—– “Satan energizes his puppet-idols with a satanic “glory”-glow, so that they appear more gifted and/or attractive than they actually are, if at all. It’s known as “UNaccountable infatuation.” We saw it displayed in the mindLESS, satanic hysteria that accompanied Elvis and the Beatles et al etc. Without that demonic sheen and energization of the forbidden, latent powers of the soul, idolatry wouldn’t have half the power it wields today. Bind the Strongman over these “stars'” lives, and you will see them for the drab, worn-out, washed-up and ordinary-looking folks they really are. When Satan’s finished with them, they look nothing like he painted them when he was still using them.” Brett Dylan Anthony
We see “star” after “star” dying. Scarcely does a week expire in these last days that a “star” of this fleeting world doesn’t die in sin. They served self and therefore Satan himself, denying Christ to their own eternal demise.
The Enemy’s Work is Not Limited to the Secular World
As Brett Dylan Anthony points out in the above quote, the one whom the Bible says is “the prince of the power of the air” and “the god of this world,” also targets the church world specifically (Psalms 74:3-4, 7; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2). In the modern church world, Satan has his “stars” whom he causes to glow in order to derail and rob those saved by our LORD and those seeking to be saved. The stage these prophesied wolves star and glow on is the modern church buildings, “Christian” books, websites, and other media mediums. God has a purpose for all the false prophets and their heresies – it’s all a test to prove who each individual loves (1 Corinthians 11:19; Deuteronomy 8; 2 Thessalonians 2, etc.)
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Due to the unrepentant, self-seeking, self-worshiping hearts of many who claim to be saved, the wolves flourish in this sinful world while those whom Christ has called out to warn as watchmen, are in trouble. Because they refuse to truly repent (surrender fully to the LORD), ridding their hearts of all idolatry, and turn their hearts to the LORD, those who have a mere “form of godliness” are not given discernment to see their idol wolves for who they really are because God Himself is sending them “strong delusion.” (2 Corinthians 3:14-16; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; 2 Timothy 3:1-7). Here is how the Bible foretold us the apostasy of this last hour would transpire:
“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Listen to this ….
I spoke with a man today, a man who is a true shepherd of the LORD’s flock, faithfully feeding them with the pure Word of God. I have known this man for some time now and can testify to his faithfulness to serve the LORD and His people. That makes him a rare representative of Jesus, especially in this late hour when “evil men and seducers” are waxing “worse and worse.” (Jeremiah 3:15; 2 Timothy 3:12). This man and his wife’s bank account is in the red. They have especially of late struggled to survive so they can continue doing the infinitely most important work in the earth – the Gospel. Why? Why are they suffering this great lack? It’s simple: They are suffering because the people they minister to refuse to do their part in the work of Christ. And why don’t they help? Why do they squander the resources on the god of self? – Could it be because they have never authentically repented and laid down their lives?
This man and his family’s perils are in jeopardy due to the lack of obedience of those they so graciously and diligently serve. God will judge this. The LORD’s work is being greatly hindered by freeloaders who are self-idolatrous (Revelation 21:8).
The LORD ordains that those whom He calls out to preach His Gospel live of that Gospel. They are worthy of their hire more than anyone who works on this earth. Read 1 Corinthians 9:1-14 and 1 Timothy 5:17-18 to begin with. Remember the Levites. The LORD’s true servants are few and they are freely giving themselves with time-intensive and labor-intensive serving. And most of them are starving due to the people they generously serve. This is a tragedy of infinite proportions and in my opinion, a core reason why this nation is on a grease pole downward! We have forgotten God just exactly as Israel did (Psalms 9:17; 50:22; Haggai 1; Malachi 3, etc.).
“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” Titus 1:16
The fruit of one’s life proves whom he is serving.
If you were accused of being a disciple of Jesus, would there be evidence enough to prove it?
If our lives do no bear the biblical fruit to prove we are saved it’s because we simply are not saved. Perhaps we were at some point in the past and have since backslid.
“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” 2 Peter 2:20-22
Those who repent will – without exception – change their ways (Matthew 3:7-10). When God saves you your resources are saved. In other words the resources in your possession and those to come belong to Him (Proverbs 3:9-10). Giving is an integral part of our worship. The LORD would have us to be contributors to Christ’s work.
“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” Matthew 3:7-10
Could it be that most who claim to be saved and participate in church attendance etc., have never truly repented? Does the fruit of their lives make that obvious? Are our lives in this fallen world about getting more for self and not magnifying the Savior we claim saved them? Read Haggai 1. Are our pursuits Christ-centered or are they rather self-centered?
“And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” 2 Corinthians 5:15
You Know You are Bound for Hell When:
- You love games and pleasures and other frivolity more than you love God and this is obvious in that you hesitate not one bit to spend endless hours entertaining the god of self, spending monies that could otherwise be used for furthering the Gospel of Jesus – the One you despise.
- You don’t give because you are concerned only for yourself and your own self-serving purposes because you love your own life in this sinful world and have refused to truly repent. Hell awaits.
- You live in and drive and wear the things that make you look “successful” in the eyes of mere sinful men because you have never truly repented. True repentance means you lay down your life (Luke 16:15).
- You know you are a godless hypocrite when you crassly turn your eyes and ears away from those in need. Hell awaits as sure as you are reading these words if this is you.
- You spend more time primping your nasty flesh than you do seeking the face of the LORD in holy prayer communion, praise, and studying His written Word.
- You search out and seek out new ways to spend money on the god of self and yet hypocritically get infuriated when someone preaches a biblical message on stewardship and invites you to give. If that description fits you, you are a devil in need of repentance. Why? – because someone dares tamper with the god of self you serve and self’s ability to do whatever self wants to do.
- You know you are an apostate hypocrite when you spend more money entertaining the false god of self than you do in supporting the work of Christ.
- When you see your money as a means to further embellish your sin-sick life in this fallen world (Deuteronomy 8:18; Ephesians 4:28).
If you don’t believe that the way one spends his money is a direct reflection of what is important to him and what is not important, you are going to be destroyed for the lack of knowledge of God’s Word (Hoses 4:6). If any of this description above fits your personal life, be forewarned that your money will perish with you. Naked you came into this world and naked you shall return (Job 1:21; 1 Timothy 6:5-18).
Your ability to earn money in this life is to be used to obey God by furthering the Gospel of Christ and not to further entrench your life in this sinful world.
Jesus commanded us to give our lives as He gave His to redeem us. Those who repent and therefore know Christ, will obey Him. Christ commanded us to “give.” (Luke 6:38)
“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Luke 6:46
It’s time to ditch the delusion that going to church is fulfilling God’s will. Jesus never instructed us to do such nor did His apostles. In most cases it’s a sin to go to most local churches due to the refusal of most leaders to truly preach the full counsel of the original Gospel in the holy fear of God with no regard of sinful men (Isaiah 2:22).
Nothing has changed. Jesus sure hasn’t changed (Hebrews 13:8) and He told us He sits and watches how we give or don’t give (Mark 12:41-44). He’s watching exactly what you are spending your money on. Yes you are personally accountable to the Almighty. As it was that day that “Jesus sat over against the treasury” and watched exactly who gave and how they gave – the amount percentage wise, and their hearts.
“And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld (watched) how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.” Mark 12:41-44
Like the widow woman here who was poor, so today those who have the least usually give the most percentage wise. This is what Jesus is watching.
You see, so many want to escape hell and yet have no desire to be made holy. They don’t want to know Jesus, they simply want to miss hell and this is because they are serving the god of self. Yet God cannot be fooled (Galatians 6:7-8). He sees the hearts and motives of all men and will judge accordingly. This indicates clearly that they have not laid down their lives in this world and are therefore serving the god of self. They love this world.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” 1 John 2:15-17
This is why those who have chosen to love this world instead of Christ despise preaching like this and love their wolves who tell them smooth things – things that do not require truly repenting which Jesus says is essential to eternal life (Luke 13:3, 5). Hell awaits.
When a person genuinely repents, their life will be laid down in this fleeting world. They will see their earnings not as a means to build up their own lives in this world but as a means to be used of the LORD to further His blessed Gospel in the hearts of men! They will participate in the Great Commission Christ commanded (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20). Those who are Christ’s will refuse to prop up and build the kingdoms of wolves whose god is their belly (Philippians 3:18-19). The true disciple of Jesus denies SELF daily and takes up his cross to follow Jesus Christ who gave all to redeem him (Luke 9:23-24; Galatians 2:20; 5:24, etc.).
“STOP Telling Us the Truth! We Will Migrate to the Many Who Will Tell us Lies! Flatter our Flesh! Do Not Call Us to Truly Repent!”
This is the heart cry of most who claim to be saved today and know not that they are going to bust hell wide open upon drawing their last breath on this earth.
“Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law (Word) of the LORD:
10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. (stop preaching God’s Word and give us success and prosperity preaching. Tell us what’s in it for US!)
12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:
13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.
14 And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters’ vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit.
15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning (truly repenting) and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.” Isaiah 30:8-15
Does this Sound Familiar?
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 3:1-7
What to Preach and Why
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:1-4
Attention Men of God
Those divinely called out to preach God’s Word must warn all those they speak to.
“So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.
8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
10 Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live?
11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
12 Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.
13 When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.” Ezekiel 33:7-13
Servant of Christ: You must strengthen your backbone (Ephesians 3:16). You must stand up straight and unapologetically declare the holiness and fierce wrath of the LORD to come.
“Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” 2 Corinthians 5:11
Are you soft peddling (misrepresenting) the things the LORD warns us about?
Are you more interested in what mere sinful men think of you or will think if you truly abandon your life to Christ and therefore preach His original Gospel?
The LORD Warned Isaiah and Us:
Fear God, not mere sinful men.
“Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. … I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;” Isaiah 51:7, 12
“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25
Disclosing the full counsel of God’s Word is a must (Acts 20:20, 27, etc.). You must preach on repentance, fruit, hell, Christ, the holiness of God, fearing the LORD, prayer, the Word, and stewardship, etc., as Jesus and His holy apostles and prophets have left us with mountains of discourse and Scripture on these interrelated matters. Why must you preach these things?
1) To fear and to obey God and not mere men (Proverbs 29:5).
2) You must preach the whole counsel of His Word for which you shall give full account on that Day (2 Timothy 4:1-4).
3) You must preach, WARN, and teach the whole of Scripture truth (Colossians 1:28)
4) You must be oblivious to the evil-hearted, hell bound rebels who claim to be saved and yet balk at His clearly revealed truth (Isaiah 30:8-15; 51:7, 12; 2 Timothy 4:1-4, etc.).
5) You must call men who claim to be the LORD’s children to repent and to bring forth fruit to prove they have repented so they can truly be saved and not perish in hell eternally (Matthew 3:7-10).
6) You must not retain blood on your hands for not sending the clear warning to all you preach to (Ezekiel 3, 33).
7) You must make up for the intentional, gross, blinding lack of the preaching of the severity of God – the eternal judgment coming upon all whose lives are not laid down flat in humility and brokenness (Romans 11:20-22).
8) The eternal souls of men are at stake (Ezekiel 3, 18, 33; Mark 8:36-37).
Like it or not, this is your calling from the LORD. God is going to bring you into accountability for how you rightly stewarded or wasted the resources He alone allowed to come into your hands in this fleeting life. Such is a true reflection of where your spiritual state truly is (Matthew 6:21, 24).
Lay it Up There Not Here!
Jesus taught and commanded:
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:19-24
God Must be First or You will not be Saved from Eternal Fire
Watch what you say:
“Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
Jas 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Jas 4:15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
Jas 4:16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
Jas 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:13-17
“It is Time to Seek the Lord”
“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
13 Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.” Hosea 10:12-13
The LORD is calling you to repent, to surrender without reserve, and to lay down your life flat before Him. If you don’t, you will perish sure as you are reading these words.
I personally know of one divinely called-out Gospel worker who is living out of his car. He labors ceaselessly to spread the Gospel, evangelize, pray for, and feed the flock of God. He ministers to thousands who vainly claim to be saved and yet only a very few care enough to support him. There are many he feeds who could give hundreds or even thousands monthly and never miss that money and yet they refuse. Hell awaits (Luke 16:19-31). Only a miniscule few give a hoot. 99% of those he labors to feed could care less because they are lost and have never truly repented. They said a prayer and a hireling wolf led them to believe that that little magic prayer saved them. What a tragedy!
“Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” Galatians 4:16
Don’t like this straight truth? Don’t like the messenger of it? I could care less if you hate me for communicating the raw, original truth of His holy Gospel. You won’t be the first or last to hate me for the truth’s sake. Hit reply and you will be swiftly removed with no hard feelings. If this offends you it further proves you are a lost soul, bound for eternal damnation in the lake of fire. You have been lied to – coddled in your sins by the wolves you freely support, funding their perpetration of evil and damning the souls of many (2 John 7-11).
The laid down life is the only saved soul. Lay it all down or perish.
It’s time to count the cost.
It’s time to measure how much you truly love God … Or self. Who will you serve? Who will you worship? You must choose (Matthew 6:24). You will choose.
“And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 14:25-35
Prayer of Repentance: Heavenly Father, I have wasted Your resources which clearly reveals that I have not been abiding in Christ and perhaps have never truly repented and therefore laid down my life. I have loved my life in this sinful world more than You. I have loved self instead of loving You with my whole being. I am fully guilty without question. So, at this moment, right now if never before, I lay my life You gave before You. I am guilty LORD Jesus and ask You to grant repentance unto everlasting life to my wretched soul. Please wash me now with Your perfect blood and flip my life upside down and turn it inside out for Your glory alone. I here and now lay my life in Your holy hands. Without reserve, without holding back anything, I release my whole being into Your hands. Into Your hands I submit my spirit. Fill my life afresh LORD Jesus and use me in many, many different ways to glorify Your holy name in the earth in accomplishing the Great Commission You gave to every member of Your body. I pray all these things in Jesus’ holy name and go forth rejoicing to humbly and freely be poured out before You and to serve Your blessed body and see souls saved and taught Your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen!
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