My friends… My brothers and sisters in Christ… My loved ones,
This is both a great and terrible time which we live within.
Many of us believe we may be living in the end times as foretold in the Bible.
Some are looking for the prophets who will come during these times, and yes even Elijah who will herald in the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But there are so many warnings against false teachers and prophets that many of us feel we are left without any way to discern the true prophets who will come in this great age which culminates in the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Many have trusted a preacher before who speaks of these events and then these preachers are proven to be wrong and to be leading their flock astray. Many times this happens with television evangelists. Sometimes with a charismatic preacher who says they have answers about these times and certain evidence of these things.
And in many of these occasions the preachers are proven to be charlatans who are just in it for the money, taking the Lord’s name in vain in the worst possible way… and proving themselves to be false teachers and prophets.
Thus many have decided not to ever follow a person who preaches the word without trying to discern what they learn and can prove is true from the Bible themselves. This is very hard for a layperson and sometimes they will take a verse, passage or chapter out of context and miss the true meaning of the lesson. This is too sad for the Bible tells us to take those who are learned in the Word and to make them our ministers.
Take these verses for example:
Romans 14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
Romans 14:16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
Romans 14:22 Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth
They sound like you can do just about anything you want and God will not take exception to it… when in actuality it means something quite different. For example Romans 14:22 means that should you only do these things you believe are allowed and you will be happy.
The rest means to follow your faith as you believe the Spirit would have you do. Feel the conviction which the Grace affords you. Glorify, Edify and Testify about the Lord when the Spirit leads you to do so.
Remember all the Christian Churches originated with the teaching of Christ and the core teaching of most Christian denominations hold the same basic beliefs, especially when they use the Word (the Bible) as their ultimate truth, and the Holy Spirit as their guide.
Some churches are taught to remove all things from around them which may cause them to stray from the path, while we are taught to learn temperance, which most believe we can not learn by removing these things but by learning to either not do these things or learn to do everything in moderation… or by learning personal temperance. But this doctrinal choice for a Church to decide its members should eat whey, so to speak, about these things is the right of a congregation to add to their doctrine.
Then there are those who are seeking the great enlightenment or great awakening which will occur in the end times. Some believe this will come through a great revival and they seek revivals hoping to see them grow in power to become the greatest of revivals which sweep across the world… as the light of the Lord becomes so great that it enters every heart and the movement becomes so great that it reaches critical mass and we find that like an avalanche the movement can not be stopped and we find we are surrounded by Christians everywhere around the globe.
One, a true prophet will be known by their fruits. A God inspired prophet will have no evil intent in their heart. They will not be interested in profiting personally from their work, but they will wish to spread the message within their prophesies in the manner which will best reach the most people these messages are meant for.
The best advice here is to let the Spirit within you guide you in these things. Let the Word be your guidebook and follow your heart. Remember the enemy can disguise himself as the Angel of Light, so in all things we must pray. And for an even more spiritually powerful means to discern these things or to best use the gifts of the Lord… as Jesus taught us we must fast and pray. And the enemy will expose themselves. The wolf in sheep’s clothing will be known. The false prophets will fall and the false teachers will be set aside.
Two, the great revival, enlightenment, or awakening is taking place as we speak… for the truth of this we must read Romans chapter 14 and increase our understanding that there are many Christian walks which are true to the word and only encumbered by their own doctrine.
The trouble is many of us as one denomination do not accept those of other Christian denominations as true Christians when we should be letting their master judge them (especially when he is our master too), and we should not hold them to doubtful disputations but rather greet them with a Christian kiss and edify them when we can, share fellowship if we can and all grow together as one body of Christians doing our best to meet the call of the second covenant as described in the Lord’s prayer.
Now many will find it very hard to understand and accept what I have just said as being true… but for the truth in this we must look at the event where the Apostles found a man preaching in the Lord’s name who was not part of their group and they forbade him from teaching these things, testifying and preaching the Good News of the Lord’s coming.
When they told Jesus of this he told them not to forbid people from doing this… adding this statement… those who are not against us are for us. And then Paul expands on these understandings in Romans chapter 14.
As far as seeing so much evil in the world today… we are supposed to have our eyes opened in this age. As today’s Christians we have been sanctified and prepared for this new responsibility… we only need to keep the faith and understand that the mission never changes. We are to be as lights on the hills for the Lord until the name of the Lord is like unto the waters upon the seas.
Remember. If we love the Lord, we are to feed his sheep. This means we are to testify and share the good news and the truth of the word.
And finally. When we come to understand that Jesus taught us to first Love God with all of our hearts, minds and soul… and then to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, and then to love strangers we find may be in need, and then to even love our enemies… we will know the way of the Lord… for to be a part of the body of Christ is to love and be loved beyond measure.
And this is why I always say that it will take a heart wide and great to pass through the narrow gate.
‘We are the fruit!’ And bringing one another to the Lord is the greatest fruit we can produce.
We are the great awakening! We are the generation which will spread the Word and the Light and the Love of our Lord far and wide. We are the ones who will come together as one body of Christ and make all these things possible… and this is what will bring about the culmination of the second covenant… whether the end times happen now, in the near future, in the next generation, or even much further in the future.
So whether you are of a denomination which eats meat or whey, a denomination who considers there to be one day to be set aside for the Sabbath or that all days should be revered as the Sabbath, we are still all a part of the body of Christ, and we will each be judged according to our faith and how we followed what we believed the Lord would have us do to follow Him.
So if we are indeed the generation which the end times will occur within, we are indeed placed with the greatest responsibility which mankind has ever known.
We will spread the word. We will increase the body. We will benefit from this and we will work to increase this always. And in this manner we will keep our lamps full and be prepared for the Lord when he comes to take us away.
One more thing to consider…
Sometimes I find myself at a loss by the actions of my Christian brethren who use the Word to set upon their fellow Christians because they do not accept them as fellow Christian who are following what they believe the Lord would have them do.
But my actions and my words are restricted and yes, even guided by the temperance of what the Lord would have me do. I must love them and understand that even in their pretenses to be supported by the Spirit in their endeavors, they are indeed also strengthening the cause with their quoting of scripture in their attempts to cast doubt upon the righteousness of other professed Christians in our midst.
Yes, against even myself. This reminds me of Paul’s experience with those who preached the word in many ways while they knew he was in prison.
Phillipians 1:13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;
Phillipians 1:14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Phillipians 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
Phillipians 1:16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
Phillipians 1:17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel.
Phillipians 1:18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
Thank you for allowing me to share my opinions with you. We really do have our work cut out for us. May you all be truly blessed.
Your brother in Christ,