I would like you to pay attention to Matthew 24: 1, Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Do you see all these things?” He asked. ‘’I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on the another, every one will be thrown down.” Jesus’ words were fulfilled in AD 70 when Titus destroyed Jerusalem and burned the temple to the ground. They had to use picks to remove the gold from the stones and throw each stone down. Now verse 3, Jesus’ disciples wanted to know what the signs of his coming at the end of the age would be. V4, Jesus answered, “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name claiming, ‘I am the Christ’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.”
As I write this note Russia has just invaded Ukraine. NOTE: Ukraine is the breadbasket of Europe just like Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana is to the world. Volodymyr Zelenskyy the president of Ukraine is Jewish. Look at V7, “Famines in various places.” Famine is scarcity of food caused by several factors, including war, diseased crops, crop failure, unbalance of population, and government policies. For instance, 30 million deaths, 8 million in North Korea. The largest was in the early 60s in China and Ethiopia with natural disasters and widespread poverty. Now, let’s take a closer look at verse 4. I’m sure many have wondered why there are so many churches and denominations. In my book that the Holy Spirit wrote in the year 2000 and allowed me to put my name on called ‘Prophet of God, Write This Down,’ we tell how the devil had a staff meeting. As the devil wrang his hands and cried, “What are we going to do? We thought when we killed the Son of God, that we had won! But now they are growing fast then ever! They are doing everything the Son of God was doing, restoring eyesight, healing the lame, all sicknesses, and diseases. He cried out! What can we do? Then a demon jumps up, “I know what to do! Jesus called his church the kingdom of heaven, and Jesus said no kingdom divided can stand! All we have to do is divide the church.” The devil asked, “How can do we do that?” The demon said, “We will make them hate each other. We will puff them up and we will have people tell them how good they can preach, and we will make them jealous of anyone that God’s anoints.”
Now A Parable!
It was the mid-70s after I had just opened a church that the Lord had instructed me to open. One day as I was praying, the Lord said, “I want you to open a new work.” I asked the Lord where he would like me to open His church. He answered by giving me an address of an old Church of Jesus Christ building. So I drove to the address and found a brick building. The sign out front had the pastors phone number on it, so I called the number and talked to the pastor. After I inquired about the building, the pastor told me who they had sold it to about five minutes earlier. A local realtor had bought it for an investment who then agreed to rent it to me for five hundred dollars a month plus first and last month’s rent. Then I went to my knees in prayer and told the Lord that I had the money in the bank, but I thought He should pay for it because it was His church. About 15 minutes later my doorbell rang and a stranger was standing there giving me $1500.00 in today’s money. With Biden’s inflation it would be $9,498.24. $500.00 would be $3,166.08 gas was a 1.60 a gallon. The man’s name was Mr. Atterberry. He told me that he had been arguing with the Lord for some time about it, then handed me the money telling me that the Lord said I would know what to do with it. I replied that I did indeed! We opened the doors to the Full Gospel Church. With no advertisement we had about 90 people which was almost full. The Lord was very generous. The building was almost empty except for its pews, but soon we had a pulpit, chairs, and tables. Mr. Atterberry even hosted a spaghetti supper for us. The Lord blessed us with healings and miracles.
As you might expect the green-eyed monster, the devil, showed up, but you will have to read my book to hear the story. Right now, I would like to tell you another parable. One day after the church was up and running, and we had seen so many blessings (they were too many to number), the Lord said to me; I want to tell you how to build the largest church in the Midwest. Naturally, being a new pastor, I was interested in doing a good job, so I listened with intensity. He started by telling me He wanted me to build a cathedral. He wanted me to wear a gown like the high priest Aaron wore. Then, He started giving me all sorts of programs. He went on for over an hour and I wrote most of it down. He then said the only bad thing about it would be I would not be able to get into the kingdom of heaven. I thought (then) why am I doing this. I am only doing this for the love of God, ‘for the love of the Lord Jesus Christ’ for what he had done for me and all of mankind. So what if I was pastor of the largest church in the Midwest? I would have nothing without the Salvation that Jesus bought and paid for, because that was our only hope to getting into heaven. Because I was trying to follow my Lord God, the King and Kings, the Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. When I thought about it, what he was really saying is why gain the world and lose your soul. Oh, I would have had many compliments, I would have been intrigued by the cathedral, the large congregation, but the Lord was saying eternity in the lake of fire is awful costly for a little praise and pats on the back by the devil and his team. For the Bible says, sin is good for a short time, but there is nothing free and a lake of fire forever and is a big price to paid. Jesus died so that I could get in the kingdom of heaven. Why would I trade it for a little praise?
After I had pastored for a while, I figured out what He was preparing me for. My congregation was predominately from the housing, or poor people. I had a number of people that had come to me privately and told me they liked the spirit, music, and preaching, but were ashamed to invite their friends to church. I understood that some people were offended to socialize with poor people even though they were clean and washed in the blood of the Lamb, but they did not wear designer clothes. That is what James was talking about in James 2:1-8 when he said, “My brothers, as believers in the glorious Lord Jesus Christ, do not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring, and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say to the poor man, ‘You stand there,’ or ‘sit on the floor by my feet’, have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen my dear brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom of promise of those who love him, but you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong? If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing right.”
Now I would like to tell you a true story!
In the year 2000, I was in my study fasting and praying. I was on my knees at a wing chair as I was seeking a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. Suddenly, I felt the presence of someone in the room with me and I began to cry because somehow, I knew it was Jesus Christ and I knew that I was not worthy to have Jesus Christ the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, in my presence. And I knew the Bible said that no man could see God’s face. So, I just cried and buried my face in the wing chair with my eyes closed. I wanted to look up and see his face and see the Jesus Christ that I had grown to love, honor, and worship as my God. But I knew I could not. He spoke to me telling me how pleased he was with me, and how much he loved me because I loved others as I love myself. He was very pleased with me because when most men meet someone new, they are looking for how they can use them or trying to figure how they can use them or get something out of them, but I was always looking to see God’s talent in them, and how I could help them use those talents, never looking at nationality or social status. I was always thinking they were a brother or sister in Christ.
This was because the Holy Spirit told me a story about Billy Graham a pastor who had a small church out in the country. He had begun feeling bad because he had not done much with his life. He had never had a big ministry, and the more he thought about it the more he felt sorry for himself, and his lack of success, he just wanted to cry. The Holy Spirit heard his thoughts and said to him, “Why are you thinking about such lies, don’t you realize that the church is the body of Jesus Christ, if one fails, we all fail? Do you remember the young teenage boy named Billy that began asking all kinds of questions, and you just smiled and answered with love, he based his ministry on your love? Don’t you realize that Jesus Christ is the only star in the church? Look around, people hate the church because of the many stars in the church.
Let me explain what a cult is. It is a church that has a leader that is equal to Jesus. For instance, the catholic church which has a Pope as the head of the church. It is not my intention to pick on the catholic church, but to make a point. There is no one equal to Jesus Christ. After all, does it not say in Psalm 146: 3,4, “do not put your faith in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.” That’s why apostle Peter when he was going to be put to death, rejected; because they wanted to crucify him, he said he was not worthy to die that way, because that was the way his master died, and he was afraid that some of his followers would think he was the Christ. They agreed with him and laughed and crucified him upside down. And some think Peter was the first Pope because Jesus asked Peter in Mat 16:13, Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets,” “But what about you? He asked. Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my father in heaven. And I tell you, that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church and the gates of hades will not overcome it.” He was not talking about Peter, he was talking about what Peter had said: that Jesus was the Son of Man, that no man had told him, only the Father in heaven. He was not appointing a pope He was telling us that we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ only. Peter had to be crucified upside down, because he was not worthy, because it was foretold that Jesus the Son of man would be crucified in Isaiah 53, and he was not. And he did not want people believing that he was the Christ, instead of Jesus being the Christ. Jesus was telling us the father had revealed it to him the same way he had done with all his prophets when he had revealed the mysteries of the world to them.
Remember many will say and think they are prophets, but a prophet has to be correct 100 percent of the time, and no man can be correct 100 percent unless God is speaking through them. In 2000, I was instructed to write letters to seven local churches in Pekin, Illinois, and my wife Dianne made a five-course dinner and invited all 7 pastors and their wives to dinner for fellowship. Out of the seven, one deacon showed up.
If you want to see the letters, you can see all of them in the book ‘Prophet of God, Write This Down.’
In Hebrew when you eat with someone it represents the last supper Jesus spent with his disciples and the heavenly banquet when Jesus marries’ his Church in heaven.
I was eating with a friend the other day and we were talking about the high gas prices and all the shortages, and the Lord said to me, “You know it’s all your fault.” I asked, “How is it my fault?” He answered that I had prayed 3 weeks earlier that Joe Biden be forced to lift his stoppage on the XL pipeline because it will cause the greatest depression since 1929. Then He said that you cannot make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. Everything you and the people of Ukraine are going through is caused by the seven churches in Pekin, Il not coming together to worship and praise the living God Jesus Christ, because Jesus prayed before and after he went to the cross that we love others as we love ourselves. Then Jesus commanded that we love others as we love our self. In John 13:34, “A new command I give you, Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. All men will know you are my disciples if you love one another.”
In my book, I asked the Lord why they would not come to supper. Why they would not come to worship Jesus Christ? He replied that they were building their own houses, and they did not care anything about His church. The only way that anyone can get into the kingdom of Heaven is by accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. These pastor’s will someday stand before Jesus and he will say go away, I do not know you! And they will protest, but Lord I pastored a church of so-many. And He will say GM built millions of cars, what does that have to do with my Kingdom. I did not die on that cross for cars or buildings. I died because I loved all mankind and My heavenly Father called me his Perfect Lamb that was to be sacrificed for everyone and anyone that believes that I am the Son of God. He was called the Son of God at the beginning.
In Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, let us make man in our image, in our likeness,” That was God and the Son of God. The Lord said that He knew me before I was conceived in my mother’s womb. The Bible says that a Prophet is not accepted in his own hometown. When Jesus was born, remember Herod tried to kill him. Jesus had to fulfill over 300 prophecies to be the Christ, and Jesus is the only man that could and did fulfill them all. For instance, he had to be arrested at a certain time, to die at a certain time of the day, raised from the dead at a certain time of the day and a certain time of the year, to send the Holy Spirit to earth a certain time of the year. John the Baptist had to come to announce the coming of the Messiah and had to be beheaded. People believed he was Elijah. The Bible talks about two prophets in Revelation chapter 11, they are called the two witnesses. They represent the Jewish nation, and the Church. They are given supernatural powers to punish God’s enemies. Fire comes from their mouths to destroy anyone trying to harm them, and they will be given power over all the weather. Just like Elijah in 1 King 18, “and at the end of 3 and half years there will be killers, and the world will cheer and exchange gifts with one another, and they will lay in view of the whole world for three and half days. Then they will wake up and stretch, smile, and ascend into heaven. They will smile because their work is finished, and they are going home. Jesus said His church was a mystery, in other words, no man could understand it, and the Devil has taken advantage of that. Let me try to put it in simple terms. The Church is the fiancée engaged to marry the Son of God. And the Son of God is Holy and he wants a wife that loves him only and will be true to him, and that is not adulteress. For instance, when I was an Evangelist I would often go into churches full of people I had never seen in my life and was able to call out more than two thirds of the congregation and tell them only things that God would know.
I would like to bring your attention to my note, The witness! Where I said that the Devil and his fallen angels were expelled from Heaven (in 2020) and come to earth to cause havoc or widespread destruction. We must understand that John the Revelator predicted this over 2000 years ago, and said it would be in the end times in Revelation.
A TRUE STORY!
Many are called but few are chosen.
In March 2021 I was in Florida and my oldest daughter called me and asked if I would come home back to Illinois. A short time later I was on my way. It was only 3 weeks early, and the morning I was leaving for home I woke up still half asleep and found a snake in my bed. As I grabbed for the snake, it disappeared. I knew what it meant. It was a warning from the Holy Spirit telling me the devil wanted to sift me like Jesus told Peter in Luke 22:31. In other words, to test my faith. Every time I was given a new gift, or promotion, I had been sifted. My oldest daughter was diagnosed with stage four cancer years ago, and when she was diagnosed, they only give her a short time to live. But she fought a good fight, and salvaged every moment with love for her family, and friends. When she called me, not wanting to concern me, she just said she missed me and wanted me to come home, but I knew she was getting tired, so she gave up her race, on Aug 4, 2021, and decided to go home to be with the Lord. I was sad that I would not see her for a little while, but my hope was she had no more pain, and was soon to see the face of Jesus, and the rest of her life would be filled with love and blessings, because she had Faith in Jesus. I knew the world would soon be filled with super inflation and shortages, because I had read the history of Germany before World War 2 and soon we will receive our dictator, the one told about in Revelation 13. Let me say this, how foolish mankind is. He thinks he is smarter than God, our creator. The same God that created the Universe that hung all the stars, who set the sun and the moon in place. The God who knows every language in the world, and who can read everyone’s heart. The reason I say we’re foolish is because we allow the devil and his demons to whisper in our hearts how we are better than someone else because they’re a different nationality. For instance, we’re narrow-minded, we won’t listen, or tolerate any views except our own, or we’re prejudiced to anyone different than ourselves. Let me give you an example, when I was born I was a small baby with cotton white hair. My dad said I was bald headed, but my mother said I had full head of hair. My dad said I was the ugliest baby he had ever seen. My mother said I was the cutest baby she had ever seen and I was always smiling and I was always happy. My mother was looking through God’s eyes, while my dad was being realistic. When I was a three-month-old, my dad whipped me with his belt. I was traumatized and could not catch my breath and felt I was dying. My dad was yelling at me, ‘if you do not stop crying! I will give you something to cry for.’ Then my mother came into the room and started to talk to me in a calm voice, telling me it was ok to cry. She kept telling me that I was ok and that I was safe. I stuttered until after I started school, I was always shy, I believed it was because of that whipping. Growing up I received one to two whippings a week. I’d come to the conclusion that my dad was trying to be a good dad, but was misinformed with bad religious training, and was fighting against God rather than helping him. He was so busy with keeping God’s law. All he had to do is love others as he loved himself. Before he died, we were alone, and he told me that he knew he was hard on me, but he had to struggle all his life and he knew how hard the world was. He wanted me prepared and not have to struggle like him. I did not tell him, but he could have helped me more if he would have just shown his love to me. But I had experience God’s love from my mother and experience the world from him. He had almost chased me from God to the devil.
I had read that Adolf Hitler, and Joseph Stalin’s fathers had treated their son’s just like my dad had treated me. Dads are very important to the success or failure of his children, but the Bible say’s all things work for good of those who love the Lord.
Now I would like you to take a look at my note: The Most Dangerous Time in History to be Alive! and notice I told how hurricane Elsa is brushing Cuba July 2, 2021, and was aiming for Florida, and they had a collapsed condominium in Miami and they were trying to dig people out. They were afraid Elsa would hinder their operations, so I asked the Lord how I should pray. He answered telling me what to say. So, I repeated what he said and afterwards I got my globe out and thought I had sent Elsa to my RV Park in Spring Hill Florida. So, I merely asked the Lord if I did send Elsa to my RV Park. He answered no! All they’re going to get is rain. Then he explained that he had protected all my friends, and family, and property. I called my best friend Mike and told him that hurricane Elsa was coming his way, but not to be concerned all he was going to get was rain, But the Lord had told me he did it because of the two State Farm adjusters who now live on the Golf coast that had told me I had no damage to my roof in 2019 from a hail storm that left 5 holes in my roof and 30 shingles missing. He thought that maybe they would enjoy water in their houses. I remembered one of their names and googled it, Mike Sumner, and found out he had retired to the Gainesville, Fl area, and found out that was where Elsa made land July 7, 2021, causing flooding, power outages, trees down, and water over the top of cars. Most are saying that this is all about what the Bible teaches in the last days where there will be a great falling away in the Church. Then there will be a great Revival worldwide because Jesus is getting his church ready to be raptured for a great wedding that will last 7 years while the world goes through the Great tribulation on earth. The true believer in Jesus will be celebrating at the marriage supper and we will all be surprised who is not there. I have always pondered why every church I would go into the Holy Spirit would always do healing and miracles and always ignore the self-righteous from his miracles and healings. It’s because they had no need of Jesus, because in their own eyes they were already righteous and holy, like the seven pastors that I invited to my home in 2000 to start the revival.
We have to understand that any revival has to start with repentance. Apostle Paul said we’re justified by our faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works least anyone should boast. We are justified because of unmerited favor of God. That is what grace is-favor we did not work for. We have faith in the fact that Jesus Christ died for us, that He rose again, and that He offers eternal life through believing in Him. When we do believe this, Jesus comes in us, lives in us, and we become identified with Him through His sacrifice. Then, when God looks at us, He does not see sin, but He sees the blood of Jesus. And He says in effect for each one of us, this person has not done anything wrong. They are covered by the blood of Jesus. Therefore, I pronounce them righteous. That is justification by faith. The true church is the universal body of believers, world wide who has given their hearts to Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that we must maintain the unity of the Spirit, until we come into unity of faith. Complete unity of knowledge is something for the future. We must understand that God understood how it would be in the last days. That’s why John wrote Revelation 21:5-8, “Write this down” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega. The Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars- their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”