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Jesus’ Letters to the Churches (10th in End-times Series)

May 28, 2010

(Jesus’ letters show His true Spirit toward sin and toward righteousness. Therefore, they are very important not only for instruction, but to show what God does really cares about. It will show that the spirit loose today that claims God is mainly interested in whether we show clarity or not and is not too upset with misconduct and sin is false. I will emphasize the truths that the church seems to have lost or mislaid.)

Rev: 2:1-3: Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2: I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

4-7: Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5: Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 6: But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7: He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

(Jesus emphasizes His office as head of the church. He then tells the church at Ephesus what they are doing that pleases Him. That is the tactful way of doing things. If He had given the negative first, He risk turning them off so that they could not accept the negative nor rejoice in the positive. They were doing a good many things right. I would guess that most churches today would think they were doing quite well if they had this list to their credit.

They were obviously hard at work for the Lord and not only that, but they were practicing patience. They were addressing the issues and standing against sin. What more could He want?

He wanted something more so much so that He warned them that their candlestick was in danger. In other words, they would not even be considered His church if they did not do their first works; which I would guess was to love, care, and reach out to people, having the good news flourishing in their hearts.

Please take note that Jesus doesn’t settle for half measures or partial truth.)

8-9: And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; 9: I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

10-11: Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 11: He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

(Jesus identifies Himself as the resurrected Christ to put across what He wants to say to the church at Smyrna. This church was having it rough–persecution and poverty. And apparently the Jews were calling their Savior bad names. That’s why He identifies Himself as the one who was dead and is alive–because their very lives were being threatened.

Jesus tells them not to fear what they might suffer, even jail. He lets them know it will be for only a definite period of time and that they are to focus on the crown of life that they are winning.

He does not reprimand them for anything. They apparently were just trying to be Christ followers. He encourages them.)

12-13: And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 13: I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

14-15: But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. 15: So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

16-17: Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 17: He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

(The church at Pergamos was unfortunate enough to be located in a wicked city. The church was holding fast to Jesus’ name and keeping the faith even in the midst of violent persecution. But that was not enough for Jesus. He wanted them to have nothing to do with those whose lewd behavior was a stumbling block to all those who might have been drawn to Jesus by them.

He calls for them to repent of their tolerance of these things. If they wouldn’t repent, they would be cut off from the true vine or true church by the sword of Jesus’ mouth which is the Word of God. He will quote scripture that tell what happens to those who practice such things.

If they repented of  this wrongful tolerance, they would be included with the recipients of the hidden manna and white stone. I don‘t know what these two mean exactly, but I know it‘s going to be good)

18-19: And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; 19: I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

20-23: Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. 21: And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22: Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 23: And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

24-29: But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. 25: But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. 16: And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 27: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. 28: And I will give him the morning star. 29: He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

(He comes to the Church a Thyatira emphasizing His office as the son of the living God. He mentions his flaming eyes and brass feet. Apparently the flaming eyes cannot look on things such as Jezebel is doing and the feet of brass address how Christians should walk. Brass is used  in musical instruments, it is used to note high-ranking offices, and it is used as a term to describe the bold. Jesus notes their works, which are impressive–works of charity, service, faith and patience.

Then He tells them what He thinks of those who teach others to behave lewdly or commit adultery and He reveals the punishment that is coming on those who practice these things. He wants the church to know just how bad an abomination these things are. He warns them that He searches the heart and know what’s hidden there.

He encourages those who are holding fast to the truth to continue to do so till He comes. He assures them that their reward will be to rule with Him and enforce the truth forever.)

Rev: 3:1-3: And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. 2: Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3: Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

4-6: Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. 5: He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. 6: He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

(To the church at Sardis, Jesus points out that He is the fullness of the Spirit and that that church was not living up to their calling in any way. He tells them to pay attention and to do their homework otherwise they are about to lose it all.

He then encourages the few who have not defiled their garments, telling them that they will walk with Him in white. He again promises to confess the name of those who overcome to the Father and that their names will be found listed in the book of life.)

7-9: And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 8: I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 9: Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

10-13: Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11: Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12-13: Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. 13: He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

(He shows Himself as holy and truth to the church of brotherly love. He finds no fault with them. He tells them that He has opened a door to them and that no man can shut it. Based on what Jesus said, I think the key of David is reverential fear and awe of the Lord. Once one is fully armed with it, God can open doors for them, because he or she will heed the holy and true.

He tells them that because they have been true to Him, He will spare them from going through the great tribulation. He assures them also that those who say they belong to God but don’t obey Him will bow down to those who do revere and obey Him.

This time the over-comers are promised to be publicly acknowledged to belong to God, having Jesus in their heart, and that they are citizens of the new Jerusalem. And not only a citizen, but an important citizen–a pillar [support] of God‘s temple.)

14-17: And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15: I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16: So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17: Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18-19: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19: As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20-22: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21: To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22: He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

(Jesus addresses the church at Laodicea presenting Himself as the Amen–the last word, the faithful and true witness, and the beginning of creation. Apparently their lukewarm works were evidence that they were not a faithful and true witness. Here He makes it completely clear what ill happen to those who are not faithful and ture–who are luke warm in their heart and their behavior toward God. They will lose their way. They will not overcome. They will not be acknowledged as belonging to Him.

According to Peter it is the Christian’s faith that is tried to see if it is gold. So Jesus is telling them to shape up and be faithful and true to Him and to put on their white [pure] garments. The New Testament tells of what to put off and what to put on. Christians that don not heed these things that Jesus is referring to will be caught naked and vulnerable. He tells them to tend to the matter of seeing with their spiritual eyes. True to character, He then assures them that He is being hard on them because He loves them.

He gives us a picture of Him standing at the door of our heart knocking, if we let Him in, he will give us spiritual food and share its true meaning with us. And He finishes by promised that the over-comer will sit with Him on His throne.

There you have it church. Heed these seven letters and you will overcome. You will eat of the tree of life and live forever. You will be given a new name–a fitting and highly honorable name. You will be given heavenly garments, acknowledged as prominent citizens of the New Jerusalem, and you will sit with Jesus on His throne and reign with Him.)

© Sylvia Huffnagle

Keep Active and Alert (9th in End-times Series)

May 28, 2010

(From what I’ve observed, I would say most Christians are not ready for what is coming on the earth. I’ve written a few articles that are intended to help Christians put on the full armor of God and be ready for the evil day. This is another one. Jesus gave some important instruction here.)

Lk: 21:5-8: And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, 6: As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 7: And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? 8: And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

9-11: But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. 10: Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 11: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

(I know that He was talking to Jews and that some think this message is only for their situation. I don’t believe that. There are several reasons why I don’t. One is that He may have started off talking about the destruction of the temple, but He seems to have used that subject to catapult into warnings about the end times. The warnings are actually for all times of testing and trial. I am working to prepare people for the end times. Notice He says the end is not yet in verse 9. He goes on to describe some signs of the times)

12-15: But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. 13: And it shall turn to you for a testimony. 14: Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 15: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

16-19: And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 17: And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. 18: But there shall not an hair of your head perish. 19: In your patience possess ye your souls.

(Of course this part about kinfolk being opposed to one another can be related to Jews rejecting Christ as the Messiah and forbidding their loved ones to believe in Him, but it should also be applied to what is happening in our day. There is a division growing in the so called “body of Christ”.) There should be a division because:

Lk: 51-53: Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53: The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

52-53: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53: The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

1Jn: 18-19: Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19: They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

Matt: 7:13-21: Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 15: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17: Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18: A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19: Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20: Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Mk: 8:38: Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

2Tim: 1:8: Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

(As you can see hatred of the Truth causes division and for the Jews and Christians the argument is–is Jesus the Messiah? For the church the argument is–do Christians have to give up sin in order to receive Jesus? The battle is in full swing. Children will indeed turn their parents and/or siblings into the authorities because they won’t bend–they won’t agree with the anti-Christ spirit that is manifest today.)

20-24: And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21: Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22: For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23: But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24: And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

(I think that part is a warning to those who live in Israel, it was for back when Jerusalem was destroyed after Jesus’ death and now when Israel is again surrounded by armies.)

25-28: And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26: Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27: And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28: And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

(We do see these things happening and our Lord has told us to be ready and He has told us to look beyond what is happening to our redemption. We are to read it as a sign that our redemption is very close.)

29-33: And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30: When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31: So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 32: Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. 33: Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

34-36: And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35: For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36: Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

(This is the part I was get to. I have another article about cares and such, but this is about watching and being ready. Paul admonished Christians to live as though they had no cares in this present world. He wanted their attention centered on serving the Lord. 1Cor: 7:29-33 Jesus instructs us to be aware of what is taking place in these end times and to live in such a way that we will be accounted worthy to escape and to stand before Him. This escape may be the rapture or it may just be that since we have paid attention to the written Word of God we cannot be fooled and therefore will escape from the enemy’s net. The stand before the Son of man may mean at the rapture or it may mean that we were ready when our time came and so we past the test. In any case, Jesus said we are to pay attention and when the enemy makes a move, we should have a counter move ready.

We are in a war. The only way to win individually and as the church–the witness–is to put on the full armor and do battle  You may say, “I don’t like to fight. I’m a lover.” The Bible says, all must fight and all must love– there is a time and season for both. The war is in full swing. Choose what side you are on and stand and fight!)

Lk: 19:12-13: He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13: And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

© Sylvia Huffnagle

Cares, Riches, and Lust (8th in End-times Series)

May 22, 2010

In Mk: 4:18-19 Jesus taught: And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

He did not use the word thorns lightly for in Josh: 23:6-13 it says; Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left; That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them: But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day. For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day. One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you. Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God. Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.

These instructions are for Christians too. Jesus has made a way into the Promise Land and Christians are to follow in His footsteps. He took the land this way–by getting rid of the enemy and having nothing to do with him. In His case and in the Christian’s case the enemies are the things separate the believer from God. In order for a Christian to overcome, they must cultivate the ground of their heart, getting rid of weeds and thorns and planting the Word of God intent upon growing good crops (faith, strength, knowledge, and understanding). They must tend the garden and keep the weeds and pests out of it and make sure the crops are well watered (Bible teaching) and are exposed to sunlight (love of God).

Jesus used the word thorns for this reason. Christians who want to be caught up when Jesus comes must not be caught up in the cares of this world (involved with the things the world is involved with), nor the deceitfulness of riches (thinking money will solve their problems), nor lust or high pressure for other things (thinking they must have all the latest gadgets, technology, and fashions and is caught up in figuring out ways to get these things and in dreaming of having and enjoying them when they get them.)

In Lk: 21:34-36 Jesus warns; And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.  For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

So I am giving this warning that the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, the lust for other things will cause you to miss the coming of the Lord and you will be unprepared for what’s coming on the earth.

And that day come upon you unawares, Jesus said. What day? The day He talks about in Mk: 13:33-37: Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

And in Matt: 24:36-46: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

47-51: Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Yes, Jesus expects every Christian to be busy producing. Look at Jn: 15:1-6: I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

The reader of this article is forewarned. No more fooling around. You belong to God and you better get with His program because evil times are coming. Be prepared!

© Sylvia Huffnagle

Revelation 12 (7th in End-times Series)

May 22, 2010

Rev: 12:1-4: And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 2: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.3: And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4: And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

(This is a symbolic vision. The woman is the New Covenant (Note Vs. 17) and she is giving birth to true Christianity. The dragon is the deceiver, accuser, traducer–Satan. The ten nation confederacy could be the Common Market or the UN. Why do I say it could be the UN? Because it fits the description better that the Common Market and ten is the number for fullness or completeness. So when the Bible says ten nations it probably means the full number of nations. The seven horns or powers–seven means the perfect number or perfected number. So the ten heads and seven horns means the full number of nations perfected for their task of destroying the whore.  This is about destroying Babylon forever. [Babylon is religion--all teachings and belief systems that appose the written word of God.]

The dragon’s tail sweeps a third of the stars to earth means the fallen angels are involved in what’s going on. It’s their hay day. God is letting mankind get what they are asking for–their freedom from Him. Along with freedom from Him comes sin, sickness, disease, turmoil, darkness, perversion, war and death. That’s where the fallen angels come in. They do the opposite of what good angels do.)

5: And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

(The male child that is taken up to heaven are those who are watching, active and alert–watching for the return of their Lord. They are ready and will be taken up to heaven for the wedding feast. When this is accomplished–what Jesus set out to do has been brought to fruition.)

6-12: And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. [almost 3 ½ yrs.] 7: And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8: And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9: And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10: And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11: And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12: Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

(The church and Bibles then must go into hiding because the anti-christ has come into power and has forbid what he and his crowd call intolerance and discrimination. This means that he has decreed that it is unlawful to say that abortion, homo-sexuality, and euthanasia, or stem-cell experiments are wrong or a sin. And he has decreed that it is unlawful to believe or say that Jesus is the only way to God. If you are caught doing so, you will be beheaded.)

13-14: And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 14: And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

15-17: And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16: And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17: And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

(The anti-Christ explains the missing Christians  with some huge lie that vilifies Christianity. For a moment it will look as if the world is going to buy this lie which would destroy the validity of the New Covenant, but God has something profound happen that stops that lie. The enemy will be totally steamed and he then hunts down Christians to behead them. This means that the liar, seducer, bully will used every trick in the book to get Christians to speak the unlawful things above so that he can behead them.

Christians will still have to overcome by the blood of the lamb and their word of their testimony. They will have to do what those at the wedding feast did–put on the Lord Jesus Christ–He said do not fear man. He said be like your master. It is written in Rev: 21: 7-8: He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8: But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.)

© Sylvia Huffnagle

The Beginnings of Birth Pangs (6th in End-times Series)

May 14, 2010

We are in the beginnings of birth pangs. Get ready!

Matt: 24:1-3: And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2: And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 3: And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

4-8: And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6: And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7: For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8: All these are the beginning of sorrows.

(Take heed that no man deceive you. That is very noteworthy today. There is all manner of teaching out there today.  Cleave to the Holy Bible.  Beware of new doctrines–new understanding that changes the understanding of holiness.)

9-14: Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10: And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11: And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12: And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14: And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

15-22: When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)  16: Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19: And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20: But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22: And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

(The abomination of desolation will be when the anti-christ sits on the throne in the temple and declares himself to be God. He will have been known as a disciple of Christ’s. He will look like the new Christ–the picture painted of Christ today–tolerant of sin, jovial, fun-loving, and laid back. He will be the worst of sinners though that may not be know at that time. When he shows his true colors, he will be much worst than Hitler. Dan: 12: 9: And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10: Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. 11: And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12: Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.  2 Thess: 2: 3: Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4: Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.)

23-28: Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24: For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25: Behold, I have told you before. 26: Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27: For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28: For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

(When Jesus comes everyone will see Him.)

29-31: Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31: And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

(He’s talking about the tribulation we are presently going through and are about to go through– Wars, pestilence, epidemic diseases, tsunamis, and economic collapse, etc. This is not the great tribulation–that comes when the anti-christ shows his true colors as in 1Thess: 5:1-3: But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2: For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3: 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. After this tribulation all hell breaks loose as described in verse 29.)

32-36: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34: Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 35: Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 36: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

(He wants us to know when the time is near.)

37-42: But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38: For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39: And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40: Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41: Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42: Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

(It will happen unexpectedly. Notice that those who are ready will be taken. Yes, taken out of here and this happens before all hell breaks loose, because if it were after, Christians would not be taken by surprise, they would be constantly watching for their deliverance.)

43-51: But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.44: Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45: Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46: Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47: Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48: But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49: And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50: The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51: And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

(Jesus wants us to be using our talents and watching for His return until He comes.)

© Sylvia Huffnagle

God’s Strange Army (5th in End-times Series)

May 14, 2010

Hab: 1: 1-4: The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. 2: O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear!  even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! 3: Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance?  for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention. 4: Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.

5-11: Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you. 6: For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs. 7: They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves. 8: Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat. 9: They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand. 10: And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it. 11: Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god.

12-17: Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One?  we shall not die.  O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction. 13: Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? 14: And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them? 15: They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad. 16: Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous. 17: Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?

Hab: 2:1-7: I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. 2: And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3: For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. 4: Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.  5: Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people: 6: Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his!  how long?  and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay! 7: Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?

8-12: Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. 9: Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil! 10: Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul. 11: For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it. 12: Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity!

13-20: Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity? 14: For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 15: Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! 16: Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD’s right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. 17: For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. 18: What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? 19: Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach!  Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. 20: But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

(Habakkuk cries out about a situation that was going on then that is very similar to what is happening today–through different teachings and attitudes the importance of correct doctrine and of  righteous living had been greatly diminished. I believe the book of Habakkuk can be applied to what is happening today and that is what I am doing with it here.

The emphasis today is on grace and on charity. Just when the world is breaking all boundaries and all confines, the church is getting more and more lax about righteousness and holiness. Remember Jesus said the love of the great body grows cold due to iniquity. How can we care about one another when the means of truly helping people is taken out of the way. For it is right choices and right conduct that get people out of messes and keep them out of messes.

Lawlessness and confusion do not provide good ground for ministry. All one can do is emphasize grace and charity, but no one can get emotionally involved because there is no hope of truly helping the down and out start a new and better life. Just when tough love is called for there is nothing but mercy and tolerance. The truth that God greatly emphasized in the Bible that crime doesn’t pay, that foolishness is costly, the wrong choices lead to death and destruction are no longer relevant because the assumption is that Jesus made a way for sinners to go to heaven anyway.

This is the situation today and it was the situation in Habakkuk’s day. God’s answer in verses 5-11 of chapter one is that God will raise up the Chaldeans to teach the world a lesson. The Chaldeans are the Babylonians–the foolish beliefs and teachings of today are babble. God is going to let these foolish lies run their course for the propose of proving how very wrong and deadly they are. But God says, “The just shall live by faith.” Hab: 2:4 Those who believe the Bible and love the truth will not be fooled. This goes along with 2 Thess: 2 and Dan: 11:30-39.

God’s answer is that He is showing mankind the utter devastation that occurs when they utterly rebel against Him–the one and only true God. God will make an indisputable distinction between those who obey Him and those who do not. He will have this final history lesson be so profound and so graphic that never again can anyone challenge His goodness, His wisdom, nor His knowledge.

This will be the grand finale. The things of Revelation will happen because of the lies going forth in this day and age.

In chapter three, Habakkuk understands that the good times are gone until God is finished with this lesson and he determines to praise the Lord and rejoice though there be no calves in the stall, etc. This will be the determination of those who live by faith as they wait for their deliverance.)

Hab: 3:2-7: O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. 3: God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran.  Selah.  His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. 4: And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. 5: Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. 6: He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.  7: I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.

8-15: Was the LORD displeased against the rivers?  was thine anger against the rivers?  was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?  9: Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word.  Selah.  Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers. 10: The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high. 11: The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear. 12: Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger. 13: Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck.  Selah. 14: Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly. 15: Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.

16-19: When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.17: Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19: The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.  To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

© Sylvia Huffnagle

The Flying Scroll (1st in End-times Series)

May 14, 2010

 It is time for the watch dogs of the church to warn the people when the enemy approaches or is already in the camp. One such enemy is the worldly and evil influences all around us. The way to combat this enemy is by feeding on spiritual food and not feeding on carnal stuff.

 This very important issue needs to be addressed in the body of Christ. It may well be the reason the church does not look like our mirror–the Word of God. This issue plus the proper presentation of the Gospel could make a world of difference.

 We’ll start with the flying scroll in Zech: 5:1-4: Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll. And he said unto me, What seest thou?  And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits. Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it. I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.

I believe the flying scroll is referring to pictures and sound flying through the air waves. That would have started with radio and then the cinema and now TV and computers. The scroll comes into people’s houses and for those who do not truly worship God it will become a curse.

 It becomes a curse because it starts out not too bad, but gradually the content has become more and more ungodly. Those who are not doers of the Word will not listen to God’s admonitions and will therefore feed on this folly and be destroyed. The purpose of this warning is to make all those who confess to be worshippers of God more aware of their daily choices in this evil world.

 5-11: Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth. And I said, What is it?  And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth.  He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.  And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This is wickedness.  And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.  Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven. Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? And he said unto me, to build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.

So according to this dialogue, the flying scroll will be the devil’s means of corrupting the whole world and soon or eventually wickedness will come to its fullness and the end will be the wedding feast for those who are ready and the wrath of God for those who participate in wickedness.

The true Gospel is about Jesus fixing everything that Adam and Eve messed up. They made a wrong choice that opened the door to a ton of negative influences and experiences. Jesus always made right choices and He has opened the door to a positive future and has shut the door to the negative forces for those who make the right choice—to believe in and follow Him.

Adam and Eve gave power to the devil and their carnal nature by listening or hearkening to them.  Jesus put the flesh and the devil in their place by listening only to God.  God told Adam and Eve to choose righteousness, but they chose their own selfish desires instead, thus bringing selfishness into the world.  Selfishness is behind all the suffering and bloodshed that goes on here. Jesus denied self and chose to commit the supreme act of agape love in that He shed his own innocent bloodshed for the world–thus making atonement.

Salvation works for those who repent of their ways and receive God as their Father–caregiver and authority figure–and Jesus as their Lord and Savior–providing them with wisdom, power, and grace.

God’s ultimate purpose in saving man was to restore him to spiritual life. Love is eternal.  Selfishness is deadly. To be spiritually alive is to have God (love) in your spirit. To have eternal life is to receive Jesus (love) and walk by His Spirit and not by the spirit that Adam and Eve chose. Rom: 8:19: For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

The truly saved have covenanted with God to trust and obey Him. God’s purpose was to reconcile mankind back to Him. Adam and Eve died spiritually when they listened to Satan instead of Him.  Satan became their father. The proper presentation of the gospel will make these things clear because modern understanding had evolved into the idea that God was basically trying to make a way for sinners to go to heaven. Because of that erroneous idea, grace has been exalted above righteousness and truth.  To get back to basics we must understand that God wants to be our Father–the one we listen to—the one we heed.

Prov: 4:23: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.  Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Gal: 6:7-8: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Eph: 2:2-6:  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Eph: 4:17-24: This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Jas: 1:21-24: Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

1Pet: 1:13-16: Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

1Jn: 2:15-17: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

1Jn: 5:18-21: We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

© Sylvia Huffnagle

Warning! Worship God (2nd in End-times Series)

May 14, 2010

Rev: 13:1-6: And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2: And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3: And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 4: And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 5: And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6: And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

[Excerpt from AFA Journal-Nov/Dec 2007: CNSNews.com defines the Out Campaign as “a movement started by Dawkins to encourage Americans to proudly display their atheism.” ABC News describes the Blasphemy Challenge as a way “to challenge people to make videos of themselves denying, denouncing or blaspheming the Holy Spirit, and then post them on YouTube.” ABC News also calls it “the cutting edge of a new and emboldened wave of atheism.”

The Blasphemy Challenge targets teens while an upcoming movie that may have a similar agenda is likely to appeal to families, especially children.]

(Commentary: What is this beast?  It is the nations united—such as in the United Nations or the Common Market.  What is the deadly wound?  Jesus put Satan under Christians’ feet.  In this day, the will of the people resurrected his lie—Satan used it on Jesus, but Jesus resisted him and put him under His feet.  Now most have bought the lie that surely a loving God wouldn’t ask difficult or painful things of mankind.  The lie is revived and the truth is slain. 

How does the beast get to have so much power?  The bringing about of this event is in the process right now.  Both of the above organizations are working ardently to bring people into agreement with what they believe will bring world peace and prosperity.  They are accomplishing their goal of teaching the lawless lies through the schools, through the work-place, and also through legislation and interpretation of legislation.  At the right time, the above beast will force its way into office—the majority of nations will be in favor of him.  The remaining nations will come into the New World Order reluctantly.

They couldn’t have done it without TV and computers.  They are very close to achieving their goal of convincing the world population:

  •  That homosexuality is just a different life-style. [God says in Rom: 1:25-27:   Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26: For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.]
  • That abortion is a woman’s right, and that aborted babies should be used for experimentation for the common good. [God says: Thou shall not kill. And choose righteousness.]
  • That the youth cannot be expected to abstain from sex so teach them to have sex safely. [God says: Thou shall not commit fornication.]
  • That mercy is more important than prudence and justice. [God says they are all very important.]
  • That unity is more important than truth. [God says they are both very important.]
  • That peace and safety are more important than freedom. [Read the Old Testament; freedom will always be enjoyed or longed after.  Peace and safety must be identified within the guidelines of freedom.]
  • That all roads lead to God, not just Jesus. [God says in Acts 4:10-12: Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11: This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

1Jn: 5:11-12: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12: He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.])

Rev: 13:7-10: And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8: And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  9: If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10: He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Dan: 7:21-27: I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 22: Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. 23: Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.  24: And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25: And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.  26: But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.  27: And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

(It’s talking there about removing God’s laws to make room for the above precepts and to usher in the most demonic human being ever—the anti-Christ.) 

2Thess: 2:7-12: For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8: And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10: And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11: And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Rev: 13:11-12: And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12: And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

(This beast is the one world religion—Babylon revived—and the lawless one or anti-Christ–that will be a conglomeration of all religions.  First they must do away with the laws of God and the truth of His Word.) 

Rev: 13:13-18: And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14: And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15: And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16: And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18: Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

(The man’s number is 666.  This is the king of the Babylon mentioned above and this number also means man united or joined together.  This is anti-Christ and this is the lawless one.  This is where people will have to join the New World Order and receive the mark in order to buy and sell.  All people will be required to comply with their rules and will therefore have to reject God’s teachings.)  Refer to 2Thess: 2:9-15

Rev: 14:1-7: And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. 2: And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 3: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. 4: These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. 5: And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. 6: And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7: Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Rev: 14:8:12: And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. 9: And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10: The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. 12: Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Rev: 14:13: And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. 14: And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15: And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. 16: And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

(This is talking about those who die because they will not receive the mark of the beast.  This is where God harvest His crop.  So where the hundred and forty four thousand are mentioned above—the rapture must take place then too as in Rev: 7:2-10 it talks about the hundred and forty four thousand and then depicts the rapture.)

(These were the heavenly-minded.) 1 Corinth: 15:45-58: And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46: Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47: The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48: As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49: And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50: Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51: Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53: For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54: So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55: O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56: The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57: But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

(These are the earthly-minded.) Rev: 14:17-20: And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 18: And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. 19: And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20: And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

© Sylvia Huffnagle

Sound the Alarm! (4th in End-times Series)

May 7, 2010

Joel: 1-10: Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 2: A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. 3: A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. 4: The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. 5: Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. 6: Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. 7: They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: 8: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. 9: They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. 10: The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

(I am blowing a trumpet in Zion right now. I am sounding the alarm. These verse are talking about the strong delusion spoken of in 1Thess: 2: 7-14:

[For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8: And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10: And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11: And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13: But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.]

God’s army spoken of above which brings darkness is the strong delusion. That delusion is what is going forth throughout the earth today. Lies and deception to make people believe that God is far more interested in mercy and kindness than He is in righteousness and justice. WRONG!

There are many lies and subtleties out there today. Satan deceived Eve by telling her she would be wise like the gods. He’s telling the same lie today. He has many influential people believing that people united can make their own way and do not need to listen to what the Bible teaches. I’m referring to The New World Order. The idea is as old as Babylon, in fact it is the Babylon spoken about in the New Testament. When God says in Revelation, “Come out of her, My people,” He means do not agree with the new teachings of the day, stick with the Bible.

Satan tried to suggest to Jesus that His loving Heavenly Father surely would not ask Him to bear the cross, but Jesus only followed one voice–God’s. Satan is telling that same old lie today. He is getting people to believe that surely a loving God would not send nice people to hell. A loving God would not send a fornicator to hell, after all He created sex and He knows how powerful it is and how weak mankind is. On and on go his lies in this area. He’s the one telling people that Jesus shed His blood so that even though we are sinners we can go to heaven. That sounds close to the truth, but to someone who wants to go to heaven, but does not want to obey God, it’s a lie. The truth is that a person must repent and receive Jesus in order to be saved from sin and death.

Joel: 2:11: And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

12-14: Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 14: Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?

What can we do to combat these lies?

Joel: 2:15-17: Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: 16: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. 17: Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

18-20: Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people. 19: Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: 20: But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.

21-24: Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things. 22: Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength. 23: Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. 24: And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.

25-27: And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. 26: And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. 27: And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.

28-31: And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.30: And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.31: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

32: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

This is God’s battle plan. He wants His church to fast. Not a little dab will do you fast, but an all out serious fast. Not just some of His people, He wants the whole church as one body to gather together and do this all out fast. Each person dropping everything and gathering together and crying out with fervency to God. Weeping over the condition of the church and the world and crying out for revival.

God says if the church would do this, letting everything go and just get before the Lord until He says the mission is accomplished, then He will feed and nurture His church. He will restore our fortunes and He will give us the latter rain. In other words He will pour out His Spirit as in the beginning–at Pentecost.

What has the church done wrong?

Ps: 81:8-9: Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me; 9: There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.

10: I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11: But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. 12: So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.

13-16: Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways! 14: I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries. 15: The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever. 16: He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.

© Sylvia Huffnagle

Uncircumcised Ear (3rd in End-times Series)

May 7, 2010

Jer: 6:8-14: Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee; lest I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited. 9: Thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall throughly glean the remnant of Israel as a vine: turn back thine hand as a grapegatherer into the baskets.  10: To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear?  behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it. 11: Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with holding in: I will pour it out upon the children abroad, and upon the assembly of young men together: for even the husband with the wife shall be taken, the aged with him that is full of days. 12: And their houses shall be turned unto others, with their fields and wives together: for I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD.  13: For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. 14: They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

Why couldn’t the people hear Jeremiah’s warning?  Because their ears were uncircumcised.  This means that in their heart they had not determined to obey God.  As Col. 2:11 Amp. V. says, stripping off the body of the flesh [the whole corrupt carnal nature with its passions and lust.] In order to hear what God is saying, a person must humble themselves and repent of their ways and turn to God’s ways.  They must receive God as their Father and Jesus as their Lord.  They must reckon on themselves crucified with Christ and resurrected Christ living within.

15-18: Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?  nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD. 16: Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.  But they said, We will not walk therein. 17: Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet.  But they said, We will not hearken.

18-23: Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them. 19: Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it. 20: To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country?  your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me. 21: Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons together shall fall upon them; the neighbour and his friend shall perish. 22: Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a people cometh from the North Country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of the earth. 23: They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel, and have no mercy; their voice roareth like the sea; and they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war against thee, O daughter of Zion.

I believe this warning applies to the church at this time as it did to Israel at that time.  God says that if you are thinking as the world thinks and therefore behaving for the most part as the world behaves, God will not hear your prayers.  He also says that behavior is a stumbling block and you will not know the truth when you hear it.  You will believe the lie as in 2Thess: 2:3-15.

The people from the north, in this case is the present day theology–the secular theology and the fruit of their own thoughts Christian theology.  I’m talking about all the modern Christian understanding that didn’t used to be. [Notice vs. 16]  Beware of all theology that goes against the written word of God.

24-26: We have heard the fame thereof: our hands wax feeble: anguish hath taken hold of us, and pain, as of a woman in travail. 25: Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way; for the sword of the enemy and fear is on every side. 26: O daughter of my people, gird thee with sackcloth, and wallow thyself in ashes: make thee mourning, as for an only son, most bitter lamentation: for the spoiler shall suddenly come upon us.

What needs to be done here is for the church to call the solemn assembly spoken of in Joel: 2:1-17: Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;  2: A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. 3: A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.  4: The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.  5: Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. 6: Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. 7: They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: 8: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. 9: They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. 10: The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: 11: And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? 12: Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 14: Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? 15: Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: 16: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. 17: Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

When the church does Joel: 2:1-17, then God will do Joel: 2:18-27: Then will the LORD be jealous for his people, 19: Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: 20: But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things. 21: Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things. 22: Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength. 23: Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. 24: And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.  25: And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. 26: And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.  27: And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. 

The northern army is, in this spiritual warning for the church, Babylonian talk or the same worldly thoughts spoken of in the above verses from Jeremiah. The theology that will bring in the New World Order is that theology that carries the strong delusion spoken of in 2Thess: 2.

28-32: And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 30: And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 32: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

When this happens, it will be the fulfillment of the promises spoken of in Acts: 2:17-21.

27-30: I have set thee for a tower and a fortress among my people, that thou mayest know and try their way. 28: They are all grievous revolters, walking with slanders: they are brass and iron; they are all corrupters. 29: The bellows are burned, the lead is consumed of the fire; the founder melteth in vain: for the wicked are not plucked away. 30: Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the LORD hath rejected them.

This is how God sees those who say they are His but are uncircumcised in heart.

© Sylvia Huffnagle


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