Keeping His Command to Persevere

Greetings in Christ;

Blessed be the Lord our God who has called us unto Himself as He has loved us and gave His life for us.  Having become obedient unto the death of the cross for us; He rose again; that we might walk in newness of life as His sons and daughters in these last days.   

I write this as the voice of one who has been keeping his station as a watchman on the wall; and I say to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:  The hour is very late and if you have not been watching and praying; then according to the words of Jesus in Mark 13 “…you do not know when the time is.”

I have felt this unction of the Spirit even again this last week, and the Lord is saying to me ‘tell my church… you do not know what time it is; for you have not been watching and praying.’

In this hour when the false prophets are calling to you with enticing words saying “peace and safety;” remember the warning of the apostle Paul to the Thessalonians that the ones who did not “receive the love of the truth” would be given over to a strong delusion.

Remember also the parable given by the Lord concerning the ten virgins: that “while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept;” even the wise ones who had oil in their lamps. 

It is difficult to know what time it is if you are sleeping…

To my precious brothers and sisters who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture… ones in whom I have fellowship in the Spirit as we together hold a common faith in Christ:  I pray that you are right, as I have no desire for this world or the things of this world.  I only desire to depart and be with Him…

I pray as well that if the time of being “caught up together” is at some other point in the tribulation; then I earnestly plead with you to heed the words written here.

Washed for Obedience

Beloved of the Lord; the burden in my heart for the body of Christ is great, and yet I know that IF we give heed to the voice of the Good Shepherd; He will lead us all beside the still waters in the midst of everything that is about to take place in the earth; for IF we are obedient to His leading; we will be kept from the coming hour of trial that will soon envelope the earth.

How will He lead us in this time of gathering darkness?  Will it not be by His Spirit and by His Word which is our heritage as His children?

For as the psalmist says…“Your word is a lamp to my feet; and a light to my path…”  So shall it be for those who walk in the light of Christ in this hour.

1 John 5:8 says “And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.”

To see how this works beloved of God; we need to understand that the root for the Hebraic word Torah (instruction) is the word yârâh.  It means “to flow as water (that is, to rain).”  

As we look at this a little closer we can see the agreement of the Holy Spirit to the Word of God that washes us even as the Lord Himself said we “are already clean because of the word which I have (He has) spoken to you,”

This is what the apostle Paul has spoken of in Ephesians 5 when he writes of the standard of love a husband should have for his wife and compares that love to the love of the Lord; for the scripture says Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word…”

The phrase “gave Himself for her” reflects back to the atonement of Christ and the establishment of the New Covenant through the shedding of His blood.  This is the agreement on earth of the Spirit, the water and the blood.

This agreement was established through the obedience of Christ Jesus to the will of the Father and calls for a response of obedience from those who have trusted in the finished work of the cross.

The apostle Peter in writing to the dispersion of believers called them the “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ…”

Even this week I have spoken to three brothers who are all drinking the water of His Word at a pace unlike any other time in their lives, and I exhort you in the name of Christ even this day… drink deeply from the well of His Word; for you will need this to rise to the obedience that the Holy Spirit is calling you to; as the quickening of His Word by His Spirit is that well of living water we are to drink from in the hour of trial.

As I have enquired of the Lord concerning this He has spoken and says…  “I have given these three brothers in Christ as a three-fold witness and for a sign.  For this is the beginning of the first month spoken of by My prophet Joel.”

Be glad then, you children of Zion,

And rejoice in the LORD your God;

For He has given you the former rain faithfully,

And He will cause the rain to come down for you—

The former rain, (His Word given at Sinai)

And the latter rain (His Spirit given at Pentecost) in the first month.

For many do not understand that for His children who obey…



Mercy always triumphs over judgment, and the supply He has in store for His children in the midst of this time (as we stand at the threshold of the tribulation); His supply will be sufficient even as His grace is sufficient.

Many do not understand that the Father would not allow His children to go through this fiery trial of tribulation without a fresh outpouring of the former rain and latter rain… in the first month… in the beginning of sorrows.

For again the prophet Joel says

“The threshing floors shall be full of wheat,

And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.”

We will need this supply in the midst of the coming hour for this is why a voice is heard in the midst of the living creatures saying “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

For It is His Bride who in the midst of being made ready for the Bridegroom… it is His Bride who will pour the oil and the wine into the wounds of the fatherless, the widow, and the stranger left robbed and beaten by the accuser of the brethren.

Remember though; we must repent… We must all come out of her; we must all forsake the harlotry of religion, the love money, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life…  

We must all repent… the pastor and the prophet… the husband and the housewife… wealthy and poor, teenagers and the elderly.

Over the last few years much has been written about the dispensation of grace we are living in.  Let me remind you that in Titus 2 the saving grace of God appeared to all men for this reason:  To teach us that, “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.…”

To those who have wealth:

It has been your Father’s good pleasure to bless the work of your hand, to lengthen your days, and to give you a heritage in the earth.

Only do not use your wealth as an occasion to rule over your brethren; for God has chosen Him as the poor of this world to be rich in faith, and you will be a blessing to each other as you tear down the prejudices that satan has placed in your hearts.

As events begin to unfold on the world stage; do not trust in uncertain riches.  For if you see your brother in need and shut up your bowels of compassion towards Him; your storehouse will be given to another, and the lack of mercy that you have shown will be measured back to you.

For when the children of Israel were disobedient; gathering extra manna out of fear; it molded and was of no use, and yet when they gathered in obedience for observance of the Sabbath; it remained fresh for that day. 

There is a rest then that remains for His children…

“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.  For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not £profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:

“So I swore in My wrath,

‘They shall not enter My rest,”’

although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.”

There is a rest then that remains…

This has been written to say to you that as the darkness increases;  our protection and our victory in Christ during the coming tribulation will depend primarily on two things.  It will… 1) be an operation of the Holy Spirit as He sanctifies us for obedience to His ways… and 2) our protection and victory will be an expression of His grace which enables us to stay rooted and grounded in Him.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and His peace will be multiplied to us through the knowledge of Him and the intimacy of being immersed in the presence of His Most Holy Spirit in our day to day lives.   

In our communion with His Spirit we will be led, we will be fed, and we will be sanctified for His every purpose, and as He even speaks to us off the written page of His Word; remember… there is nothing new under the sun, and His Spirit will never violate His or our communion with His Word.

As we commune with Him; I believe Isaiah 4 provides a picture of the coming protection that will be available to those who are fully given to His ways:

When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion,* and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning, then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night.   For over all the glory there will be a covering. And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.

*This is “the washing of water by the Word…”

As we are given over to this ‘washing’ there will be a covering… there will be a glory… there will be a keeping…  As Jesus said in Revelation 3:10 “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”

Beloved of Christ: Why will he keep us from this “hour of trial?”  BECAUSE we keep His command to persevere.  It is because we have “…hidden His word in our hearts; that we might not sin against Him…” It is because by the grace of God given to us; we will not “count the blood of the covenant by which we have been sanctified as a common thing, and insult the Spirit of grace?”

Remember; IF we yield to the “sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience;” then we will persevere.

In order to obey His command to persevere; we must be fully committed to the “Increase of His Government;” being given over to a holy zeal for obedience to His Word; no matter how it alters or even tears down the institutions of men we have built in the name of Christ.

For as the army of the Lord that is being sanctified in this time and as the banner of His Name is being raised over His obedient flock; there will be no more room for man pleasing or drawing back unto perdition.

The Exodus of the Obedient

As we find ourselves in the midst of what is coming remember the protection for the obedient as “…the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night

As this “exodus” has shifted from the stage of Egypt to one that is worldwide and the role of pharaoh is now beginning to be filled by the rise of what Revelation 13 calls the beast rising up out of the sea…

Consider that what you have in your hand is beginning to be stretched as you must fulfill your obligations with fewer resources… In other words the pharaoh of this age has now decreed that you begin to make brick without straw.

Let not your heart be troubled with these things though.  For even as the children of Israel endured the first of the plagues so we as His children today will endure with patience what is even on the horizon.

As we keep His command to persevere in this time; there will come a time when the magicians and astrologers of this age will perceive that what is happening in the earth is being caused by the ‘finger of God’… and as a separation occurred between Goshen and Egypt; so the Lord our God will separate us and “keep us from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”

The Burden for the Rebellious House

Romans 11:21-22 says “For if God did not spare the natural branches (Israel), He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.”

The Lord has been speaking to me about the branches that will be cut off.  They will be gathered and burned according His Word.

For the horses released in Revelation are for these purposes

The White Horse –  is for conquering (and taking captive)

The Red Horse – is for the sword

The Black Horse – is for famine

The Pale Horse – is for death

The Lord says – Even as the words of my prophet Jeremiah stood as witness against the rebellious house of Judah; so shall these same words stand as witness against the rebellious house of My people today.  For the Lord your God is a just God and His scales of Justice will have the same measure today as they did then.

Here then the word of the Prophet Jeremiah:

Then the LORD said to me, “Even if Moses and Samuel stood before Me, My mind would not be favorable toward this people. Cast them out of My sight, and let them go forth. And it shall be, if they say to you, ‘Where should we go?’ then you shall tell them,

‘Thus says the LORD:

          “Such as are for death, to death;

          And such as are for the sword, to the sword;

          And such as are for the famine, to the famine;

          And such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.”’

The word of God says “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

If we have hardness in our heart towards our brother; we walk in darkness; for again God’s Word says “He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.  He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”

My beloved brothers and sisters; if we walk in darkness; we will be taken into captivity… we will fall to the sword… our storehouse will be empty and we will have famine; and death will reign over our households. 

For our Lord Jesus has given us one commandment; and in this is the fulfillment of the whole law.  He said  “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.   By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” 

My beloved brothers and sisters; if we do not love one another as He gave command; then all that we do makes room for a strange fire before the Lord…

But I pray and believe better things for all who heed His word… for if we love one another as He gave command; then the Lord will wash away the filth of the daughters of Zion…  Then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. 

For if we are sanctified by  “the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ…”  Then  “over all the glory there will be a covering. And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.

Finally brethren; I pray the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all; in Jesus’ name… Amen



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