A church structure, or the Structure of the Church!

Everywhere you turn today you see incredible buildings where people assemble once a week to “worship.” In fact for the past 1800 years or so, men have been building edifices for people to gather in, purportedly to honor God. The civilized world has continually sought to build physical places for God, without scriptural understanding. God doesn’t want a house to “dwell” in, He seeks the hearts of men for His dwelling place. As we continue to study the Church established in the book of Acts, and the formula and pattern established in Acts 2:42, we will look at what God desires of us as compared to man’s actions. The church built by Jesus Christ, established in Biblical Doctrine, has evidence of three more characteristics, Fellowship, Breaking Bread, and Prayer. Doctrine having been covered in a previous article, we will look at Fellowship which I believe is incorrectly practiced and understood in most “churches” today.

In Acts 4:46 we read that the believers worshiped together daily in the Temple, and from “house to house.”  The Church established in the book of Acts met in the homes and the courtyards of homes of the believers in Jesus Christ. This arrangement continued for the first two and a half centuries of the Church’s existence. But, by the latter half of the second century AD, doctrinal error began to enter the Church. The Gnostics and Nicolaitans and other false prophets (warned about by John, Peter, James and Paul) had spread their false doctrines and had also embraced many pagan practices so that many “churches” gradually departed from New Testament Doctrine. Local “churches” became institutionalized by uniting under the direction of regional “bishops” and unscriptural organizations. The simple worship arrangement initiated in Acts was being replaced by ritual, system and practiced religiosity.

In 312AD, Roman Emperor Constantine was said to convert to Christianity (The veracity of this can be debated in another article), and after having done so began the process of organizing the “church” for the benefit of the state. Under this religious system specialized places of worship began to be built which separated the worshipers from the “clergy” in yet another example of unscriptural practice. While Constantine is said to have helped establish and grow the “church,” in reality his introduction of paganism into “Christian” worship, in fact and effect caused the True Church to virtually go underground.

Today, meeting to worship in a building constructed for just such purpose is the norm, however this was not in the original design for the Church. In fact, I believe for several reasons, it is antithetical to the mission of the Church. First of all, it is ludicrous to believe it is right to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions, to construct buildings which are utilized once or twice a week while there are millions of people who have physical and spiritual needs. In order to construct and maintain these places, the financial resources which should be used for missions or church planting are swallowed up by mortgages and salaries which usually display greed and excess rather than love and hope. Spiritual growth is replaced by growing “membership” numbers to feed the financial monster that is the “church.”

Secondly, the mission of the Church is to develop the body by feeding them spiritually. Discipleship is the primary responsibility of the Church as they meet together. Evangelism is supposed to happen continually in our daily lives, and once someone becomes a follower of Christ they are brought into the fellowship of the Church Family to be fed and fortified. This is the example of the early Church in Acts 2:42-47. Building impressive buildings and “programs” to attract men to attend is antithetical to the pattern found in this passage. It has been my experience in ministry that people are hesitant to attend “services” where they feel like they must meet the expectations of the “membership” or fit in to the formality of the practices. Additionally there is a strong perception in these mega churches that they want you to attend to solicit you to “give sacrificially” to their work. People have the thought that “they only want me for my money.”It has also been my experience that people are more willing to attend an informal Bible Study in someone’s home or horse barn than a fancy “church” structure because they do not have to impress anyone.

In much of the undeveloped world this is where you will find the Church meeting today, and actually the house church is God’s ideal for every culture. In contrast to today’s magnificent cathedrals, mega churches, and church campuses, not to mention the institutional “churches”, denominations, para-church organizations, and ministerial associations, the New Testament records no attempt by the Apostles to form an organization of any kind for building the Church of Jesus Christ. God’s unit on earth for transmitting the faith was the local church and the Apostles were content to work within that framework, and to the early Christians the congregation was the divinely ordained unit on earth through which God chose to work. The model Church in Acts is the only unit to which God promised perpetuity.

The “church” has gotten far away from the model in this respect. Fellowship happens when people worship together as family. Church happens when believers are united together is such a way as to care about one another rather than the facility in which they meet. In these Last Days we need to be aware that people need Jesus, the body of Christ needs to grow in the Word together, the Church is Christians obedient to the Word and;

Jesus is Coming Soon!

EvenSoCome

Silence In The Church

The Bible teaches that there will be a one-world government during the Tribulation Period (Dan. 7:23; Rev. 13:7). It will be led by a blaspheming Satan worshiper that many call the Antichrist (Rev. 13:5-6). His reign will be marked by war and multitudes will perish (Rev. 6:2, 8). The unbelievers who follow him will be caught up in idolatry, murder, sorcery, sexual immorality and theft (Rev. 9:20-21). Those who become believers during the Tribulation Period, including many women and children, will be subjected to the most intense persecution the world has ever known (Rev. 13:16-17).

I know the Word of God must be fulfilled, but it seems to me that a Holy Spirit indwelt church should try to restrain this approaching evil. It seems to me that the church should warn people loud and clear about the dangers of Globalism and its much-desired world government. If Christians are the light of the world, why don’t we shed light on the darkness that is descending upon the earth (Matt. 5:14; Zeph. 1:15-17; I Thess. 5:5)? I know that there are many Spirit-filled light-shedding preachers doing that, but the silence of most of the church is very troubling.

In a recent article, I wrote about Pres. Obama’s desire to fast track a new trade agreement (treaty) with the Pacific-Rim nations called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This treaty would surrender the sovereignty of the United States, subordinate the United States Constitution to other documents, integrate the politics and economies of about a dozen nations, create a trading block of nations patterned after the EU, fast track the North American Union and be a major step toward world government. I mentioned that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was blocking a vote on the treaty at the request of union leaders who believe the TPP will cause their members to lose jobs to other countries.

Just recently, I read that Hollywood and the Gay Lobby are expressing strong opposition to this treaty. As I understand it, their concern is not the loss of American sovereignty, the destruction of the U.S. Constitution, Satan worship, persecution of believers or anything like that. Their concern is that the list of participants in the TPP includes the tiny nation of Brunei and the fact that the sultan (he is also the Prime Minister) of Brunei recently announced the implementation of Sharia Law.

You see, Sharia Law is anti-abortion, anti-gay rights, anti-women’s rights, etc. Adulterers, rapists and sodomites (homosexuals and lesbians) can be stoned to death. Women who get an abortion can be flogged and women who get pregnant outside of marriage can be jailed. Some can even be beheaded.

I can understand the outcry of union leaders about the TPP because they are rightly concerned about the loss of jobs. I can understand the frantic protestations of Hollywood and the Gay Lobby about the TPP because they are rightly concerned about being flogged, stoned, jailed or beheaded. But I can’t understand the lack of concern in the church. A government worse than Hitler’s is rising, some of the unchurched are complaining, but most of the organized church is totally silent.

Oh, I know some will say the organized church doesn’t know about the TPP because NBC, CBS, PBS and others are not reporting it. True! But since the union leaders, Hollywood and the Gay Lobby knows about the TPP, wouldn’t you think someone in the organized church would know about it? Shouldn’t the organized church oppose the TPP because it will lead to a satanic world government? Shouldn’t the organized church oppose the TPP because it includes a nation that has implemented Sharia Law and that allows for the persecution of Christians, the abuse of women, the kidnapping of children, the destruction of Bibles, anti-Semitism and more?

Could it be that the organized church has been taken over in part by highly educated people with much learning and little knowledge of spiritual matters? Could it be that even though the Holy Spirit revealed this coming wicked world government (Dan. 7:23; Rev. 13:7) these highly educated leaders don’t even know what the Bible says on the subject? Could it be that many of them have made themselves willingly ignorant of some things in the Bible and they are not being led by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9)? Could it be that their silence means they are unknowingly aligned with the future goals of the Antichrist? Whatever it is, concerning the TPP, I have found myself aligned with Harry Reid, the labor union leaders, Hollywood and the Gay Lobby. That is a scary thought to me and I sure wish some of the leaders in the organized church would speak up.

Prophecy Plus Ministries
Daymond & Rachel Duck
daymondduck@bellsouth.net

The Church and Sound Doctrine!

Continuing our teaching on the Church built by Jesus Christ, we examine examples of what are considered by most to be representative of the “church” in the world today. Comparing them to the True Church formula, pattern, and appearance (meeting place), we will examine their effect in the world and affect on their members. In doing so I believe we will gain a better understanding of the concept of His Remnant Church, which consists of the faithful believers remaining true to the Doctrine of the Church built by Jesus Christ.

In order to compare these “churches” to the Church, let’s look again at Acts 2:42. As the Church these early believers, followers of Jesus Christ, continued steadfastly in four areas; the Apostles Doctrine, Fellowship, the Breaking of Bread, and Prayer. In Acts 2:43-47 we find some things which resulted from their obedience to Christ in following His divine plan; there was a new respect for the authority of God, the Holy Spirit was active, there was unity in the body, everyone’s needs were met, they worshiped together continually (from house to house), they were thankful and shared meals together in fellowship and praise, and the result was that the body grew.

Are these things evident in the “church” today? Are the four areas the early Church “continued steadfastly” in still being continued in the same way today? In our next few posts we will look at each one in turn and evaluate how the “church” today measures up.

We will begin with the Apostles Doctrine:
Simply put the apostle’s doctrine is those things which they were either taught by Jesus Christ Himself, or had revealed to them by His Holy Spirit. During the days recorded in the book of Acts, these doctrines were of course predominantly given to the Church orally. Since the close of the first century, we have the infallible Word of God which the Holy Spirit breathed into the writers of the New Testament Scripture. Peter testified of this in 2 Peter 1:16-21 and in fact in 2 Peter 1:2&3 he wrote that; “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,” which knowledge is that given to us in the written Word of God. The Apostle Paul encouraged both Timothy (2 Timothy 4:2) and Titus (Titus 2:1) to Preach or Speak the Word (Sound Doctrine).

Doctrine therefore is found within the Scripture, the Holy Spirit breathed Word of God. And from the time the Apostle John completed recording The Revelation of Jesus Christ in 95 A.D., there has been no additional Scripture given by God. However, Paul warned Timothy that “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” 2 Timothy 4:3&4. He had also warned Timothy that men would “depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth” 1 Timothy 4:1-3.

Unfortunately today we are living in the day which Paul anticipated. Today many “churches” are led by men whose only goals are self-promotion and the accumulation of wealth, others have become institutionalized through an un-biblical structure of priesthood and catechism or are following denominational instruction and dogma, all of which supplant the Word of God with writings, edicts, and creeds written by men. Many of these who identify themselves as “men of God” claim “new” inspiration or that they have received a “fresh” prophetic word from God. These so-called “preachers” are at best charlatans, with most actually fitting into the category of false prophets.

These are able to deceive their followers because most “church members” are woefully ignorant of the Word of God. If they do have a relationship with Jesus Christ, they are certainly not following the example of the Bereans who “searched the Scriptures daily” (Acts 17:11) to verify whether or not what they are being taught is biblical. This puts them in the position of those described in Ephesians 4:14 as being “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting…” Christians must be people of the Book, willing to take responsibility for themselves and their relationship to Jesus Christ. In these Last Days, deception will only continue to grow as Satan’s influence compromises the teaching of the Word of God, turning the hearts and minds of men away from Sound Doctrine, to the humanistic, socialistic, narcissistic doctrine of demons.

The Church built by Jesus Christ is one which stands on the Sound Doctrine delivered to us through the Word of God, and only through the Word of God. Again, I implore you to examine your heart, and the place in which you worship, the “church” which you attend. Be Bereans, be people of the Book, study the Word of God, ask the Holy Spirit to help you prove through it, what is Truth and what is false. Do not be followers of men, follow God through His Son Jesus Christ. Because;

Jesus is Coming Soon!

EvenSoCome

to be continued…

Troublesome Times… is a Worldwide Famine Approaching?

In chapters 24 and 25 of Matthew we find Christ’s Olivet discourse. It is Jesus teaching His disciples about Things to Come, the Last Days, and the End Times of the tribulation. In Matthew 24:4-8 He is describing things which will take place during the church age preceding the End Times described by Christ as “the beginning of sorrows.” This is comparatively descriptive of labor pains experienced by a woman in childbirth, an ever-increasing in intensity series of events which will culminate during the End Times at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. There are several kinds of world-changing crises described in this passage; such as war, earthquakes, pestilence, and famine.

In today’s update I’d like to concentrate on famine.

Within this subject I think we find a couple of areas of concern. First of all, famine is a direct result of the inability to produce food to be consumed, and secondly it can be the result of the inability to procure food to be consumed. Let us explore these areas of concern a little further.

1. First, some of the reasons restricting food production:

  • the weather
    • not enough moisture or
    • too much moisture
    • extreme temperature
  • availability of seed stock
  • manpower
  • economics

2. Second, procurement issues:

  • economics
  • availability
  • location
  • transportation

Having established a framework for the examination of the subject of famine, I began to research news articles, weather reports, and crop reports, from various sources and governments to establish a baseline for a discussion of the subject. What I have come up with, is at the least disconcerting, and is quite possibly, truly a cause for alarm.

First of all let me say that I am not a proponent of the hyperbole of climate change, either “Global Warming” or a coming “Ice Age,” as the catalyst for the events I’m about to describe. In fact, I believe that since the Genesis flood, the Earth’s weather has maintained a cyclical ebb and flow established by God. And, while I believe it is our responsibility to be good stewards of the creation within which God has placed us, I do not believe man has the capability to permanently destroy God’s creation, and that the Scripture teaches that He alone will accomplish this in preparation for eternity future. That having been said, within the framework of God’s dealings with man, there are many instances throughout Scripture where weather, climate, and geography have been used by God to affect change in mankind. I believe that is what we’re beginning to see again today, as we are clearly living in the prophetic Last Days.

Worldwide production of protein, fruits and vegetables, and grains are increasingly falling behind demand. In some parts of the world these have been destroyed by extreme cold temperatures, while in others it has been either flood or drought which has affected production. During the last two winters in the US, China, and Russia, livestock (cattle, sheep, goats, etc.) numbering in the tens of thousands have been lost due to blizzard and extreme cold; while in Africa, Australia, and parts of Asia thousands have been lost due to drought. Production of fruits and vegetables worldwide in 2014 is expected to be reduced by as much as 35% to 40% due to the effect of weather on the climate, in comparison to 2012 and 2013. Meanwhile, worldwide grain production in 2014 is expected to be affected in the same percentage range, again mostly related to the weather, although political and military conflict will be responsible in some areas to a lesser degree. All of this will result in higher food prices worldwide in 2014, in food shortages in some countries, and famine will begin or continue to grow more widespread in others.

Currently there are protein and vegetable shortages in Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Cuba, Thailand, Indonesia, as well as Eastern Europe and 90% of Africa. Food Grain Shortages continue to grow in the Middle East, Africa, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and the rest of Southeast Asia, Russia and in Eastern Europe. Sociologists tell us that there is a direct correlation between food prices and shortages, and civil unrest. These shortages have already resulted in food riots in Venezuela, Thailand, Cameroon, Mali, Libya, and other African nations since the beginning of 2014. The cost and availability of food has been the common denominator in each of these situations, and food riots have been at the root of political and social change throughout history. We can only expect this discontent to continue to grow throughout 2014 and beyond. The simple fact is that the world’s increasing population and demand for food has outstripped its capability (for a number of reasons which I will not go into in this article) for production of same.

Here in the United States nearly 50% of the country is experiencing severe drought. Much of California has been in drought conditions for the past three years. And in fact, 100% of the state of California (where upwards of 85% of the fruits and vegetables consumed in this country, and made available for export are produced), is experiencing extreme drought, with nearly one-third of the state experiencing exceptional drought. Exceptional drought is defined as a condition which will alter the area’s ability for production over an extended period, possibly even years. Because of the lack of water for proper crop production, estimates are that as much as one-third of California’s tillable acreage will remain unplanted in 2014. This will result in as much as a 35% to 40% reduction in vegetable and fruit crop production. Currently, wildfires (which have started much earlier than normal and are being fed by vegetation left dry from prolonged drought) are raging over much of Southern California, driven by Santa Anna winds. Weather forecasters are expecting these conditions to only worsen as California, the Southwest, and Midwest are facing an El Niño weather system over the next 12 to 24 months.

As much as 50% of the state of Texas is also suffering from severe drought with approximately 50% of that area being labeled as extreme. These severe drought conditions extend northward from west Texas through western Oklahoma, eastern Colorado, and western Kansas. Late winter freezes coupled with early extreme spring temperatures and the lack of moisture damaged or destroyed much of this region’s winter wheat crop. It is estimated that there may be as much as a 30% to 35% loss in grain production throughout the Midwest and Southwest because of these drought conditions.

While drought in the US is concentrated in California and the Plains states; Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Appalachian region in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee are also experiencing abnormal dryness. There are approximately 90 communities in Texas and approximately 60 communities in California who reportedly have less than a 60 day supply of drinking water available to them as of the 15th of May. Unless you live out West, you may not realize the seriousness of the drought conditions and the potential for dust bowl conditions, such as were experienced during the 1930’s, to return.

Another result of the ongoing drought in the US is; because of the shortage of water to produce grass and grain for livestock, the number of cattle in the United States has been in decline for the past seven years and is the lowest it has been since 1951. Cattlemen and dairymen both have reduced the size of their herds by selling off everything of a marketable age and culling deeply into their numbers of reproducing females. While this initially caused beef prices to moderate somewhat, it has now resulted in what will be an ever-increasing rise in the cost of beef for the consumer, until conditions favorable to increased herd numbers returns (typically 6 to 9 years of production are needed to increase herd size). Over the past year, the price of ground beef is up 5.9 % while other cuts have experienced increases as much as 9.5%. We can only expect these prices to continue to rise for the foreseeable future.

While we are on the subject of meat, last month meat prices across the board rose at a faster pace than at any time during the past 10 years. Drought, while a factor, is not the only thing driving higher meat prices. Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has spread into at least 30 states and killed approximately 7 to 8 million pigs. At this time there is no known vaccination to combat this disease and until one is developed there is a possibility that as much is one half of the pork industry will be affected. The price of bacon has already risen by 13.1%, while ham and other cuts are rising by similar percentages. Projections are that U.S. pork production could be down by more than 10 % this year, and overall pork prices will be up 20 % or more by the end of 2014.

Fish and seafood protein prices have also recently risen due to drought, environment and disease. Drought conditions have affected fish farms in several states with Texas being the hardest hit because of the lack of water. Seafood production from commercial fishing has been affected in the Pacific because of rising concerns over contamination resulting from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. And the price of shrimp is up due to a disease known as “early mortality syndrome” which has affected farmed shrimp production in Southeast Asia. While overall fish protein prices have risen by about 9.5% in the past 12 months, shrimp prices have risen by 61% (no, that is not a typo).

As prices for shrimp, pork and beef have risen, many consumers have turned to poultry for more of their protein purchases. However, the price of poultry is rising rapidly as well. In fact, the price of chicken breasts has risen by 12.4% over the past 12 months, and whole turkey prices have risen by approximately 8%. Unfortunately, this could just be the very beginning of the meat and protein crisis in the United States.

It is estimated that the US has a four-week supply of nonperishable foods stockpiled for distribution at any one point in time. However any interruption to that distribution system could have disastrous effects. This has been alarmingly in evidence in just the past 12 to 24 months in the aftermath of tornadoes, hurricanes, and snowstorms. It is estimated that Great Britain and the European Union have only a two-week stockpile.

The growing concern over the cost and availability of food in the United States has coined a new research term; Food Insecurity. A recent report estimates that nearly 50 million Americans are food insecure as a result of declining incomes, job loss, and lack of availability. Approximately 16 million of those affected are children under the age of 16. As this nation’s true effective unemployment numbers hover between 20% and 23% of the population, and millions of Americans are now dependent on food stamps, increasingly the price of food is outstripping the ability of many to pay for it. Rising food prices, not to mention a rising overall cost of living, has become an overwhelming concern for many families who at best are living paycheck to paycheck. Tens of millions of people in this country are struggling to feed themselves. In light of this, even the slightest economic shock in this country could have devastating repercussions on many families.

Will rapidly rising food prices and the possibility of food shortages cause civil unrest in the United States? While it may not happen tomorrow, it is a very real possibility in the not-too-distant future. Because of this possibility or even eventuality, I believe it is important (especially for Christians) to begin stockpiling food (if you haven’t already) to feed your own family, and begin gardening (if you haven’t already). Many of us can remember, or have been told, that our parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents knew the wisdom of having a well-stocked food pantry and a well-organized garden plot. It would behoove us to learn from their example.

As Christians, as a part of the True Church, we have a responsibility to do what we can to protect ourselves and provide for one another. As difficult as times might get, we can find comfort in the words of the Apostle Paul in Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” And in Jesus’s words in Matthew 6:31-33 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Nevertheless, it is quite possible that life is going to become much more difficult in the days ahead, especially for followers of Jesus Christ. Until He comes to rapture His Church we need to be prepared to endure hardship, remembering always that;

Jesus is Coming Soon!

EvenSoCome

God Works in Mysterious Ways

America’s poor leadership, the blatant sin in our once great nation, the drought in the southwest and California, high food prices, pestilence and prepping have all been in the news lately.

There is little doubt that Ahab was one of the worst leaders to ever occupy the throne in Israel. The Bible says, he “did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him” (I Kings 16:30). At least until the end of his reign, no leader of Israel had ever exceeded him in evil. He encouraged Baal worship and was often at odds with the true prophets of his day.

He married a Phoenician princess whose name, Jezebel, is synonymous with wickedness. He allowed Jezebel’s religion, Baal worship, to be practiced in Israel and he even built a temple close to the palace to make it easy for Jezebel to worship her false gods. She led many of God’s prophets astray and ordered others to be killed for protesting against her policies (I Kings 18:4). One of her greatest sins was to falsely accuse a man named Naboth so she could have him killed, steal his vineyard and give it to Ahab (I Kings 21:1-25). Jesus compared her to a harlot who encouraged immorality in the church at Thyatira (Rev. 2:20).

Because of sin, God sent the prophet Elijah to visit Ahab one day and say, “As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word” (I Kings 17:1). Then, God told Elijah to flee to the brook Cherith and drink from it. Elijah did, but while he was there the brook dried up from a lack of rain. God told Elijah to go to a widow at Zarephath who would feed him (Zarephath was located out of the country between Tyre and Sidon). Elijah left Israel, found her and asked her for something to eat and drink. The loss of her husband, and the God-sent drought and famine had hit her hard and she had prepared her last meal for her and her son. Elijah’s request was a great test, but she shared with him and God sustained her, her son and Elijah through the drought and famine (I Kings 17:3-16).

Let’s look at the story about Naaman and then I will get to the point. He was a captain in the Syrian army; a great and honorable man, but he had leprosy. On one of his missions, he defeated some Jews, captured a young Jewish girl and carried her back to Syria to wait on his wife. One day, the Jewish girl said unto her mistress, “Would God my lord were with the prophet (Elisha) that is in Sararia! for he would recover him of his leprosy” (II Kings 5:3). Naaman eventually wound up at Elisha’s house and Elisha sent word out for him to go dip in the Jordan River seven times. Naaman was upset, but he eventually did as he was told and he was healed (II Kings 5:14).

This brings us to the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. He arrived at Nazareth where He grew up, went to the synagogue on the Sabbath, read from the Book of Isaiah and spoke, but His message was rejected (Luke 4:14-22). Then He said, “I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias (Elijah), when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias (Elijah) sent, save unto Sarepta (Zarephath), a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus (Elisha) the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian” (Luke 4:25-27).

Because of wicked leadership and sin in Israel God sent a drought and great famine that covered the land for three and one-half years. There were many widows (and probably hungry children) among the chosen people in Israel, but God sent Elijah to feed only one widow who lived in a foreign land. There were many lepers among the chosen people in Israel (and all of them probably prayed to be healed), but the only person God healed was a foreign soldier who had defeated some Israeli troops. So Jesus said God sent a drought and famine on Israel for three and one-half years and He didn’t send anyone to feed or heal any of the hungry and sick widows and lepers. What He said really upset the people in His hometown and they tried to kill Him.

When I suggest that national disasters are increasing or there could be more terrorist attacks and it might be a good idea to do some prepping I sometimes hear “God is in control. He will take care of me.” There is no doubt that God is in control and He cares for us with a love that will never end. But He does not like self-righteousness, being tempted or taken for granted; our blessings are not entitlements; He brings down godless nations (Dan. 2:21); He chastens those He loves (Heb. 12:6); Christians are suffering all over the world and Noah had to build his own boat (Gen. 6:14). My mom loved me, but she spanked me when I needed it.

In my mind, America’s leaders are the worst we have ever had. No president has ever supported some of the wicked things our president supports (abortion, homosexuality, gay marriage, lying, spying on us, betraying our friends, kind words for Allah, etc.). We have great sin in America; drought in the southwest and California; soaring food prices, millions on food stamps (including widows and children), spreading STDs (especially among the gays) and more. It seems to me that America is already paying a price for sin and if the Rapture doesn’t happen soon, the price may increase. His judgment could fall harder and He could decide to feed and heal good people in other countries instead of the United States.

Prophecy Plus Ministries
Daymond & Rachel Duck
daymondduck@bellsouth.net

To preach the Word is to preach the Second Coming of Jesus!

If the man in the pulpit is God’s man, a preacher of the Word, his message will be well seasoned with the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The hope of this age is the return of the Lord to catch away His Church. I declare unto you on the authority of the Word that a man who does not believe in the return of the Lord is not saved! No, I am not judging. I am simply inspecting fruit in the light of the Bible: “For by grace are you saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8) “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-13)

We are saved by grace, we are taught by grace… taught to deny the world, taught to live righteous lives, taught to look for Jesus! Therefore I declare under you that the person who is not looking for Jesus does not possess the grace of God.

The hope of this age, the hope of mankind, is the coming of the Lord Jesus. We will never have peace; we will never have lasting world order until Jesus comes. Man has tried everything in his power to bring about peace and world success; but as I write these lines, the world is in terrible chaos. Why? Sin is the answer… and sin will never be put down to stay until the Lord Jesus comes.
“Preach the Word!” My prayer today is that the Lord will help me to remain true to His Word and preach it in all its fullness and power until Jesus comes. God forbid that I should ever compromise with the world and the devil in my preaching. I trust as I send out this message that if you dear reader, have not met the Lord in a born-again experience you will do so today. Do not gamble with “religion.” Religion is no good unless it is the blood bought religion of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you have been attending a church where the pastor is a blood-denying preacher, then search the Scriptures and see if what I have told you in this message is not true. God has not changed His mind about sin. The wages of sin is death, as it always has been and always will be. The sins which damned men centuries ago will damn men today. Do not be led astray by every wind of doctrine, but stand for the blood-bought redemption of Calvary.  Stand by the Bible, live by the Bible, make sure you have had a born-again experience.

If you are not a Christian, I beg you to bow your head right now and let the Lord Jesus come into your heart. He is the way, the truth, and the life. There is no other way, no other door to heaven. “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

“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 shall be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9, 10).

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (1 Peter 1:23).

Claim this promise made by our Savior: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).

Excerpted from: “The Word Above All” by Oliver B. Green 1971

Words of Grace for Strength

What more can be said? What more should be said? As we continue to post these excerpts from the writings of great Teachers and Preachers of the Word from the past, I am continually amazed at the relevance of their words today. Truly as the Word of God itself says “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Just as the Word of God is relevant for today, so is the understanding and teaching of the prophetic Word from these authors.

The amazing truth, so simple and yet so deeply profound is that a never-changing Word of God is always relevant, always as if freshly written, for an ever-changing world. These authors have grasped that truth, and held to it steady. And so, their words live for us today.

In these Last Days, we need to be continually reminded that our “blessed hope” is the return of Jesus Christ for the redeemed, His Church. Unfortunately, for many “religion” has taken the place of True Christianity. The “prosperity gospel” or the “self-help gospel” or the “papal gospel” or one of a myriad of other cultic systems of religiosity has replaced the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These false religions focus on worldly pursuits and personal satisfaction in this life and not the eternal rewards to be gained by living a life in Christ; seeking to come up with something new and exciting, while all the time ignoring the eternal truth as written in the Word of God.

We would do well to remember the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Simply put, while we remain on this earth our lives should serve Jesus Christ, and should we face death before Jesus raptures His Church, we get to go be with Him. As Jesus has won the victory over sin, we cannot lose as we stand by His side.

Just as Oliver B. Green has done in his writing; if you truly have a relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, we implore you to examine the “church” you attend to see if it is truly one which preaches and teaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And, if you have never accepted Christ’s free gift of salvation through His shed blood at Calvary, there has never been a better time than now to make Him Lord of your life.

If you need more information, or would like to talk to someone, about accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please send us a message by filling out the form on the “about us” page here on our blog site. And, if you’re looking for a church to attend in your area which is still teaching the True Gospel of Jesus Christ, we may be able to help with that as well. Please contact us through the form and we will make every effort to help you find a place to worship and grow in Christ Jesus. Because;

Jesus is Coming Soon!

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Occupy Till I Come!

No doubt in my mind the end is near! I have never felt like I had a great understanding of end time prophecy or the events that will lead up to the glorious return of our Lord and Savior Jesus! One thing I do know, is it does not take a scholar to see that the simple Signs of the Times are pointing to this end. With all this knowledge, or lack thereof, I have to continue to encourage the Church to continue to be faithful to the great work that is set before us.

Jesus spoke a parable in Luke 19 that told of a nobleman who went into a far country, but promised He would return. Before he left he pulled aside his servants and delivered to them a unique responsibility with this command… “Occupy till I come.” Deeper into this we realize that the original text simply means to “busy oneself” until I return. No doubt these servants knew that someday, the one they thought would be gaining a return on his investment, would without a doubt, be coming back to receive what the servants would gain with the ability, talent, money, etc… that he decided to trust them with.

I have never been one to feel like I had much to offer to God, or anyone else in this world for that matter, but in fact when Jesus left He sent exactly what each and every one of us will ever need to successfully accomplish the mission He has given for us to do! With that being said, my mind returns to end time prophecy and the things we read and see in the news every day. Who is right? Who is wrong? What about tribulation? What about the mark of the beast? What about the persecution of the Church? So many unanswered questions to some, and so much disturbing news, that we could all easily be discouraged in doing the work God has given us to do! It would be easy to go underground with our bibles, and read and pray with our little families (which we should be doing openly everyday), and forget about the outside world that Jesus came and died for over 2000 years ago.

One scripture that I cling to in these times, which is interpreted in many ways, is found in Joel and then repeated by Peter again in Acts (Joel 2:28-32, Acts 2:16-21). In the last days, the Lord says, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.” Then He begins to list things that we may see in that time. I interpret it this way; even in the days when men’s hearts could fail them for fear, even in times when the most faithful of Christians might be questioning what is exactly going to happen, God had a plan for the True Church to thrive in a world full of turmoil.

The Church when it leaves will be a “glorious church!”  Now more than ever we need to be the Church that God has called us to be! Under the power and authority of the preaching of the cross; men, women, boys, and girls will still be saved because of the Blood of the Lamb! We as the Church and individuals are called to “occupy” until the Lord returns with the “talent” that He gave to each and every one of us to use, and finish the mission given unto us.

Reading all the blogs, seeing all the shows, reading the news excites me more now than ever! I will soon be given the opportunity to see face to face the Man who gave His life to set me free, but until that day comes, He has purposed in me to see one more soul walk down that aisle and give their hearts to Him! He is coming back again, but until then we are encouraged to;  Occupy Till I Come!