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[As a Thief in the Night]

Scripture reading: II Peter 3:10

II Peter 3:10, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

Brethren, what is Brother Peter talking about? Brother Peter is saying that Jesus Christ is going to come in you like a thief in the night. And when you come forth in the power of God, you are going to execute judgment upon the world through the Spirit. You are the stone that is cut out of the mountain without hands, rolling down the mountain into Babylon, and smashing the image of Babylon and crushing it (Daniel 2:44-45). When these people, these first fruits people come forth in the power of God, that is when the battle of Armageddon will be fought. The earth then will burn with fervent heat, because as the Beast Government and the sinners with the mind of the devil come against God, fire will consume them. This is the fire God says the two witnesses spoke from their mouth (Revelation 11:5). This is the flaming sword that God is putting into the hands of His people. This is the deliverance of the Sons of God which Romans 8:19-23 is talking about when it says, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope; 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

Then will Jesus come, when the job is done, because He is coming to reign as King. Some of our brothers are preaching that we are going to be caught up in a rapture before the tribulation. Well, let me tell you, Jesus is not coming before the tribulation and it is right here before your eyes.

Matthew 24:29-30, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken; 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

Could you want anything clearer than that? It says, “Immediately after the tribulation,” Jesus Christ will come in power and great glory, and the moon shall not give her light and the stars shall fall from heaven. This I see as the end of the tribulation when the sons of God will be slain and lie down in the streets of Babylon (the world of rebellion against God) for three and a half days. That will be the time of darkness, real darkness, because even the saints will be afraid. They will say, “Well, we were depending on these people! We thought they were the ones.” Just like in the time of Jesus, when Jesus died and lay in the tomb, the heart of the saints failed them. And then shall the morning break. Amen. Praise be to God.

(Excerpt from With Clouds, pages 25-26)

Thought for today: Jesus Christ is going to come in you like a thief in the night. And when you come forth in the power of God, you are going to execute judgment upon the world through the Spirit.

Read Full Post »

[Printable version]

Scripture reading: Matthew 22:2-14

Matthew 22:6 says, “And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, AND SLEW THEM. The Scripture says that they MURDERED THEM. The way that the world looks at Christianity and Christians, I do not think that it is long before the world begins AGAIN to murder Christians as they used to do in times past. We know that the murder right now is in secret, but the time is coming and is very soon, when all this hate of Christians, Christianity, and God is going to boil over, and they will again begin to murder Christians. Except, God says, it is only one type of Christian that will be murdered.

Revelation 11:2, “But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” There is a period of time yet to come (a three-and-a-half-year period) wherein they will destroy the Outer Court Christianity. The people who know Jesus as Saviour and do not accept Him as Lord, but have many lords over them; they have their fields to look after, their cattle to look after, and have no time to become just obedient servants under the King Jesus – MAKING JESUS KING. Making Jesus King means that you are under the leadership and the headship of Jesus in every facet of your life. Those who cannot make Him king and governor over them are called Outer Court Christians. The Outer Court will be trampled under foot, because it is indefensible. God cannot defend disobedient people. When He tells you to turn to the right and you turn to the left, He cannot defend you.

Matthew 22:7 shows us a very peculiar thing. “But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.” We have seen this destruction in history before. In God’s dealings with the Jews, He allowed Nebuchadnezzar and other heathen armies to come, overrun them, and destroy them. The peculiar thing (I might add) is that the reason I am in the United States is because God gave me a message of the destruction of the United States, and it has not yet happened. I have a certain feeling that we are on the very verge of it, in spite of what anybody else might say. In spite of all the doctrines and preachings about us escaping in a rapture, and how God would not allow certain things to happen, I am telling you, brethren, the United States is ripe for destruction. When the United States goes down, the world is going down with it, and only God’s intervention will save humanity from total annihilation.

I want to remind you of what Corrie Ten Boom said. She went to China and the Chinese Christians were begging her, “Please tell the brethren of the West that we expected the rapture; when all the persecution started under the Communist government, we expected to be raptured any moment by God.” IT NEVER HAPPENED and the church was bloodied and destroyed in the most horrible way. Some men were crucified with their heads down and many, many perished. Many were put in prison until they died, as was Watchman Nee.

I want you to know and to understand that GOD WILL ALLOW the Outer Court church to be destroyed. The people who were not destroyed were those who were in the inner courts of God, where God hid them. He said He will give the woman “THE two wings of the great eagle” (the mighty mind of Christ) wherewith she might escape (see Revelation 12:14). We have come to the time when there is an army of the people of God who will neither hide nor escape, but will OVERTHROW and OVERCOME the forces of evil. The time is ripe, and God calls that army THE OVERCOMERS.

God is saying in the wedding feast of Matthew 22 that He is going to burn up their cities. The cities of this nation and the cities of the world are ripe for fire. Just like Sodom and Gomorrah were ripe and ready for fire, so these cities are ready for destruction. We will see it in our day. God will save His people.

The commandment in Luke 14:21b was to “Go…into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind” which are those maimed by Satan and sin and destroyed by the world. God is sending us out after them. We should be very soul conscious at this time, for men and women are dying around us. We should not leave any stone unturned. We should not be afraid to witness before them and bring them to God, for the power of God is with us. The commandment in Matthew 22:9 to “Go…and…bid” them IS FOR THIS TIME. God is bringing in the “maimed, and the halt.” I personally believe that He has already rejected those who have rejected Him. Those who prefer their traditions and everything else before God and before Christ as King have already been rejected.

I pray that God might stir your heart as you read this Word to turn your heart to God and to give Him the very center of your being, that He might deliver you from every other bondage in your life. When the heart is God’s, the kingdom will be taken. You will know Him as King once your heart is His. You have nothing to do except to turn your heart to God. You say, “O Lord, but my heart is on this thing. How can I get my heart off?” You cannot get your heart off. You must turn your heart to God, and He will remove all the devils off of you as soon as you make the commitment to Him.

Matthew 22:11, “And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment.” “A wedding garment” means righteousness. A man without righteousness is a man who could not be, should not have been, in the wedding feast. Because the wedding feast is here on earth, and the food that is being fed to the people of God to strengthen them for the midnight hour is being given out, there are some who are taking it, who are NOT absorbing it. It is not doing them any good. It does not make them righteous. We need to begin to make sure that our calling and election is secure under Christ, lest we be among those who are “cast…into outer darkness,” verse 13.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pg. 29-31)

Thought for today: Let us make sure that our calling and election is secure under Christ, lest we be among those who are “cast…into outer darkness.”

Read Full Post »

[As a Thief in the Night]

Scripture reading: II Peter 3:10

II Peter 3:10, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

Brethren, what is Brother Peter talking about? Brother Peter is saying that Jesus Christ is going to come in you like a thief in the night. And when you come forth in the power of God, you are going to execute judgment upon the world through the Spirit. You are the stone that is cut out of the mountain without hands, rolling down the mountain into Babylon, and smashing the image of Babylon and crushing it (Daniel 2:44-45). When these people, these first fruits people come forth in the power of God, that is when the battle of Armageddon will be fought. The earth then will burn with fervent heat, because as the Beast Government and the sinners with the mind of the devil come against God, fire will consume them. This is the fire God says the two witnesses spoke from their mouth (Revelation 11:5). This is the flaming sword that God is putting into the hands of His people. This is the deliverance of the Sons of God which Romans 8:19-23 is talking about when it says, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope; 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

Then will Jesus come, when the job is done, because He is coming to reign as King. Some of our brothers are preaching that we are going to be caught up in a rapture before the tribulation. Well, let me tell you, Jesus is not coming before the tribulation and it is right here before your eyes.

Matthew 24:29-30, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken; 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

Could you want anything clearer than that? It says, “Immediately after the tribulation,” Jesus Christ will come in power and great glory, and the moon shall not give her light and the stars shall fall from heaven. This I see as the end of the tribulation when the sons of God will be slain and lie down in the streets of Babylon (the world of rebellion against God) for three and a half days. That will be the time of darkness, real darkness, because even the saints will be afraid. They will say, “Well, we were depending on these people! We thought they were the ones.” Just like in the time of Jesus, when Jesus died and lay in the tomb, the heart of the saints failed them. And then shall the morning break. Amen. Praise be to God.

(Excerpt from With Clouds, pages 25-26)

Thought for today: Jesus Christ is going to come in you like a thief in the night. And when you come forth in the power of God, you are going to execute judgment upon the world through the Spirit.

Read Full Post »

[Printable version]

Scripture reading: Matthew 22:2-14

Matthew 22:6 says, “And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, AND SLEW THEM. The Scripture says that they MURDERED THEM. The way that the world looks at Christianity and Christians, I do not think that it is long before the world begins AGAIN to murder Christians as they used to do in times past. We know that the murder right now is in secret, but the time is coming and is very soon, when all this hate of Christians, Christianity, and God is going to boil over, and they will again begin to murder Christians. Except, God says, it is only one type of Christian that will be murdered.

Revelation 11:2, “But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” There is a period of time yet to come (a three-and-a-half-year period) wherein they will destroy the Outer Court Christianity. The people who know Jesus as Saviour and do not accept Him as Lord, but have many lords over them; they have their fields to look after, their cattle to look after, and have no time to become just obedient servants under the King Jesus – MAKING JESUS KING. Making Jesus King means that you are under the leadership and the headship of Jesus in every facet of your life. Those who cannot make Him king and governor over them are called Outer Court Christians. The Outer Court will be trampled under foot, because it is indefensible. God cannot defend disobedient people. When He tells you to turn to the right and you turn to the left, He cannot defend you.

Matthew 22:7 shows us a very peculiar thing. “But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.” We have seen this destruction in history before. In God’s dealings with the Jews, He allowed Nebuchadnezzar and other heathen armies to come, overrun them, and destroy them. The peculiar thing (I might add) is that the reason I am in the United States is because God gave me a message of the destruction of the United States, and it has not yet happened. I have a certain feeling that we are on the very verge of it, in spite of what anybody else might say. In spite of all the doctrines and preachings about us escaping in a rapture, and how God would not allow certain things to happen, I am telling you, brethren, the United States is ripe for destruction. When the United States goes down, the world is going down with it, and only God’s intervention will save humanity from total annihilation.

I want to remind you of what Corrie Ten Boom said. She went to China and the Chinese Christians were begging her, “Please tell the brethren of the West that we expected the rapture; when all the persecution started under the Communist government, we expected to be raptured any moment by God.” IT NEVER HAPPENED and the church was bloodied and destroyed in the most horrible way. Some men were crucified with their heads down and many, many perished. Many were put in prison until they died, as was Watchman Nee.

I want you to know and to understand that GOD WILL ALLOW the Outer Court church to be destroyed. The people who were not destroyed were those who were in the inner courts of God, where God hid them. He said He will give the woman “THE two wings of the great eagle” (the mighty mind of Christ) wherewith she might escape (see Revelation 12:14). We have come to the time when there is an army of the people of God who will neither hide nor escape, but will OVERTHROW and OVERCOME the forces of evil. The time is ripe, and God calls that army THE OVERCOMERS.

God is saying in the wedding feast of Matthew 22 that He is going to burn up their cities. The cities of this nation and the cities of the world are ripe for fire. Just like Sodom and Gomorrah were ripe and ready for fire, so these cities are ready for destruction. We will see it in our day. God will save His people.

The commandment in Luke 14:21b was to “Go…into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind” which are those maimed by Satan and sin and destroyed by the world. God is sending us out after them. We should be very soul conscious at this time, for men and women are dying around us. We should not leave any stone unturned. We should not be afraid to witness before them and bring them to God, for the power of God is with us. The commandment in Matthew 22:9 to “Go…and…bid” them IS FOR THIS TIME. God is bringing in the “maimed, and the halt.” I personally believe that He has already rejected those who have rejected Him. Those who prefer their traditions and everything else before God and before Christ as King have already been rejected.

I pray that God might stir your heart as you read this Word to turn your heart to God and to give Him the very center of your being, that He might deliver you from every other bondage in your life. When the heart is God’s, the kingdom will be taken. You will know Him as King once your heart is His. You have nothing to do except to turn your heart to God. You say, “O Lord, but my heart is on this thing. How can I get my heart off?” You cannot get your heart off. You must turn your heart to God, and He will remove all the devils off of you as soon as you make the commitment to Him.

Matthew 22:11, “And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment.” “A wedding garment” means righteousness. A man without righteousness is a man who could not be, should not have been, in the wedding feast. Because the wedding feast is here on earth, and the food that is being fed to the people of God to strengthen them for the midnight hour is being given out, there are some who are taking it, who are NOT absorbing it. It is not doing them any good. It does not make them righteous. We need to begin to make sure that our calling and election is secure under Christ, lest we be among those who are “cast…into outer darkness,” verse 13.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pg. 29-31)

Thought for today: Let us make sure that our calling and election is secure under Christ, lest we be among those who are “cast…into outer darkness.”

Read Full Post »

[As a Thief in the Night]

Scripture reading: II Peter 3:10

II Peter 3:10, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

Brethren, what is Brother Peter talking about? Brother Peter is saying that Jesus Christ is going to come in you like a thief in the night. And when you come forth in the power of God, you are going to execute judgment upon the world through the Spirit. You are the stone that is cut out of the mountain without hands, rolling down the mountain into Babylon, and smashing the image of Babylon and crushing it (Daniel 2:44-45). When these people, these first fruits people come forth in the power of God, that is when the battle of Armageddon will be fought. The earth then will burn with fervent heat, because as the Beast Government and the sinners with the mind of the devil come against God, fire will consume them. This is the fire God says the two witnesses spoke from their mouth (Revelation 11:5). This is the flaming sword that God is putting into the hands of His people. This is the deliverance of the Sons of God which Romans 8:19-23 is talking about when it says, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope; 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

Then will Jesus come, when the job is done, because He is coming to reign as King. Some of our brothers are preaching that we are going to be caught up in a rapture before the tribulation. Well, let me tell you, Jesus is not coming before the tribulation and it is right here before your eyes.

Matthew 24:29-30, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken; 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

Could you want anything clearer than that? It says, “Immediately after the tribulation,” Jesus Christ will come in power and great glory, and the moon shall not give her light and the stars shall fall from heaven. This I see as the end of the tribulation when the sons of God will be slain and lie down in the streets of Babylon (the world of rebellion against God) for three and a half days. That will be the time of darkness, real darkness, because even the saints will be afraid. They will say, “Well, we were depending on these people! We thought they were the ones.” Just like in the time of Jesus, when Jesus died and lay in the tomb, the heart of the saints failed them. And then shall the morning break. Amen. Praise be to God.

(Excerpt from With Clouds, pages 25-26)

Thought for today: Jesus Christ is going to come in you like a thief in the night. And when you come forth in the power of God, you are going to execute judgment upon the world through the Spirit.

Read Full Post »

[Printable version]

Scripture reading: Matthew 22:2-14

Matthew 22:6 says, “And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, AND SLEW THEM. The Scripture says that they MURDERED THEM. The way that the world looks at Christianity and Christians, I do not think that it is long before the world begins AGAIN to murder Christians as they used to do in times past. We know that the murder right now is in secret, but the time is coming and is very soon, when all this hate of Christians, Christianity, and God is going to boil over, and they will again begin to murder Christians. Except, God says, it is only one type of Christian that will be murdered.

Revelation 11:2, “But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” There is a period of time yet to come (a three-and-a-half-year period) wherein they will destroy the Outer Court Christianity. The people who know Jesus as Saviour and do not accept Him as Lord, but have many lords over them; they have their fields to look after, their cattle to look after, and have no time to become just obedient servants under the King Jesus – MAKING JESUS KING. Making Jesus King means that you are under the leadership and the headship of Jesus in every facet of your life. Those who cannot make Him king and governor over them are called Outer Court Christians. The Outer Court will be trampled under foot, because it is indefensible. God cannot defend disobedient people. When He tells you to turn to the right and you turn to the left, He cannot defend you.

Matthew 22:7 shows us a very peculiar thing. “But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.” We have seen this destruction in history before. In God’s dealings with the Jews, He allowed Nebuchadnezzar and other heathen armies to come, overrun them, and destroy them. The peculiar thing (I might add) is that the reason I am in the United States is because God gave me a message of the destruction of the United States, and it has not yet happened. I have a certain feeling that we are on the very verge of it, in spite of what anybody else might say. In spite of all the doctrines and preachings about us escaping in a rapture, and how God would not allow certain things to happen, I am telling you, brethren, the United States is ripe for destruction. When the United States goes down, the world is going down with it, and only God’s intervention will save humanity from total annihilation.

I want to remind you of what Corrie Ten Boom said. She went to China and the Chinese Christians were begging her, “Please tell the brethren of the West that we expected the rapture; when all the persecution started under the Communist government, we expected to be raptured any moment by God.” IT NEVER HAPPENED and the church was bloodied and destroyed in the most horrible way. Some men were crucified with their heads down and many, many perished. Many were put in prison until they died, as was Watchman Nee.

I want you to know and to understand that GOD WILL ALLOW the Outer Court church to be destroyed. The people who were not destroyed were those who were in the inner courts of God, where God hid them. He said He will give the woman “THE two wings of the great eagle” (the mighty mind of Christ) wherewith she might escape (see Revelation 12:14). We have come to the time when there is an army of the people of God who will neither hide nor escape, but will OVERTHROW and OVERCOME the forces of evil. The time is ripe, and God calls that army THE OVERCOMERS.

God is saying in the wedding feast of Matthew 22 that He is going to burn up their cities. The cities of this nation and the cities of the world are ripe for fire. Just like Sodom and Gomorrah were ripe and ready for fire, so these cities are ready for destruction. We will see it in our day. God will save His people.

The commandment in Luke 14:21b was to “Go…into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind” which are those maimed by Satan and sin and destroyed by the world. God is sending us out after them. We should be very soul conscious at this time, for men and women are dying around us. We should not leave any stone unturned. We should not be afraid to witness before them and bring them to God, for the power of God is with us. The commandment in Matthew 22:9 to “Go…and…bid” them IS FOR THIS TIME. God is bringing in the “maimed, and the halt.” I personally believe that He has already rejected those who have rejected Him. Those who prefer their traditions and everything else before God and before Christ as King have already been rejected.

I pray that God might stir your heart as you read this Word to turn your heart to God and to give Him the very center of your being, that He might deliver you from every other bondage in your life. When the heart is God’s, the kingdom will be taken. You will know Him as King once your heart is His. You have nothing to do except to turn your heart to God. You say, “O Lord, but my heart is on this thing. How can I get my heart off?” You cannot get your heart off. You must turn your heart to God, and He will remove all the devils off of you as soon as you make the commitment to Him.

Matthew 22:11, “And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment.” “A wedding garment” means righteousness. A man without righteousness is a man who could not be, should not have been, in the wedding feast. Because the wedding feast is here on earth, and the food that is being fed to the people of God to strengthen them for the midnight hour is being given out, there are some who are taking it, who are NOT absorbing it. It is not doing them any good. It does not make them righteous. We need to begin to make sure that our calling and election is secure under Christ, lest we be among those who are “cast…into outer darkness,” verse 13.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pg. 29-31)

Thought for today: Let us make sure that our calling and election is secure under Christ, lest we be among those who are “cast…into outer darkness.”

Read Full Post »

[Printable version]

Scripture reading: Matthew 22:2-14

Matthew 22:6 says, “And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, AND SLEW THEM. The Scripture says that they MURDERED THEM. The way that the world looks at Christianity and Christians, I do not think that it is long before the world begins AGAIN to murder Christians as they used to do in times past. We know that the murder right now is in secret, but the time is coming and is very soon, when all this hate of Christians, Christianity, and God is going to boil over, and they will again begin to murder Christians. Except, God says, it is only one type of Christian that will be murdered.

Revelation 11:2, “But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” There is a period of time yet to come (a three-and-a-half-year period) wherein they will destroy the Outer Court Christianity. The people who know Jesus as Saviour and do not accept Him as Lord, but have many lords over them; they have their fields to look after, their cattle to look after, and have no time to become just obedient servants under the King Jesus – MAKING JESUS KING. Making Jesus King means that you are under the leadership and the headship of Jesus in every facet of your life. Those who cannot make Him king and governor over them are called Outer Court Christians. The Outer Court will be trampled under foot, because it is indefensible. God cannot defend disobedient people. When He tells you to turn to the right and you turn to the left, He cannot defend you.

Matthew 22:7 shows us a very peculiar thing. “But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.” We have seen this destruction in history before. In God’s dealings with the Jews, He allowed Nebuchadnezzar and other heathen armies to come, overrun them, and destroy them. The peculiar thing (I might add) is that the reason I am in the United States is because God gave me a message of the destruction of the United States, and it has not yet happened. I have a certain feeling that we are on the very verge of it, in spite of what anybody else might say. In spite of all the doctrines and preachings about us escaping in a rapture, and how God would not allow certain things to happen, I am telling you, brethren, the United States is ripe for destruction. When the United States goes down, the world is going down with it, and only God’s intervention will save humanity from total annihilation.

I want to remind you of what Corrie Ten Boom said. She went to China and the Chinese Christians were begging her, “Please tell the brethren of the West that we expected the rapture; when all the persecution started under the Communist government, we expected to be raptured any moment by God.” IT NEVER HAPPENED and the church was bloodied and destroyed in the most horrible way. Some men were crucified with their heads down and many, many perished. Many were put in prison until they died, as was Watchman Nee.

I want you to know and to understand that GOD WILL ALLOW the Outer Court church to be destroyed. The people who were not destroyed were those who were in the inner courts of God, where God hid them. He said He will give the woman “THE two wings of the great eagle” (the mighty mind of Christ) wherewith she might escape (see Revelation 12:14). We have come to the time when there is an army of the people of God who will neither hide nor escape, but will OVERTHROW and OVERCOME the forces of evil. The time is ripe, and God calls that army THE OVERCOMERS.

God is saying in the wedding feast of Matthew 22 that He is going to burn up their cities. The cities of this nation and the cities of the world are ripe for fire. Just like Sodom and Gomorrah were ripe and ready for fire, so these cities are ready for destruction. We will see it in our day. God will save His people.

The commandment in Luke 14:21b was to “Go…into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind” which are those maimed by Satan and sin and destroyed by the world. God is sending us out after them. We should be very soul conscious at this time, for men and women are dying around us. We should not leave any stone unturned. We should not be afraid to witness before them and bring them to God, for the power of God is with us. The commandment in Matthew 22:9 to “Go…and…bid” them IS FOR THIS TIME. God is bringing in the “maimed, and the halt.” I personally believe that He has already rejected those who have rejected Him. Those who prefer their traditions and everything else before God and before Christ as King have already been rejected.

I pray that God might stir your heart as you read this Word to turn your heart to God and to give Him the very center of your being, that He might deliver you from every other bondage in your life. When the heart is God’s, the kingdom will be taken. You will know Him as King once your heart is His. You have nothing to do except to turn your heart to God. You say, “O Lord, but my heart is on this thing. How can I get my heart off?” You cannot get your heart off. You must turn your heart to God, and He will remove all the devils off of you as soon as you make the commitment to Him.

Matthew 22:11, “And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment.” “A wedding garment” means righteousness. A man without righteousness is a man who could not be, should not have been, in the wedding feast. Because the wedding feast is here on earth, and the food that is being fed to the people of God to strengthen them for the midnight hour is being given out, there are some who are taking it, who are NOT absorbing it. It is not doing them any good. It does not make them righteous. We need to begin to make sure that our calling and election is secure under Christ, lest we be among those who are “cast…into outer darkness,” verse 13.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pg. 29-31)

Thought for today: Let us make sure that our calling and election is secure under Christ, lest we be among those who are “cast…into outer darkness.”

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