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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Cherry Picking From The Old Covenant?

                         There is only ONE Covenant

1John 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that would lead you astray.

One of the issues we were presented with was tithing, and a local church spokes-person gave a good cover story from the life of Jacob, the grandson of Abraham. 
On the surface it really sounded reasonable.  It might inspire some to do likewise, especially anyone who accepts whatever they are taught by their Christian leaders. 

This unusual approach was presented based on a vow from Genesis 28:
 20 Then Jacob made this vow: "If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, 21 and if I return safely to my fathers home, then the Lord will certainly be my God.
22 And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me."

Doesn't that sound reasonable?
Make a deal with God in exchange for protection and provision, just make a pledge or vow to give 10% of everything God gives. It's even in the Bible, and a godly man did so.

Jacob's Vow in LIGHT of the New Covenant
Let's look at the small issue of Jacob's vow to give 10% Let's ask ourselves the following:
1. Jacob's vowDid anyone in the New Testament scriptures make this vow?
    Answer:  Easy to answer, no one did. zip, nada, zilch.
2. Does the New Covenant lack in promises that we need to go back and follow Jacob's vow in order to be blessed and provided for?   Answer: What are New Testament promises? Salvation, deliverance, provision, wholeness? (see the Greek word "sozo")
3. Do we need  to follow Moses' Law in the OLD Covenant?
4. Should we observe Abraham's Covenant? 

Are there some good things here and there we could pick and choose from?

There is a tragic error committed by many Christians who love God. They do not know or understand the Covenant God made with us in Jesus Christ.  I would dare say the majority  let  leadership define what Christianity is.

So in ignorance and confusion, scripture is misapplied, cherry-picked, misunderstood and worse yet, mis-taught to the trusting folks in the pew.
Hebrews 8:6 But now has he (Jesus) ... is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted upon better promises.

Hebrews 7:22 By so much also has Jesus become the (surety) of a better covenant
"surety": a surety, a sponsor,  a guarantee
"better"stronger-, that is, (figuratively) better, that is, nobler: - best, better
"covenant":  (specifically) a contract (especially a divisory will): - covenant, testament.

Jesus is the guarantor of a better contract-testament-will-covenant than ANY of the previous ones. It is a better one than the one that included tithing, the Law of Moses, Jacob's vow, Noah's Covenant, Abraham's promised blessings, and the one God gave Adam.

The NEW COVENANT is a legal Will that supersedes, disannuls, makes void, and replaces the ones that went before, and gives us the promise:
Romans 10:4 "For Christ is the end of the law to righteousness to every one that believes."
Hebrews 9:10 being only (with meats and drinks and divers washings) carnal ordinances, imposed until a time of reformation

Our SALVATION in Christ is in the Greek word "SOZO" which means: Saved, Healed, Made Whole, Delivered and Preserved.
We don't need to go back under an old vow and try to make a deal with God.
ALL the promises are in Christ  -better promises and "better covenant." 
 We don't need to make a deal with God by making an oath or promise based on an OLD covenant; in fact, there is a sin committed by making an oath.
 James 5:12 "But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by the heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath: but let your yea be yea, and your nay, nay; that ye fall not under judgment"

Let's compare some of these "better promises"  with Jacob's.

2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and virtue:
Is something lacking  "all things that pertain to life and godliness"so we need to make a deal like Jacob?
  • Philipians 4:20 "And my God shall supply every need  of yours accordingto his riches in glory in Christ Jesus."

    You don't have to "tithe" to have your needs met in our "better covenant", that's ridiculous. We only need to put faith in what God said He would do and act accordingly.
  • Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not also with him freely give us all things?

    We need not buy God's favor with a tithe or gift out of a covenant He never made with the church. They are freely given through faith NOT works...
  • Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
  • Galatians 3:14 that upon the Gentiles might come the blessing of Abraham in Christ Jesus
    There is no Abraham's tithe,  Jacob's tithe, or Levitical tithe required in our Covenant.
  • Romans 15:29 And I know that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of Christ. -Which blessing do you want? Jacob's blessing which did not include a lot of the promises found in the New? Or the "fulness of the blessing of Christ"?

    Matthew 6:31 Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
    33) But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

    -You can't buy it with a tithe, earn it by your own works, or manipulate God into blessing you. It is by GRACE, not by works, and ALL the Promises of God are in CHRIST
 All we are required to do is to BELIEVE in what He said, put our FAITH in Him, TRUST him,  and walk in them accordingly. Jesus gave instructions to His apostles, who gave us what He said; the terms of the New Covenant to the churches. (John 17:20)

So the CHURCH was never told to tithe, keep weekly sabbath, observe Jewish feasts and new moons, keep the dietary laws, go to Jerusalem 3 times a year, pay a temple tax, or keep the commands, ordinances, and statutes that are written in the law of the old Covenant.

The church is told to repent, live holy, and abide in the Words Jesus gave us through His disciples.
And the church is told *not* to make vows as Jesus said and James wrote.

1Cor 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.Where did the apostles, the foundational writers of the New Testament scriptures
command us to observe or keep any part of the sabbath day laws, an Old Testament feast, keep dietary laws, circumcision, or a tithing covenant?

No dear reader, these are not found in even one verse in our New Testament covenant.
Where was the dividing line?
It was at the death of the testator, Jesus Christ. His death gave us His Will and the apostles and early church did what he told them to do.  It began in the Book of Acts. 
Here is where they said you would come under a curse if you go back to law:

Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one who continues not in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.
James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and stumbles in one point, he is become guilty of all.

( the curse includes things like sickness, disease, unbelieveing people coming against us, "accidents", debt, broken relationships with family. I wonder if any Christians ever have these happen in their lives or their churches?) 

The apostles said this of people who would put you under a law or vow God never made with the church: Galatians 1:7 which is not another gospel only there are some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

Even in the early church, a problem arose regarding the Old Testament laws and Christians:

Acts 15: 24 Forasmuch as we have heard that certain who went out from ushave troubled you with words, subverting your souls; to whom we gave no commandment;
19 Wherefore my judgment is, that we trouble not them that from among the Gentiles turn to God...

NO TITHING!! No circumcision!! No mandatory sabbaths!!
No more blood sacrifices, no stoning of rebellious children!
No eye for eye, tooth for tooth, no death penalty for breaking the sabbath laws, no stoning someone with a familiar spirit, no responsibility to kill witches.
No more " smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, ...with the edge of the sword" commands.
No careful observance of feast days, unleavened bread, new moons, and 600 other mandatory requirements under as demanded under the Old Covenant.

What DOES this New Covenant offer?
The Promise of the Holy Ghost, Christ IN you.
The forgiveness of sins.
Righteousness, peace and joy.
Salvation for the soul.
Healing and health for our bodies.
Provision for food and clothing.
Deliverance from evil.
Release from bondages and addictions.
The faith to conquer and pull down our enemies strongholds.
Our needs being met.
Promises for our family and children to be saved.
Promises for  contentment with what we have.
Freedom from fearfulness and worry.
Walking in a love relationship with God.
Freedom from the Law of sin and death.
God's free gift of grace, His favor towards us..
The promise of "all things that pertain to life and godliness"
The opportunity for a fresh and new beginning in life.
The promise of power and authority through Christ.
Spiritual gifts including miracles, signs, and wonders.
The power and authority to cast out demons.
The power to overcome our trials through faith.
The authority to be kings and priests in His kingdom..............

The truth is the deal Jacob made with God for provision and safety pales in comparison to the promises of God in the New Testament which were purchased for us through the blood of Jesus.

Jesus made a sacrifice of His Life, body, and blood to bring us the same things Jacob desired to get from God in his bargaining. Except the Jesus Covenant isinfinitely and eternally greater than the one way back there that no one ever instructed the church to imitate.

The heart of the matter is many churches pervert these scriptures so they can pass along leavened teachings and benefit from the people they mislead and from whom they receive their livelihood.
Oh yes, they will say nice things like "God wants to bless you 100 fold, so if you do such and such He will", or other vain reasoning’s that sound good but lead astray those who were once delivered.

We repeat, the difference between Jacob's bargaining and Jesus' FREE gift is one of which covenant will you abide in? Why do you think Paul warned the Galatians about "another Gospel"? -that is a false gospel that sounds good like it will bring a benefit but is not part of the TRUE gospel given in the New Testament. 

There is only ONE Covenant in force that saves, don't believe anyone who explains away what Jesus gave us through the apostles, or let them put you in bondage to laws like tithing, dietary law, sabbath keeping, or a multitude of ordinances.

We encourage you to look at what God says about OUR Covenant

Jeremiah 31:31
Malachi 3:1
Luke 22:20
2 Corinthians 3:6
Hebrews 8:8, 8:13, 9:15, 12:24
Hebrews 9:16-17
Psalms 50:5
Ezekiel 37:26
Matthew 26:28
Mark 14:24
Romans 11:27
2 Corinthians 3:14
Hebrews 7:22
Hebrews 8:6-13
Hebrews 9:1
Hebrews 10:16
Hebrews 12:24
Hebrews 13:20
now the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep with the BLOOD of AN ETERNAL COVENANT, even our LORD JESUS CHRIST. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Setting Dates and Leavened Bread

Have you ever read a verse and thought HOW DID WE MISS THIS???"

Consider Luke 21.
How could
we have overlooked this signs-of-the-end-time warning?
    -as many others did likewise including the men on the radio, internet, and book writers?

Luke 21:8 J.B. Phillips New Testament
“Be careful that you are not deceived,” he replied.
“There will be many coming in my name, saying ‘I am he’ and ‘The time is very near now.’ Never follow men like that...... "

.....Luke 21:8  (NIV)
He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and  ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them.

Luke 21:8 American Standard Version (ASV)
And he said, Take heed that ye be not led astray: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am he; and, The time is at hand: go ye not after them. 

And in the Numeric ASV: and He said see you be not led astray, for many shall come in my name saying "I am He"; and "the season is near", GO NOT AFTER THEM.

Christ-confessing ministers saying the time is at hand, the season is near, ARE right now,  leading many astray.

The FIRST warning Jesus gave regarding the end times was the SIGN that many would lead astray, ---> and that it would be those saying "the TIME is at hand".
“There will be many coming in my name, saying ‘I am he’ and ‘The time is very near now.’ ---> Never follow men like that......

- NO predicted earthquakes hit, and the ones that came were missed.

- NO special "anointing of the manchild" came in September or October.

- NO Comet Elenin disasters or even becoming visible

- NO appearing of Planet X

- NO, the New Madrid did not split open and isolate an ark-shaped refuge in which the "anointed" people
 could take the abandoned property of fleeing residents..

- NO, the 11-11-11 Hoover Dam terrorist destruction missed (via a YouTube prophet)

- and even the Great Pumpkin did not arrive for Halloween as Linus, the cartoon series character in "Peanuts' hoped for every year ....

But a pattern of failed dates, dreams, and disasters are exactly what we are told would be an end-time sign!

Did He really mean it and does it apply to the date-setting prophecy teacher?

“There will be many coming in my name, sayingI am he’ and ‘The time is very near now.’ ---> Never follow men like that......

If they predict dates, confirmed by dreams or whatever they are leading us astray, no disciple in the New Testament dangled dates and disasters as a lure for followers.

Acts 1:7 And he said unto them, ---> It is not for you to know times or seasons, which the Father hath set within His own authority.

We need to repent of the lust to know and/or have special end-time knowledge...
We too can fall into a "working of error", a strong delusion....  because no man is exempt from deception.

The truth here is Jesus does not want us following date-setting people no matter how much Christ they confess and teach.

The second truth is He does not want our minds and spirits POLLUTED by fear. Beware of constant mind-control and manipulation by pointing us toward their particular vision or philosophy, by those seeking a following. Fear using carrot-and-stick dates that constantly move forward is a tactic that keeps people following the "doom-date" setters.

Call him apostle, pastor, watchman, or rabbi and we lean on and follow his revelation, there is idolatry and our mind will be veiled. -especially when God told us ahead of time,  "they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;"

The Lord, by His grace, has granted us repentance and deliverance from the error that had us bound. The hidden "leaven" in our manna of the Word.
We can now rest in His promises concerning end time events:

Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge
No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Rapture Resolved by Resurrection

Rapture When? The Simple Truth  (2)
The Apostle Paul preached a POST-tribulation "gathering" (aka "rapture"). 
1. because it says in ... 1 Thess 4:16-18 says the dead are raised FIRST.
: WHEN are the dead raised?

Use the key to see the "rapture", "our gathering" including the "alive and remain" living and the preceding dead in Christ. 

Again, in 1 Cor 15:51-52 see the Resurrection.
 "Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will ALL be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the ***LAST*** TRUMPET; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed."
  "ALL" are "changed" on the same day.

Jesus taught on the resurrection four times in John 6 when He
said  He will raise ALL who have believed on Him on the last day. (John 6:39,40,44,54). 

Those are "raised" < i.e. "changed" > on the same day.
There is only ONE (first) resurrection of the saints in Christ..
 Jesus is gathering His elect, His people, after the tribulation (Matt 24:29-31).  There is not a separate gathering for one group of Jews after a "raptured" church, because John SAW martyred saints from all tribes tongues, and nations that "came out of great tribulation".
Rev. 7: 
I saw, and behold, a great multitude, which no man could number, out of every nation and of all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, arrayed in white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 and they cry with a great voice, saying,
Salvation unto our God who sits on the throne, and unto the Lamb.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, These that are arrayed in the white robes, who are they, and from where came they? 14 And I said to him, My lord, you know. And he said to me, These are they that come out of the great tribulation, and they washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

The last trumpet is sounded on the last day, and Jesus said was after the tribulation (Matt 24:29-31). Both Paul and Jesus agree on the timing and it is not pre-tribulation, but POST.

When you see the correct order and time of the resurrection, when "we shall be changed", the when and who fall right into place.

The "pre-trib" explanations and reasonings, are all answered. 

The "first resurrection" in Revelation 20:4-6.
Who is in the "first resurrection" after the tribulation?

Here is the simple truth:

Rev. 20:4   And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them:
 === > and I saw the souls of them that had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus
and for the word of God, and such as worshipped not the beast, neither his image, and received not the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand;
and they lived, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

5 …….. This is the first resurrection.
The rest of the dead lived not until the thousand years should be finished.
6)   Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection
over these the second death hath no power; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

The first resurrection  of  “them that are fallen asleep” that is near simultaneous with the "harpazo" of 1Thess. 4 and 1Cor. 15  is in Rev 20 and includes the martyred tribulation saints!

That's right, there is only ONE "first resurrection" of those "in Christ" and it includes them that refuse the mark during the tribulation. All are "raptured" together in the "first resurrection.
Therefore there simply cannot be a "pre- or mid trib rapture" because all living and dead in Christ are gathered  at the same time, "in a moment, and in the twinkling of an eye..".

And that is the simple truth.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

An accurate Prophecy by Stanley Frodsham 1965

An Accurate End-Time Warning
Prophecy by Stanley Frodsham 1965  

Great darkness is coming upon the countries that have heard My gospel but no longer walk in it. My wrath shall be manifested against all ungodliness. It shall come with great intensity. My judgments are literal, and not a thing to be lightly passed over. Before I visit the nations in judgment, I will begin at My house.
When I do cause My wrath to come upon the cities of the world, My people shall be separate. I desire a people without spot or wrinkle, and such shall be preserved by Me in the time of My wrath coming upon all iniquity and unrighteousness.

I am going to prepare you for the coming days by a hard path that will cause you to cry out continually unto Me. For when the going is easy, men do not seek Me, but rejoice in a temporary blessing. And when that blessing is removed, they so often turn this way and that way, but do not come to Me. I am showing you these things that you may seek Me continually and with great diligence. As you seek Me, I will open up truths to you that you have not seen before, truths that will enable you to stand in the last days.

Coming Glory and Deceiving Spirits

When I visit My people in mighty revival power it is to prepare them for the darkness ahead. With the glory shall come great darkness, for the glory is to prepare My people for the darkness. I will enable My people to go through because of the visitation of My Spirit. Take heed to yourselves lest ye be puffed up and think that you have arrived. 
Listen to the messengers, but do not hold man's persons in admiration. For many whom I shall anoint mightily with signs and miracles shall become lifted up and shall fall by the wayside. I do not do this willingly; I have made provision that they might stand.

I call many into this ministry and equip them, but remember that many shall fall. They shall be like bright lights, and the people shall delight in them. But they shall be taken over by deceiving spirits, and shall lead many of My people astray.

Hearken diligently concerning these things, for in the last days shall come seducing spirits 1Timothy 4:1) that shall turn many of My anointed ones away.
Many shall fall through divers lusts and because of sin abounding.
But if you will seek Me diligently I will put My Spirit within you (Ezekiel 36:27).
When one shall turn to the right hand or to the left hand, you shall not turn with them, but keep your eyes wholly on the Lord.  (seek His  Word, His Spirit, His Presence)
The coming days are the most dangerous, difficult and dark, but there shall be a mighty outpouring of My Spirit upon many cities; and many shall be destroyed.
My people must be diligently warned concerning the days that are ahead. Many shall turn after seducing spirits; many are already seducing My people. It is those who do righteousness that are righteous.
Many cover sins by great theological words, but I warn you of seducing spirits who instruct My people in an evil way.

Many shall come with seducing spirits and hold out lustful enticements.
You will find that after I have visited My people again, the way shall become more and more narrow, and fewer shall walk therein.
But, be not deceived, the ways of righteousness are My ways. For though Satan come as an angel of light (II Corinthians 11:13-15), hearken not to him; for those who perform miracles and speak not righteousness are not of Me.
I warn you with great intensity that I am going to judge My house and have a church without spot or wrinkle when I come.

I desire to open your eyes and give you spiritual understanding that you may not be deceived, but may walk in uprightness of heart before Me, loving righteousness and hating every evil way.
Look unto Me, and l, will make you to perceive with the eyes of the Spirit the things that lurk in darkness, that are not visible to the human eye.
Let Me lead you in this way that you may perceive the powers of darkness and battle against them. It is not a battle against flesh and blood, for if you battle in that way, you accomplish nothing.
But if you let Me take over and battle against the powers of darkness, then they are defeated; and then liberation is brought to My people.

The Way of Deceivers

I  warn you to search the Scriptures diligently concerning these last days, for the things that are written shall indeed be made manifest.
There shall come deceivers among My people in increasing number, who shall speak forth the truth and shall gain the favor of the people, for the people shall examine the Scriptures and say, "What these men say is true." Then when they have gained the hearts of the people, then and then only shall they bring out these wrong doctrines.
Therefore, I say that you should not give your hearts to men, nor hold people's persons in admiration. For by these very persons shall Satan enter into My people.

Watch for seducers 1Timothy 3:13).
Do you think a seducer will brandish a new heresy and flaunt it before the people? He will speak the words of righteousness and truth and will appear as a minister of light, declaring the Word.
The people's hearts shall be won; they will bring out their doctrines, and the people shall be deceived.

The people shall say, "Did he not speak thus and thus? And did we not examine it from the Word? Therefore he is a minister of righteousness. That he has now spoken we do not see in the Word, but it must be right, for the other things he spoke were true."

Be not deceived, for the deceiver will first work to gain the hearts of many and then shall bring forth his insidious doctrines.
You cannot discern those who are of Me and those who are not of Me when they start to preach.
But seek Me constantly, and then when these doctrines are brought out, you shall have a witness in your heart that these are not of Me. Fear not, for I have warned you.
Many will be deceived, but if you walk in holiness and uprightness before the Lord, your eyes shall be opened, and the Lord will protect you. If you will constantly look unto the Lord, you will know when the doctrine changes, and you will not be brought into it.
If your heart is right, I will keep you, and if you will look constantly to Me, I will uphold you.

The minister of righteousness shall be on this wise: his life shall agree with the Word, and his lips shall give forth that which is wholly true, and it will be no mixture.
When the mixture appears, then you will know he is not a minister of righteousness.
The deceivers speak first the truth and then error to cover their own sins, which they love. Therefore, I exhort and command you to study the Scriptures relative to seducing spirits, for this is one of the great dangers of these last days.

I desire you to be firmly established in My Word, and not in the personalities of men, that you will not be moved as so many shall be moved. I would keep you in the paths of righteousness. Take heed to yourselves, and follow not the seducing spirits that are already manifesting themselves.
Diligently inquire of Me when you hear something that you have not seen in the Word, and do not hold people's persons in admiration, for it is by this very method that Satan will hold many of My people.

The Way of Triumph

I  have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly, that you may triumph where I triumphed. On the cross I triumphed over all the powers of Satan, and I have called you to walk the same path. It is when your life is on the cross that you shall know the victory that I have experienced. As you are on the cross and seated in Me, then you shall know the power of the resurrection.

When I come in My glory, the principalities and powers in the heavenly places shall be broken. Fret not, for I have given you power whereby you may tread down the powers of darkness and come forth victoriously. It was on the cross that I triumphed over all the powers of the enemy. My life shall flow through you as you enter into these precious truths. Look unto Me, and appropriate My life. As your eyes and desires are toward Me, and you know what it is to be crucified with Me, then you shall live, and your anointing shall increase.

It was not in My life that I walked upon the earth, but it was in My life when I was upon the cross that I openly spoiled principalities and powers (Colossians 2:15). I am showing you truth that shall cause you to overcome, to have power over the wicked one-truth that will liberate you and those around you. You shall know also the fellowship of My sufferings. There is no other way whereby you may partake of this heavenly glory and reign with Me. "If we suffer, we shall reign with Him" (II Timothy 2:12 KJV).

I desire to make these truths real within you. As you keep them before you, you will liberate many who are in bondage. You will have revelations of those in darkness and will have the keys to liberate the captives.
Many seek to liberate, but they have not the keys. Upon the cross continually you will know the power of My resurrection that you may also partake of My glory.

As you are willing to walk with Me and rejoice in your sufferings, you shall partake of My glory. Look unto Me, for ye have need of power to overcome the wicked one and the bondage in other lives.

If you will indeed judge yourself, you shall not be judged 1Corinthians 11:31).
As you seek My face and desire to be cleansed by Me in all truth and sincerity of heart, I will judge you in the secret place, and the things that are in the secret place of your heart shall not be made manifest to others. I will do it in the secret place, and no man shall know it, and the shame that shall be seen on many faces shall not be seen on your face. Therefore, in love and mercy I am instructing you, and, therefore, have I said that if a man judge himself, he shall not be judged. It is not My good pleasure that the shame of My people be seen by all. How can I judge the world if I judge not first My own house? Hearken unto these things I am telling you. If you will not hearken to Me, your shame shall be evident to all.

God's Part and Our Part

I would have you consider My life on earth-the anointing upon Me was great. Yet the temptations were great on every side, in one form and then in another, offering Me first the glory of the kingdoms of the earth, and then reviling and persecuting Me. There will be great glory given to My people, and yet the temptations shall be intensified from every side. Think not that with the glory there shall be no temptations or persecutions.
The glory to My church shall be great, and so shall the temptations from the enemy to turn My people from My paths. I am warning you that when the glory shall be manifested, the temptations shall be great, until very few that start shall finish.

First, there shall be offered them great worldly possessions, and then great revilings and unbelief.

Consider your Lord, that as He walked, so it shall be for you. There shall be need of great intensity of purpose.
At times, everyone shall rise up against you, simply to turn you from the course that I would put you on. It is written of Me that I set My face as a flint to go the direction My Father had prescribed for Me Isaiah 50:7). If you will finish the course the Lord has laid down for you, you will have to set your face as a flint with great determination-you must walk in the course laid down for you.
Many of your loved ones and those who follow with you shall persuade you and try to turn you from the course. With many words that seem right in the natural will they speak to you. Did not Christ rebuke Peter, who would turn Him from the course God had prescribed? (Matthew 16:22, 23)

Understand these two things and meditate upon them solemnly: the persecution and the darkness shall be as great as the glory, in order to try to turn the elect and the anointed ones from the path the Lord has laid down for them.
Many shall start, but few shall be able to finish because of the greatness of grace that shall be needed to be able to endure unto the end.
The temptation and persecution of your Lord was continuous. He was tempted by Satan in many forms throughout His entire life, and even on the cross when the ungodly cried out, "If thou be the Christ, come down from the cross."
Think not that there shall be a time of no persecution, for it shall be from the time of your anointing unto the end-difficulties and great persecution to the end. The Lord must prepare you to be an overcomer in all things, that you may be able to finish the course.
The persecution shall increase, even as the anointing shall increase.

In paths of judgment and righteousness shall the Lord God lead His people and bring them into that place which He has chosen for them. For the Lord has chosen a place for His people, a place of righteousness and holiness where He shall encamp round about them, and all who will be led of the Lord shall be brought into this holy place, for the Lord delights to dwell in His people and to manifest Himself through His people. The holiness of the Lord shall be manifested through his people. Let the Lord lead you in difficult places. He led His people of old through the place where no man dwelt, where no man had passed through- in a place of great danger, and in the shadow of death. The Lord will indeed lead His people through such places, and yet He will bring them out into a place of great glory. Understand that the way toward the glory is fraught with great danger, and many shall fall to the right or to the left; many shall camp on lesser ground, but the Lord has a place of holiness, and no unclean things shall dwell among His people.

Put your trust in Him, and He will bring you into a place of holiness. He desires to bring His people into great glory, the like of which has never been seen: what the Lord will do for those who put their trust in Him.
It is a place of darkness and great danger that separates His people into the place He would have them walk in. He will protect them from the voices that would turn them from His path.
He will bring them through the dark places, and through the treacherous paths, out into the light of His glory. He will rejoice greatly over His beloved, and cause you to be filled with joy unspeakable. He seeks to lead His people into a new place of grace and glory where He will indeed encamp among them. Put your trust in Him, and He will surely bring you into this new place.

Fear not the days to come, but fear this only: that you shall walk in a manner pleasing to the Lord.
In this time I am ordering and setting up My church, and it shall indeed be pure, without spot or wrinkle. I will do a work in My beloved that has not been seen since the foundation of the world. I have shown you these things that you may seek the Lord diligently with all your heart, and that you may be a preserver of His people.

Run not to this one nor to that one,
for the Lord has so ordained that salvation is in Him, and in Him alone.
You shall not turn to this shepherd, or to that one; for there shall be a great scattering upon the earth.

Therefore, look unto Him, for He will indeed make these things clear to you.
You shall not look here nor there, for wells that once had water shall be no more. But, as you diligently seek Him, He shall increase your strength and your faith that He may be able to prepare you for this time that is coming.

The truths that I have revealed to you must become a part of you, not just an experience
, but a part of your very nature.
Is it not written that I demand truth in the inward parts? It is the truth of the Lord expressed in your very being that shall hold you. Many shall experience the truth, but the truth must become a part of you-your very life.
As men and women look upon you, they will hear not only the voice, but see the expression of the truth. Many shall be overcome because they are not constant in My ways, and because they have not permitted the truths to become part of them. I am showing you these truths that you may be prepared and having done all, to stand.