The power of Humility

Spiritual warfare is not something we automatically know how to do when we are born again. We grow into it, learning and perfecting skills to walk in the victory that Christ has already won.

We should be learning more every day about God’s ways, the enemy’s strategies, and our role as soldiers in the army of God. Humility helps us better navigate these truths.

Spiritual warfare is not easy, yet we must embrace it as a lifestyle. Humility is the foundation on which all spiritual warriors must stand. Faithful obedience is the strategy by which we enforce the victory granted by inheritance. Humility will always lead us to obedience, and faithful obedience will always lead us to victory. Even a baby Christian can fight like the most skilled warrior if humble and obedient. 

When King David was just a boy, his humble obedience and zeal for God led him to slay a fully armored, fully equipped giant who was a skilled warrior from his youth. Humility, acquired through his relationship with God, gave David the proper perspective to see the victory in this situation, and he was able to slay this mighty warrior with a slingshot! (1 Samuel 17) His humility caused him to have a perspective that led him to a great victory for the entire nation of Israel and elevated him to a position of honor.

David loved God, feared God, and understood that God loved him.

“I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.” (Acts 13:22)

God is looking for people with humble hearts that dare to believe all things are possible. Faith like that can never be attained apart from humility.

Humility comes from loving and fearing God. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and humility is an expression of wisdom and understanding. When we understand who God is, humility is the natural response.

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Notice that justice, kindness, and walking humbly before God is required. It is not a suggestion. If we lose sight of this, the enemy already has a grip on our hearts and minds. Living in the chaos that is ever-increasing in this world, it is easy to let these things slip and fall out of step with the truth. Moral decay is increasing rapidly across the globe. Humility is essential to guard our hearts against its influence.

Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

If we are not selective about what we expose ourselves to, our hearts and minds are filled with things that weaken us and cause us to stray from the truth. Words, thoughts, and emotions are spiritual. We will enable the enemy to shape us into his image when we allow ungodly things in our eyes and ears. We are all clay, and we are constantly being shaped by something. We must be diligent in keeping our hearts pure to ensure that God is the one doing the shaping. When our heart is compromised, humility is one of the first things we sacrifice.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Submitting to God requires humility, and humble submission is simultaneously the act of resisting the enemy. Submitting and resisting is a one-step process. Not a two-step religious effort. Without humility, there is no resisting, just cooperation with the adversary.

James 4:6 “Therefore, God resists the proud but give His grace to the humble.”

Any act of disobedience is an act of pride. It places us in a terrifying position that no Christian in their right mind would want to be in. A place where God is resisting us. Pride brings us into partnership with the enemy. We can’t fight the enemy if we partner with him, nor can we follow Christ.

Satan represents the opposite of humility. He is the father of selfish pride. The last thing he wants us to do is to submit entirely to God. Our surrendered life is the most frightening and destructive thing to the kingdom of darkness. When we are humble and wholly submitted to God, the devil and all his demons know who we are and tremble. We become a champion for the kingdom of God, vessels fit for the Master’s use, destroying the works of darkness.

Revelation 12:10-12 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

The enemy knows his time is short. He uses all the deception in his arsenal to keep us from humbling and submitting ourselves entirely to God. We must come to a point in our lives where we “love not our own lives even unto death.” When we do, we begin to walk in proper kingdom authority and become true ambassadors for Christ.

Being effective at spiritual warfare begins and ends with humility. Satan will continue to have his way with us if we don’t settle this in our hearts. Without humility, we will be deceived into doing his bidding, hurting others, and bearing fruit for his kingdom instead of the kingdom of God. It is a tragic reality that we all face.

2 Corinthians makes it clear that our war is not against people

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

A view of the Church these days looks very much like the world in this respect:

Because of pride and selfishness, we engage in heated political arguments, fuel racial tension, and despise authority. We give ourselves to watching ungodly shows and news networks that spew forth lies, stirring up anger and hate in our hearts. We use social media platforms to voice ungodly opinions and think we have a right to “straighten people out.” Doing this fuels emotional fires that cause us to look and act just like the world. It has destroyed our witness and hindered us from being fruitful. The 2020 presidential election exposed the Church’s weaknesses in these areas.

We don’t know God like we think we do. The truth is, we are far too familiar with a God we barely know. If one person could acquire all the knowledge in the world, that individual would still be an infant in their understanding compared to our eternal God.

Practice humility

          Humility is expressed verbally, spiritually, and naturally. We can do practical things to maintain and guard a humble perspective.

Submitting to authorities, deferring to an elder, how we refer to others in our conversations, and how we prefer others over ourselves are all actions of faith concerning humility. Our conduct will express our humility or the lack of it.

          How we approach God with our words and body language also speaks volumes. Kneeling to pray or laying face down on the floor in worship when no one else is looking is a physical expression of humility and an acknowledgment of His greatness. Not multi-tasking when we are in communion with Him. These are all expressions of humility and a living faith when done honestly.

Humility has a divine strength attached to it. It is time we gain some understanding, expose the enemy’s strategies, and push back the darkness encroaching on the Church. Then we will be able to help the world. It all starts with humility. Without humility, we will never become the “bride without spot or wrinkle.”

Unpardonable Sin Explained

          The Lord has highlighted this topic to me for the past few years. He relentlessly brought it to my attention until I finally made it a focus of my study and prayer. At first, I searched the internet to see what the “theologians” had to say about it and nothing that I found bore witness to what the Lord was showing me. I knew that there was a part of this mystery that the Church understoodso I asked the Lord what He was trying to show us.

I have found that there are too many “theological positions” on most of the central doctrines in the Bible. You name it, from the Trinity to the gifts of the Spirit to water baptism. This list is extensive. Sometimes we find as many as three or four different opinions and interpretations from highly respected Bible scholars, and they write volumes of books to defend their position. Are they all right? Is only one right? or is it possible that they are all wrong on some subjects? We should all judge these things carefully.

This teaching will challenge most people’s beliefs on this subject, but I believe this is from the Lord. I don’t feel the need to be right about this. If I am wrong, I pray God corrects me or sends someone to help me understand it better. I know before posting this that my revelation of this subject is incomplete. Yet, I think I have enough to articulate what the Lord is showing me. I will likely update this teaching as the Lord brings more clarity. I would love it if someone helped me with this.

The word of God is too precious to trust its interpretation wholly to another individual. In my pursuit of answers on this subject, I lost a lot of confidence in other men’s opinions, even in the brightest theologians I still love and respect. Furthermore, I do not trust myself. However, I trust the Holy Spirit and have complete confidence in Him to lead us into all truth.

After years of seeking God on this topic, I have found the “Unpardonable Sin,” also known as “Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit,” one of the most misunderstood subjects in the New Testament. I believe that Satan has blinded most of the Church from this truth for over two thousand years because it is one of the most significant revelations concerning our faith and our identity in Christ. I believe it to be a key component as to why we do not see the demonstration of the kingdom of God at the level we see in the Bible.

          In the gospels, we have three accounts of Jesus teaching this truth. (Matthew 12:22-37Mark 3:22-30, and Luke 12:10). Any time we see all three synoptic gospels recording teaching, we need to pay attention and ensure we “get it.”

          Matthew’s account of this interaction is the most complete, so I will use that text for most of this teaching. It is a long text, so I will unpack it as we read, commenting as we go.

Matthew 12:22-37 Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. 23 And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” 24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”

          The Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out devils by the devil’s authority. They said the power in Jesus to bring about deliverance and healing was by the same power that bound the demonized man.

          Many make the mistake of assuming that the Pharisees were the ones committing the unpardonable sin when actually, they accused Jesus of committing it. Pay close attention to what Jesus emphasized in His response to this accusationThe underlined portions of scripture give us important insight into what blasphemy of the Holy Spirit looks like.

25 But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 

          Jesus was not rebuking the Pharisees for blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. He corrected them and explained why their accusation of Him was impossible and made no sense. He was teaching them, and us, about a divided kingdom. Specifically, a kingdom divided against itself.

          Jesus made it clear that they accused Him of performing miracles through a divided kingdom. Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit has to do with a divided kingdom, a divided city, or a divided house.

          Jesus is the kingdom, city, and house He is referring to in this passage of scripture. However, we are now “in Him” as born-again believers. We now have the kingdom of God abiding in us. We are the kingdom, city, and house Jesus refers to. If that kingdom inside of us becomes divided, it will not stand.

The key to this passage is the statement, “A divided kingdom will not stand.” The unpardonable sin has to do with the kingdom of God inside us being a divided kingdom. It is why the Church has become virtually powerless and does not walk in the authority of the kingdom of God. Jesus repeatedly said, “the kingdom of God has come upon you,” when he healed someone or cast out a devil. If we do not see the fruit of the kingdom of God coming upon people, we should ask ourselves; Is it possible that our kingdom is divided?

Many have wondered why the Church lacks the demonstration of signs, miracles, and wonders that we all know are available. Where is the disconnect? What is lacking? Is God a withholder? Or are we trying to “do Christianity” from a divided kingdom? In the kingdom of God, there can never be two opposing powers.

Let’s read on.

29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. 

          Who is this “strongman” that Jesus is referring to? Remember, He is still talking about a kingdom divided against itself. Self is the strongman. The word plunder is used twice in this verse and literally means to seize. Have we allowed God to capture our hearts and take over our house? Are we allowing His kingdom to grow in our hearts, or are we willfully withholding some of our selfish desires that we refuse to let go of? Have we wholly submitted our will to the will of the Father, or are we living our Christian life on our terms?

The strength of our fallen nature is our free will, our ability to choose sin. If our will is not entirely submitted to the will of the Father, we are a kingdom divided.

Free will represents the sovereignty of self and must be bound before the Holy Spirit can seize our house and take control. The kingdom of “self” is a strongman. The strongman must be crucified before the kingdom of God can have full reign in God’s temple.

We see in the Old Testament temple and the tent of meeting that God is very particular about where He abides. He is Holy and must be revered as such.

Next verse.

30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.

          Why does Jesus comment, “he who is not with me is against me?” Is He talking about the Pharisees speaking against Him, or is He still talking about what is inside Him and by what power He does these miracles?

When we are born again, suddenly we have two persons, with two wills, inhabiting one body, which is now God’s temple. Two persons, two choices, one kingdom. Our will must be submitted to the Holy Spirit’s will for the kingdom to stand.

          Jesus has free will. As a man, He has always had the ability to say no to the Father. We see Him struggle with that in prayer before He went to the cross. He asked the Father if there was any possible way to let this cup pass from Him, but He said, “nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.” He had to submit His free will to the Father, just like you and I. If Jesus did not have the free choice to choose sin, He would not have had the power to destroy sin in the flesh.

          Consider how hard it must have been for Jesus to know what would happen to Him at the cross and choose to submit to it. Even after an angel came and strengthened Him, He was still in agony to the point of sweating blood! (Luke22:43-44This represented His greatest battle between choosing His will over the Father’s. Had He chosen His will, He would have been guilty of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Praise God He didn’t!

          We see Him function in full kingdom authority and power because He laid down His free will and never picked it up. He allowed the Holy Spirit to bind the strongman. He could do nothing of Himself. He only did what He saw the Father do. The kingdom of God inside Him was never divided and never stopped increasing.

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

         Jesus laid aside His sovereignty as God to take on the sovereignty of man. He then cast the crown of man’s sovereignty at the feet of the Father and refused to pick it up again. This was an act of complete submission. It is how Jesus was able to do what He did. Furthermore, He said, “Follow Me.” Meaning we can do the same.

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

What did Jesus say to do before we could follow Him? Deny himself, then pick up your cross and follow me.

Luke 17:21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

The Garden of Eden is the Old Testament type of the kingdom of God, and there are still two trees in the garden of our hearts. The Holy Spirit is the tree of life. Our free will is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God’s instruction for the garden still applies to the kingdom of God within us.

Genesis 2:16-17 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

          Did Adam fall and die when he ate of the tree? No, he lost the glory of God that clothed him and broke the oneness of the relationship with God that empowered and sustained him. Spiritual death is separation from oneness with our Father.

          God gave us our free will and creativity to express our love for Him and serve His purposes. We are here for His good pleasure, not ours. When we use those awesome gifts for selfish reasons that oppose God, we are a house divided and guilty of the unpardonable sin. Willful disobedience is the fruit of unbelief. When we operate in selfishness, we eat from the tree of our free will and demonstrate our distrust. On some level, it breaks down our relationship with the Father. It separates us from the life of God that is only found through intimacy with Him.

          Moving on

31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

         This is the portion of scripture that trips people up. The phrase, “it will not be forgiven in this age or in the age to come,” has Christians wondering if they have committed the unpardonable sin and have lost their salvation.

          To be clear, only Christians can commit the unpardonable sin, but it does not cause us to lose our salvation.

          We see an example of this in 1 Corinthians 5Paul was correcting the Church at Corinth about them allowing a man committing adultery with his mother to remain in the congregation. Obviously, a kingdom is divided if a Christian commits adultery with his mother. Paul instructed the Church on dealing with this man, giving us insight into the scope and the judgment of the unpardonable sin.

1 Corinthians 5:5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

Even though this man was guilty of practicing gross sin and blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, Paul said deliver him to Satan, meaning banish him from the fellowship of Christ’s body, so that his body could be destroyed and his spirit saved at the coming of the Lord. The kingdom of God in him did not stand. He lost fellowship with the Lord and the body of Christ but clearly, did not lose His salvation.

We must ask ourselves why we haven’t seen this level of spiritual authority or righteous judgment practiced in the Church lately.

          The unpardonable sin has nothing to do with losing our salvation or going to hell. It has nothing to do with the Great White Throne judgment in Revelation 20. Jesus is talking about the kingdom of God on Earth, which is in our hearts, and the Judgment Seat of Christ that we will face in Heaven, where our works will be tried with fire. We will have no rewards for any works we perform in the name of the Lord and His kingdom while we have a divided kingdom in our hearts.

          What does He mean by not being forgiven in this age?

          When we refuse to embrace the new life God has purchased for us by the blood of Jesus, we are guilty of blasphemy. When we deny God’s right to inhabit and seize our hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit, we prefer the bondage and depravity that Christ has set us free from and are guilty of blasphemy. When we walk in the kind of unbelief the Israelites did in the wilderness, we blaspheme the Holy Spirit. When we succumb to pride and take credit for God’s work through us, we blaspheme the Holy Spirit.

          The children of Israel and their journey in the wilderness are a type of the Church today and the most prominent example of the unpardonable sin. Did God forgive Israel’s unbelief and allow them to enter the promised land anyway? NO! Neither will He forgive us for having a divided kingdom and allow us access to all the promises of the kingdom of God on Earth or give us rewards in Heaven for our unbelief.

Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 

          Suppose we do not allow the Holy Spirit to bind the strongman of self and keep it nailed to the cross. In that case, we will be denied kingdom privileges and not be trusted with the powers of the age to come. Our promised land is not an external location. The kingdom of God is within us. If the kingdom within us is divided, the authority and power of that kingdom will not stand.

          We do not lose our citizenship in Heaven, but we receive no rewards in Heaven for our works on Earth. We are also denied the authority and power of the kingdom of God on Earth. God cannot forgive this kind of unbelief and grant us the powers of the age to come.

          Conscious and hardened resistance to the Holy Spirit leads us away from humility and repentance to pursue our desires.

A Tree Known by Its Fruit

          Here is the conclusion of Jesus teaching and rebuking the Pharisees over their comment.

33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

          Blasphemy is to speak or act against. We must align our actions and language to agree with the work of the Holy Spirit. Our submission to the Father is required for full kingdom authority. This submission is measurable by the fruit on our tree. We can produce any fruit we desire because of our free will.

          Our actions and words bear the fruit of what we believe. We must guard both to “make the tree good.”

          The words we speak are far more significant and influential than we understand. Furthermore, our words and actions reveal our faith and label our tree. They make the tree good or bad.

          The fruits of the Spirit hang off the branches of the tree. We are the branches and can determine what kind of fruit we produce. To make the tree good, we choose to produce the fruits of the Spirit and refuse to produce the fruits of unrighteousness.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

          To make our tree good, we plant ourselves by the river of living water by delighting in God’s word, keeping it before our eyes and in our mouths. This discipline plants the incorruptible seed in our hearts, making it easier to grow the fruits of the Spirit on our tree.

Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

          Before becoming a Christian, we had little control over the fruit we produce because we are sinful trees with sinful roots. Regardless of the fruit’s appearance, the tree was evil; therefore, the fruit was bad.

          Once we accept Jesus as Lord, the Father makes the tree good so we can bear good fruit. If we still choose to produce the fruit of selfishness, bitterness, envy, jealousy, strife, and other such fruit, we blaspheme the Holy Spirit. We say in our hearts and to the world watching that this is the fruit of Christ. We invite demonic influence and bring reproach on God’s great name.

James 3:13-18 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

John 15:1-8  “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Examples of Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit

          Any New Testament doctrine must be found and verified in the Old Testament by scriptural precedent or spiritual type. The Old Testament is full of examples of the unpardonable sin, and we find it in the New Testament as well. Studying these examples will help us better understand the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and confirm what is being taught here. The following are just a few of those examples.

Old Testament types of the unpardonable sin

          Moses and Aaron not being allowed into the promised land because of their blasphemy at the waters of Meribah is a great example. Numbers 20:6-13

         God called it unbelief and said they failed to sanctify Him as holy in the sight of the people. They sanctified themselves in front of the people instead. (This goes on in churches all the time.)

          Moses had a moment of pride in the sight of God’s people. He said, “shall we bring water from the rock?” (Meaning him and Aaron) and didn’t speak to the rock as God commanded him but struck it like he did the first timetrying to reproduce what God did previously.

          God called it unbelief because Moses didn’t hold up Him alone as holy to the people. Instead, he held himself and Aaron up in the sight of the congregation. This single act of unbelief disqualified both Moses and Aaron from entering the Promise Land on Earth. It was unforgivable.

Later, Moses pleaded with God to let him enter the Promised land, and God said, “no, and don’t bring it up again.” It didn’t keep them out of Heaven, but we can surmise that they would get no rewards for leading God’s people to the promised land because of this incident.

           In the Church today, we like to take credit for the things God does through us. Instead, we should take full responsibility for obedience and reverence but take no credit for the results. After all, it is for His great name and His glory.

Strange Fire

          Nadab and Abihu are another example. Leviticus 10. They offered strange fire before the Lord. “strange” means unauthorized, foreign, or profane. They just decided to do their own thing. God rejected their sacrifice. Because they were treating holy things with no reverence, He consumed the two men with fire. (Leviticus 10:2)

How many times have Christian leaders stepped out to do their own thing? 

          A New Testament example is Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5. They “lied” to the Holy Spirit and died on the spot! I can only surmise that this stark example was put in the New Testament so we could see the seriousness of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

In Exodus 33, we see the explanation of what happened to them.

Exodus 33:1-3 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Depart and go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give it.’ And I will send My Angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanite and the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.”

          This is shocking! God would send them to the promised land with supernatural protection and provision. Still, He wasn’t going with them because He didn’t want to consume them. I believe the Church is in this condition today. I think we have decided to move forward into the promised land without Him. We see a measure of His supernatural protection and provision, but He is not going with us. Why? Because He is our promised land and our inheritance. The Church doesn’t realize this.

          God abided in the early Church when the harsh judgment fell on Ananias and Sapphira. I used to wonder why this happened to them and why we don’t see instances of it in the Church today. It is evident to me now. God moves upon His Church from time to time. Just like the children of Israel, they experienced Him from a distance. He doesn’t abide in her in fullness because He loves her and doesn’t want to see her destroyed like Ananias and Sapphira. It breaks my heart.

          The Spirit in us is holy. I think we fail to understand what holiness is in God’s eyes. God will not forgive us in this age for our lack of reverence and allow us to operate in the powers of the age to come. The few supernatural things we see in operation in the Church are much like the children of Israel in the wilderness. (Which is possibly the most remarkable example of the unpardonable sin) They saw the provision and power of God daily for forty years and still did not believe in God for more than a minute. God put them in the wilderness to test them, to see if they were worthy of the promise of His abiding presence.

Deuteronomy 8:2 And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

          It is blasphemy when we receive the Holy Spirit and willfully continue to practice lawlessness. Anything we accomplish in the name of the Lord while practicing lawlessness, doing things for selfish, prideful, and deceitful reasons, disqualifies us from the full power of the kingdom of God on Earth and disqualifies us from any rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

          God will not forgive this behavior and allow us to operate in His full power and authority. God is merciful and works with us as much as He can because He is good and loves us. However, anything supernatural that we accomplish when our heart is impure disqualifies us from any rewards for those accomplishments at the judgment seat of Christ. This is what Jesus meant when He said, “this sin will not be forgiven in the age to come.”

I Never Knew You

Matthew 7:22-27 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

An obedient disciple is a house built on the Rock

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

A disobedient disciple is a house that will not stand

26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Obedience is the “love language of God.” Disobedience is the act of unbelief and eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

          As we honor God’s word, the kingdom within us grows, and so does our kingdom authority. We must learn to reverence the work of the Holy Spirit in us if we are to follow Jesus and become His disciples. He would not have said “follow Me” if it wasn’t possible. 

The Church must stop warring against the Holy Spirit’s transforming work. The only way to avoid the unpardonable sin is to remain in an intimate relationship with the Father. Intimacy with Him creates a burning desire to produce the fruit of the Spirit. Without intimacy, we will never produce the fruit of who He is.

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Vision of the Last Great Outpouring

This is a follow-up post to A Vision of Tribulation and the RaptureI do not wish to teach anything unbiblical, nor do I want to be a stumbling block to anyone. I had no understanding of these things before the Lord showed this to me in a series of visions and revelations by His Spirit. Please read this prayerfully. I am a man, and I can make mistakes. However, I have yet to disprove any of this from scripture, but I have found many things to confirm it. I would not be posting this if I was unsure about what the Lord showed me. There are other things He has shown me I have yet to understand, but these things were made very clear to me. Trust the Spirit in you.

The Lord continues to give me details about near future events. The constant themes in all these encounters are the need for humility in the Body of Christ, the urgency to prepare for the great tribulation and a changed perspective on God Himself.

            We are far too familiar with a God we barely know. The revelation of Jesus Christ to the world is at hand, and no one is ready for what is coming. Truthfully, no one will be. The mystery of the gospel is being revealed in all its manifold glory, and we are privileged to participate.

These things came to me over several days in August 2021. Here are the few things I am clear about.

            I had seen glimpses in my Spirit of a huge being that was human-like but shaped a little different. He held what appeared to be a big bowling ball hanging from a thick short chain. I realized later this being was an angel. He was very thick and wide with a round muscular belly. He held the chain a few links from the end in his left hand at about waist level. With his right hand, he held up the other end of the chain with the big ball about shoulder high. He was swinging it back and forth. Thick billowing smoke poured off the big ball as he swung it back and forth.

This image kept coming back to me for days. Every time I would go to pray, I would see it for a few seconds, but it was like looking through some filter that made things blurry and nondescript. This blurry filter, combined with the thick smoke, prevented me from seeing many details. Then, the Lord told me to read over Revelation again. When I got to Chapter 8:3, my eyes were opened.

Revelation 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the Earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.

            As soon as I read this, the Lord gave me an understanding that it was this angel I saw in my vision. I then had another vision and got a clearer glimpse at this angel. This time the blurry filter was off, and I could now see everything in color and clarity.

This angel is a big fellow! I could not estimate his height reasonably because there was nothing familiar to compare it to. Still, a conservative guess would be 8 to 10 ft. tall, possibly much taller. He was thick and wide, heavily muscled, and barefoot. He was bald and had an enormous round belly corded with muscle but not shaped exactly like a man. His skin was glowing white and reflected the fire from the alter. For some reason, I noticed he didn’t have a belly button either. As soon as I thought that, I understood that a belly button is the mark of a son of man. DUH!

            He was dressed only with something around his waist that looked like a bronze colored kilt with wide gold trim around the waist and bottom. It was pleated and fell just below mid-thigh. The ball and chain I was seeing was the golden censer. At first, I couldn’t see that it was gold or had a hole at the top because of all the smoke pouring off it.

            The angel was standing before a long wide alter with burning coals in it, and the angel would keep leaving and returning. When he returned, he would walk behind the alter and hold up the smoking censer, and the Father would smell the smoke. I couldn’t see the Father’s face, it was somehow obscured, but I could tell what He was doing.

         Somehow, I knew that the censer contained specific prayers for the last great outpouring, as we call it. Heaven calls it something else, but I have yet to discern what that is. The censer had to be filled until it gave off a specific aroma. I am not sure what smell God is looking for, but I understood that the scent also has a particular name. He kept smelling it every time the angel would bring it back, testing it, like a chef would taste a dish to see if it is just right. I knew by the Spirit that this is what is happening right now, in Heaven, as I write this. December 2021. Then I saw the future.

            God smelled the censer, and it was finally pleasing to Him. He gave the big angel a command which I did not understand. The angel then stepped up to the alter and dragged the golden censer through the alter, scooping up hot coals. The censer was now on fire and was no longer smoking. It looked like it was dripping with lava.

The angel then turned and squared himself off, looking at the Earth. The view was similar to what the Earth looks like from the moon, only closer. With one big swing, the angel threw that censer at the Earth. When it hit, it exploded into many little balls of fire covering the planet. As I watched these little fireballs be distributed around the Earth, He showed me what this means.

          The little fireballs from the exploded censer are specific anointings or mantles. This is not an outpouring of the Spirit as we would understand it and it is not like any “move of God” previously known. These mantles are specifically for the empowerment of the Elect. The Elect being all those alive during the great tribulation. These mantles are the lavish gifts He pours out on the bride just before she meets the Bridegroom.

God showed me that this is the same thing Abraham’s servant, Eliezer did for Rebecca before she was presented to Isaac for marraige.

         There will be so many of these mantles on the Earth that not even half of them will be used or even needed during the great tribulation. It is just more of God’s extravagant love poured out for us. Many will pick up a mantle, use it for the purpose God intended, then pick up another. Some will carry many mantles. Each time a person carries a mantle, the mystery of the gospel becomes clearer to them and clearer to all they minister to. The fire from these mantles helps to reveal the mysteries of who God is. His character, His great love, His divine purpose.

God is beginning to do this with apostles and prophets worldwide right now in a measure. Still, using these mantles brings a much clearer and more precise revelation of who He is. Words can’t describe some of the things that will be revealed.

          The Lord showed me that all these prayers in the golden censer are being prayed the best we know how as we are shrouded in smoke. The smoke represents deception but also represents divine mystery. The smoke keeps getting thicker and deeper. Overall, prayer gets less and less effective throughout the Earth, yet with God’s help, we somehow successfully invite Him to His own Son’s wedding. He keeps smelling the invitation (smoke from the censer) until it has the aroma He likes, and then He “RSVP’s” with the mantles. I laughed out loud and cried for joy when He showed me this.

          You have heard the expression, “where there is smoke, there is fire?” The Lord showed me that much smoke means the fire is going out (much mystery). He reminded me of Isaiah 42

“A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the Earth; And the coastlands shall wait for His law.”

          Just like I couldn’t tell what the great ball and chain was because of the smoke, the Church doesn’t know who she is because the fire is going out and she is shrouded in smoke. The gospel has been shrouded in mystery because of doctrines of men, doctrines of devils, and the preaching and teaching of a self-serving gospel. We have all been guilty to some degree. We have become an itchy-eared, divided people. Every denomination is foolishly prideful of its doctrines and practices, while thinking less of those with other beliefs. We are working against the very Peace of God that brings the unity of faith and strengthens the body of Christ.

          The Church is almost entirely unaware of her blindness, but the lights are getting ready to come on!

          One of the constant themes that keeps getting emphasized to me in these encounters is that none of us understand but a little piece of this great mystery. I was so broken when God began revealing to me the errors in my beliefs and the doctrines that I was taught and defended for decades. I felt like I had been deceived, and I had, by my own heart. I saw the error and arrogance in myself and the Church. At first, I despised those who taught me and held them responsible for my twisted beliefs. It turned my world upside down for a while. Then the weight of what He was showing me humbled me to tears and repentance.

          I now see that the one issue God was putting His finger on was my pride and the pride of the Church. It is the unpardonable sin spoken of in Mathew 12, which we have all misunderstood. He has had his finger on that passage for years, trying to get me to see. I couldn’t see for the smoke. In these encounters with the Lord, He has given me an understanding of the unpardonable sin, which I will write and teach in detail very soon.

          Unless pride is dealt with, we will not be able to function with kingdom authority on the Earth. There will be no rewards for any accomplishments for the prideful at the judgment seat of Christ. This is what He meant when He said this sin would not be forgiven in this age or the age to come.

          God actively works against pride, and no matter how glorious our accomplishments for the Kingdom, if we don’t sanctify Him during those accomplishments in the sight of people, we will be lightly esteemed in His sight. This happened to Moses, preventing him from entering the promised land on Earth. It keeps us from the full authority of the Kingdom of God on Earth. Oh, we are citizens of the Kingdom and have kingdom rights, just no authority to speak of.

          It hit me when the Lord showed me the mystery of the seventh trumpet. I realized how prideful I was, defending a pre-tribulation position that was a plan of Satan to render much of the Church ineffective in the great tribulation. I saw that man’s need to be “right” can make him miss righteousness altogether. I noticed that when I am conscious of the failings and sins of others, there are things in my heart that are not right.

Without humility, the smoke gets really thick! So thick that we can look into the mirror of God’s word and not be able to see ourselves clearly. Pride puts a smoke screen on the mystery of who we are in Christ.

          We can no longer allow ourselves to stumble over what people are “not.” We must celebrate who God created them to be and teach them to embrace that reality. We must honor their journey and help them along the way. We can’t do it with finger pointing and blame shifting. Only loving God and people with our lives and sharing the truth of who He is will set people free, and we can’t even do that unless He helps us with it.

          These are some of the things I am clear on. Time will tell if I am a false prophet or not. The time is short, so we will know soon.

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A vision of Tribulation and Rapture

This is a vision I had of end-time events that will soon come to pass. Some of you won’t even read it because of the length of the post. You are more interested in being heard than listening to others. I understand. Some will get mad because it disagrees with your doctrine. I understand that as well, but some will hear it for what it is, and that is why I am posting it.

This is a result of several visions and prophetic experiences I had around the end of July and the beginning of August 2021. I believe this is a warning to the Body of Christ for this season. I have struggled with posting this. These visions and experiences came with strong personal correction and great encouragement from the Lord. When the discipline felt like it would overwhelm me, He would comfort me with revelations about His nature and how He loves me.

These encounters challenged my beliefs and changed some of my views entirely on many things. I pray that only His truth be revealed in this and not my ideas. Amen.

I take this seriously, and I have no agenda other than trying my best to obey the Lord and adequately steward what He has given me.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

I will only relate the things He has shown me or told me and only the things I am confident I understand. There is plenty that I don’t yet understand, so please read this prayerfully and trust the Spirit of God in you.

          The seventh trumpet (the LAST trumpet) marks the beginning of the “Day of the Lord.” That Great Day is not a single day as we would understand it. I don’t know how long it is, but our involvement on the Earth is just under a year after the seventh trumpet starts to blow.

Here is a portion of what I saw play out at the trumpet blast. This came from several visions and prophetic experiences over nine days.

          The Lord showed me that the “elect” referred to in the book of Revelation are the ones chosen to be alive at this magnificent time in human history. The Elect refers to the Church and the 144000 combined. Both groups of people have the high honor of going through the greatest tribulation the world has ever seen and shining through it all, bringing God great glory. It is one of the greatest honors ever given to man. The entire Host of Heaven and the great cloud of witnesses are wide-eyed in anticipation of seeing this Revelation of Jesus Christ play out.

The Word of the Lord came to me and said:

“The greatest outpouring of my Spirit the world has ever seen will only come with great tribulation. If my people are not braced for what’s coming, they are far more likely to mishandle the anointing and be crushed by the trials.”

          Much of the Church has been praying for revival and the outpouring of the Spirit as promised in scripture. Tribulation comes with it—the greater the tribulation, the more incredible the outpouring.

          The Lord revealed to me that one of the purposes of saving the 144000 is for God’s righteous judgment on Israel and those who refused to repent before the last trumpet begins to blow.

Revelation 10:7 but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.

This 7th trumpet blast lasts for a long, long time. We see in Revelation 10 that the trumpet blast lasts for “days.” As I stated, it lasted for months from what I could discern from the visions and images I saw. Once the last trumpet starts to blow, the Lord hardens all unbelievers like He did Pharaoh. Immediately the demons on the Earth will attach themselves to the hardened people. There will be no more “salvations” for the gentiles after that—only the saving of the 144000.

In a separate vision, the Lord showed me the mystery of “the restrainer,” which I will write about soon. The restrainer has to do with the number of the gentiles being fulfilled. The restrainer is not the Holy Spirit, nor the Church as I had been taught previously.

Just before the trumpet blast, or possibly at the same time, God marks the 144000 on their foreheads. This is not seen in their physical bodies. They are marked in the spirit realm so that all demons are acutely aware of who they are. The mark brings great terror to the demons. God does this to protect His Remnant.

The 144000 are marked but not yet saved. Demonized people will flee in terror when they get too close to one of them; at this time, all are demonized, even a large portion of the Church.

I saw crowds of demonized people watching those marked on their foreheads in terror from a distance. They kept their distance because the demons in them would not let them get too close. They didn’t understand why they were so afraid of these people, and the 144000 were also perplexed at why this was happening. In the beginning, they are not even aware they are marked. They don’t yet understand who they are because none of them have been born again yet. This goes on for what seems to be about a month and a half to two months.

          The 144000 will be devout Jewish believers that deny Christ is the Messiah. They will sincerely love God, but not according to knowledge. God’s great love and mercy toward these individuals is seemingly tangible. He takes them and marks them to protect them. The Lord told me they represent the original natural branches cut off so the gentiles could be grafted in. They will be grafted back into the olive root. The Lord told me that this is His Remnant.

         The 144000 will be tormented by only a few specific demons of confusion during the tribulation but will never be threatened with death. I perceived that Satan somehow has a unique strategy for deceiving the 144000 and will vigorously attack their minds. Somehow he can torment their thoughts without getting close to them. I could not perceive this strategy, but their torment will continue until every last one of the 144000 confesses Jesus as Lord.

Through Christ’s name alone is the only way into Heaven, and God won’t violate His word, chosen Remnant or not. They ALL must confess Jesus as Lord, and Christ’s return is held back until they all confess Him as Lord.

          The 144000 will have one of the highest places in Heaven. As soon as one of them is born again, God imparts a supernatural revelation of their identity that far surpasses anything the Church has attained in history. They will understand who they are beyond what the apostle Paul understood. They will understand mercy and grace like we never have. The Lord’s love for His Remnant is overwhelming to the 144000. They realize that they had absolutely nothing to do with their salvation. The humility this Revelation births in them is a beautiful thing yet impossible to describe. They understand that the last shall be first and realize they are the last.

          I saw that this incredible process of saving all of the 144000 Jews would take less than a year. They will continue to suffer in the great tribulation, and the Church will suffer with them. The Elect will be the “gold tried in the fire.” The 144000 will watch the Church being tried, tested, tortured, abused, and killed while going through the process I will describe now. Some of the most remarkable testimonies and God’s greatest glory will come from these last-day Saints. Some of the most privileged positions in Heaven are reserved for the Elect.

The 144000 are born again

           I was allowed to see the first man of the 144000 Jews come to believe in Jesus and give his heart to the Lord. I saw darkness physically flee as the light of God exploded in his heart. I saw the incredible burden of suffering and deception lifted from him, the light in his eyes, the expression on his face. I could tell that he was completely free. Freer than anyone I had ever known or seen. I knew that nothing could hurt or move him off his belief. He was born again, yet he did not have to walk out his salvation as we do. His carnal nature was utterly silenced, and the carnal man was crucified entirely.

His Revelation of son-ship was complete from the start. Love was perfected in him at his conversion. It was the greatest eye-opening, Ah-ha moment I have ever witnessed. It turned him into a pillar of faith and hope for all of the Church and the remainder of the 144000.

It is almost like God imparted an understanding and maturity into him. Still, at the same time, he had an air of incredible childlikeness about him. It was apparent he had complete and absolute trust in the One who just saved him. This experience is similar for every one of the 144000.

Much of their time immediately after their conversion is spent in expressions of joy, gratitude, and worship.

          Once converted, each one understands that the rest of the 144000 must be found and converted quickly. They begin to seek out others who have experienced demonized people running from them, and salvations increase rapidly.

Every one of the Remnant has this incredible, spectacular experience of awakening to new life. Each conversion is a unique and dramatic event for the individual and for all those who witness this born-again experience. The Church and the 144000 marvel at each transformation and watch with great anticipation as they see each new birth. All of Heaven echoes the celebration with an energy and enthusiasm that is marvelous to witness. Heaven and Earth celebrate every conversion like it’s the most remarkable event in the history of man because, in God’s eyes, it is.

I sit here and weep at the beauty of all this and the conviction of my own heart for taking salvation for granted. I watched my three sons being born and was privileged to experience the crazy emotions, the anticipation, and the incredible joy of each birth. As great as those moments were, they pale compared to what I saw at the conversions of the 144000. Life is to be celebrated, and we haven’t begun to understand that.

It will only take a few months from that first confession of Jesus to the final one of the 144000 to believe. The urgency of the 144000 is fueled by the Revelation of who they are in Bible prophecy and the anticipation of each conversion event. The Church will also catch the Revelation of who the 144000 are and help find the rest of the Remnant.

They begin to keep a rough head count on these incredible conversions as much as possible, which quickly becomes a hunt for the last man. They know that God will come for His Bride when the last of the 144000 is born again. The Revelation of son-ship for 144000 becomes a great encouragement to the Church and births great faith for those that are being persecuted for Christ.

I saw many prominent ministers labeled “prosperity preachers” with multiple private jets. They will be a big part of the network that tracks down and finds the last of the 144000 scattered throughout the Earth. They are a part of God’s end-time plan. God allows the deception of the so-called prosperity gospel as a part of His grand plan.

Somehow, God has this complex infrastructure prepared that we are not even aware of yet. His strategies will become evident to all very soon. During the tribulation, there will be a progressive unveiling of who God is to the world. I am talking about how He thinks, how He sees us, and a revealing of His great love that will overwhelm all that believe. It will bring hope and strength to many that are weak.

          The Lord revealed this passage to me as I write some of this.

Jeremiah 50:4 “In those days and in that time, declares the Lord, the people of Israel and the people of Judah shall come together, weeping as they come, and they shall seek the Lord their God. 

          The Seventh Trumpet blast is a physically audible sound and continues for months, driving the demonized people mad. The Elect will recognize the trumpet for what it is. It will be a sound of hope to those who have the Spirit. The sound of that continual trumpet blast strengthens the Church to walk through the fire of tribulation. I perceived that the long trumpet blast is an expression of God’s great mercy to the Bride of Christ so that she can strengthen herself to love, not her own life unto death.

The unity of the Faith will be accomplished during this time. We can only prepare for it on this side of the trumpet. It is the bride without spot or wrinkle that He is returning for. This unity empowers the Church with such strength and resolve that they become the greatest army the world has ever seen, fully clothed in God’s armor, unchangeable, unmovable. There will be many glorious deaths for the Church, and some of the most significant rewards in Heaven will be granted them.

          It is God’s great love and mercy that started this. It will be His great Love and compassion that finishes it. We are here for His good pleasure and were made for that purpose.

The world will witness the 144000 loving and serving God and hate them for it but won’t be able to kill them because of the names on their foreheads.

They will walk the Earth virtually untouchable. They can’t be killed. Some will try to kill them from a distance, but God continually brings strong delusions on the attackers, and their weapons and plans will turn against them. The hardened, demonized masses will label them as aliens, and many unbelievers will begin to worship them.

For others, every negative thing happening on the planet will be blamed on the 144000. They will stand out as a people so radically different and unique and model the royalty that we were all created to be from the beginning. The 144000 can’t be killed, so Satan pours his wrath out on the Church instead. The spirit of accusation will pour forth on the Church as Satan’s bitterness, anger, and great rage will increase in the unbelievers.

          I have seen some of the terrible things we must face, and I will not share them, but the more He shows me, the more excited I get. We can bring Him such great glory in these times, shining bright for His great name in the middle of the tribulation. This is where faith shines the brightest. I now see how blessed we are to live in these times. It is such a high honor. I welcome it with anticipation and the fear of the Lord. I know that it is only by His grace that I can see it this way.

          The Church is in a time of correction. We must all judge ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to correct and adjust us so we can become the bride without spots or wrinkles. Somehow I understand that He is responsible for our great faith. We honestly can do nothing but cooperate and yield to the great potter. It will take great faith just to remain the clay.

          When Abraham sent his servant to find a bride for the child of promise, he showered her with gifts to prepare her to meet the bridegroom. Our Father will do the same thing with the bride of Christ. This is the outpouring we’ve been praying for all these years. It is these incredible gifts that the Father will pour out on the Church so that she shines her brightest in the darkest time in human history. The Father will get great glory, and some of the most significant rewards in Heaven will be given to those who overcome during this time. WE ARE BLESSED!!

          There are three prevailing doctrines on the rapture and when it takes place. Before these experiences, I believed in a pre-tribulation rapture for over 30 years. Not any more. God ripped that foolishness right out of me. He showed me how it was a doctrine of devils we have been deceived with to keep us from being prepared for what is coming. The Lord has confirmed everything He has shown me in His word. It is very simple. We have to make things very complicated to believe in pre-trib foolishness.

The rapture won’t happen until the last of the Remnant confesses Jesus as Lord. I believe this will happen a little less than a year after the last trumpet starts to blow, about 4.5 years into the tribulation from what He has shown me. The instant the last of the Remnant believes in Jesus, we will be caught up together with Him in the twinkling of an eye. As we disappear, the trumpet stops. This is what the Lord meant when He said the days would be shortened for the Elect’s sake. For the next 2.5 years or so, the Earth is in great darkness, awaiting the wrath of God.

People think the tribulation is the wrath of God. It is not. It is the wrath of man and the wrath of the enemy. God’s wrath only lasts for a brief moment, and we are not appointed to that.

          Satan’s final act of vengeance is to use the people left on Earth to fight the final battle against the Lord, but that will be a quick fight. Faith has already won the victory. That is all I will say about that.

In 2017 the Lord corrected me about reading too many books about the Bible. He interrupted me while I was reading a book by a famous Christian author and specifically told me to “stop eating leavened bread.” (He was referring to reading books about the Bible) He clarified that I was only to read the Bible and call no man on Earth my teacher. (Matthew 23:8-10) This is my conviction, and I am not implying this is God’s will for everyone. I have been faithful to that instruction, and I believe that simple act of obedience opened the door for some of these things to happen.

Many of the things He showed me were strategies of Satan to deceive God’s people. One of the primary ways was to flood the Earth with so much diverse teaching about the Bible that it led people to seek the instructions of men and abandon a personal, intimate relationship with the Father and study of the Bible itself. This has led us to become a Church with itchy ears.

Consider this; A slow reader can read through the Bible in 100 hours or less. This alone tells us how little we read the Bible and how much we neglect His written word. That being said, I have a healthy and growing respect for the word of God, and I post this in fear of the Lord.

          The 7th trumpet is the LAST one. There will not be another.

These are just some of the events that I saw transpire at the last trumpet, at least the ones that I am clear on. I believe God is preparing us for what is coming.

All experiences and revelations should be judged. Please seek the Lord for yourself on these things. I would not share this unless I believed He wanted me to. I do this with a trembling heart.

          I have shared this with leaders and ministers I respect. I have confirmation from some; others have rejected this word and me. Some wouldn’t even have a conversation with me when I reached out for help. I’m not crazy or puffed up with pride and don’t feel the need to be right about this, but I know God is right, and I am not going to argue with Him.

          If I am wrong, I want to know. If I am right, we need to strengthen ourselves for what is coming.