spirit, nor do they administer the gifts of the Holy Spirit on His behalf; it is the Lord Himself who works through the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). There is order in the work of God and each individual angel has been assigned task by God (Jude 6; Revelation 5:1; 2 Kings 19:35; Revelation 20:1-3).

Let us therefore remember that Scripturally, we are warned against worshiping angels, praying to them or expecting them to do things for us; they are only ministering spirits sent by God and they are commanded by Him and our Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:14).

Blessed Grace and Mercy be multiplied to you in Jesus name,

Brother Glenn.

PS: We are sharing a new warning vision the Lord has given on November 9, 2013.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Is rapture imminent?

Is rapture imminent?

Important Notice: This week's article has been written by our beloved Brother Thomas John who is doing a good job in the mission field for the Lord in Bangladesh and some other areas. This precious brother and his team are fearless and selfless warriors of the Cross who preach the gospel in areas where their lives are in constant danger. We therefore urge you brethren to pray for them in Jesus name. As a ministry, we have been warned by the Lord not to set dates relating to His coming. Therefore the dates suggested below may or may not be accurate and these are not endorsed by this ministry.

Vision of a selfish Christian (02/02/2020). 

I (Brother Glenn) had a vision from the Lord on above date. I had a conversation with a known pastor in our area and the Lord showed me that this man had sin in his life which he did not even hide from others. While this and I were conversing, i heard the Lord saying, "This man will do nothing for others unless he stands to benefits from it". End! (Colossians 3:23-24).

We therefore encourage you brethren, let us not do good to others for self-gain, or self-glorification but as humble servants doing it to please our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 17:10; Matthew 25:40).

I have no doubt that we are living in the last days foretold in the scriptures thousands of years ago. I am very excited to be living at this crucial period in history. I believe the next great event in human history is going to be the rapture of the church. The vast majority of the unbelieving world will be caught unawares when this event will finally occur. However for the small band of true believers in Christ, it is going to be a day like no other.

At no time in history have we seen prophetic puzzles falling into place at such a speed. It is all happening right in front of our eyes. This is the most significant period in world history as the prophetic time clock is ticking faster than ever before. So many things are falling into place. So much is converging so fast! And yet many don’t pay attention. The sad truth is there are so many Christians today who have no idea how close they are to this great event. Unfortunately many of them aren’t studying the word and are not interested in the Lord’s return. A good number of Christians don’t even believe the rapture is ever going to occur. It has become just like the days of Noah. There is so much of unbelief and belligerence. In most churches there is no serious preaching on the Lord’s return. Sadly so many in our churches are not rapture ready!

Is it possible to know?

Jesus had clearly stated in Matthew 24:36 that no one knows the day or hour of his coming. Does it mean that we will be totally in the dark regarding Christ’s return for his church? What Christ said was that no one knows the ‘exact time’. That doesn’t mean we cannot know the ‘general time’ of rapture. The overall timing might remain a mystery. However we may be able to observe some general indicators when key prophecies are fulfilled.

The same Jesus who said that no man knows the day or the hour of his coming, however, was very angry with the Pharisees and Scribes for not discerning “the signs of the times" (Matthew 16:3) and not knowing the "time of their visitation" (Luke 19:44).

Jesus did go into detail about the end times in Matthew 24 and Luke 21. When the disciples

asked what would be the signs of the end of the age, he explained in-depth. The whole chapter is devoted to us knowing what the times would be like and what are the things to come. If He did not want us to know what to look for, He would have told the disciples that they

do not need to know. It is in fact the complete opposite. We can know the general time of his coming by discerning the signs of the end time. The Bible talks about signs that point to the rapture. It is our ignorance of these signs that deter us from knowing the truth and becoming rapture ready.

Major signs

In Matthew 24 we find the disciples asking Jesus a very profound question, “When this will happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” and this is what Jesus told them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:7-14).

Nations today are armed with nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. Many are at war with each other. The situation is chaotic in many places around the world. The Middle East is more combustible than ever. We are almost on the verge of a third world war. It has never been like this. Our world is at a tipping point.

Persecution of Christians is on the rise around the world. Today Christians in many nations are targeted, hunted down and ruthlessly murdered. According to one estimate, a Christian is martyred every five minutes. The unprecedented rise in persecution of Christians across the world is a sure sign that we are drawing closer to tribulation and subsequent events.

We are seeing an increase in the frequency and intensity of earthquakes all over the world. Jesus in his Olivet discourse predicted that this would be a major sign just prior to his return to earth.

It must also be borne in mind that our Lord Jesus knew that the global media would cover most of the events He mentioned in Matthew 24:7 and the new diseases being reported around the world are signs we need to take note of.

The increase of sin is another major sign. The moral degeneration that we witness today in the world is unprecedented. Morality is overwhelmed by shameless behavior. It was Ruth Graham, the late wife of Billy Graham who once said, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” It isn’t just America but the entire world is witnessing a rapid degradation of morality. Evil is rising around the world.

Today there may be only few people in the world who haven’t heard the name Jesus. It is true that many Islamic nations do not allow religious freedom. In some countries people risk the death penalty for changing religion. But the Internet and some social media platforms is changing everything. It is much harder for governments to control. The gospel message is going out to the world. Unreached people group doesn’t necessarily mean that a particular group hasn’t heard about Jesus or Christianity at all. Gospel has reached almost every place in the world.

Written by Brother Thomas John and reviewed by Brother Glenn