Messages From the Pastor
03232020 Prayer List
All our lives has changed the last few weeks. The coronavirus and the threat of a real pandemic has caused uncertain times that most of us has only read about. The Lord sent a plague upon Israel and 70,000 men died. In 1918 the Spanish Flu caused the death of over 50 million lives including 675,000 Americans. More recently in 2009 the Swine Flu 61 million were infected and 575,000 died and that is just to mention a few. The Bible says that there is nothing new under the sun that what has been shall be. Jesus warned us in the Gospels and Revelations that there would be future time like no other when the fourth seal is opened when John saw a pale Horse whose name that sat on him is Death and Hell followed him. One fourth of the Earth is killed with sword ,hunger and death of beast. Could the more recent viruses that has originated wih animals have any bearing on this future prophecy? At this present time there 7.8 Billon people on earth this would mean 2 billion people will die during the fourth seal. The Day of the Lord is the time that God will pour his wrath upon the Earth The sixth angel sounds the Trumpet and one third of the Earths men are killed by fire, smoke and brimstone. John saw something in heaven, GREAT and MARVELOUS, seven angles with the seven last plagues, vials filled with the wrath of God. After these plagues John heard many voices in heaven saying Allelula; salvation and glory and honor, and power unto our Lord God for true and righteous are his judgements. Jesus spoke of a time of war, famines, pestilences and earthquakes. All this is the beginning of sorrows. The end is not yet be not troubled these things must come first until the times of the Gentils be fullfilled. There shall be signs in the sun, in the moon,in the stars and upon the earth distress of nations. Then look up your REDEMPTION drawth nigh. Watch you therefore and pray always that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and stand before the son of man. Watch means be ready and that we live a life that is pleasing to Jesus. Not just looking for him but living for him. Again i say WATCH!!
The end is not yet be not troubled these things must come to past until the times of the Gentiles be fullfilled. What are the times of the Gentiles you might ask? Many refer to the time as the Church Age, according to Lk 21:24; when Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles. Paul spoke to the Gentiles as to how they were graffed in because of Israels unbeief; that there blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles come in. So all of Israel shall be saved, as it is written, there shall come out of Sion the Deliverer. Isaiah refers to this as a Glorious Time that the Gentiles will seek; when the root of Jesse, Jesus Christ, shall reign. Before Jesus Christ takes his rightful place upon his throne there will be a climatic period of unbridled wickedness, satanic deception and miss information. Then mankind will reach a cataclysmic time that will devastate much of the earth. Thats when the stench of the Earth reaches the throne of God and at that time there will be a silence in Heaven. An angel will stand before the Throne with a golden censer with much incense which is the prayers of the saints. The smoke of the incense, the prayers of the saints acends up before God. The prayers are answered " HOW LONG, O LORD, HOLY AND TRUE, DOEST THOU NOT AVENGE OUR BLOOD ON THEM THAT DWELL ON THE EARTH." Then the fury of God's wrath, devine judgement will rain down from heaven on all that has defiled the earth. We should live with the expectation of Jesus return as he promised. He will punish the world for it's wickness and set up his Kingdom on earth for one thousand years. This is the Glorious time when the Gentiles and Jews alike will experience the wonderous peace, justice and unfailing love of our Eternal King. Heaven and Earth shall pass away but my words shall not pass away and take heed to yourselves, so that day come upon you unawares. Watch you therefore, and pray always so we may be able to stand before the Son of Man! Watch and Pray!
Hope everyone is staying safe. Sonny Justus went to be with the Lord last night. We will have a memorial service at a later date when everything is back to normal. But know this :"It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man." Psalm 118.8. Pray for the family.
During this Holy Week may God direct our thoughts and attention to what matters most ; Jesus Christ our King. America and the whole world is at a turning point in history. Due to the coronavirus pandemic there are over 1 million cases and 60 thousands deaths ; 333,000 cases and 9000 in the U.S. along with the numbers rising. The enemy is doing everything he can to distract us from the true meaning of Easter. Let's choose to focus on worshipping our Lord and thanking him for his gift of eternal life. Let's praise him for the power of the resurrection and the new life found in him alone. Jesus knew as he traveled to Jerusalem what he must do. On Palm Sunday the crowd was excited as they waved palm branches while laying clothes along the way. They praised God with a loud voice for the mighty works that they had seen. Saying : Blessed be the King that come in the name of the Lord , Peace in Heaven and Glory in the Highest. The Pharisees didn't like it so they told Jesus to rebuke his followers. Jesus told them he wished they understood but it was hidden from their eyes. Also that one day your enemies will crush you and your children. Greater love hath no man than he lay down his life for his friends. Luke 15:13. Christs love for us led him to Jerusalem and then Golgatha. God ordained the events that took place for his glory and for our redemption. Jesus willingly gave his life. HIS LIFE for MINE !
The hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son may glorify thee: ( John 17:1) Jesus spoke these words as he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said; Father. A Father is someone you love, someone you trust and someone you believe loves you. Just as a son says dad or a grandson says poppy we are at full attention. Our eyes are opened and ears are listening at full volume; we say what is it my child. Jesus said Father is there any way that this cup can be taken from me? Three times he asked the Father if he could escape the torture and the suffering set before him. He said; No my child you must drink it all. It is the only way because mans sin is so great. Your blood is the only thing that will atone. Fully God and fully man Jesus understands our battle with the flesh. Jesus said; not my will but Thine. We must let go of our will so that we can find Gods will in our life. The Burden of the cross was heavy. Jesus said "and now O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." Then Jesus prayed for his Disciples and the ones that would believe on him through their words. This is so encouraging to know that Jesus looked ahead in time and prayed for our protection from the world. This is Resurrection morning and the tomb is still empty. Today most of the churches are empty not only in our nation but the whole world. The empty tomb is our hope. The empty churches is our hope that the churches will be more than full in the coming weeks. The things that we are facing today is so we might realize the things that are truly important in this life. While he is still offering salvation to some Jesus wants a clean Bride, a church without spot and without wrinkles. God has a plan and these things must come to pass. Just like the tragedy Jesus endured in his death and victory in his Resurrection. Our Father will send his Son and all things will be made new. OUR BLESSED HOPE !!
It had been a week since our Lord had rose from the dead. He walked on the earth for 40 days before his ascension. Then 10 days later came the day of Penecost. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit; the Comforter, would come to every Believer. Pentecost meaning 50 and his ascension was exactly 50 days after his resurrection. What did Jesus do for the 40 days while on the earth? He was seen in his resurrected body by thousands; he healed many; he continued to preach, he continued to show his love and compassion. For forty days he showed the world that he lived again. His resurrection proved to the world that he was who he proclaimed to be; the very Son of God. Also that through his resurrection power that all believers would also live again. Jesus walked with the 2 on the Emmaus road as he explained the scriptures to them and there eyes were opened. Afterwards he appeared unto the eleven as they were eating and there eyes were opened. Paul said : that Christ died for our sins according to the scripturee and he was burried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: an that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: after that he was seen of 500 brethern at once---, he was seen of James; then all of the apostles. 1st Corthin. 16:3-8. John said that if all the things were written that should be written, he supposed all the world itself could not contain the books. These things were written that we might also believe. Jesus said Peter do you love me? Feed my sheep. Then to the eleven he said go into all the world , and preach the gospel to every creature; in the name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Ghost. As our eyes are opened we to will want to teach and preach the good news that Jesus Christ is risen and he coming back as he said. It's all True! Blessed are those even though have not seen yet still believe. I BELIEVE !
God has got the attention of the whole world. Many has asked is this the time of the end? So many articles and books hs been written and movies produced about the Apocalypse, the end time, pandemics, famine and disease and the coming of a new world leader. The god of this world has definitely increased his activity. John said in the book of Revelations for the Heavens to rejoice because the devil is come down having great wrath because he knows he has a short time. The great dragon is that old serpent, that is called the devil, and satan, which deceives the whole world. The dragon is angy with Israel and went to make war with her seed and those that keep the commandments of God and that have the testimony of Jesus Christ. John saw under the alter the souls of them that were slain for the word of God and for their testimony. They cried with a loud voice saying, how long, O LORD, holy and true do you not avenge our blood on them that live on the earth. He said for them to rest for a little season until there fellowservents the brethren are slain just as they were killed. One day God will answer the prayers of the saints when he begins his wrath on the earth. We need to pray for our friends and love ones to be ready for the wrath of ALmighty God. Before that day lets pray for a spiritual awakening. The Rev. Fred Lundsford is asking for everyone to pray and fast on May 5; if my people which is called by my name, will humble themselves and PRAY and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land. I am asking for all of our church with family and friends commit to Pray!!
In the book of Revelations John said: he saw another sign in heaven, GREAT AND MARVELLOUS, seven angles having seven last plagues filled with the wrath lof God. A great voice out of the temple said go your way and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. The Prophet Isaiah spoke of a time of judgement for universal sin. Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word.(24:1,3) What is the prophet saying? "LOOK" The Lord is about to destroy the earth and make it a vast wasteland. These are not my words; The Lord has spoken!! Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle will no wise pass from the law. The elements will melt with feverent heat both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. This is God doing the global warming. Yes, we should be concerned and good stewards of our planet but lets not take God out of the equation. God made a perfect world but sin entered. His mercy is great because of his love but his holliness and his justice requires judgment. So you see this is why the wrath of God is great and marvellous. John later heard the songs of victory in heaven praising the Lord. Alleluia; Salvation, and glory and honour, and power for true and righteous are his judgement. He has punished those who corrupted the earth with their immorality. God has avenged the murder of his servants; all the prophets and saints."Praise the Lord" for the Lord our God, the Almighty; Reigns !!
PASTOR NOTES "Then Forever" When we see the word "then" there is usually something that precedes or comes before . There is something that happens before "Forever". Forever is for all time for Eternity. When does Eternity begin? We are actually living in Eternity now, the present time because it is a world without end. Although there is a period when time (as we know it) will be no more. Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega the beginning and the end. By him all things is and were created there was not anything made that was not made by him. Jesus is the Word; the Way; the Light; the life; the first and the last. Time begin in Genesis when God called the light Day and the darkness he called the Night; and the evening and the morning were the first day. The first day of creation and on the seventh day God rested. John was called up to Heaven in the spirit and a voice like a trumpet said to John that he would show him the things that would come hereafter. The things that would happen in the future. Later John saw a new heaven and a new earth because the first earth and the first heaven were passed away. Peter said he was looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved and the elements melt with fervent heat. We also, according to his promise, look for a new heaven and new earth. This promise is fulfilled when the Holy City comes down out of heaven the New Jerusalem. God himself will live among his people. He will wipe away every tear from our eyes and there will be no more death or pain. The former things are gone forever. This is the beginning of forever; Eternity. The city had no need of the sun, neither the moon for the glory of God gives it light and the Lamb is the Light. There shall be no night there. The first day of creation there is darkness for God called it Night. No more night so then Eternity Begins. Before Eternity and the New Jerusalem Jesus Christ must rule for one thousand years. He will be King over all the earth. Then the millennial reign of Christ the messiah. Then Forever. King of Kings and Lord of Lords !!
IF I HAD NOT COME : Jesus Comforts his Disciples he said " Let not your Heart be Troubled ye believe in God, believe also in Me". He said I go and prepare a place for you and where I am you may be also. Thomas said, Lord we don't know where your going and how can we know the way? Jesus said I Am the Way and the Truth and Life, no one comes to the FATHER but by ME. Then Philip said "Lord show us the FATHER". Jesus said to him, you have been with me a long time and still you don't know who I Am. Believe me, I am in the FATHER and the Father is in Me. Jesus is the Way the only way if there had been anther way God the FATHER would not have sent his only begotten SON. Anyone Who tries to get to the FATHER another way is the same as a thief and a robber. Jesus is the TRUTH because his miracles do testify of him, that he is of the Father. Also Jesus is the Life because through his Resurrection we have life. If Jesus had not come, we would not have LIFE ! We could not have ETERNALL LIFE because we would still be dead in in our Trespasses and SINS. We would have no covering for our sins and stand before the FATHER , GUILTY!! " if I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my FATHER also. (John 15:22,23) if Jesus had not come Gabriel would not have appeared to the virgin Mary and told her she would bear a child conceived of the Holy Ghost. An Angel would not have appeared to Joseph in dream and said to him, fear not to take Mary to be your wife. If Jesus had not come, the Shepherds on a hill side would not have been visited by the ANGEL OF THE LORD and the Heavenly Host; Praising God saying go to Bethlehem to the city of David for unto us is born this day a SAVIOUR which is Christ the LORD. If he had not come, the Wise Men would not have seen the star in the East and begin there journey to find the NEWBORN KING. If CHRIST had not come, Today there would be no church with it's Cross pointing to the Heavens. There would be no Scripture to comfort a dying mother or a dad that just lost his son and the hope of seeing there loved ones again. There would be no assurance of a glorious Resurrection and a Mansion awaiting. But it is TRUE, it's All TRUE. Jesus Christ came as a little baby born in a manger then died on a cruel cross for you and me. Now he has gone to prepare a place for all those who believe and who's sins are forgiven. And It is True "Jesus is COMING BACK"!!