We, as believers, choose to present to the Lord a heart that says “AMEN” at the beginning of each day. An AMEN heart is one that says yes to the Father no matter what He says. We will present a “So be it” and an “I’ll do it” heart to the Father so that we can hear the voice of the Father.
The Laodicean Church:
I’m going to begin with some “WE MAY” statements.
We may very well be the last generation of human culture and life as we know it.
We may be approaching what is known as the end of the age.
We may, as the body of Christ worldwide, seem to be manifesting some of the the traits of the Laodicean Church spoken of in Revelation 3:14-22.
What if these statements are true? What if the Church is manifesting the signs as if she were that Laodicean church, that end of the age church, that last generation church?
What our Lord Jesus sees!
Revelation 3:13-16 ESV He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.' (14) "And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: 'The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation. (15) "'I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! (16) So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
How the church sees herself!
Revelation 3:17 ESV For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
Command from our Lord:
Revelation 3:18 ESV I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.
Invitation from our Lord:
Revelation 3:19-20 ESV Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. (20) Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
Reward from our Lord:
Revelation 3:21-22 ESV The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. (22) He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'"
It is my intent to share with all of us from the Word of God in such a way that we can determine where we are in our Christian life. It is the belief that the Word going forth has to do with a woman who wants to make herself ready for the return of the Lord.
If this is the end of the age then there are really two things evident from the Word of God happening at the same time. First we will see a portion of the Church making herself ready for the Lords return. Secondly we will see a portion of the Church so deceived that she does not even know where she is or who she is.
Which portion are we a part of? Actually we can't answer that question now can we? If we knew that we were deceived we would do something about it. We can only know truth if we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying.
Read these Scriptures carefully and see the order of events of the end of the end-times. You will be able to check many off as having already begun. These will only increase in intensity. Hold on and stay in the faith, for sorrowful times are coming fast. Persecution will happen. My new book "FAITHFUL?" How To Be A Righteous Leader In Unrighteous Times is now available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1650184034/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1
1. DECEPTIONS: (MATT.24:4-5, 11, 24)
2. FALSE CHRISTS: (MATT.24:5, 23-26)
3. WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS: (MATT.24:6-7)
4. FAMINES: (MATT.24:7; REV.6:5-6)
5. PESTILENCES: (MATT.24:7; REV.6:8
6. EARTHQUAKES: (MATT.24:7; REV.6:12-17)
7, ANTI-SEMITISM: (MATT.24:9; 13:9, 13)
8. OFFENCES: (MATT.24:10; 18:1-10)
9. BETRAYALS: (MATT.24:9; MATT.13:12)
10. HATRED: (MATT.24:10; 2 TIM.3:1-9)
11. FALSE PROPHETS: (MATT.24:11, 24; REV.13)
12. LAWLESSNESS ABOUNDING: (MATT.24:12)
13. LOVE DECREASING: (MATT.24:12-13; 2 TIM.3)
14. INCREASED MISSIONARY WORK: (MATT.24:14)
15. ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION: (MATT.24:15; DAN.9:27; 2 THESS.2:4; REV.13) 16. NEW JEWISH NATION IN JUDEA: (MATT.24:9; 15-26; EZEK.37; DAN.9:27)
17. NEW JERUSALEM TEMPLE: (MATT.24:15, 26: REV.11:1-2; DAN.8:9-13; 9:27; 11:45; 2 THESS.2:4)
18. GREAT 31/2 YEAR TRIBULATION: (MATT.24:21; DAN.12:1; REV.12:1-19:21)
19. MARTYRDOMS: (MATT.24:9, 22; DAN.8:24; REV.7:9-17; 11:7; 15:2-4; 20:4-6)
20. FLIGHT OF JEWS FROM JUDEA: (MATT.24:16-21; REV.12:6, 14; IS.16:1-5; PS.60:4-8; DAN.11:40-45; EZEK.20:33-38; HOS.2:14-16)
21. INCREASED SATANIC POWERS: (MATT.24:24; 2 THESS.2:8-12; REV.13; 16:14; 19:20)
1. There will be false prophets, apostles, pastors, and teachers. There will be false Christs.
We are in this stage NOW! It is not as bad as it is going to get. We will see it grow as more and more false religious leaders appear. There area two stages here. First the false leaders and false Christs will appear, then we will see that they gain a great following and lead many astray.
Matthew 24:5 ESV For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray.
Matthew 24:11 ESV And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.
Matthew 24:23-24 ESV Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There he is!' do not believe it. (24) For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
Jeremiah 14:14 ESV And the LORD said to me: "The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds.
Jeremiah 23:25-27 ESV I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, 'I have dreamed, I have dreamed!' (26) How long shall there be lies in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart, (27) who think to make my people forget my name by their dreams that they tell one another, even as their fathers forgot my name for Baal?
2. There will be wars, rumors of wars and nations will rise against nations.
Currently we have war ships posted in many places around the globe because of what we call "hot spots" where war can start in a moment. The worlds is walking on egg shells wondering not if, but when World War III will start.
Matthew 24:6-7 ESV And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. (7) For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
Mark 13:7-8 ESV And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. (8) For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.
Luke 21:9-10 ESV And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once." (10) Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
3. There will be unbelievable earthquakes in strange places, famines, pestilences, and strange signs in the skies.
I want to properly identify the word pestilence. It is a contagious or infectious epidemic outbreak of a deadly disease that is devastating like the bubonic plague was. It is also a contagious epidemic outbreak of an evil influence or idea that is morally, emotionally, and spiritually devastating. We are currently seeing this being fulfilled. Many of the diseases that are across the globe are kept quiet in the media and need to be researched to find the name of the disease and the extent of the outbreak. Once these reaches full stage there will be no way the outbreaks can be hidden.
The epidemic evil influences and ideas are already at work. Sexual immorality, anti-Christian and anti-Bible influences are epidemic now.
Luke 21:11 ESV There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.
4. Christians being arrested, thrown in prison, or killed.
This is happening but not world-wide yet. However, this mindset is sweeping quickly across the globe. Europe and America will soon experience this.
Mark 13:9-10 ESV "But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. (10) And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.
Matthew 24:9-10 ESV "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. (10) And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.
Luke 21:12-19 ESV But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake. (13) This will be your opportunity to bear witness. (14) Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, (15) for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. (16) You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. (17) You will be hated by all for my name's sake. (18) But not a hair of your head will perish. (19) By your endurance you will gain your lives.
Okay...this is a title to get people thinking. Many come up to me for prayer and ask if I would pray and tell them their DESTINY. This is a serious thing and not something to be taken lightly. Therefore, I have some pointers for all of us concerning DESTINY, the END TIMES, and GOD.
God knows the future completely, and he will accomplish his plan. God does not work in a vacuum, He does not have a "plan-B" for us, the world is not out of His control, and He is already present at the end of the world as we know it. We all know Is.46:9-11 but let's look at it again.
Isaiah 46:9-11 KJV Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: 11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
Allow me to paraphrase this verse.
Isaiah 46:9-11 tells us: God says...
Remember the things I have done in the past.
For I alone am God!
I am God, and there is none like me.
Only I can tell you the future before it even happens.
I spoke forth the end at the beginning.
Everything I plan will come to pass.
I have said what I would do, and I will do it.
The amazing thing is that God will accomplish His plan, and we as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are a part of it. God not only knows THE future, He knows YOUR future. We may not know what’s lying ahead of us, but we can be certain God does. We can also be assured that He is already there. If we truly trust Him and genuinely believe that He will do what He has said He will do, then this assurance should give us a strong sense of confidence and security in Him and in these last days which we live. So stay in the position of faith.
What should we do while our destiny is being played out?
Hate Sin Like God Hates Sin:
Love People Like God Loves People:
Fear God and Stand In Awe of His Presence:
Live Righteous Like This is Your Last Day to Honor Him On This Side of Eternity:
Do not forsake the faith that is in you:
I want to properly identify the word pestilence.
It is a contagious or infectious epidemic outbreak of a deadly disease that is devastating like the bubonic plague was.
It is also a contagious epidemic outbreak of an evil influence or idea that is morally, emotionally, and spiritually devastating.
We are currently seeing this being fulfilled. Many of the diseases that are across the globe are kept quiet in the media and need to be researched to find the name of the disease and the extent of the outbreak. Once these reach full stage there will be no way the outbreaks can be hidden.
The epidemic evil influences and ideas are already at work. Sexual immorality, anti-Christian and anti-Bible influences are epidemic now.
Luke 21:11 ESV There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.
"YOU WANT SIGNS OF THE END TIMES? THEY ARE UPON US"
Welcome to the new norm.
I remember a more peaceful time in the United States and most of the world. I remember a time when people respected one another and looked out for one another. The fast-food motto "have it your way" has permeated our society and it seems that through the spirit of uncontrolled selfishness everyone is doing whatever is right in their own eyes.
People who once were good model citizens are stealing and hoarding supplies, food and water from whatever source they have get it from. People who seemed to have lost the value of human life are killing one another seeking self preservation in light of an impending doomsday. Babies are being defined as nothing more than lifeless meat and can be killed right up to the point of birth.
Floods of Biblical magnitude sweep upon major coastal cities with deadly destructive waves. Our earth is orbited by over 500,000 pieces of man-made space junk, any of which can fall to the earth any time like fire.
This may seem far-fetched to people living a peaceful normal everyday life. But a glance over the events of just the last twenty years should tell us that things have never been so bad and reported to be headed for even worse conditions.
Currently there are multitude of uncontrollable diseases reaching epidemic proportions.
Currently there are crazy weather situations from extreme drought to massive flooding.
Currently there are more earthquakes and volcanic activity than ever reported in the known history of man.
Currently there is world-wide tensions of a possible break out of world war III.
Currently the world economic situation is on the brink of a world-wide financial crisis.
Currently Christians are being mocked and persecuted in some fashion or killed in almost every Country in the world.
Currently scientists are watching objects in space that have a trajectory close to the earth.
Currently we have a social and cultural time bomb in the push to allow the homosexual and Muslim free reign over the rights of all other citizens.
Currently we have many cities in American that a person is not longer safe walking down the street day or night.
What are we facing? If this is truly the end of the end times the Bible has recorded, which I believe that it is, it could be the actual end of our lifestyle as we currently know it on earth. Many in the 60's and up remember much better days in our country and world. Many have had lifestyle changes forced by government and society. One of the small changes forced in my daily lifestyle is that of being security minded. I grew up in a home that did not have door locks. There was no way to secure our house from outsiders. But we never even thought about it because it was not an issue. Now, my house has double locks and I have cameras and a security system tied to my complete property. The immoral nature of the people of our land has dictated a climate of personal change to those of us who would not dream of entering another man's property or home, however must be protected by those who have the mentality of "what is yours, is mine."
Where will you be when things get worse? What will you do as society becomes more violent and immoral?
I watched how people acted in the aftermath of a major hurricane. The will to survive kicked in. Many survived by being helpful and sharing with one another. But there were some who survived by stealing and looting from the little of others.
When it gets worse, and it will certainly get worse, will you be stressing out trying to survive the chaos as you look for supplies, power, food and water? Or will you be at peace, already prepared to stand in faith at the inevitable end of the world?
If you've ever thought about preparing for or surviving the End of the World there are some things that you need to know. No one will survive the end of the world. The world as we know it will be destroyed and God the Father will bring about a New Heaven and New Earth and a New City. We are not called to be survivalists but overcomers. This will be continued.
We live in the most interesting times known to human history. It would seem that mankind is spinning out of control with a spirit of lawlessness driving the human passion. Everywhere we turn there are earthquakes, famines, wars and rumors of wars, sickness, ailments, afflictions, flooding, wildfires, murders, rapes, and the list could go on and on.
Within the church life we have an abundance of newly self declared Apostles and Prophets who supposedly are receiving the "new word" from the Lord about what He is up to in these end times. However, although I believe in and support the Apostolic and Prophetic gifting and ministry for today I think we need to examine those who are claiming to have such callings.
I seriously question those who claim to be Apostles and instead of rooting out and tearing down the traditions of man and laying a true Biblical doctrinal foundation they continue building on the foundations of man-made doctrines. The only thing that changes is how they dress it up and what they call it. The names used are changed to what is "spiritually correct" for the mega-media church industry. The attraction has increased based on how much money is available for promotion, live feeds, and the amount of people staffed to run it. However, the results remain the same, not much bang for the bucks, and loud music and entertainment is seen replacing the much needed anointing of God's Spirit.
I also seriously question those who claim to be Prophets and instead of speaking a "thus says the Lord", word that originated form the throne room, they are guilty of catchy clichés that are passed on from one another that is meant to stir the passions and zeal of their hearers. It is easy to look at an event of a natural disaster and make an empty proclamation that it is the hand of God judging an evil and lawless people. However, the Prophets of old, the true ones made the proclamations of God's blessings or judgments prior to the event so that the people would know that a man of God stood before them. The true Prophets are meant to stand before nations and call them to repentance. The example we have today of so-called Prophets running from church group to church to "give a word" is foreign to Biblical example of Prophetic calling.
We do need to go back to the Word of God and see what the men who stood before God received and why they received it and what they did when they received it. Such was the man Elijah. He was a true Prophet of the Most High God. The reason his ministry is so important to us today is that we will see the Spirit of Elijah fall on the church.
The first thing we see about Elijah is that the Word of the Lord came to him.
1 Kings 17:2-4 ESV And the word of the LORD came to him: (3) "Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. (4) You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there."
The second thing we see about Elijah is that he did all things according to the Word he had received from the Lord. Oh how we need this today.
1 Kings 17:5-7 So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.  And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.  And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
What can we get from 1 Kings 17:5-7 for today in these uncertain times? I get asked almost everyday, "Pastor, what can we expect over the next couple weeks or months?" "Pastor, what is going to happen next on God's timetable?" Let's see what this passage tells us about trust and reliance.
What is God doing here? He brings the prophet to a brook, a place of security and provision, and then allows that brook to dry up! The lesson is that we are not to look to the "brooks" of life for life. We are to look to the Father of our provisions. God is preparing us for total dependence on Him, and is weaning us from everything in which we have found a false security. This includes the false security of church life. Every brook that we have worshiped and consider to be the source of our nourishment shall be, by our God's merciful hand, utterly dried up.
1 Kings 17:8-10 And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,  Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
How would the natural mind respond to this command? This is the Prophet of God. Surely the Lord would send him to the rich and prosperous churches and church leaders that could bless him with all he needed in exchange for ministering a word to the people. I mean this is not even a Jewish woman the Lord is sending the prophet to. It was bad enough with that raven business, but Zidon is where Jezebel comes from. Those heathen know no limits to their wickedness, and right now all are suffering in the famine that the Prophet himself proclaimed. Now, really Lord, how is that Zidonian woman going to sustain a Hebrew prophet?
Such a man of faith is not fashioned in a day, and the shaping process is not necessarily pleasant. I have a saying about ministers. "I am not sure that I can trust a minister that does not limp." I take these from Jacob and his time wrestling with the Angel of the Lord. The Angel of the Lord touched the strongest point of the human body, the hip socket, and it brought Jacob to the position that he could no longer fight against God and he could no longer run from God, all he could do was lean on God.
Every one of us has a heart itching for personal and family security and therefore are reluctant to be separated from the hang-ups and fleshly cravings upon which we have built our lives. Without spiritual heart surgery by the hand of God, there can be no standing before the Ahab's of life, and no life of sustained yieldingness to our Lord's bidding. Cutting away is never painless, but when God holds the scalpel the motive is clear and the victory is sure.
1 Kings 17:2-4 And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,  Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.  And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
Many within the church over the last 30 years has run from prophetic meeting to prophetic meeting "seeking a word" from the Lord. Don't get me wrong, I love receiving prophetic ministry. However from the hundreds of "prophetic words" Debby and I have received over the last 40 years we have 6 that we believe actually was a true Word from the Father that was rooted and grounded in both His Word and His character.
We have been given words that are nothing short of pure witchcraft. We have had to renounce and break the authority of many words spoken over us in the name of Jesus that violated the Word of God and the Character of God. Folks, there has been some serious junk out there. However, there is a true prophetic mantel and those who are actually standing in a position of awe and fear before God and are serious about what they speak.
I have to say though that God never intended for His body, the church to be "Word" chasers, running from meeting to meeting just to "get a Word". Many who do this have no intention of being obedient to the word they get, they are just satisfied that they got one. Then receiving a word is an end in itself instead of a means to the end. If we get a true word from the Father the end would be that we walk out that word for His glory. The Spirit of Elijah that will soon fall on the church will allow the body as a whole to not run around looking for a word but becoming a word of reason and hope to a people who have no hope.
1 Kings 17:2 ESV And the word of the LORD came to him:
How powerful is this statement. The word of the Lord came to him. We need to know that what we have is truly a word from the Lord.
1 Kings 17:3-5 ESV "Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. (4) You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there." (5) So he went and did according to the word of the LORD. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan.
Elijah went and did all which was according to the word of the Lord. We as the body of Christ need to settle this now before the Spirit of Elijah falls on the church. God will not empower someone with the spirit of prophecy who does not have a heart and intent to obey what He has spoken.
We have been talking about the end times and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the last days and the manifestation of the prophetic Spirit of Elijah. We will see the body of Christ as a whole hearing, seeing and speaking events before they happen. Just as the Father told Abraham what He was going to do to Sodom before it happened so will He inform those who are walking with Him the end times events before He does it.
However we must discern the substitute and false prophetic voices. We need the real prophetic voice to warn and guide the church, but there will be a false prophetic voice that will deceive many. Throughout the Old Testament we have examples of the false. In fact when our early church fathers were compiling books together to make what we call the Bible today they had to sort though hundreds of false books written by false follows of Christ or written by those who claimed to be Christ right after our Lord rose from the dead and ascended back into heaven.
(1 Kings 12:28 ESV) So the king took counsel and made two calves of gold. And he said to the people, "You have gone up to Jerusalem long enough. Behold your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt."
(1 Kings 12:29 ESV) And he set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.
(1 Kings 12:30 ESV) Then this thing became a sin, for the people went as far as Dan to be before one.
(1 Kings 12:31 ESV) He also made temples on high places and appointed priests from among all the people, who were not of the Levites.
(1 Kings 12:32 ESV) And Jeroboam appointed a feast on the fifteenth day of the eighth month like the feast that was in Judah, and he offered sacrifices on the altar. So he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves that he made. And he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places that he had made.
The false priesthood of this world in these last days shall embrace itself in a particular type of worship. This is nothing new. The feast will be counterfeit. It will appear to be real but it will not be the real thing ordained of God in His time. The establishing of false gods, false priests, and false worship by Jeroboam is a perfect picture of what is happening in the "church" today. Mark these words and watch as false spiritual leaders are publicly raised up in these end times to lead the world as a whole into all kinds of demonic worship. We talk a lot about the one world government and the one world money, however we forget that there will also be a one world church, the rise of Babylon. The foundation of that structure has already been laid.
The Spirit of Elijah will be upon a radical believer who will love God not by just lip service, but will love God unto death. This group will not be silent. They will proclaim the truth of God and expose the false demonic movement which leads the people into a Babylonian worship of false gods with false signs and wonders. However, not all Christians will have ears to hear and some will be deceived and follow after that which seemed right in their own eyes.
1 Timothy 4:1-2 ESV Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, (2) through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,
Is it possible that because of the constant fight over the right of homosexuals to be legally married that the governments just suspend all marriage ceremonies? Think about it as a possible government solution to the crisis of defining a marriage. The only people who then will be affected will be the Christians who hold that a ceremony and certificate of marriage is God's idea.
1 Timothy 4:3 ESV who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
This same government agencies that would suspend marriage ceremonies would also attempt by law to make vegetarians out of everyone.
2 Timothy 3:5-7 ESV having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. (6) For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, (7) always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
In these days we need men and women who stand before the Lord and hear His voice clearly.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.