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Church Bells are Ringing, Don’t You Hear Them?

Church Bells are Ringing, Don’t You Hear Them?

The wedding will take place soon, a wedding like no other that has ever occurred in history or will ever occur again. The Spirit and Bride say come, and you’re invited!
This wedding will will have myriads upon myriads of people in attendance, a number too large to count. The hosts will number in the thousands of ten thousands and will escort all the guest to the marriage supper of the Lamb. The most honored groom who has written on His robe and on His thigh “King of Kings and Lord of Lords ” will lead this great assembly of believers, called the Bride, and the marriage will take place.

Inscribed upon every individual who overcomes is written the name of the Father God. And each person will receive a white stone and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it. “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” They will forever and ever be with the Lamb who was slain and now lives forevermore. The King of Kings who has been given all authority in heaven and on earth will reign forever and the love among His Bride and Him will never die or fade away.

Prepared for His Bride is glory unimagined and so astounding, the thoughts never even entered the hearts of man. A new heaven and a new earth and a new Jerusalem, for the former things are passed away and the current earth will be burned up and He will roll up the current universe and heavens like a scroll and it will be gone. New and pure and clean and untouched by sin will be the new heavens and earth. The Father and the Son will live among the Bride forever and there will be no night there because the Son will be the Light. There the Bride will live and move and dwell with God.

The church bells are ringing, won’t you come? The church bells are ringing to proclaim salvation to all men, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. The Gospel of the Kingdom has almost been proclaimed in all the earth to every tribe, every nation and every tongue, and when that is complete the end of the age will come. It is very near. That Gospel is this; God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. The Lamb was slain for us, for you and for me. His blood washes away our sins when we believe. He will confirm to you by His Holy Spirit who will then reside in you and seal you for the great day of redemption and you will be invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. Jesus died and rose again and commands us all to be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and be raised to walk a new life.

Love covers a multitude of sins, and Jesus love for you will cover your sins as you repent of your sins and confess Jesus as Lord of your life. He will never leave you and be with you even until the end of the age. Have faith in Him and never let go. Your invitation to the marriage has your name on it and it’s straight from the heart of God. Will you come, will I see you? The Church bells are ringing…..Can’t You Hear Them?….

Are You Ready for The Coming King ?  

Are You Ready for the Coming King?

” Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and let the unrighteousness man his thoughts; and let him RETURN TO THE LORD, and He will have compassion on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly PARDON. For My thoughts are not your thoughts; neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. ” (Isaiah 55:6-9)

Unfortunately, for millions, the Lord won’t be found as this planet winds down to the end of the age and Jesus Christ returns to rule and reign for a thousand years. Why not? Because they simply are not looking and seeking Him. The Lord is near ! “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision ! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.”(Joel 3:14) The human race is born in sin and most seek their own pleasure instead of seeking God first. Worries of this life take center stage in most minds with little thought given to their own spiritual awakening, or soul searching or contact with the Creator of the universe and much less where they will spend eternity, for the soul of man never dies. Everyone will spend it somewhere; either in glorious peace and wonderment in heaven with the Father and His Son or in the deep recesses of hell with Satan and his angels in the lake of fire reserved for the wicked. There will be weeping and pain and gnashing of teeth and it will never end.

The love of money, power and pleasures drive humans to do the most despicable and barbaric acts that the majority of people can not even imagine in their wildest dreams. As the bible so rightly quotes; ” For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”(Ephesians 6:12) Struggles transliteration in the Greek is “Pale” which means “Wrestling” and is from the root word “Pallo” which means “to vibrate.” It’s the match of the ages. Notice it is not a war. The war has already been won by Jesus who made an open defeat of Satan when He arose from the dead for the whole universe to see. For us, it’s a struggle, a wrestling match to claim what is already ours by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony by which we overcome the bible says. Team Jesus is always the victors!

World headlines denote the tremendous evil circling the globe right now. And for anyone who has the slightest idea of all the foretold prophesies; you know all things are being fulfilled right before your eyes and the soon return of Jesus as King is just barely over the horizon and right around the corner. We are not talking decades now, we are literally talking within a very short few years if not sooner. Even only five short years ago; who would have ever guessed that the words of Jesus spoken in the gospels and the warnings of Revelation would appear right on the scene, right in front of our eyes in our lifetime? They will kill you and think they are offering their God a service. The Christian beheadings and murders and persecutions have begun all around the world.

Even the majority of non-believers have heard of the Antichrist and the battle of armageddon and heard of the coming wars. They have also heard of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. No one is without excuse, no one. ” For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”(Romans 1:20)” For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who SUPPRESS THE TRUTH in unrighteousness, for God has made it EVIDENT WITHIN THEM.” (Romans 1:18-19) now that’s powerful ! Everyone knows deep inside and will have no excuses why they didn’t seek God, why they didn’t learn the truth, why they didn’t study the bible, why they didn’t pray and why they didn’t believe. And the ones who flatly refused to repent when they knew the truth, woe to them.

This period of grace is almost at the close. Soon every nation, tongue and tribe will have heard the gospel as a witness and then the end will come. Jesus said “As in the days of Noah” is what it will be like, immorality and violence will cover the earth and people will still be marrying and buying and selling goods. When they least expect it, Boom, the last trumpet will sound and Jesus will burst through the Eastern Sky to gather His elect from the four corners of the earth! Are you ready? Really ready? I would hate to be in your shoes if your not. There is no second chances. This life is all you have, the price for your sins has already been paid, repent today and turn from your wicked ways and call on the name of Jesus to forgive you and save you. Don’t be like the rest of the world who are so busy with the cares of life and making more money that all of this takes you totally unaware. God loves  you, will you love Him back???

So You’re Scared to Speak in Tongues?

(This is a re-blog of May 2011 as it has gotten hundreds of hits from all over the world and it still continues to this day. Why? Because some people know there has to be more than just the salvation experience and those seeking more of God will find Him patiently waiting to answer as they open up their hearts by faith in His word.)

How in the world can you possibly live an overcoming life in this wicked world without the fullness of the Holy Spirit? How can you possibly go from day to day with all the troubles in this life without the power to overcome and succeed? Do you really believe you can make it all on your own by whining and crying to God to forgive you every day because you don’t have the willpower in yourself to walk daily with God? Let me ask you a question, why would God give the early church the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues and all the nine gifts of the Spirit and not give them to us in the 21st century? Can you honestly say that God loved the first century Christians more than He loves us? The answer of course is NO! If the Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever and changes not, doesn’t that mean He really is the same today?

Now think about this; why would He give the early church power for individuals to witness and live for Him and leave us in the 21st century to go through life with no power from God and let us just gut it out by our own willpower? (Like we can really do that) He would not and He didn’t! So many churches do not teach the full gospel of Jesus Christ, they just pluck out the verses to meet their doctrine and forget the rest and have zero power in the spiritual realm. Many churches rarely even mention the Holy Spirit and so their members are clueless because they don’t seek the truth out for themselves. If you can pay attention and be serious about this subject for a few minutes (that is if you really want to know why it’s real) Then we can reason together providing you can put your doctrine aside for a few minutes and forget what you have been taught for just a little while. Open up your heart and you’ll see it.

Not only is Jesus Christ the same today, but He actually says signs and wonders will increase as the end of this age draws to a close and God did say “I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh and your sons and daughters will prophesy, young men will see visions and old men will dream dreams.(Acts 2:17)” Jesus did not do one miracle, not a single one, until He was baptized in the Holy Spirit  after He was water baptized by John the Baptist! And neither did any other Christian! Didn’t John the Baptist say “I baptize you with water but one who is coming after me will baptize you in the Holy Spirit?” After then and only then did anyone including Jesus perform any miracles. And who did John say would baptize you in the Holy Spirit? Jesus Christ Himself baptizes you in the Holy Spirit! This is a totally separate experience than when you received the Spirit in salvation. How is that you say?

Would you agree all the Apostles were saved as were many believers in the early church, but Jesus told them not to do anything until they receive the Holy Spirit not many days from now. This is the LAST THING Jesus told them so the importance was Significant. He told them this in Acts1:4,5. Then in Acts1:8 Jesus said “But you shall receive POWER after the Holy Spirit is come upon you….” Then it happened, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. NOT just the Apostles, but everyone in attendance. Speaking in tongues happens every time you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Now it is possible to receive the baptism and not speak in tongues until a little later (like a few days or so) but that is because your mind is fighting to believe that speaking in tongues is real for today, because you have been taught all your life incorrectly by the doctrine of your church or preacher or priest or someone else. And know this…God does not hit you up on the side of your head and make you speak in tongues. It is an act of faith just like salvation. You have to start speaking and talking not worrying about what your words sound like as you mind is unfruitful the bible says and you won’t have any idea what the strange  sounds or words mean, but God will understand you perfectly. For we do not know how to pray, but the Spirit does inside us; with groans and utterances to deep for the mind to understand (1Cori 14:2)

Paul says in 1st Corinthians 14 Desire earnestly spiritual gifts but especially that you may prophesy…Now I wish you all spoke in tongues…..For if I pray in a tongue my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful….I thank God I speak in tongues more than you all…..So then tongues are for a sign to unbelievers…do not forbid to speak in tongues!!! Stop fearing speaking in tongues! Do you want to taste the sweet Spirit of God or not? Relax then, and the sweetness of God will come on you when you ask and believe. It will feel like an electrical charge, but not hurt and will be sweet love of God. Sometimes you won’t feel anything until later. There is nothing to be afraid of, God loves you so much and Jesus wants to give you His power.

If you follow the book of Acts, you will notice three distinct things happening throughout the book. First, they believed in their heart that Jesus is Lord and His blood washed away all their sins, (water can’t do that) Secondly, they were water baptized after they believed as a sign of the death and resurrection of Jesus, and Third, they received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit by faith by believing or by prayer or by the laying on of hands by some other Christians. These were regular people like you and me not Apostles. The book of Acts is full of examples of this second encounter with God through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. How could anyone from any denomination read the book of Acts and not believe the experience is for all believers? There is only one answer, because they have been taught wrong by their church. Let’s take a look at prime examples of unbelief taught by churches today…..

In Corinthians, it states that love will last and tongues and prophesy and knowledge will pass away when the Perfect comes.”For we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. So, people say see, there it says it will pass away. First of all, we still have knowledge, in fact its increasing so fast everyday that you can hardly keep up with it. Secondly, then face to face (when the Perfect comes) means that when we are face to face with Jesus in heaven. He alone is the perfect one. Its not talking about the bible as there are some mistakes and wrong translations of certain Greek or Hebrew words to English. Jesus is the Word but only He is perfect. You won’t be looking face to face with a bible. So yea, all things will pass away when we are in heaven with Jesus because we won’t need them then, but love will remain forever. In this evil world we need the power of the Holy Spirit and everything that goes with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit including the gifts to live victorious in these coming perilous times. The worst things get, the more you will need the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Let me ask you another question. Why would chapter 14 of first Corinthians say pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy if it wasn’t for today? Answer is it would not be in the bible. And how are you going to have spiritual gifts unless you have the second encounter with God by the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Answer is you won’t. And why did Paul say in verse five, “Now I wish you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy? Answer is you are supposed to speak in tongues. If you pray in a tongue, your spirit prays, but your mind is unfruitful it says in verse 14. And again in verse 39 it says “desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues. In church, only two or three speak in tongues but someone that has the gift of interpretation must be present to interpret the tongues, but in your private prayer life you can speak in tongues all the time or anytime to edify yourself. And when you don’t know what to pray, you pray in tongues and the Spirit in you will talk directly to God! What a blessing to have in this evil world.

Just a couple more points I would like to make about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2:39 it says “ For the promise is for you and your children and all who are far off as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself.” The promise is what? Look at the verse above. The previous verse says….. and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The gift, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for you today and last forever until Jesus comes back as many as the Lord shall call to Himself. The Holy Spirit didn’t stop or go away in AD 61 as some unbelieving preachers teach, no, it’s for today just as it was in the first century. And why doesn’t the gifts manifest when people get baptized in water? Because they don’t believe it, have not been taught correctly and/or they are trusting in the water instead of the blood of Jesus to wash away their sins. Many will be shocked when they die, because Jesus will say depart from me I never knew you.  Why? Because they were never born again of the Spirit. They were practicing their religion just like the Pharisees did in Jesus day. The born again experience and the baptism of the Holy Spirit can only happen from the heart by faith believing in the full gospel.

“Luke 11:13 says “If you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children…how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit for those who ask Him? Have you ask Him? You see here you don’t have to be sinless or perfect to receive the Holy Spirit that is a lie from Satan to keep you from believing it. The devil is a liar, forget about those negative thoughts when you’re seeking the baptism and just believe God. You were a sinner when you first believed weren’t you? We all are sinners and fall short but Jesus blood constantly cleans us.

So, if you want to have more of God and you believe the word, then it’s time to ask Jesus right now to baptize you in the Holy Spirit, to completely fill you with His Spirit of love. If God says He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit then He will! If you ask for a fish will He give you a stone? No, He will hear your prayer in faith and answer you. Here is a good way to pray. Just get alone and lift up your hands right now and ask Him and surrender yourself to the Creator, our Lord and thank Him for doing what He said He would do. Pray this prayer if you need help…..

Father, I know my need for your power to live in this Christian life and be a bold witness for you. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. By faith, I receive it right now. Holy Spirit, you are welcome in my life, come and fill me up with power from on high. Thank you Lord for this wonderful gift….Now you can do what Mark 16:17 says “And these signs will follow those who believed; in My name they will speak in new tongues… they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover …More teaching on this subject in my other blogs….

Jesus said in Matt 26:28 “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

 

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