“keep him in perfect peace”

Friday, October 27, 2037

Those discerning the signs of the times know the spirit of Antichrist is multiplying in humanity at an increasingly unrestrained rate, for, “you know what [God] is restraining, that he [Antichrist] may be revealed in his own time” (2 Thess. 2:6). Jesus said “as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the in the days of the Son of Man” (Luke 17:26). In the days of Noah “the earth was filled with violence” (Gen. 6:11). Increasingly, we are seeing the same today.

But in Christ “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). And, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High [the condition precedent to] shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psa. 91:1). While it’s true that no one knows “the day or hour” of Christ’s return, that doesn’t negate the necessity for saints to know what we must endure getting to “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6), “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54), because Christ “must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything” (Acts 3:21 NIV).

People of the U.S. are witnessing its societal destruction by elite globalists. History is being rewritten. Violence is the new norm. Lies abound. Gender neutrality is now the celebrated hatred for God. Freedoms, and especially of speech, are being destroyed on the guise of crushing “hate speech” while sin, lawlessness and perversions are protected. God foretold this and much more.

From Gatestone Institute 10/21/2017: “Germany: Full Censorship Now Official”. The article says, “Germany has made no secret of its desire to see its new law copied by the rest of the EU. When employees of social media companies are appointed as the state’s private thought police and given the power to shape the form of current political and cultural discourse by deciding who shall be allowed to speak and what to say, and who shall be shut down, free speech becomes nothing more than a fairy tale. Or is that perhaps the point?”

Gatestone, continues, “A new German law introducing state censorship on social media platforms came into effect on October 1, 2017. The new law requires social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, to censor their users on behalf of the German state. Social media companies are obliged to delete or block any online “criminal offenses” such as libel, slander, defamation or incitement, within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint — regardless of whether the content is accurate or not. Social media companies receive seven days for more complicated cases. If they fail to do so, the German government can fine them up to 50 million euros for failing to comply with the law.” This is the New World Order at work.

Censorship laws are also descending on America, and Christians must be certain of who they serve. Homosexuals are allowed to sue Christian bakeries for refusing to bake cakes celebrating same-sex marriage. Christian bakeries are being sued by Satanists for refusing to bake cakes celebrating Lucifer; and public schools are being turned into centers of anti-Christ propaganda celebrating the occult, homosexuality and transgenderism.

The result? God’s end-time judgments are descending upon America and other nations. The many “natural” disasters of fires, floods, earthquakes and volcanoes, devastating thousands of homes, families and communities worldwide is anything but natural. It’s God, shaking this evil world, calling people’s attention to their unbelief, and to their evil, self-destructive ways.

Very dark and harsh days are ahead, but most pastors now also censor voluminous truths of the end-times. We live in a Christian culture where fear of losing numbers supersede the preaching of “All Scripture” (2 Tim. 3:16), especially the third about the end-time that Christ taught, warning that it’s, “he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13). It’s spiritually telling of our evil day that Jesus’ end-time teachings are censored by many pastors and teachers, preferring a distracting and lighter toned venue than the difficult time of the end.

Consider: would a calculus student succeed if difficult levels of math were not taught? Would a pre-med student succeed if difficult biological truths were ignored? Would an engineering student succeed if difficult design truths were abandoned? Likewise, on what basis, then, shall Christians endure the end-times if the material relative to it is not thoroughly taught?

Consequently, you might ask, “So what can I do?” In the midst of today’s biblical censorship, miss-information and ignorance, here’s what God says: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength” (Isa. 26:3–4). But that requires you to personally study God’s end-time truths because most church leaders, pastors and teachers will not teach those critical truths.

God does not want you to experience shock, awe and offense at calamitous tribulations of the end-times, but to be fully equipped, knowledgeable and prepared for all those things that are coming; things that will challenge even the strongest of saints to stand firm in the faith, and not yield to the evil dictates of the culture in which we live. But to do that we must first believe God.

God promises to “keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You”. But in the midst of His promise to keep you in “perfect peace”, do you see the condition precedent to you keeping your mind “stayed on the Lord God”? God’s promises are conditional upon believers actually believing and participating willfully with God, for He will not force you against your will.

I call your attention to consider that God said, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16–17). Not just some, but “All Scripture…” is inspired by God. Yet, God’s end-time message is being censored by most. Why? There’s only one agent behind the censorship of “All Scripture” – Satan, because he doesn’t want God’s conditional salvation and end-time truths revealed.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“That they may know…”

Friday, October 20, 2017

In context to the end-times, two-thousand years ago the Holy Spirit said, “But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers…If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God” (1 Peter 4:7, 11), meaning that one’s teaching of the times of the end must agree with God’s prophetic Word and not man’s self-conceived desires of the same.

A few years ago I watched a theologian preaching the false pre-trib rapture at a large Christian university, who, voicing unbelief of the post-trib rapture Jesus and His apostles taught, declared the typical statement, “I cannot conceive of a God who would drag His Bride through the mud of the tribulation, and then marry her!” He thus planted seeds of unbelief in the minds of thousands of students, while reinforcing his own unbelief of the Bible’s clear teachings of the end-times.

Mega-church pastor, Phil Hotsenpillar, of Influence Church in Anaheim Hills, California, in a 10/12/2017 Charisma News article, reflecting upon the horrific California wildfires destroying many hundreds of homes and businesses, and being ordered to evacuate his own home, had this to say regarding this and many other devastating calamities now befalling humanity: “Thinking about all of this, I found myself asking, ‘Where is God?’ As a nation, we are facing an increase in lawlessness and what appears to me, an unusual number of natural disasters.

He continued: “It’s a natural human response to ask questions for things we can’t understand or process. I get it: moral evil can be explained by the free will of man but much of the things we face (cancer, death, hurricanes and fires) are not a result of our free will. So where do I go from here? Either God or nature (which He created) must cause these physical evils. But these things seem incompatible with an all-loving, all-powerful God.”

The theologian’s assertion, “I cannot conceive of a God…” and the pastor’s conclusion that, “these things seem incompatible with an all-loving, all-powerful God”, is often the basis for many, who, without allowing the authority of God’s Word, form their own beliefs of who, or what, God is, does, or doesn’t do. It’s the well-traveled “wide gate” (Matt. 7:13) of unbelief.

Due to false teachings and the thought that, “I cannot conceive of a God who would…” and then fill in the blank, many are left to create their own unbiblical belief about God. Many view God as “all-loving, all-powerful” but to the exclusion of His “judgment” unto sickness and even death for not discerning the body and blood of the Lord (1 Cor. 11:27–32); and for His “chastisement” and “rebuke” for waywardness (Heb. 12:5–8); and His abiding “wrath” for unbelief (John 3:36).

We are seeing many horrific scenes of death and destruction unfolding across the world. And the killer wild fires of California, the killer floods of Houston, and the fury of killer hurricanes, make God’s activity real to Americans, many of whom simply reject that this could be God’s doing in fulfillment of the end-times wherein “a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up” (Rev. 8:7); with “the sea and the waves roaring” (Luke 21:25). But worse is to come.

Because the God of the Bible is a God of love, judgment, chastisement, rebuke, and wrath, we have the certainty of His Word made all the more poignant saying, “That they [you and I] may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and bring calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things” (Isa. 45:6–7). The question is: “Do we actually believe God?”

The next time you hear someone declare what God does or doesn’t do, please tell them to read all of His Word before asserting their own wishful thinking, for we need truth to guide us in the way everlasting. Begin with Job 38 to 41 and confess, “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know…I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:2–6).

Precious time is being squandered by many pastors and teachers in not teaching their people the end-time oracles of God according to “the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9). This will prove disastrous for many in the time of tribulation trouble, for they will not have been prepared or equipped according to the oracles and will of God in Christ for things yet to come.

Jesus said, “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near – at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matt. 24:32–35). Do you discern Jesus’ teaching?

“Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and such as breathe out violence. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psa. 27:11–14).

Marlin J. Yoder

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“those who fear the Lord”

Friday, October 13, 2017

Both the Old and New Testaments conclude with details of God’s “book” in which are written the names of those who belong to Him. This truth should compel every Christian to “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless indeed you are disqualified” (2 Cor. 13:5).

“Then those who feared the Lord [“often” KJV] spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and meditate on His name. ‘They shall be Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘on the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.’ Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him” (Mal. 3:16–18).

The born again heart will “often” speak of God and His Christ, “For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). And Jesus said that, “if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out” (Luke 19:40). Those who fear the Lord, meaning to love and revere Him and His Word, speak to one another “often” about the truths and applications of His Word.

From ancient times this was characteristic of those who truly feared the Lord God, who said, “these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” (Deut. 6:6–7).

How much more, then, is this characteristic true of those who have been spiritually rejuvenated by the power of the Holy Spirit. How can one born again by faith in Christ keep silent? He can’t. Talking and sharing with one another truths of God in Christ from when we first believed to His return for the saints is God-honoring, faith-building and life-preserving.

Should our conversation, however, get hijacked by the enemy to wallow in doctrines, traditions and wishful thinking of men, God’s unchangeable truths no longer protect, preserve and guide one into His truths, but away from it. Words from our mouth reveal our heart, “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt. 12:37). Therefore, do our words agree with God’s Word?

Note the benefits of speaking God’s Word with one another: “a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name. ‘They shall be Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts” (Mal. 3:16–17). Like myself, I know you want to be in God’s “book of remembrance”, for “’They shall be Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘on the day that I make them My jewels’” (Mal. 3:17), which occurs “at the last day” (John 6:40), at “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6), “when the Lord Himself will descend from heaven” (1 Thess. 4:16).

However, to take away or diminish the Word of the Lord not only dishonors God, but destroys; the worst part of which is God’s promise, saying, “if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophesy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Rev. 22:19). God could not “take away” ones “part from the Book of Life” unless ones name was not previously written therein.

Further, God warns those who would change His Word by adding to it what isn’t there, saying, “If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book” (Rev. 22:18). Yet, in much of today’s church many leaders, pastors and teachers add things to God’s Word that are simply not there, teaching assumptions and traditions.

For every church leader, pastor, deacon, elder, teacher and worker, such departure demands self-examination, because, “you are not your own. For you were bought at a price” (1 Cor. 6:19–20), which is the price of the precious redeeming blood of Jesus Christ. We, like Christ’s apostles are called to be “slaves” and “bondservants” of Christ, defending and teaching the testimony of God.

God’s Word did not originate with us, but we “are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us” (2 Cor. 5:20). Thus, God commands us to teach “them to observe [obey] all things that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:20), that we separate from traditions and doctrines of men that add to or take away from truth, “making the word of God of no effect” (Mark 7:13).

If an official inquiry were made of your life, is there sufficient evidence to convict you of being an ambassador of God’s Word, holding it above reproach or contradiction? Is your name written in God’s “book of remembrance” (Mal. 3:16)? And are you certain that God will not take away your part “from the Book of Life”, or “the things which are written in this book” on the basis that you have not taken “away from the words of the book of this prophesy” (Rev. 22:19)?

“Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before him for those who fear the Lord and meditate on His name” (Mal. 3:16). Remember, the Word of God did not originate with us, but God is “pleading through us”, that is, we who have been born again, to defend and teach all things that He taught.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“be zealous and repent”

Friday, October 6, 2017

This past Monday morning the world awoke to the Fox News headline, “MASSACRE ON THE STRIP: At least 58 killed, more than 515 hurt in Vegas attack; gunman ID’d” the worst massacre in U.S. history. Dear saints, violence, murder and death are escalating. Death and destruction is increasing throughout the earth, but of course, God forewarned us that these days would come.

The unrestrained escalation of death to humanity is end-time based, because God said, “When He [Christ] opened the second seal…Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another, and there was given to him a great sword” (Rev. 6:3–4). But is the church discerning it? Nearly not.

And is the beast-image healer emerging? Note this 9/28/2017 article at The Guardian: “Deus ex machina: former Google engineer is developing an AI god”. “Anthony Levandowski who is at the center of a legal battle between Uber and Google’s Waymo, has established a nonprofit religious corporation called Way of the Future, according to state filings first uncovered by Wired’s Backchannel. Way of the Future’s startling mission: “To develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society.”” Is the church discerning of this?

And as for high profile theologians and self-appointed TV prophets who teach that America’s best days are yet ahead, please don’t listen to them. Believe and prepare in the Words of Jesus who said, “See, I have told you beforehand” (Matt. 24:25). Most cannot discern that our generation is the last by Jesus’ parable of the fig tree, Israel, (Matt. 24:32–35) which was reborn June 14, 1948.

The spirit of Antichrist is raging as God withdraws His restraint of evil. Fellow Christian, it’s time to repent from sin and unbelief, and to believe the only wise God who can save, redeem, cleanse, purify and prepare His Bride in garments of pure white, washed in the blood of the Lamb. That begins with humility, a broken and contrite spirit, and unyielding faith.

God said, “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place – unless you repent” (Rev. 2:2–5).

Many Western Christians are spiritually lukewarm, and pampered with believing as “they” will; that they have authority to tell God what will be rather than God telling them. But such pride will not change the course of God’s end-time Word. And for those who continue assigning Christ’s Olivet Discourse to national Israel, but exclude themselves, their snare of offense has been laid.

And God said, “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you. You have a few…who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels” (Rev. 3:2–5).

Many Christians assume identity in Israel Houghton’s lyrics saying, “I am a friend of God” without discerning the cost and conditional requirements of actually being a friend of God.

Houghton sings, “Who am I that you are mindful of me – That you hear me when I call, Is it true that you are thinking of me – How you love me, it’s amazing (Who am I Lord)

I am a friend of God – I am a friend of God

I am a friend of God – I am a friend of God

God Almighty – Lord of Glory – You have called me friend”

But as is very prevalent today, Houghton deceptively doesn’t tell us that friendship with God is conditional. Jesus said “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14). I trust you understand the difference between Houghton’s self-assured assumptions of being a friend of God, from God’s criteria of the same. Spiritually, what’s NOT said is critical.

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ – and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked – I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent” (Rev. 3:15–19).

God also said at Pentecost, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19). From the start of the gospel being preached to The Revelation of Jesus Christ, repentance is central. But that’s highly unpopular in the culture-accommodating church today because true repentance kills the very nature and self-will of the fallen human spirit.

“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). If we will be saved and endure the end-time apocalyptic storms of violence, natural disasters, deceptions and more, we must believe Christ and act upon His Word. That begins by the confession and repentance of sins and unbelief. If we submit to Christ, He will lead us in that process.

In the NKJV of the New Testament the Words “repentance” and “repent” occur 50 times, and “humility” and “humble” occur 13 times, both of which are inescapable requirements of being born again unto eternal life. Salvation is not based on one’s wishful declarations, but on God’s command to believe Christ, confess sins, repent and obey the gospel of God.

Today, many are in love with the idea that God loves them, while true repentance and humility eludes them. Many in the church say they love Jesus but produce fruit contrary to His teachings. Is this the result of true repentance and humility not being taught to the people as each are left to believe what “they” will? Have proud assumptions largely replaced the Word of God? I think so.

God assures that “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit” (Psa. 34:18); and that, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart – these, O God, You will not despise” (Psa. 51:17); and “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). These are essential truths of salvation unto eternal life.

Exchange Israel Houghton’s proud assuming lyrics for those of Elisha Hoffman (1839–1929) who wrote the soul-searching and challenging lyrics to, “Are You Washed In The Blood?”

“Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin, And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;

There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean, O be washed in the blood of the Lamb”.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“I will pour out My Spirit”

Friday, September 29, 2017

God’s purposes in the gospel are critically important to the true conversion of the fallen heart. The main thing must always be the main thing, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:20). This requires true leadership in spiritual matters for personal, familial and occupational pursuits as God’s own presentation of the gospel proves.

If God didn’t have an intentional plan for the creation of earth and mankind, chaos would have reigned. If Noah hadn’t embraced God’s vision of the Ark, it would not have saved his family. If Joseph in ancient Egypt didn’t have a Spirit-led dream of the 7-year famine, provisions for it would not have borne fruit to the saving of many lives, including the children of Israel.

Likewise, God gave us His priority for the preaching and teaching of His Word which was clearly revealed at the first preaching of the gospel in Acts 2 and 3, which serves to teach us God’s intended priority, commission and assignment for teaching His Word. But the devil has largely derailed the priority of, repentance, being Spirit-filled, and disclosure of the end-times.

The priority of the gospel from its inception, is the crucified and resurrected Christ, with consequential sights set on enduring the end-times. But today the latter is largely lost as the church has exchanged the priority of conversion, the resurrection, and end-time gospel, in order to sustain its traditions of men. This is why confusion reigns about the end-times having birthed the pre-trib, mid-trib, pre-wrath, post-trib and post-millennial gathering of elect saints.

Just as there’s no multiple choice to eternal life, neither is there a multiple choice of when Jesus Christ gathers His saints. There is only one Truth: Jesus Christ. And all Scriptures relevant to the resurrection of Christ and His saints support His testimony. There is no contradiction of Truth, but man has made it so. Consequently, to keep the peace, (but is not peace) the church largely ignores the end-time subject that the apostle Peter so powerfully preached by the Holy Spirit.

Note the Holy Spirit’s immediate end-time focus and response to those who witnessed the manifestation of the Spirit’s gift of tongues, saying: “But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved’” (Acts 2:16–21).

The Spirit then continues the prioritized theme of the end-times, saying, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:19–21). [emphasis added]

But so often Acts 2 and 3 is taught without expository teaching because it exposes the pre-tribulation rapture lie and confirms that Christ gathers His elect saints “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), at “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6), “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54), “at the last trumpet” (1 Cor. 15:51–52), because Christ “must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything” (Acts 3:21 NIV) which is at the last day.

Yet, many evangelicals “speak in tongues” but disconnect from the Spirit’s consequential focus of the end-times. How can that be; that is, claiming to be Spirit-filled and speak in tongues but ignore the critical truths Christ taught for the gathering of His elect? “Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh” (James 3:11–12).

God said “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Rom. 8:16–17). But the pre-trib rapture lie of Satan rejects the reality of suffering the tribulation. But God’s Spirit does not bear witness to anyone of anything that disagrees with “the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9).

So, the question and self-judgment must be asked: what spirit, then, dwells within the one who believes the devil’s pre-trib rapture lie, for Christ and His Spirit taught truth. But deception and half-truths reside comfortably in many today, not only concerning the rapture, but on numerous other critical points of living a Spirit-led life versus one led by deceiving spirits.

“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you” (Rom. 8:11) how can a qualified minister or other Christian contradict the order and priority of the gospel message revealed at Acts 2 and 3? The point is, the qualified minister and Christian will not, but will disclose the whole truth, while those with their own agenda or something to hide will not.

A minister / teacher called by God must not teach repentance and then ignore that God’s Spirit immediately joined that repentance and conversion to the end-times. Repentance, conversion, and the Holy Spirit’s gift, together with the end-times of Acts 2 and 3 are indivisible. That’s God’s own presentation of the gospel and He expects us to follow His leading in this.

A minister / teacher called by God must not ignore what God’s Spirit immediately revealed at Pentecost concerning repentance “that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:21). Yet, the widespread ignorance of this critical truth in the church is the work of deceiving spirits.

“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). [emphasis added] Has God poured out His Spirit in your life to believe the end-time testimony of Christ, or has a deceiving spirit sent forth to corrupt the authoritative Word of the Lord caused you to assign His Olivet Discourse for the end-times to others? This is spiritually very serious and time is running out.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“making war against the saints”

Friday, September 22, 2017

God’s Spirit said by John, “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God…Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev. 19:11–16).

The Rev. 19:11–16 passage concludes this present age as Christ descends from heaven. But until “the last day” (John 6:40), at “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6), at “the times of restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21) “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19).

The final seven years of this age are ruled by Satan’s Antichrist. Most Christians disbelieve Christ that they will be on earth for the tribulation, but a few of us actually believe Him and prepare accordingly for that difficult time. Today, six categories describe most Christians.

  1. Those who are clueless and without discernment that the end-times are even near.
  2. Those who know the world is much worse now, but don’t know why, or what to do.
  3. Those who know the world is much worse, but think President Trump will restore it.
  4. Those who know what’s wrong, but do nothing while awaiting their pre-trib rapture.
  5. Those who know the NWO is near and buy guns and ammunition to war against it.
  6. Those who know the NWO is near and arm themselves in God’s enduring truths.

Thefridayletter.com is written that those of all six categories might learn God’s truths and be equipped in that truth, knowledge and discernment that they would faithfully endure until the great Day of the Lord. Without faith in the enduring Words of Jesus Christ one is hopeless.

Today we consider number 5 above. But first, let me clarify: there’s a big difference in using guns and ammunition to protect your home and family from tribulation “beasts of the earth” (Rev. 6:8) and thugs hell-bent on violence and theft, from using those same weapons against agents of the NWO, otherwise known as the UN’s “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, whose not-so-distant goal is the confiscation of civilian weapons on the guise of world peace.

Jesus said, “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace” (Luke 11:21). God also said, “if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Tim. 5:8). However, civil weapons for protecting your family and home is an entirely separate issue from waging war against the New World Order led by Antichrist’s One World Government. Be discerning of it.

God has firmly decreed that those who would wage war against the NWO and its Antichrist beast-system will utterly lose. But do you believe God, and will you prepare accordingly?

Preparing to endure end-time catastrophic destruction, storms, civil unrest, droughts and famines, is biblically expected of Christians. Noah prepared because he believed God. Joseph, in ancient Egypt prepared because he also believed God. Joshua prepared because he believed God and was repeatedly victorious. Many biblical examples show the salvation of God-believing preparation.

But today many believe it’s a sign of faithlessness to prepare for the end-times, but those who do so show their ignorance about faith, for God said “But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:20). “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26). Therefore, “Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18).

In other words, faith acts. Faith in Christ will produce actions corresponding to one’s professed faith. Faith that is inactive, however, is merely a said faith with corresponding inaction proving one’s said faith. And God said that “without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Heb. 11:6).

Again, don’t confuse preparations for the first half of the tribulation with the second half when Antichrist crushes the world with his mark of the beast in order for people to buy or sell. At the time of the latter, “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36). Some will find God’s safety and provision for 1,260 days, (Rev. 12:6), but many Christians will not.

During the first half of the tribulation one should protect his family and home against thugs bent on plunder and shear violence. But during the second half of the tribulation, for those not finding the safety and provision of God according to Rev. 12:6, 14, do not think for one second you can fight against the NWO and win, because God promised that those who would wage war will lose.

God said by Daniel, “I was watching; and the same horn [Antichrist] was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them” (Dan. 7:21). The Spirit also said by John, “It was granted to him [Antichrist] to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation” (Rev. 13:7). The saints’ calling is different: to testify.

“And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. But before all these things, they will lay hands on you and persecute you…You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist” (Luke 21:11–15). [emphasis added]

God warned every believer, “by the meekness and gentleness of Christ…I beg you that when I am present with you I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us [saints] as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God…and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled” (2 Cor. 10:1–6). [emphasis added]  Do you believe God?

Marlin J. Yoder   

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“if we would judge ourselves”

Friday, September 15, 2017

Jesus Christ is returning to earth for a Bride who has “washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14), a Bride who “overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Rev. 12:11). Jesus is returning for a Bride who lives by His Word, not against it. But many, deceived, live according to the word and will of man.

God said, “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Tim. 4:3–4). Therefore, we must judge ourselves, lest we become part of those who “will not endure sound doctrine”.

Only God knows the point at which the god of self-will encounters His judgment. Or shall we think that God doesn’t visit judgment on those having His Word but reject it? Shall we say, our mission is to teach people to believe in Jesus, and that’s all that matters? No, that’s not all that matters, because “Even the demons believe – and tremble!” (James 2:19). God is not one-sided. He commissioned believers to teach “all things that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:20).

God’s grace and patience is not unlimited toward those who contradict His Word. There comes a point when enough is enough. Be encouraged to read the many biblical examples and take heed because “all these things happened to them [ancient Israel] as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come” (1 Cor. 10:11).

Deceivers gain the praise of many by teaching grace and love while ignoring God’s judgments and discipline for sin, rebellion and unbelief. They capitalize on people not being discerning or skilled in the Word. Thus, many professing Christians do not know the God of the Bible, but a one-sided god of their own creation. Yet, when Jesus taught the cost of being His true follower, “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more” (John 6:66).

Whole truth does not benefit the deceiver in popularity or wealth, thus, many teach half-truths coupled with human reasoning, which grossly misrepresents God, but gains man notoriety and praise. But God said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh” (Gen. 6:3). Remember this: a half-truth is deception, and equals a whole lie. Be discerning of it.

As Christians we should know that, “he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one” (1 Cor. 2:15). But for many years now the church has increasingly taught the opposite, and agreed with the world that we may judge nothing. The prohibition to judging, then, naturally extends to the refusal of even judging oneself for sin and unbelief.

God calls our attention to being deceived, saying, “if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world” (1 Cor. 11:31–32). But because many are unable to discern even the communion table of the Lord, God said, “For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep” (1 Cor. 11:30) meaning that many have fallen and even died under God’s judgment.

Such judgment is not new with God, but is His holiness. For example: “Jeroboam did not recover strength again in the days of Abijah; and the Lord struck him and he died” (2 Chron. 13:20); and of Jehoram King of Judah, “After all this the Lord struck him in his intestines with an incurable disease. Then it happened in the course of time, after the end of two years, that his intestines came out because of his sickness; so he died in severe pain” (2 Chron. 21:18–19). And of King Herod, “Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died” (Acts 12:23). And God struck both Ananias and his wife Sapphira dead who lied to the Holy Spirit in the New Testament church, (Acts 5:1–11).

Remember that God said, “I am the Lord, I do not change” (Mal. 3:6), and “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8). Therefore, we know that God yet judges men and women today with illnesses, diseases, and even death, for bearing false witness of His Word, and leading others to disobedience with them. But only God knows when such judgment occurs.

Yet, there’s much rebellion in the church today, but few care. For example: though God said “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression” (1 Tim. 2:12–14), many women serve in pastoral and deacon’s offices of teaching authority specifically reserved for men. God will not ignore such disobedience indefinitely. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Gal. 6:7).

Though God said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies…that you may be sons of your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:43–45), and “though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh” (2 Cor. 10:3), many pastors praise Christians who covenant with the world and wage war against our enemies. But God promised, “all who take the sword will perish by the sword” (Matt. 26:52).

And though God said He gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), most pastors protecting their tradition teach that God will gather His elect before the tribulation, a direct contradiction to Jesus’ teachings, and imagine, the large majority of people in the church believe them! These false teachers have created what will become an offense of unimaginable proportion that will suddenly lead “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3), and they will be culpable.

God, “is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). God, who desires repentance, said, “Now see that I, even I, am He, and there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; nor is there any who can deliver from My hand” (Deut. 32:39). Again, God said, “I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things” (Isa. 45:7).

Most pastors deliberately avoid passages such as Duet. 32:39 and Isa. 45:7 because it doesn’t benefit their popularity and cultural-accommodation to teach that the God of the Bible enacts judgments on people based upon His holiness and justice. Consequently, many think God is a sugar-daddy, blessing and promoting them to do according to their self-will.

The above three examples are just a snapshot of many where self-will and tradition govern the church. I’ve prayed for years that Christians would wake up and embrace the truth of God’s Word, and make self-will the subject of confession and repentance that God’s Kingdom, and not man’s ear-tickling traditions, be praised and exalted, which requires honoring Christ above man.

Many in the church know exactly what God’s Word says but in self-will ignore Scriptures that are counter-culture because they fear man more than God. That kind of ministry creates a false god in many hearts and minds. People must be taught to love and honor the Word of God, not ignore it. If leaders and their people cannot endure God’s Word in good times now, how will they possibly endure the 7-year tribulation when times are deceptively hard and difficult?

Millions of people suffer tragically in the Caribbean, the Keys, in Florida and Texas due to hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Many had made no preparations to endure such calamity. Soon, Antichrist, “shall confirm a covenant with many for one week” (Dan. 9:27), meaning seven years. And that covenant will set in motion greater disasters in the final 7 years of this age.

The devastation wrought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma are nothing compared to what’s coming to this world during Antichrist’s 7-year reign. Many scoff at making preparation for such times, but the day will come when they will wish they had believed God and prepared as did the five wise virgins of Matt. 25:1–13. I encourage you to prepare, for God has given us ample warning.

God is love, but He is also a God of divine judgment. Be encouraged to judge yourself, awaking your spirit to whole truth, not according to traditions of men, but by the truth of God’s Word. Be filled with God’s knowledge, discernment and whole truth. Endure “sound doctrine” and refuse self-willed false teachers who turn many ears away from the truth. You will be eternally grateful when you “appear before the judgment seat of Christ” (2 Cor. 5:10).

Marlin J. Yoder

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Providing For Your Household

Friday, September 8, 2017

God said, “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Tim. 5:8). The context is provision for the physical but it necessarily includes the spiritual, without which, one’s charge is left to wander in the ways of the world, deception and traditions of men which make God’s Word of no effect.

God is concerned about our physical and spiritual needs. He looks closely at how fathers provide for their children and families in both realms. In fact, Jesus taught, that, “whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matt. 18:6). And not teaching the whole truth of God’s Word, or simply ignoring it, is in fact teaching, and a cause to sin.

If we provide physically but not spiritually we ignore God who “is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Leadership for that rests on fathers who in faith are led by the Holy Spirit, who, convicted “the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). The wife is not the spiritual leader or head of the home, nor of the church, but many having rejected God’s authority have made it so.

God said, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). That’s a great two-part promise, the first of which requires diligent and faithful work, not just when they’re toddlers but especially from the age of five to when they leave home. The latter part God will accomplish if we faithfully obey His Word. That’s not to say that God cannot save children who have been spiritually neglected, because He surely can.

God said, “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 5:4). Herein, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” (Deut. 6:5–7). This is how God commands fathers to train up their children in truth.

But there’s a great dichotomy today. The father who teaches the unedited truth of God’s Word will find himself at irreconcilable odds with most of today’s organized church which adheres to traditions of men. This dichotomy causes division as many trust the organized church with its traditions more than God’s inerrant Word, which caused the 15th century Reformation.

A similar, but likely too late, reformation from the divided denominations will occur again upon the offending revelation of the tribulation. This will occur when the pre-trib rapture lie is proven false, at which time, “many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matt. 24:10). But you can avoid that if you believe the testimony of Jesus for the end-times.

God clearly said that before He gathers His elect “the falling away comes first, and the man of sin [Antichrist] is revealed” (2 Thess. 2:3); and that He gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31); “at the last trumpet” (1 Cor. 15:51–52); “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54); at “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6); “when the Lord Himself will descend from heaven” (1 Thess. 4:16); because Christ “must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything” (Acts 3:21 NIV). These imperative truths require much preparation.

Traditions of men are deceptive as they benefit to the praise and wealth of those who create and sustain them. The evangelical church needs an immediate reformation to expose the heinous end-time lies to which it holds. Without such a reformation advancing Christ’s end-time truths, many will be offended and eternally lost because they believed a false tradition that tickled their ears.

Fathers, I exhort you in the love of Christ to teach your family the truth of what’s just ahead. Be discerning by the Word of Truth, and His Holy Spirit and the signs of the times. Jesus said, that, “because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matt. 24:12). We see this daily as the threat of global war escalates, and the mark of the beast technology is marketed as the solution to failing national monetary systems, cash and credit card fraud.

Love is not silent in the face of impending danger, but teaches the truths of Christ that prepares saints to endure the 7-year tribulation. Love does not hide behind tradition, but unbelief does, even to “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3). Therefore, “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (Eph. 5:11).

President Trump’s administration and civil authorities are increasingly opposed with vitriolic speech and violence. Ungodly rhetoric by both Democrats and Republicans is intolerable. The nationalists gnash their teeth at globalists and vice versa. And influential sports figures instigate nationalist hatred at sporting events. Many secular, and even so-called Christian educational institutions, increasingly embrace radical and ungodly left-wing liberal thought and agenda.

Hatred, specifically against Christians, will ultimately spiral downward until, “It was granted to him [Antichrist] to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation” (Rev. 13:7). This is the mid-tribulation event when God has a place of safety and provision for those who actually believe His Word and have actually prepared to endure to the end as did the five wise virgins of Matthew 25:1–13.

Storms and natural disasters are increasingly destructive. Hurricane Harvey was the worst natural disaster Houston, Texas has ever seen, and is followed by Hurricane Irma that destroyed much in the Caribbean islands and now threatens Florida, Georgia and the Carolina’s. Storms are normal, but not their increasingly destructive ferocity. And worse is coming, though our land being filled with false prophets, prophesy prosperity, American greatness, and spiritual revival in Congress.

In this age, revival of national leaders unto loving Christ will not occur, for they never have and never will have in mind the things of “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17). They oppress. They instigate wars. They are a god unto themselves. Therefore God said, “Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us” (Psa. 2:1–3).

Last night southern Mexico was struck by a killer magnitude 8.0 earthquake with a mounting death toll. My heart breaks for people in the church who should be being led in end-time truths, but are deceived by false teachers / prophets, having little to no discernment according to “the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9). Many people in the church prefer the smooth, articulate, well-crafted words of false prophets teaching things that sound good to people’s itching ears.

False prophets often led ancient Israel astray with lies and deception, for which God said, “An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests [pastors] rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end” (Jer. 5:30–31). Truly, what will the people of this final generation do in the end?

Fathers, it’s our obligation in love for Christ to teach and equip our families in the end-time “testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9) for the tribulation because the organized church will not do it. Many prefer false traditions of men and will consequently suffer offense and the falling away the Spirit taught. But Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed” (John 8:31), and again, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14).

Marlin J. Yoder

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Pray For People of Houston

Friday, September 1, 2017

Be informed by the Word and grace of God for our days. Discern the signs of the times; that Jesus said, “See, I have told you beforehand” (Matt. 24:25) Join me in prayer for the folks in Houston, Texas and surrounding areas who now suffer the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

It’s not a coincidence that this destruction came so soon after the solar eclipse that struck a diagonal 70-mile wide path of thick darkness across the continental United States which was a warning from God. I am moved with compassion for Christians who are ignorant of things to come, nor are able to discern end-time signs from God and do nothing to prepare.

I am also moved by pastors who do not warn their flocks. My prayer for you is to be biblically and spiritually alert, to know the end-time testimony of Christ and His Spirit, that your faith be moved to an actionable preparation of things even worse to come. Ancient Israel’s Joseph in Egypt prepared for a catastrophic 7-year famine and saved his own family and many others.

“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith” (Heb. 11:7). Are you “moved with godly fear” and have you been “divinely warned of things not yet seen”, or do you still believe in the hopeless and unbiblical pre-tribulation rapture?

And finally, God said “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished” (Prov. 22:3). Do not be like the foolish virgins of Matthew 25:1–13 who did not prepare to endure the long dark night of the tribulation as they awaited the Bridegroom, but be wise in Christ and be prepared to endure to the end just as Jesus taught at Matthew 24:13.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“of no private interpretation”

Friday, August 25, 2017

Since the mid-19th century the church has gone to great lengths to protect its deceitful pre-tribulation rapture tradition, resulting in much of the prophetic Word being made of no effect; Word that would otherwise equip saints in love, truth and knowledge to endure the end-times.

Avoiding end-time truths is not love, but evil. And Jesus taught that, “he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles” (Matt. 13:20–21).

The true church indeed suffered persecution under Roman Catholic popes, which spurred fears of the end-times, for the papacy was rightly cast as the seat of the Antichrist. It appears that, Satan, seizing upon that fear gave John Darby (1800–1882) a vision that avoided the end-times witness of Christ, to allege that the church would be secretly raptured before the tribulation, a terrible lie.

It denies the Truth to suggest that anything is secret about Christ’s redemptive work: from His prophesied O.T. coming, to His finished work at Calvary, to His return for His elect saints. For, “knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20–21). A right start in faith, eroded by falsehood, can end in eternal death.

What the church faced during the Reformation was clearly ungodly tribulation at the hands of the popes of Rome. But because Satan’s time is short, iniquities today are more covert and deceptive than during the Reformation. Rather than physical brutalities by papal agents of Satan, today it’s the gradual degradation, the all-inclusive, and non-threatening erosion of Biblical truths.

And without the truth of God’s Word hidden in our hearts empowered by the Holy Spirit, we will not be wise to the deceptive, kindly-smiling, inclusive, non-threatening erosion’s of God’s Word so very prevalent in the organized church today. This is why ungodliness, lies, immorality, false doctrines, false teachers, and the blatant departure from God’s Word flood the church today.

Pope Francis has already inclusively united the religious world. And any who think the Roman Catholic papal throne has grown any kinder, gentler toward other religious entities are highly mistaken, for the same spirit of Antichrist yet seethes beneath the Vatican facade of false unity and will for the last 3 1/2 years rule this world by economic mandate and mark of the beast.

Today, in these end-times, Satan is using a temporary reverse spiritual psychology to gradually sensor and unite world religions into one global religious cult led by his Antichrist. And unless you know God’s whole truth with Holy Spirit discernment you will not be wise to this, which describes many today who are led by a spirit of culturally progressive One World values.

Please be a watchman who sounds the trumpet of warning. Today, many so-called “authority” figures in the church say the Bible should not be taken literally; that Jesus is not the only way to God; that there’s no hell; that the church must be inclusive of LGBTQ lifestyles as Christian; and preferring the world, progressives call true Christians “haters” if we don’t agree with them.

God said, “But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand” (Ezek. 33:6). Some of us are true watchman to the church, others are just pretenders who don’t truly care for the flock.

God is love, but He is also a God of divine judgment for unbelief. To hold the former but ignore the latter will reap disaster; ancient Israel is our example, 1 Cor. 10:1–13. To believe God’s love but hold unbelief of that which prophetically must come, is spiritually reckless and proud. And today, believers’ unbelief of needing to endure the 7-year tribulation is over 95 percent!

Sir, father, husband, you are the watchman of your home, not your wife or your pastor. It’s your priestly duty in Christ to discern the truth from lies and false tradition and to lead your family in truth empowered by the Holy Spirit. Rid yourself of progressive values. Believe Christ. We are waging a war with many “spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).

The violence we’ve seen recently in Charlottesville, VA is a forerunner of far worse to come. And largely, the church doesn’t know how to respond to it because it’s dropped the proverbial spiritual ball and finds itself mired in acquiescing to the world. The so-called Christian’s now defending various forms of violence and immorality truly betray the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Christians are increasingly marginalized; we’re now being called “haters”. Good is now evil, and evil is now good. Educational institutions are destroying Christian values. History is being totally rewritten. Christians in government are targeted for defamation and job loss. And the forerunner of the mark of the beast, the RFID chipping of employees, is sweeping the world at an alarming rate. Are you prepared for the “Christian” isolation that’s fomenting?

Truly, “no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20). Yet, pre-trib rapture deceivers garnering wealth and praise of men continue to build a false hope in millions that God will gather His elect saints in a private and secret rapture, sparing Christians from the coming tribulation and wrath of Antichrist. They bear witness to their own remarkable unbelief.

Children are naturally offended at parents who lie when it’s discovered. A spouse is offended when it’s learned the other has lied. Businesses fire employees who lie, because they are not trustworthy. And soon, many Christians will fire their pastors and other Christians when the tribulation is revealed, when they learn they’ve been lied to about a pre-trib rapture, and then “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3) will be sudden and very grievous.

God’s Word did not come with multiple choice of three or four options from which to choose regarding His redemption and gathering of saints. Just as surely as Jesus Christ is the One and only way to God the Father, so too, Christ taught only one truth for the gathering of His elect, “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31) which is a “thus saith the Lord” of no “private interpretation”. Believe the Lord Jesus Christ and reap the rewards of eternal life!

Marlin J. Yoder

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