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The Dread of the Lord and Calling All Elders!

My brothers in the Lord, He is coming back sooner than most realise. Let us prepare the Body of Christ for his return. He wants us ready and He wants us to know and be wise. He wants us perfect in His love, to be found faithful to all of His Word in that day. This is our work today. Let’s declare it from the rooftops. The time is so serious: we are facing the final years and many are sleeping and blind like drunkards, even in the Church. Pray that our hearts may be found as he is, that like as he is so we too in this world. Pray, be moved, cry out to Him, earnestly desire this for He is coming. Let us work to prepare all in the Body of Christ for His coming.

The world is “gloriously” building its road to perdition, let none of us be found on it. They build it in arrogant defiance in the face of JAH and things are getting worse. Malachi told us that the day to come will burn as an oven, and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: the day that is coming shall burn them up says the Lord of all the armies in the heavens. That day shall leave the wicked neither root nor branch. No evil shall abide when He comes. None of the wicked shall stand. None will be able to abide His presence. None of them.

When the Lord appears, what a raging fire in His presence. Few know the dread of the Lord, but every man will know. Every man will see it. To some it will be a terrible sight to behold. Many will try to run, but there will be no place to go, no hiding place. The lightning of His presence will be a frightening sight for them to behold. Hearts of grown men shall melt and the wicked will stagger as the Lord makes them drunk in His fury. Grown men will mourn. Fright will consume the hearts of many. A terrible sight. Where will their arrogant defiance get them in that day?

Let us be found to be with Him in that day praising JAH Almighty for His righteous judgments, not doing the wicked ways of the world. Let us find His dread a comfort and a cause for joyful singing. The fire will try every man’s work, of what sort it is. Whosoever work remains, they will receive a reward.

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The Seat of Satan (an extract from “Thy Kingdom Come”, a new book from Mark Atkinson)

Satan’s Seat

The Bible tells us that in the future, after being cast out of heaven, the Devil will take up his seat of government in the Middle East. The Middle Eastern nations are antichrist in their values and even today are being prepared by Satan to become his seat of government on earth in the End Times. It is sufficient for the moment to simply hear the Lord’s word on this in the Book of Revelation:

“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write ….
… where thou dwellest, even where Satan seat is ….. where Satan dwelleth” (Revelation 2:12-13)

If you read these verses carefully, you will notice that the Lord is not saying that seat of Satan is in Pergamos in a restricted sense, but rather Pergamos is in the area of where Satan’s seat will be established. The Lord says that the believers in Pergamos dwell in the area where Satan will dwell and have his seat of government. This area is in the Middle East. Pergamos is in Turkey, which in future will form part of the Beast Kingdom, a conglomerate of Middle Eastern nations. Satan will dwell wherever his seat of government is established. In the future, after he is cast out of heaven, Pergamos will be in that area on the earth where he will have his stronghold and from where he will continue his work.

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Underground Bunkers

It’s no secret that the leaders in many countries have built underground bunkers to be used in the event of a major catastrophe or war. But will they be able to use them to hide from the face of JAH and the wrath of the Lamb? In the day to come, they will indeed try:

“And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
For the great day of his wrath is come…” (Revelation 6:15-17a)

But in that day there will be no place to hide.

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Happy to spit in the face of God

As we draw closer to the final seven years before the Lord returns, we can expect many more changes in laws, culture and thinking that are increasingly anti God. In the last decades we have witnessed major shifts away from the traditional Christian values that were previously the bedrock and very fabric of our societies and cultures. The so called “freedom movement” in the sixties was used by the Adversary to stretch young adults’ minds beyond the established moral values of the social culture that then was. The rise of the university machine from the 70’s onwards brainwashed the minds of the majority of young adults attending and basically fashioned their minds into a very deceptive form of secularism in which they gleefully thought was mental freedom. We now live in a different era. The post modern, post Christian world is indeed a heaven to the wicked, but it has started racing towards the finishing line. Time itself is sufficient to show the error of their ways, but it will then be too late for the Antichrist and the False Prophet, their heart’s desire, will have been given to them. Judgment from JAH will be upon them. And they will still be gleeful in their ignorance saying “peace and safety, peace and safety” and “we have no need of God, we are our own God, we are free”..

The Apostle Paul prophesied of the forsaking in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. It refers to mankind leaving behind all religion in order to embrace the Antichrist. Satan will not suffer the world’s religions in the day when he demands mankind’s worship. This forsaking has already begun to take place in the UK, the USA and other parts of the world. In this post modern, post Christian world, the forsaking has started well and is also racing towards the finishing line. The faith is quickly leaving our schools. The prayers at council chambers are no longer said before meetings start. The traditional church has become a laughing stock because it has lost the Word and is the poor relation of national government. Leaders rule the country without Christ. And laws are being passed by the plenty which are diametrically opposed to the laws of God. The land and everything and everybody in it belong to JAH. Man has conveniently forgotten whose name is on the title deed; he spits in the face of God as he continues gleefully in his delusion.

How long will JAH suffer this to be? How long?

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The Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing – False Teachers in the Church

The presence of false teachers in the Church is no new thing. The Bible shows us that they were in abundance in the first century church. The Apostle Paul said that after his death, grievous wolves would come in not sparing the flock. The imagery of a wolf tearing apart the sheep is a very graphic one. Physically, to witness a wolf attack a sheep is a dreadful sight, but how much more abhorrent is a spiritual wolf in sheep’s clothing entering the sheep fold and tearing apart the sheep in a spiritual sense. The fold is the Church, the body of Christ; the sheep are the sons of God; and the wolves in sheep’s clothing are those Christian ministers who bring falsehood, wrong teaching and errors which lead the flock of God away from the narrow road that leads to wholeness. They do this in the name of Jesus Christ, uttering words like God bless and teaching from the Bible. They lead the sheep towards destruction through their own love of the error of the wicked. They don’t spare the flock but they devour them. Behind them is Satan whose mouth is open wide. He eats up the people of God without ever being satisfied. He wants more and more.

Those who have been devoured in these ways are most unlikely to realise it. Some have been devoured beyond recognition so that the image of Christ is no longer recognisable in them. In Galatians 4:19, it happened to many Christians in the Galatian church. Christ was no longer recognisable in them. The Apostle Paul said he laboured again with them so that Christ could be formed in their hearts. Others have been devoured in part or in varying degrees. This is all a matter of the heart. Satan wants our hearts. The Lord wants our hearts. We have been taught by the Lord that it is a battle for the heart. He wants to grow us up in the liberty of God’s truth so that we may be free indeed. He wants us to grow up in His image, to be fashioned into Him which is through the narrow gate that leads to life. Ephesians 4:15 shows us God’s will: we are to grow up into the head of the one body which is Christ. We are to grow up into Christ in all things that Christ is. And Ephesians 3:17 shows us that Christ is to dwell in our hearts so that we become as he is, and so that we will look like him spiritually. Paul said that the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery was for the obedience of faith.

These wonderful truths are part of the Great Mystery that the Apostle Paul taught the Church. He said that this Great Mystery is how the Almighty Father wants the Church to be governed. He said that this Great Mystery is how we become obedient to God. He said that all Christian ministers should first be proven in this Great Mystery and shown to be blameless in it, that they should hold this Great Mystery in their hearts strongly and ably so as to teach the flock of God properly. If we take an honest look at these instructions in the Bible, we can see who are the false teachers today. The wolves in sheep’s clothing today are all those Christian ministers who fail to teach the sheep the ways of the Lord in the Great Mystery. They deny it, or twist it, or dilute it, or refuse it. They suppress the truth and keep the flock from finding out the true way to wholeness. The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to charge some leaders that they teach no other doctrine, but rather that they should teach the Great Mystery.

So who are those Christian ministers today who do not teach this Great Mystery but teach other things? The list would be long indeed. They do not have the fruits of Christ in their heart. They don’t look like him spiritually. They look like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

How these false teachers, wolves in sheep’s clothing, keep the Church from the obedience of faith.

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Absurd reasons not to read the Book of Revelation

Here are ten outrageous reasons spoken by so-called faithful Christians as to why NOT to read the Book of Revelation. It would be interesting to see what others have heard also. Here goes:
1. It’s a bunch of garbage!
2. I don’t want to read about monsters!
3. It’s not written to the Church!
4. We won’t be here when it happens!
5. It can’t be understood!
6. The Jehovah witnesses have put me off!
7. It has already happened!
8. There are so many different interpretations, I don’t know which ones are right!
9. We can’t know what it means until it happens, so I’ll wait until then!
10. It shouldn’t have been included in the Bible anyway!

Yes, I have heard all these phrases from the mouth of those professing loyalty to our Lord Jesus Christ. I’m sure there have been many other crazy things spoken – let us know what you have heard. This is so absurd!

And here are ten godly reasons why we should all read the Book of Revelation:
1. The Lord says “Blessed is he that readeth” (Rev 1:3a)
2. “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life….” (Rev 22:19a)
3. All Scripture is required to perfect our hearts (2Tim 3:16-17).
4. If you don’t know the truth about the time ahead, then you can be deceived.
5. I want to know the Lord’s will in that day.
6. I don’t want to remain Biblically illiterate about the End Times.
7. It’s God’s Word; and He gave it.
8. Watch! (what should watching out for?)
9. It’s part of the Hope!
10. The real title is “The Unveiling of Jesus Christ”.

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The World is Not Going to End in 2012

According to Jah, the true God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the world is not going to end in 2012.

There have been films, documentaries, articles, books, magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs and many communications promoting the 2012 idea of the end. But have you stopped to consider what is behind the 2012 furore? Some may say money, others will cite fear-mongering,and others may point to conspiracy or even control, whether religious, mental or spiritual. Others will think it’s just an outright silly belief that is laughable! Well,all of these have a part to play but the real driving force behind the 2012 prediction is the Adversary, who we also know as Satan or Lucifer.

The Adversary knows the world has turned the corner and is heading swiftly towards the End Times. He knows it is coming but he doesn’t know exactly when. But he does know that the end of the world will not be in 2012 because he knows more of the Word of God than most people today. He knows from the Book of Daniel and from the Book of Revelation that there is a period of at least 7 years before this world is utterly broken down when Jesus returns. At the time of writing, no one knows when the start of that 7 year period will be, so there’s at least 7 years left if not more before the much promoted 2012 total destruction happens. Now herein lies the Adversary’s ploy.

Consider this. There has been so much hype about 2012 that when we arrive in 2013 without the end of the world having taken place, then the Adversary will have just placed a master reference point in the minds of millions of unwitting people. The real value of the whole 2012 prediction to the Adversary is how he will use it in the years that follow. Let’s look into this further.

The year 2000 was a trial run for him. In the build up to 1 January 2000, there was so much hype regarding the disasters that were supposed to result from computers and programmes not being able to handle the year 2000 date. But, then the 1 January 2000 date just passed us by without all the hype becoming a reality. In the years that followed, many expressed their utter contempt for anything even remotely predicting an end of the world disaster. The fears stirred up by the year 2000 hype have been ridiculed and utter contempt has been etched on the minds of many. Yet, the 2012 myth is going to be used by the Adversary to discredit all notions of Biblical prophecy. For those who believed the 2012 predictions, they will be proved wrong when the end does not happen. For those who rejected the 2012 myth, they will be seen as the wise ones. Either way, predictions about the end and global disasters will look ludicrous. Prophecy in the Bible will be swept up with myth in one foul swoop. The idea of a disaster on such a global scale will be scorned because people will say “we’ve been here before” and “don’t be ridiculous, it will never happen – look at 2000 and 2012”. The echoes of contempt will ring around the world.

Yet, the danger of all this is that there is a time of severe judgment coming when Jah and Jesus Christ will utterly breakdown this world and remove the evil from it. After the 2012 myth has passed, many will be lulled into a sleep thinking that judgment will not come, just like 2000 and 2012 turned out to be just another year.

‘For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober’. (1 Thessalonians 5:2-6)

Don’t be double tricked by the 2012 myth. There’s a devilish wisdom behind it that the Adversary is keeping very close to his chest.

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The Word of God Does not Promise Blanket Immunity from the Adversary’s Persecutions.

Jesus and the apostles prophesied of a period of time ahead when the followers of God would be persecuted even to the point of death. They were referring to something very specific i.e. during a particular time period during the last days before Jesus’ return. It’s surprising how dull of hearing it is possible to become and not actually hear such words.
There is a present day belief among our Christian brothers and sisters that the Church will be spared all such dangerous things, but that is naive at best and dangerous plus disobedient to God’s Word at worst.

The Word of God does not promise blanket immunity from the Adversary’s persecutions. Therefore, we should not believe that such a thing exists. On the contrary, we should prepare ourselves so that we overcome, even if that means not loving our lives to the death. For us, there is a greater prize, a bigger world and a Lord who will return bearing his rewards with him. Therefore, our heart should be firmly pitched into eternity, not the short term and temporal world we find ourselves in at this present time. There is a time coming when all the tribulations and persecutions of the present age will have diminished; they will have evaporated into insignificance after the glory of Jesus Christ arrives. There is no  comparison.
So, gird up your minds. Strengthen your resolve with the Word. And put on the whole armour of God today so that you can stand and withstand the wiles of the devil for both today and tomorrow. Be ready. Be prepared. Be wise today and you will reap the benefits not only in the present time but also during the period of persecution ahead, as well as for all eternity if you endure.

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.’  (James 1:12)

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Has the Church Already Departed From the Faith?

The true faith is the gospel of the Great Mystery that was given to Paul. In Romans 16:25-26, we read about the obedience of faith which comes after living and walking in the truths of the Great Mystery that was given to the Apostle Paul for this Church Age – the true faith.

In 1 Timothy 4:1, Paul wrote to Timothy saying “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” The word depart here is aphistemi in the Greek and it means to stand away from. The church today stands away from the faith that was revealed to the Apostle Paul.

The Great Mystery is the Lord’s declared household administration of the Church (Eph 3:2-4, 9, Col 1:25-27 and 1 Cor 9:17) and it is one of the qualifications to be a minister in the Church (1 Timothy 3:9).
For the most part the Great Mystery is not taught in our churches today. It is not known, and I must say that I’m not even sure if the churches will regain it before our Lord returns. Take a look at the majority of Christian websites and teaching lists and you will be hard pressed to find a teaching on it. The Lord is calling the ministers in the Body of Christ to the Great Mystery, to learn it, to be strengthened by it but that call appears to be falling on many deaf ears. There are already those in the Church who are refusing to hear. They are restraining the truth. Why?

All of this leads me to understand that the Church has almost departed from the faith that was revealed to the Apostle Paul. The Church is dangerously close to the full departure from the faith. It seems that the next step will be to dilute and change the gospel of God concerning His Son whom He raised from the dead.
It’s only a matter of time.

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