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Scripture reading: 2 Peter 3:10-13

Many people say that God is going to burn up this earth and destroy this world and make a new world. Let us see what the Word of God is saying. First of all, is this world going to be destroyed? Psalm 104:5, “Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it SHOULD NOT BE REMOVED FOR EVER.” Psalm 78:69, “And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the EARTH WHICH HE HATH ESTABLISHED FOR EVER.” Isaiah 45:17, “But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an EVERLASTING SALVATION: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded WORLD WITHOUT END.” The same phrase is in Ephesians 3:21, “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, WORLD WITHOUT END. Amen.” Ecclesiastes 1:4, “One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but THE EARTH ABIDETH FOR EVER.” With so many scriptures saying one thing we must believe it, if we have faith and belief in the Word of God. We must believe then that the earth is abiding forever. The earth will remain forever; it will not be destroyed.

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” What are we talking about? The word “EARTH” has three basic meanings. The natural earth or terra firma is the ground on which we stand and is called “earth” in the Bible. Worldliness is also called “earth,” and Man is called “highest” earth. Proverbs 8:26, “While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.” This verse means to say that the lowest earth would be the ground outside. Next would be the vegetable kingdom, and the next would be humanity which God called “the highest part of the dust.”

In the face of all this Word that the earth will not pass away, we can only think of two other earths that will pass away: worldliness (earthiness) and the man. The man will be changed, and there will be a new creation man. In that light, look again at this verse. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”

Let us look at another scripture. In 2 Peter 3, Peter is speaking about the fire that will dissolve the earth, and he says in verses 10-13, “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. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

This Word means that the earth, now as it exists, and the heaven, now as it exists, are not pleasing to God. What heaven? We have to consider the word “HEAVEN” again, because there are also different realms of heaven. There is the invisible realm of heaven and the heaven within the human being wherein God dwells; for wherever God dwells, it is heaven. Now, this is the heaven that God does not like and God is not pleased with, because in this heaven does not dwell righteousness only, for both righteousness and sin seem to be dwelling in the same vessel. God said that this condition must “pass away,” and there is going to be great fire on earth, and it “shall melt with fervent heat,” and it “shall pass away with a great noise.” There will be “new heavens…wherein dwelleth righteousness” only.

For further proof of this understanding, we look at the third verse in Revelation chapter 21. “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

Where did I read this before? It seems to me that this is the great promise of God throughout the whole Bible. He says that at last it has come to pass – the Day of Atonement – “the tabernacle” – when God will tabernacle Himself within man. Verse 2 says that this is the great coming.

Let us go back to Revelation 21:2. “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

Here is the answer. This “new earth,” this “new Jerusalem” is the “bride” of Christ which He is talking about. This “bride” of Christ is this “new Jerusalem” and is “a new heaven and a new earth.”

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 118-120)

Thought for today: Let us strive to become this “bride” of Christ who is this “new Jerusalem” and is “a new heaven and a new earth.”

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Scripture reading: Revelation 18:20

Revelation 18:20 says, “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.”

The righteous saints who are in heaven with the Lord are told to rejoice over the destruction and death. Therefore, it must be a destruction of the already dead; those who have already crossed the line of no return; those who have committed the unpardonable sin and were only on earth to destroy God’s work and the work of the saints. If ever saints rejoice over destruction, it must be a RIGHTEOUS REJOICING.

Whenever two scriptures seem to go against each other, then God is giving a great revelation. Matthew 5:43-48 describes the nature of the Christian. “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

Someone reading Revelation 18:20 might say, “How could saints rejoice over the destruction of the enemies of God when the Bible says that you must pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you?” We will go into the Word of God to make sure that we are on the right track. Then nobody will be able to say, “Oh, we should throw away the revelation because it is in error.” Let us be sure of what God is saying unto His people.

The apostle Paul quotes from Deuteronomy 32:35, the Psalms, and many other scriptures, for example in Romans 12:19, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” There is a time of vengeance that God must bring on the earth. Hebrews 10:30 repeats the same thought. “For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.” Now if God will “judge his people,” then He also must judge sin.

2 Peter 3:9-10, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 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.” God has an appointed time, a special time for judgment. The time is here where we are in The Revelation.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 206-207)

Thought for today: God has an appointed time, a special time for judgment.

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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.

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Scripture reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:5-6

God Almighty has been speaking to us, His people, that our eyes are not in good condition. He showed me how we should repair our eyes. I look at the prophets, the prophets God has given us. Now, I am not talking about the two men that you know as prophets. I am talking about you. You know that the index finger represents the prophet. But all the sinews that go towards making this one finger move are in the prophetic ministry. The dreams and the visions and the thoughts that God is bringing through His people should channel a clean word of God’s intention, in this hour, to the world. But it seems that all our prophets are seeing is the dog in the back yard. Local. We are local. Do you know why we don’t see what God is doing? Because we can’t even see our own, how are we going to see out there? If you can’t see close/near, you are farsighted, but God is saying, “I do nothing unless I reveal it to my people.” Paul was saying that Jesus said, “No man knoweth the day nor the hour, but you are not like those that sleep in the night.” You are not like those who can’t see or can’t hear; God will let you know. He said, “It shall not come upon you as a thief in the night.” God will tell His people what He is doing.

Our situation is like Samson’s and how he got involved with Delilah. That was the bottom line, you know. He had been going down, going down, going down. He judged Israel for twenty years without being involved. Then he couldn’t take it any longer. He got Delilah and she took him down in the valley. There is so much of Delilah in so many of God’s people but we need to get the Delilah out of us. The Delilah was in Samson’s heart. Yes, it’s not Delilah that was bad. It’s Samson that was bad because he wanted a Delilah. Is your heart pulling you towards a Delilah? He was steady for twenty years, had no problem for twenty years and then he must have been looking at Delilah, watching her and finally he capitulated. Dagon is the god of erotic behavior (to be less explicit). That is where they took him. That is where he was going to make his grave.

God is talking to us. The same Spirit that is in your spirit, that makes it so we can function in the Spirit, is the same Spirit that God wants in our souls, that our minds should function normally in the mind of Christ, clean. God is saying to us, “Get rid of Delilah.”

Sisters, do you know what it means if a woman wants to wear pants? It means she wants to take over the house and rule. That is one part of the spirit of Delilah. The other part of it will follow. But God is saying that we, brothers and sisters, must get rid of the spirit of Delilah, for Samson had the spirit of Delilah as much as Delilah had the spirit of Delilah. We should probably not go too far with that. We will just leave it at that and leave the Holy Spirit to deal with His people.

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, May 2009, pg. 27-28)

Thought for today: God is saying to us, “Get rid of Delilah.”

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Scripture reading: 2 Peter 3:10-13

Many people say that God is going to burn up this earth and destroy this world and make a new world. Let us see what the Word of God is saying. First of all, is this world going to be destroyed? Psalm 104:5, “Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it SHOULD NOT BE REMOVED FOR EVER.” Psalm 78:69, “And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the EARTH WHICH HE HATH ESTABLISHED FOR EVER.” Isaiah 45:17, “But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an EVERLASTING SALVATION: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded WORLD WITHOUT END.” The same phrase is in Ephesians 3:21, “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, WORLD WITHOUT END. Amen.” Ecclesiastes 1:4, “One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but THE EARTH ABIDETH FOR EVER.” With so many scriptures saying one thing we must believe it, if we have faith and belief in the Word of God. We must believe then that the earth is abiding forever. The earth will remain forever; it will not be destroyed.

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” What are we talking about? The word “EARTH” has three basic meanings. The natural earth or terra firma is the ground on which we stand and is called “earth” in the Bible. Worldliness is also called “earth,” and Man is called “highest” earth. Proverbs 8:26, “While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.” This verse means to say that the lowest earth would be the ground outside. Next would be the vegetable kingdom, and the next would be humanity which God called “the highest part of the dust.”

In the face of all this Word that the earth will not pass away, we can only think of two other earths that will pass away: worldliness (earthiness) and the man. The man will be changed, and there will be a new creation man. In that light, look again at this verse. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”

Let us look at another scripture. In 2 Peter 3, Peter is speaking about the fire that will dissolve the earth, and he says in verses 10-13, “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. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

This Word means that the earth, now as it exists, and the heaven, now as it exists, are not pleasing to God. What heaven? We have to consider the word “HEAVEN” again, because there are also different realms of heaven. There is the invisible realm of heaven and the heaven within the human being wherein God dwells; for wherever God dwells, it is heaven. Now, this is the heaven that God does not like and God is not pleased with, because in this heaven does not dwell righteousness only, for both righteousness and sin seem to be dwelling in the same vessel. God said that this condition must “pass away,” and there is going to be great fire on earth, and it “shall melt with fervent heat,” and it “shall pass away with a great noise.” There will be “new heavens…wherein dwelleth righteousness” only.

For further proof of this understanding, we look at the third verse in Revelation chapter 21. “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

Where did I read this before? It seems to me that this is the great promise of God throughout the whole Bible. He says that at last it has come to pass – the Day of Atonement – “the tabernacle” – when God will tabernacle Himself within man. Verse 2 says that this is the great coming.

Let us go back to Revelation 21:2. “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

Here is the answer. This “new earth,” this “new Jerusalem” is the “bride” of Christ which He is talking about. This “bride” of Christ is this “new Jerusalem” and is “a new heaven and a new earth.”

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 118-120)

Thought for today: Let us strive to become this “bride” of Christ who is this “new Jerusalem” and is “a new heaven and a new earth.”

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Scripture reading: Revelation 18:20

Revelation 18:20 says, “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.”

The righteous saints who are in heaven with the Lord are told to rejoice over the destruction and death. Therefore, it must be a destruction of the already dead; those who have already crossed the line of no return; those who have committed the unpardonable sin and were only on earth to destroy God’s work and the work of the saints. If ever saints rejoice over destruction, it must be a RIGHTEOUS REJOICING.

Whenever two scriptures seem to go against each other, then God is giving a great revelation. Matthew 5:43-48 describes the nature of the Christian. “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

Someone reading Revelation 18:20 might say, “How could saints rejoice over the destruction of the enemies of God when the Bible says that you must pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you?” We will go into the Word of God to make sure that we are on the right track. Then nobody will be able to say, “Oh, we should throw away the revelation because it is in error.” Let us be sure of what God is saying unto His people.

The apostle Paul quotes from Deuteronomy 32:35, the Psalms, and many other scriptures, for example in Romans 12:19, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” There is a time of vengeance that God must bring on the earth. Hebrews 10:30 repeats the same thought. “For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.” Now if God will “judge his people,” then He also must judge sin.

2 Peter 3:9-10, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 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.” God has an appointed time, a special time for judgment. The time is here where we are in The Revelation.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 206-207)

Thought for today: God has an appointed time, a special time for judgment.

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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.

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