A TRUMPET IN THE WILDERNESS
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Newsletter # 28 October, 2001
Blow a trumpet in Zion and sound an alarm on My Holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is
Coming; surely it is near Joel 2:1
The Time Is Now
I greet you in the name of Yeshua. I now make public what I have done in private. Foremost, I recommit myself to the One I write about, the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the most important action that I, or anyone can do. It takes predominance over everything else.
Secondly, I recommit myself to the task the Lord has called me to. I am either going to do His work or quit! It’s that simple. I have grown weary of misusing the ministry. I am worn out having slothfulness as my companion and neglectfulness as my colleague. I have stated numerous times that I am not a prophet. Too many still try to claim that position. I am a mere watchman. I do not have a large piece of the puzzle, but I do have a piece. As small and minute as that piece may be, I am more willing than ever to fit that piece solidly into its proper place. This will either be my last newsletter or a prelude to what I am really supposed to be doing.
Thirdly, I reconfirm my love to my wife, children, family and my fellow man. I have three blessings that live in my home, and I do not want to be living so close that I fail to see those blessings.
Fourthly, as an American citizen I am more determined than ever to defend this country. It’s my prayer this nation will turn back to Yahweh - the God of the Bible. I am proud to have the United States flag flying in front of my house. At the same time I am more committed than ever to the nation of Israel and in praying for the peace of Jerusalem.
This is a message to the Church. It’s a message of correction and of warning. I have entitled it "The Time Is Now". That title has been used several times, but it’s more relevant today than ever.
What we witnessed on September 11, 2001 will be the introduction to sorrows, woes, trepidation, and testing. The Church must be the Church if we are going to survive. Brothers and sisters, it’s the Church, not our government that will be the voice that will lead our nation to victory. Not necessarily a victory in a military sense but in righteousness.
Let me stop right here and say, if you are still playing church in these climactic and appalling days in history then you may come to the end of your days. You have dated the devil long enough and you will terminate. This country is about to experience some things that words like "calamity" will be common place. I have warned along with scores of others that destruction is coming. God has removed the hedge of protection. Our only hope is to return to the God of our fathers.
Permit me to take a familiar passage of scripture and let it teach what I am trying to say.
In the gospel of John, the eleventh chapter, we read the story of Lazarus who was raised from the dead. Most of you are well familiar with the account. There are many hidden nuggets of truth associated with this miracle. The eleventh chapter of John is a gold mine for deep spiritual truths.
However, I want to look at the main theme of the account, and that is, Lazarus being raised from the dead.
Yeshua uttered several profound statements before the mourners at the tomb of Lazarus. I want to look at two of these statements.
"And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth’."
Lazarus can easily represent many in the Church. They are dead. They are not only dead but they also stink.
When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, Yahweh called out to Adam, "Adam, where art thou?" It was an urgent and heart-felt cry. Today the Holy Spirit is calling with a voice even more urgent and with a heart even more broken than when He called to Adam in the garden.
He is crying out - Come Forth! Come out of the tomb you have been slumbering in. Brothers and sisters - the time is now!
Now the real Church of Yeshua is not dead per se, but many are still comatose, even after the ghastly and cowardly attack on September 11th of this year. Many are certainly aroused but they are still dead as far as repentance and righteous living are concerned.
Come Forth! Before the Church can speak out against the atrocities here and abroad we must first deal with the insurrection in our own camp. There are evil raging wolves in sheep’s clothing. We cannot tolerate this embracing of all religions. This inner faith is deadly. I have seen too many reports of "Christians" joining hands with Muslims, Buddhists and the like. A hand clasp in prayer with a false religion is a hand clasp with death and that grasp must be broken. This ecumenical movement is anathema to all of Christendom.
The Time Is Now for the Church in America to repent. Repent for not being the Church. Repent for our sin of tepid faith and complacency. If the Church in America is going to be productive and effective, then we must recapture what it means to be the Church. The Church must come forth. I am thankful for the many who have prayed for those who have suffered directly from the attack on America. We not only need to continue to pray but increase our prayers, and we should also get involved as the Lord directs. As noble as it may be to pray for the victims of the horrid and vehement attacks on the United States, that in itself does not make one a Christian. Being patriotic, as important and strategic as that is at this time in our country, does not constitute salvation either. I am thankful to fly the American flag. I can fly 100 American flags and it will not make me any closer to God. It will not constitute salvation. What constitutes salvation is being born again and living that out by your obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. Many of you are in the church because you were voted in, or you took the correct classes, or you just showed up. However, you are not in the real Church. The building you worship in may have Christians in it, but you do not know Yeshua as Savior and as Lord. You have not been born again. You have become part of a group, but there has been no change in your life.
The Time Is Now to come out of the tomb. We find in verse 44, "And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin."
We come to the second profound statement Yeshua made. It is found in verse 44 … Jesus said unto them, "Loose him, and let him go."
Lazarus was alive again. However, he was bound hand and foot with graveclothes and his face was bound with a strip of cloth. Although Lazarus was alive, he was of little use to his friends, family, or Yeshua because he was bound hand and foot and was blind because his eyes were covered.
I believe the Real Church of Jesus Christ is alive and many have obeyed His urgent call to come forth. However, many are still bound with their old graveclothes. They are blind. They have their eyes covered with heavy cloth.
The survival of this nation rests on the Church being the Church and anything less will spell doomsday for America. The Time Is Now to do something. Many must get off that proverbial fence they have been riding on for so long. They have straddled that fence until calluses have developed. If for some unforeseen reason further terrorist attacks by radical Muslims should be delayed for another month or two, many will return to their more mundane lifestyle. Wake up America! Wake up Church!
The Time Is Now to shake off the denominational graveclothes! Many are under their denomination and not the Lordship of Christ.
Some of you have more than graveclothes on - you are wearing chains and fetters. Be loosed from the old graveclothes and put on the full armor of God! Be loosed and let go and serve Him and Him alone!
The Time Is Now to take off the graveclothes of the traditions of men and put on the garments of obedience. Jesus said in John 14:15 "If ye love Me keep My commandments." We must throw off the old graveclothes of mediocrity and put on the garments of righteousness, obedience and holiness.
We must get back to some basic truths. The time is now to get back to real prayer. If we are going to recapture holiness and righteousness we must return to prayer. Yeshua said in Matthew 21:13 "It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer; but ye have made it into a den of thieves."
There are many prayers that are being prayed in our churches, but how many are praying prayers of repentance. We must pray without ceasing. We must walk in righteousness. We must put on the full armor of God instead of the graveclothes and go into battle.
What is the main role of the Church? The first and foremost is to tell others of Yeshua. To share with all we can that He is the ‘Mashiacch’, Messiah, the one and only way in which we may be saved. The Church MUST disciple those who come to the Lord. Those who come to the Lord MUST grow up in the Lord. The Church is full of spoiled, jaded and overindulged children. By the way sharing is more than knocking on doors on Tuesday nights. Sharing is a way of life.
There is another area that is so pressing and relevant at this time in history. The Time Is Now for the Gentile Church to support the nation of Israel. The Gentile Church must be vigilant in their support for the nation of Israel and in praying for the peace of Jerusalem. I am in no way saying to support the liberal side of that administration, for they have the same proportion of socialists as we do. Neither am I saying to elevate the Jewish people higher than we ought. Some well–meaning but poorly informed believers practice what I call "Jew worship". If they are Jewish they must be right. This is insanity. However, contrary to the Christian Identity crowd, it’s not the white Anglo-Saxons who are God’s chosen people. It’s the Jews. For the life of me, I do not know why God chose the Jews. Many are as arrogant and prideful as they come. Why didn't He choose Texans? Texans are humble and loveable folks. Right?
Brothers and sisters let me stop right here and share with you a deep spiritual truth of great insight. God is God. Furthermore God is not only God but He does as He wishes. Try as I may, I have not convinced Him that he needs my intellect.
God chose the Jews because He chose the Jews.
Jerusalem will continue to play a key role in all this. No matter what happens in America, Jerusalem will be on the lips of many. Jerusalem is becoming more and more a "reeling cup" as spoken by the prophet Zechariah (Zech. 12:2-3). That cup is about to spill and many will be affected.
Mark my words, the tide will turn against Israel. For too long we have been too good at changing truth into a lie. I believe somehow Israel will appear the bad guy after all this. I hope I am wrong. However, The Time Is Now. We as the Church had better make our minds up that we will vigorously stand with Israel regardless of what our government does. I pray that our president will not waver, but as I have said in previous newsletters - he is swimming with sharks. My fear is that he will become a shark himself or be devoured by them.
However our country appears to be prostituting herself. She is doing this by getting in bed with the enemy. We must get out of bed with Syria, Iran and their ilk. If the United States should ever form allegiance in any way against the nation of Israel, then I can no longer, with good conscience, remain a citizen. I can find no excuse for me to fight the God of Israel. I love this country, but not to the point of following it to hell. Literally, that is where we would be going if they ever do such a thing.
The Time Is Now that our faith in the real God must be at least equal to the faith the radical Muslims have in a false god. They are willing to die for their faith - brothers and sisters so should we!
On the heading of every newsletter there is a verse from Joel 2. I have heard people sing songs from this verse. I wonder if many know what they are singing. This is a verse of judgement - God’s judgment. The trumpet is blowing. The shofar is sounding out a warning - Get your house in order, for the day of the Lord is coming.
Now may the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you through His Son, Yeshua.
In His Service
Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem
During these challenging days the Lord has prompted me, by faith, to upscale the ministry. We are now set up to receive your phone calls. You may leave a message 24 hours per day. Several hours per day a live person, namely myself, will be available to take your calls. I regret that we cannot afford to accept collect calls. Our number is (940)479-2843. I hope you will give us a call. Our email address is email@example.com
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God Bless You