“shake off the dust under your feet”

Friday, January 19, 2018

I reaffirm what I said on 01/05/2018. Based on Jesus’ parable of “the fig tree” (Matt. 24:32–35), and a generation being “seventy years and if by reason of strength they are eighty years” (Psa. 90:10), and that Israel is over 70 years old, the next ten years will fulfill the 7-year tribulation, Antichrist, the great tribulation, and Christ gathering His saints in the rapture just as Jesus said, “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31). I hope you believe and prepare likewise.

When Jesus said “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself” (John 14:2–3), all other Scriptures regarding His promise to, “come again” to gather His saints, agree that this occurs after the seven-year tribulation.

The truth of Christ’s return is very important as it’s part of the full gospel. It teaches “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6), “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54), when “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven” (1 Thess. 4:16), “whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21), when “we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trumpet” (1 Cor. 15:51–52), “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31).

The season of Christ’s return, however, is readily disallowed from being taught in the organized church because of Satan’s pre-tribulation rapture lie (now solidified as doctrine) being foisted on the church by John Nelson Darby (1800–1882), since about 1830 after his satanic epiphany. Not a single verse of Scripture says that Christ gathers His elect saints pre-tribulation, not one.

Numerous deceptions have a home in the so-called full gospel church. And in many churches the gospel is only a partial gospel infused with man’s wishes and pet traditions. Why? – because the full gospel destroys the wishful desires of man, but very few are up to the task of preaching and teaching God’s full truths that run counter-culture and counter-tradition.

And Jesus said, “If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20). And He also said, “For laying aside the command of God, you hold the tradition of men…making the word of God of no effect” (Mark 7:8, 13). “The Pharisees, Jesus said, lived for the approval and praise of other people, and he called it one of the most deadly dispositions in the world.” John Piper

They even tried to kill the apostle John by boiling him in a vat of oil. But when that failed they exiled him to “the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9). Being exiled for teaching the full gospel truth is not new. Consider how the Reformers were exiled by the popes of Rome. Yet, to protect pet church traditions, certain of God’s truths are exiled by the evangelical church today. They learned the practice from popes.

For example, Jesus’ end-time testimony is exiled by those steeped in religious doctrines and traditions that disagree with Christ. But true followers of Christ are bold and indeed willing to lay down their lives for the testimony of Jesus even if it means being publically rejected by those in church authority because “We must obey God rather than man” (Acts 5:29).

Much of the church has also exiled God’s Word saying, “Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And 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. 2:11–14). But evangelical leaders boldly appoint women to positions of authority over men, even ordaining them as pastors, leaders and teachers while God’s Word is exiled and mocked. Should we think God smiles at disobedience? No.

Be encouraged, don’t allow yourself to be compromised by doctrines and traditions of men, hear the Lord Jesus say, be strong, be filled with the Spirit, do not fear men, let Me be your example, “And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!” (Mark 6:11).

Knowing the truth of Christ’s return is critical to enduring the years, months, weeks and days leading to that day. And anyone teaching the pre-trib rapture lie will be accountable to God for having maligned His Word and having created a seedbed of offense which will be revealed in the tribulation just as Jesus taught at Matt. 24:10 bearing fruit to “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3).

Do not let that be said of you, but rather, that you loved Christ enough to teach and defend His testimony. In the judgment (2 Cor. 5:10) you will not be judged by men, but by Christ Himself. Therefore, don’t fear men or their church doctrines and traditions that gain the praise of men. It takes love for God, strength and courage to obey God rather than man. Be encouraged and do it.

Time is short. The world is on the brink of tribulation wars. Mark of the beast technologies are being rolled out with broad acceptance. Persecution of Christians now escalates globally. The U.S. will not be exempt. Governments want the New World Order. Deceptions increase. God’s Word is increasingly compromised in order to please man. Many deceived evangelicals find cause to unite with Pope Francis and Roman Catholicism. The sudden falling away is near.

And from JEWSNEWS 01/13/2018, posted by Dr. Tom Horn, a former Assemblies of God pastor: “The EU will convene in ‘extraordinary session’ to force Israel into national suicide in accepting the ‘Two-State’ solution once and for all”. Continuing: “Norway and the European Union announced on Wednesday they will convene an “extraordinary session” at the end of the month in an attempt to push the “two-state solution” to end the Israel-Palestinian Arab conflict.

Many end-time signs and events are now unfolding, but unless one knows God’s Word regarding these prophetic events, they will be discounted as normal. But in reality, God is calling people to attention, to consider their relationship with God in Christ, to repent, confess and believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life, for the last day of this present age is quickly approaching.

But take comfort in the God of our salvation because, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty…A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked” (Psa. 91:1, 7–8). Do you dwell in “the secret place”?

Marlin J. Yoder

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I'm a non-denominational ordained minister, and have written TheFridayLetter.com for many years and teach the truths of Jesus Christ with an emphasis on the end-times. This on-line and in-person ministry to which God called me helps many people to know the truths of Christ rather than traditions of men which make "the word of God of no effect" (Mark 7:13).


  1. Thanks Marlin, for the people of God must be told the truth of God’s Word as it pertains to the biblical timing of the coming of Jesus! Of this truth we thank you for your dedication over the last decade in proclaiming and promoting these mostly abandoned by the church biblical truths.

    My wife and I work together and she drives us into work Monday – Friday. While she drives my job is to read aloud the Scriptures concerning the life of Christ and that which pertains to end time events. After reading 15 – 20 minutes I pray. Yesterday, Joseph of old came to my mind and so I prayed that it could also be said of us by others that the Lord was with us as was said several times of Joseph in the biblical narrative of Joseph’s unusual life’s story.

    After praying I began meditating more on the life of Joseph and wandered if after one full year of this current Trump presidency; that if he was elected for a second term, could we be experiencing a final seven year season of plenty, of which may be followed by seven years of famine, both spiritually and physically. I write this not as a prophet and not to exalt Donald Trump or to promote all of his policies, and certainly not to approve of all his idiosyncrasies, but as something for true end time believers to consider as important to consider!

    I speak and write as a man exiled as you have written in your article, or removed from four (4) leadership roles in four (4) organized religious institutions in the last two (2) decades. Therefore, I am able to say that you are absolutely correct when you declare our need and responsibility to shake off the spiritual dust of our feet as a testimony against those who would reject the Word of God in favor of the words, demonic doctrines, and traditions of men. And yet, this act of obedience to Christ’s teaching must be done in complete humility or shame on us!

    Yes, as you proclaimed in this weeks Friday Letter, many end time events continue to unfold as we journey to and with Jesus in this 21st century generation, and many end time events will continue to come to fruition. Some of these end time events will lead us as true enduring to the end true believers to that moment immediately after the tribulation of those days and to that most looked for event biblically known and taught by Jesus as the gathering of the saints. Are we looking upward while our redemption draws near? Will we be found at that very moment looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the suffering, endured the shame, and endured the guilt that was and is associated to the cross at Calvary by those who do not grasp its eternal significance?

    The end time events described and predicted by Old Testament prophets, Jesus, Paul, Peter, and other biblical scribes, will help us in our determining where we are in the prophetic time table at any given time which is important and extremely helpful in our being prepared both spiritually and physically for Christ’s return and the coming tribulation. Therefore, let us be expectantly seeking first the kingdom of God and diligently studying the Word of God to not be found ashamed by not properly interpreting the Word of God, but rather rightly understanding, rightly interpreting, and rightly proclaiming the end time truth according to the Word of God and especially the end time teaching that is according to Jesus.

    Otherwise, we will be taken totally by surprise when the tribulation arrives in full force upon planet earth. And if we are taken by surprise, we no doubt will be more prone to being offended as Jesus warned. If taken by surprise we will no doubt be tempted to depart from the faith as Paul and others have so wisely proclaimed. If taken by surprise we no doubt may be found guilty of betraying believers in order to go along in order to get along with the Antichrist regime ruling around the globe at that time. And that cannot happen to true enduring to the end saints!

    Meanwhile, let us be reminded that we are to be in this world and yet not of this corrupt and wicked world and all of its much end time deception, end time false teaching, and end time meaningless messages being heralded from many of the so-called religious church leaders of this 21st century generation. Let us beware of the many false prophets seeking to increase their own financial status rather than seeking to increase and enlarge the true soon coming kingdom of God!

    May the Lord be with us as He was with Joseph through-out every difficult and seemingly evil and harmful situation that God behind the scenes was working out for Joseph’s and others good and for the glory of God’s kingdom not man’s! Thanks Marlin for your biblical insight. In Him Always, Brother Mike…

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