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Are We Ready?

Did you know that this question; “Are We Ready For The Tribulation?,” does not originate with me, but it is Jesus who has asked this very question of the Churches in Revelation Chapter 2 & 3.

I do not believe it was a mistake that this message to the Churches is written to them just prior to the start of the Tribulation. Warnings are found throughout the Word of God of the great price Christians pay when walking in the flesh instead of in the Spirit.

In this generation Grace has been taught in such a way that it is used to fight against the discipline of discipleship.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the worst, the evil we are currently beholding around the globe is a mere 2 when compared to what will soon come upon the entire earth.

When all has been said, and all has been done, will I and you be able to say to our Lord and God, “I have finished the work you gave me?”

As our lives draw to an end, will we even have understood the work we were to do, or will we have wasted our time on earth sewing to our own desires, or those desires other men chose for us to follow?

Love of God and the End of Days

The Word of God is filled with Scriptures about the Love of God, all who have been Born Again are well aware of the Scripture:

“John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Jesus, The Word Of God

Partakers of His Divine Nature

God is Love, Love is His Divine Nature, and the good news is that our Heavenly Father has chosen to share His Divine Nature with the followers of Jesus. Why would our Heavenly Father allow mankind to partake of His Divine Nature? To enable the followers of Jesus to escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Something else is revealed to us by understanding that we are partakers of the Divine Nature of God. Man was not created with the Divine Nature of God as part of mans nature, this is the very reason The Tree of Life and The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil were placed outside of man. The Tree of Life would have to be partaken of by man, before man could partake of the Divine Nature, and produce the fruit of this tree.

The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, why was it also placed outside of mans creation? If man had, of his own free will, partaken of the Divine Nature of God, through partaking of The Tree of Life before the fall and corruption of the flesh, man in his unfallen state would have then walked in the Spirit’s Holy Fruit.

Once man partook of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil they then had knowledge of all that was Good, and all that was Evil. They also understood that they would need the Divine Nature of God to do the Good and resist the evil they had just became aware of. They knew that they were sinners, and there was no cure within themselves to remedy their wrong. There would be no cure until the Saviour arrived and paid their debt.

With the partaking of this Divine Nature, comes the obligation of every follower of Jesus, to Love just like our Heavenly Father loves.

”2 Peter 1:3-15
3. According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6. And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7. And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11. For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12. Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
13. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
14. Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
15. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.”
― Jesus, The Word Of God

God Is Love

We know that our Heavenly Father is Perfect, therefore we also know that God’s Love is Perfect, “Perfect Love.”

Matthew 19:16-30 16. And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17. And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19. Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 20. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21. Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. 23. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 25. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 26. But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. 27. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 28. And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. 30. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

”1 John 4:7-21
7. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19. We love him, because he first loved us.
20. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
21. And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

― Jesus, The Word Of God

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

My entire life I have heard this phrase, perfect love casts out fear, taught out of context. The context in which this phrase is written clearly tells us that perfect love is performed when we walk in love toward our God and we love one another with our acts towards others. It is only when we perform acts of love that love is perfected.

G5046 (Strong’s)
τέλειος

teleios

tel’-i-os

From G5056; complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); neuter (as noun, with G3588) completeness: – of full age, man, perfect.

Therefore it is only when we have acted in love that it is perfected.

Keep My Commandments

“John 14:15-24

15. If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17. Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
22. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
23. Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.”

Jesus, The Word Of God

Branches Produce Fruit of Love

“John 15:1-17

1. I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
9. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
11. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
12. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
16. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
17. These things I command you, that ye love one another

Jesus, The Word Of God

Two Commandments

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“Matthew 22:34-40

34. But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
35. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36. Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38. This is the first and great commandment.
39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Jesus, The Word Of God

Love One Another

Without Jesus, we can do nothing (John 15:1-17), in this context the meaning is clear; we cannot produce the fruit of love (agape) for love is not, nor ever been a part of the nature of man. At the beginning of Creation, The Tree of Life was made available to man, man chose the Law (The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil) over The Fruit of The Spirit (The Tree of Life).

After the fall of man, we had to wait for the arrival of Jesus, The Son of Man, Born of The Spirit, before we could partake of The Tree of Life. And this partaking is only through being in Christ, as we learn to put on Christ our transformation into the very holy image of Jesus begins to manifest in our lives.

“Romans 13:8-14

8. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
9. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
12. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
13. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
14. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”

Jesus, The Word Of God

We Are Nothing Without Love

“1 Corinthians 13:1-13

1. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6. Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7. Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

Jesus, The Word Of God

Walk In The Spirit

“Galatians 5:24-25

24. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

Jesus, The Word Of God

Grace of God Is A Teacher

“Titus 2:11-15

11. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12. Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13. Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14. Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.”

Jesus, The Word Of God

Love of Many Shall Wax Cold

Following is another Bible Verse that speaks of this same Agape Love, it is a warning spoken by Jesus to his disciples.
The first thing to notice in this warning from Jesus is that the end of days will be filled with wickedness, just like the earth was in the days of Noah. So dark will these days be that the gross darkness of this wickedness will overtake many followers of Jesus. So wicked was the days of Noah that of all humans there were a mere eight that survived.

“Matthew 24:12-13
12. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
― Jesus, The Word Of God

I have never seen The Word of God so twisted, as when it comes to the Pre-Tribulation Rapture teaching. I have watched over several decades as it morphed from a point of view, to a full-blown damnable heresy that has fueled a movement that has become a religious cult. The teachers who spew this false doctrine from their mouths are absolutely without question, Heritics.

You may think this statement is overblown and much too harsh, so I will clearly explain from The Word of God, the Biblical meanings of Heresy and Heritic.

A doctrine that threatens the unity of Christians, is a Heresy.

Galatians 5:19-21

19. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

notes

1Co 11:18  ForG1063 first of all,G4412 when(G3303) yeG5216 come togetherG4905 inG1722 theG3588 church,G1577 I hearG191 that there beG5225 divisionsG4978 amongG1722 you;G5213 andG2532 I partlyG3313 G5100 believeG4100 it.
1Co 11:19  ForG1063 there mustG1163 beG1511 alsoG2532 heresiesG139 amongG1722 you,G5213 thatG2443 they which are approvedG1384 may be madeG1096 manifestG5318 amongG1722 you.G5213

G139
αἵρεσις
hairesis
hah’ee-res-is
From G138; properly a choice, that is, (specifically) a party or (abstractly) disunion. (“heresy” is the Greek word itself.): – heresy [which is the Greekord itself], sect.

you can not separate heresy from division

2 Thessalonians 1:4-10

4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

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