Tuesday, August 25, 2015

About the Rapture

I think that it is a sign of a mature and balanced Christian to be flexible on the whole issue of the rapture and of last days' prophecies.
Here's the bottom line to what I believe about the Rapture. It's all just a matter of what from the bible particularly speaks to you. It's just a matter of emphasis.
What speaks to me mostly from the bible is the whole idea that 'for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened'.
That tells me that the church will still be here; supported by the whole idea that the Lord saves through tribulation, not from tribulation.
We each need to be ready to meet the Lord face to face every day; that's the bottom line.
Mark 13:20 ``Unless the Lord had shortened {those} days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days.
Matthew 24:22 ``Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

An Invitation to Support My Ministry

I am a single, Spirit-filled minister.  A cornerstone of my ministry is that the Lord gives the gifts of the Holy Spirit to increase the fruits of the Holy Spirit which brings revival.
A major theme of my ministry, and an important part of my life, is that single men called to the ministry in the Spirit-filled and Evangelical churches have a very difficult time fulfilling their calling because of discrimination and rejection; and also because of the fact that married men (pastors) have a monopoly on power
So I invite you to prayerfully support my ministry. My address is: 9051 E. Floral Park Dr., Floral City, FL 34436.
God bless.

The Return of the Lord

I think that while everyone should be ready to meet God face to face everyday, I believe that it's going to be awhile before Jesus returns (a few decades).
The time now that we live in, is a time when God is sowing the seeds of judgment. Unfortunately, many ministers, even prophetic ministers, are 'jumping the gun' so to speak; they are able to identify the type of seed that the Lord is sowing and confuse that with God's actual judgment.
The Lord uses 'seed time and harvest' for everything, including judgment.
In the future, I think that these days are going to be looked back upon as 'the good old days'.
The bible encourages us to work while there is still light. You know honestly, many Christians would be better off, I believe, if they'd just turn off the news for awhile.
John 12:35 So Jesus said to them, ``For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.
I believe that where we are in biblical prophecy is that we are entering onto the threshold of the last days. (Types and shadows of what is to come)
God is sowing the seeds of judgment; everything that the Lord does is seed time and harvest, including the final judgment.
I think that many people are mistakenly thinking that the return of Jesus is coming sooner than it actually is; it’s going to be a few decades yet. I think that what people are actually seeing is, like I said, the sowing of the seeds of judgment.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Witnessing the Baptism in the Holy Spirit to Baptists

To witness the baptism in the Holy Spirit to Baptists (that’s my catch all term for the Evangelical, born-again church, that is does not practice the baptism in the Holy Spirit), a good technique is to say, ok, let’s take for granted that the baptism in the Holy Spirit ceased, along with speaking in tongues, the gift of prophecy etc.
Nevertheless, the bible still says that in the last days, your sons and daughters will prophecy etc.  So, if the Baptist person believes that we are in the last days, that’s a good way to convince them that the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit will return (have returned).
Although, actually they never ceased in the first place.
Joel 2:28 “It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions.
A good idea for witnessing the baptism in the Holy Spirit to Baptists (born-again Christians who are not Spirit-filled) is that if God had taken away the gifts in the first century A.D. like speaking in tongues, gift of prophecy etc., then when the church, in the dark ages, reached a low ebb, it would have never recovered, which it did.
In other words, if the Lord had given the church in the bible the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit that followed, just to get the church started, that may be a logical idea, so long as the church from that point moved from glory to glory, or at least remained at the same level of spirituality.
But in that theory, should the church decline, which it did, then that decline would have been permanent, which it wasn’t.  The church has revived since the low point that it reached during the Middle Ages.
That shoots a torpedo right into the heart of the whole cessationist theology (the idea that the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, like speaking in tongues etc. had ceased.)