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Every year for a number of years, the Lord Jesus has been sharing some things about the coming year, with me, to prepare and inform me of the kind of year it will be.  This year (stay tuned)...
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REVIEW OF 2015


Each year, for a few years now, the Lord has given me a word, that the letters of spell out some facts that He wants me to consider for that year. Last year, 2015, the word was ‘finished’, which was a confusing one. We might have jumped to conclusions on what all this word might have conveyed. Yet, it is always best not to jump to conclusions. Each year we need to let the Lord reveal the message of what He is seeking to prepare us for, within the year.

When I asked the Lord, this week, about 2016, the word came quickly, and surprised me again. The nature of the word this year, does not cause consternation, but is more encouraging. Yet, that is not what the Lord is conveying by each word, each year, we need to give Him time to teach us, to lead us, and to enlighten His meaning, not just the meaning we hope it to


Last year, the word ‘finished’ might have been misread, and misconstrued.

The ‘F’ was to teach us that we are in a ‘final’ stage of the Lord’s ministry to us.

We all have been called, anointed with His power, and given direction in ministry through our years of service down here on earth.

We, today, are nearing a time of the fall of satan, and though he has been boasting and proudly flaunting his seeming successes, he is soon to fall. We are in this FINAL time of bringing that fall to completion. We have, in this year, seen many horrible works of satan, bringing in the final sinful to the max, time of the last days. Our ministry has entered the end times battle against this final attack of the devil. We are finishing our time here on earth, in this final time of battle.

We all have human frailties, but Jesus works in our lives to change us into great witnesses. We have a FINAL mission to complete, we must be involved in the FINAL fall of the devil in the church age.

Jesus is soon to return, and we have a special mission to announce His soon return. Some listen, some reject. We need to ‘wipe’ the dust from the places of those who reject, and go on to the next group. We have a mission that Jesus has given us special miracle power, and the demons are totally subject to us. The devil tries to stop us, but he is a failure, as Jesus pointed out.

The ‘I’ was for the word ‘inaugurate’. In definition, the word means: ‘to begin or introduce a system, a policy, or a period of time.’ In 2015, we were to make a final plea for people to accept Jesus, as the 70 did in their three year ministry with Jesus in the first coming.

Eschatology is a study of future things. It is a branch of theology that studies future events. It focuses on what the Bible tells us of the last days, and the end times. Jesus spoke of the ‘kingdom’ that would ‘come’ when He returns, and of the ‘kingdom’ that was to be prayed for ‘on earth as it is in heaven’.

With the final stage of this prophetic message of Jesus’ coming return to earth, we were toinaugurate this message, as the 70 did theirs, and tell this world that the kingdom is about to come in a literal way, in the return of Jesus to this world.

No, neither the rapture, nor the second coming happened in 2015. The seventy started their message three years before the first Jesus completed establishment of the kingdom, and though I do not expect it to be long before the literal kingdom is to be set up, it will be at least 7 years till then, but we, as disciples today, are to preach a final inauguration to the church, to the world, that the kingdom, the literal part, is soon to occur.

 

The third letter, "N", for was for the word now and was indicative of the immediacy of what the Lord is wanting us to preach. The word ‘now’ is used in the Bible referring to the last days, and the Spirit spoke it long ago to Paul, about the last days:

I Timothy 4:1

"Nowthe Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed (prosecho, Greek, meaning "to bring near, give attention to, to be addicted to") to seducing spirits, and to doctrines of devils."

Due to the delusions, false doctrines, seductive spirits of the last days, we had to begin our ministering and preaching of the soon coming of Jesus.

In 2015, we saw the escalation of the world condoning the killing of unborn children, of the condoning of perverted sex with the same gender, of making legal the immoral marriage of those of the same gender, the blaspheming of the Almighty God and of Jesus Who died for us, and the calling of to be "fanatical", "crazy", or "mad" for going to church frequently, for reading the Bible often, and for talking about heaven and God.

The announcement of such horrible things was to be done ‘now’, and the world thought we were ‘crazy’, and ‘beside ourselves’, but we knew were in the ‘now’ time to be preaching truth, not political correctness.

Paul was not crazy, mad, nor beside himself, when he preached a message that was not politically correct. He had found the Savior, and His behavior is only misunderstood by those who have not found Jesus. We like Paul, have to say, as he did:

Acts 26:25-26

"But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely; for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner."

No, Paul was not crazy. Neither are we, and though political correctness tried to rebuke the Christian message, we know that God's ways are "crazy" to human nature.

We, and many Christians found that in 2015, there was the reviling and persecuting, and the saying of evil falsely against Christians who take the Biblical truths as the real truth.

Matthew 5:11-12

"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you."

 

Mark 3:14

"And He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him, and that he might send them forth to preach."

Jesus called them then, and all us in this time, for a purpose. He had plans for them. This was not a social club, but a training school. The church (ecclesia, Greek for "called out ones") is a continuation of the calling our of the twelve disciples. We, as the church, do not meet for simply social reasons, but we meet to be trained and prepared by the Lord for a purpose.

This next letter ‘I’ taught us to ‘initiate’, i.e.to cause a plan or action to begin’. In 2015, we only initiated’ the‘beginning’ of this final plan of battle of the last days.

Matthew 28:18-20

"And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power (Greek = exousia = authority) is given Me in heavens and in the earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." 

The last four letters of the word ‘FINISHED’ are ‘shed’. The Lord taught us in 2015 that we needed to shed some things.

The ‘apron of leaves’ that mankind first tried to use, needed to be shed. In the beginning days of the Adamic race, God put a ‘coat of skins’ on them.

Genesis 3:21

"the Lord God made a coat of skins, and clothed them’.

Blood had to be shed to cover man, because the aura glory that once clothed mankind was gone after sin brought the fall, the body needed clothes to cover it. The aprons of leaves was not sufficient. Blood needed shed, so that a death brought a covering. Insufficient were the apron of leaves that they had tried to use to cover themselves.

So, we learned to ‘shed’ some parts of our human nature, some distractions from the Lord’s work, and some evils that still tried to cling to our words and actions.

Those are the things we learned and experienced in 2015. What now is to be done and leaned in 2016??? The Lord has given me a ‘word’ and its acrostic will direct me, and others, in the understanding and direction that we are to know and to follow in this year of 2016.

Stay tuned.

 

 


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The word the Lord spoke to my heart, to explain to me what to expect in this coming year of 2016 is SOON. We shall take it as an acrostic, and see some truths that the Word of God will confirm, and God will illustrate, as we walk into this new year.

The first letter of SOON, IS S.

The initial letter of ‘S’ stands for ‘salvation’.

The word "salvation" is from the Greek word "soteria." It means "preservation." The Lord is assuring me, or us, that in 2016, though the times seem dangerous and threatening, He is our ‘SALVATION’ and will be preserving us. Salvation is not our work, it is the Lord’s work for us, and He is our SALVATION both in a spiritual sense and in a literal sense.


Acts 4:12

"Neither is there salvation (preservation) in any other, for there is none other name under heaven whereby we must be saved."

Romans 10:10

"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (preservation)."


When we become saved, we are preserved from the wrath of God against sin. All the forgiven sins will not be remembered against us ever again. We are also preserved from the wrath of the devil, as he seeks to destroy and at least threaten the saints shortly before the return of Jesus. The devil knows his time is short, and the threat and extermination of Christians has always been his goal, but now more than ever, it is.

 

The Bible is our authority. Every doctrine needs to be tested by the Word of God. It is easy to erroneously interpret a few texts, and thereby come up with a new sect, a cult. There are even within some denominations, some contradictory doctrines. Some of the various denominations are the result of doctrinal debate. Therefore, we must examine all Scriptures. The Scriptures, if rightly interpreted, will harmonize. If a few passages seem contrary to another passage, then the interpretation of one or more of the passages is errant. Scripture is harmonious, for God is the Author, and He is not ‘double minded’. Therefore, it must be man’s interpretation that would insert contradiction, where none truly exists.

One doctrine, though often debated, that is sure and one we need be confident of, is the SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD. God is supreme in power, and He has absolute dominion over all of creation.

The devil may threaten, and challenge, and seek to inspire fear in Christians, but we serve a SOVEREIGN God, and can trust in His authority to overcome, dispel, and deny the devil all the power that God deems not His will.

Some teach that means that God uses His sovereign will to predetermine every act and event in mankind’s existence. They view God treating mankind as a child does their toys, choosing freely to throw some to the garbage and to save others. That is not what ‘sovereignty’ is, for God has already revealed His willingness to ‘not let any perish’, and His decision to allow all who ‘will’ to be saved, to be saved. His SOVEREIGNTY then applies to His working with and through those who will to choose His offered salvation.

 

God does have absolute supremacy. Yet, He has chosen in that supremacy to give mankind a free will.

I Timothy 6:15

"Who in His (Christ Jesus’) time shall show Who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords..."

Revelation 4:11

"For Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor, and power; for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure, they are and were created."

Revelation 11:15

"...the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord."

Psalms 89:11

"The heavens are Thine, the earth is Thine."

God does pre-determine some things in His sovereignty. Yet, He still allows choice.

I Corinthians 2:8

‘had they (evil spirits) known(God’s plan of salvation through Jesus’ death) they would not have crucified."

So Jesus was not crucified because God took away ‘free will’ to do otherwise, but God restricted the knowledge of His plan, so that the evil spirits could conspire and choose in their free will to have Jesus killed. The devils today are still restricted from the knowledge or power to do any more than what God wants or allows in His plan. They are not in control any more now than then.

God foretold 333 details of the first coming of Jesus, showing that the prophets knew of the foreknowledge of God. The Bible (I Peter 1:20) tells us that Christ Jesus was foreordained to come and provide the sacrifice for sins. Every event was foreknown by God, and used to bring about a predetermined salvation. This salvation is offered to all of mankind. God knows, foreknows, the choices of each person. Judas was foreknown by Jesus to be the one who would betray Him. Yet, Jesus told Judas and the other disciples that their names were ‘written in heaven’. So, later when Judas chose to betray Jesus, his free will changed, and he became the ‘son of perdition’.

To doubt God’s ability to continue to exercise His SOVEREIGNTY, and execute perfectly His plan, is an insult to God. No one will suffer, unless it is in God’s plan, no one will be killed, but that it will be somehow to the glory of God’s plan.

What we are seeing in this world today, may seem to be horrendous and awful, but it is God allowing some things, but still denying control to the devils.

God's plan of removing the saints in the rapture, of working to bring salvation to a remnant of the Jewish people, to bring defeat to the devil and his antichrist and false prophet, is working perfectly as our Sovereign God has had planned from the beginning.

So, the first letter of SOON stands for SALVATION. Jesus is wanting us to know not to doubt and fear, but to trust in the SOVEREIGN PLAN OF SALVATION for us and for all Christians.

God chooses to offer all salvation. The Gospel writers tell us that ‘God so loved the world... that whosoever.’ The Bible confirms that God is ‘not willing that any should perish."

God has given to mankind a free will, a choice to exercise.

Deuteronomy 30:19

"I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that thou and thy seed shall live."

Joshua 24:15

"Choose you this day, whom ye shall serve."

Revelation 22:17

"And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely."

We are told we have a will to exercise, we are told to make a choice. We are told that there are blessings and salvation if we choose the right way, i.e. for God. We are warned that if our choice is for sin and not for God, we shall suffer eternal damnation.

Jesus told all of His disciples:

‘Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you."

Yet, later, Judas chose to betray Jesus, and died a sinner. So God does choose to save us, but does not overrule our choice, if we choose not to be saved.

Mankind is absolutely a free moral agent, and serves either the devil or the Lord, as mankind exercises that choice.

 

The doctrine of election is this:

1. God chooses to save us all. We are assured that ‘Christ died for all."

II Peter 3:8

"not willing that any should perish."

John 3:16

"God so loved the world.

2. The devil chooses to damn our souls. The Scriptures tells us that he is ‘seeking whom he may devour.’

3. The vote is therefore one to one, and we have the tie breaking vote.


God’s sovereign plan was not that He has the only vote, but that He gives us a choice, and will in His sovereign will bring salvation to all who choose to accept His offer of salvation. God, in sovereign choice, chooses to save all of mankind. It is man’s choice to accept that grace or to reject it. It is not works that earns man’s salvation, it is only his acceptance or rejection of grace, unmerited favor, that determines salvation. Mankind is not saved by good works, and is not saved by being predetermined to salvation by God, allowing mankind no choice.

 

Our FREE WILL is not enough. Divine grace is required. God’s grace is not an irresistible force that requires us to be saved. God gave to mankind an intelligence. Mankind is warned of sin and its consequences, is encouraged to accept God and His atonement through Jesus.

Romans 8:24
"...we are saved by hope.’

II Corinthians 7:10
"For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation."
In salvation, God takes the initiative. He begins the process.

John 6:44
"No man can come to Me, except the Father Who has sent Me, draw Him."

We are in the last days, and the devil is fighting to doom all he can. He is causing a persecution of Christians around the world. He is seeking to close churches, to deny the right to even say ‘Merry Christmas’, to kill any who claim the name of Jesus. Yet, we still have the great commission of the Lord to disciples of all ages, is to take this gospel to ‘all nations’ and to ‘every creature’. (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16)

With the ‘S’ of the word ‘SOON’, we are being reminded that God is our SALVATION, and we can trust Him to be our SALVATION.

II Corinthians 6:1-2

"...beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain... in the day of salvation have I succored thee."

 

The devils have always sought to kill those that are in right standing with God, from the time of Abel killed by Cain, to the slaughter of Christians in our day now, God has only allowed the suffering that is part of His plan, and wants us to know that His Sovereign plan will not be aborted.

Matthew 23:37

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them who are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings and ye would not."

Those Christians who have already, or will soon suffer in the sovereign plan, can trust that the Lord to have ‘joy’ amidst whatever suffering is to come.

I Thessalonians 1:6

‘Ye became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the Word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit."

Our job is to preach this SALVATION message to this world of strife and hatred of the devils, and to enjoy with joy the fact that Jesus is coming soon.

Colossians 1:5-6

"ye heard before in the Word of truth of the gospel, which is come unto you, as it is in all the world."


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SOON 3 only

 

 

 



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The second letter in ‘SOON’ is an O, and stands in this acrostic for ONLY.

 

All who call upon Jesus to be their salvation from their sins, are saved, but ONLY some do that. In the physical salvations that follow in our lives, only some avail themselves of those.

 

We will, in 2016, need divine help for many situations. The Lord promises us salvation in those trials and circumstances, but ONLY some will avail of those.

 

It is like the story of Gideon, where he was really tested. For the 32.000 soldiers that he had did not all avail themselves of the glorious victory to be had. The 32,000 were to be cut down to only 300. God was asking him to war against an army of 135,000 Midianites, and that was a tough task, to put it mildly.

 

We are often asked to do what seems nigh to impossible. In this coming year, some tasks will be very difficult. We will be tempted to question: did we really hear God say to do this? When we are tempted to doubt, we are also tempted to miss being the few who have the great victories. ONLY some, as the 300 of the 32,000, will see great victories.

 

So, first, we must get direction, search the Word, be ready and anxious, as were the only 300 in Gideon’s time.

 

The Lord wants us to search the Bible, pray for His voice to speak, and be patient and watch God work. Only some will do this, and only some will personally experience the marvelous salvations from the trials of the age.

 

The old fashioned way of searching the Word, following every precept given, and then seeking God’s face for further direction, and learning to listen to hear His voice, may seem hard, but we are to seek God, and trust Him for the deliverance.

 

Since God leaves the choice to we who are saved, as to whether we will experience great victories in times of trial or not, we must exercise our wills to choose to be some of the ONLY that experience great blessings.

 

Deuteronomy 30:19

 

"I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that thou and thy seed shall live."

 

Joshua 24:15

 

"Choose you this day, whom ye shall serve."

 

Revelation 22:17

 

"And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely."

 

We are told we have a will to exercise, we are told to make a choice. We are told that there are blessings after salvation, that only some receive. We are warned that if our choice errant, we miss great blessings.

 

Only three of the disciples were on the Mt of Transfiguration. Only several chose to be at the foot of the cross. Only 120 chose to be in the upper room for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Only Simeon and Anna chose to remain at the temple site till they saw the baby Jesus. Only Peter stepped out of the boat to walk on water. Only Matthew, of all the publicans, chose to leave his tax collecting business and become a disciple. Only the ones who chose to receive the victories were granted those victories.

 

Yet, later, Judas chose to betray Jesus, and died a sinner. So God does choose to save us, but does not overrule our choice, if we choose not to be saved. Mankind is absolutely a free moral agent, and serves either the devil or the Lord, as mankind exercises that choice. We accept the grace of God offered at our spiritual salvation, and only those who accept His grace are saved. In the physical salvations since then, when God intervenes to save us from the attacks of the devil, or the trials of a cursed world, we are also available for those by choice. Only some will make those choices.







SOON 4

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The second O in SOON stands in this acrostic for OTHERS. This year of 2016, with the Lord promising physical salvations from crisis for only those who avail themselves of His promises, it is vital that we be concerned for OTHERS.

There are multitudes in sin, many condoning sins thinking that is love. These OTHERS are in great peril and need to get themselves right before the end of this age comes. There are others who will understand the plight we face in this world of terrors, perils, and tragedies. There are others yet who do not understand this ‘perilous time that has come’.

 

2 Timothy 3:1-9 (KJV)

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

This adequately described centuries ago, via the revelation of the Lord, the times we now live in.

2 Timothy 3:12-16 (KJV)

12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Yes, we live in these ‘perilous times’ and we need to be concerned about OTHERS. Self preservation is a good concern, but prophets hiding in caves is not the command for this age. The concern for others is vital, necessary, and unchallengeable when we stand at the judgment seat of Jesus.

That means that in this year of 2016, we must all who remain here, have a ‘shepherd’ nature. Of course, none of us will ever be the 'Good Shepherd', i.e. Jesus Christ. Yet, we are commanded, as was Peter, to 'feed His sheep'. The ‘others’ about which we are to be concerned, are the ‘sheep’ of today, in the midst of the perilous times, that need fed.

Imagine a shepherd who leads to green pastures, makes still water for the sheep to drink, protects, and anoints their wounds. That is all beautiful.
Yet, imagine that same shepherd having a nature that allows other sheep to wander near the cliff of destruction unhindered. Imagine a shepherd who would make himself feel less convicted by those other sheep who fall over that precipice, by saying 'there is no precipice'. Denying the danger that is there, does not alleviate the guilt of the false shepherd who simply denies the danger they allow the other sheep to fall into.

The shepherd nature??? Do we have it? Do we want to 'make the other sheep to lie down in green pastures?' or Do we allow the other sheep to wander, unhindered by the precipice of danger?

Beautiful are the feet of the many saints who not only promise heaven to acceptors of Jesus Christ, but who also warn others of hell fire's judgment and eternal nature.

In this year of 2016, we need be recognized by others by our warning of the ‘perilous times’, and that ‘love’ is not the condoning of sin. We must have the nature to make others, who are the ‘sheep of the Lord,’ to feel the peace and harmony of the Good Shepherd they serve.

Shepherding others is not a pastime, it is a serious calling. Our work is not just a sermon, it is the feeding and sustaining of the flock. We are not charged with forcing the sheep to obey the message, not even Jesus would do that. We are charged with obedience to God in being concerned enough about OTHERS, that we deliver the message from God

The failure to not be concerned about others, of not having the shepherd nature, of not giving others the love for the we must give in preaching the Word of God the way it is written, is a failure we must not allow to happen in these ‘perilous times.’

Jesus confronted Peter with some teaching about being a ‘shepherd’ to others of the Lord’s flock.

 

John 21:15-19 (KJV)

15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love Thee. He saith unto him, Feed My lambs.

16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? He saith unto Him, Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee. He saith unto him, Feed My sheep.

17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? Peter was grieved because He said unto him the third time, Lovest thou Me? And he said unto him, Lord, Thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love Thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed My sheep.

18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.

19 This spake He, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He saith unto him, Follow Me.

In order do our job in 2016, we need to have a "perfect love". Preachers speak God’s message to Gods sheep, and are to be an under-shepherd for the Good Shepherd. Jesus wants to embolden us, and to empower us to do the works of the Good Shepherd in these last days without fear.

What is this "perfect love"? We need to recognize that the Lord wants a special kind of love from us, to feed His OTHER sheep. That kind of love is a perfect love.

 

Jesus tells Peter, that this relationship, that He is letting us know is a perfect love, will be evidenced by one fact, that we will "feed His sheep and lambs," and care for His other sheep.

"Sheep" are referred to 500 times in the Bible in referring to believers. There are many similarities between sheep and believers. Both often go astray. When astray by themselves, they are helpless. The shepherd can lead sheep, and they do not need to be "driven" as cattle. Sheep know the voice of their shepherd, and will not follow another shepherd.

John 10:5

"And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him, for they know not the voice of strangers."

Remember, that the Lord wants to be in us, and we in Him, and then His "word" is to fill us, and we are to be speaking it, and the true sheep of the Lord will recognize His word, as it comes from our mouths. When we preach, if we are speaking words of the One with Whom we have a close, loving, relationship, the words will be recognized as being the Words of God.

John 7:17

"If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself."

Therefore, our ministry in 2016, is to speak forth the rhema word of the Lord to His other sheep. We need to warn, exhort, comfort, teach, encourage, and uplift His other sheep. This is a feeding ministry for the last days of perilous times.

Hebrews 10:25

"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another (i.e. OTHERS); and so much the more as ye see the day approaching."

 

 

John 13:35

"By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if ye have love one for another."


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The last letter of SOON is N, and in the acrostic for 2016, it stands for NIGH.

The salvation of many souls is NIGH, and the challenge to minister to others in this perilous time is NIGH, and to enjoy the blessings of this time, is NIGH.

We have a challenge to make this world, if this perilous year, to realize that their salvation can be NIGH.

 

Romans 10:8-11 (KJV)

8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

The message of salvation from sin and its doom has been preached and preached. Some now are perverting its message, denying its Divine origin, and missing the vital importance of SOON. It is ‘nigh’ time.

Joel 2:1-2 (KJV)

1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.

The Hebrew word ‘nigh’ in Joel is (H7138) qarob, meaning NEAR LIKE A NEIGHBOR, NEAR LIKE A CLOSE RELATIVE, NEARNESS OF STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO ONE.

In these ‘perilous times’, we could easily be tempted to waver, to stray from a close relationship with the Lord. If a friend is a great distance away, living in another state, one does not tidy the guest room, keep the kitchen stocked with their favorite foods, and have an itinerary of events to attend together. Yet, if that friend calls, and says, "I will be there shortly," everything suddenly begins to change. Shopping, cleaning, organizing, planning all ensue. Jesus has promised to come SOON, and His coming is NIGH. The signs around us all signify the soon coming of Jesus. We should be preparing our hearts, organizing our lives, and certainly not ‘wavering’.

 

I Thessalonians 3

3That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.

4For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

5For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labor be in vain.

...

8For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.

9For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;

10Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

11Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

12And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

13To the end He may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

With the coming of Jesus being so ‘nigh’, we must ‘stand firm in the faith’.

To ‘stand firm in the faith’ means we must be like beautiful flowers that bloom even in the midst of rocks and stones. In that same way, Christians can blossom in the midst of a sinful world. There are times when we look at our lives, our troubles, our persecutions, and feel we cannot make it. Unwavering faith is needed. The events of the Lord’s coming is NIGH, and we must find a way to learn unwavering faith. Standing fast, moving continually up with the Lord, not an up and down, always wavering, kind of faith.

James 1:6-7

"For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord."

The thing that helps to have unwavering faith in these last day ‘perilous times’ before the return of Jesus, is the hope, and faith in the fact that Jesus return is NIGH.

Knowing that Jesus will return makes us unmoveable, knowing that it could be any moment and is NIGH, in our age, and that we are so much closer than ever before, should make us joy in this day.

Trials in these perilous times can be so grievous and concerning that the word ‘NIGH’ in referring to Jesus’ return, makes us zealous not concerned, anxious not hesitant, and joyous not scared.

 

There are scoffers, mocking the talk of a soon return or rapture.

II Peter 3:3-4

"Knowing this first, that there shall come, in the last days, scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation."

Yet, the Bible is one third prophecy, and prophecy is a revelation from God of what He wishes us to know of His purpose. Prophecy is written for our comfort, and to give us hope.

Romans 15:4

"...for whatsoever things were written afore time were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scripture might have hope."

 

Matthew 24:33-34

"When ye see all thse things, know that it is near, even at the door... verily, this generation, shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled."

Many other things confirm that we are NIGH to the rapture and some seven years later, the second coming of Jesus.

II Peter 3:8

"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day... The Lord is not slack concerning His coming..."

In these perilous times, we must:

James 4:7-10 (KJV)

7 Submit yourselves therefore to God.

, and he will flee from you.

8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

In 2015, the word was FINISH, and here at its end, with the word ‘SOON’, I believe that now I FINISH, and see you in heaven NIGH and SOON. lol


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