Saturday, February 25, 2017

Opening The Third Seal (LG07)

Understanding End Time Signs

Rev 6:5-6  When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four 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.”

Black horse - complete darkness, this will be during the time of great confusion worldwide.

A pair of balance - suggests unfair, partiality, injustice, imbalance.

  • A denarius for a quart of wheat
  • A denarius for 3 quarts of barley

A denarius was a day's pay then

  • A day's pay which was plentiful but overnight it is worth only a quart of wheat (great depreciation of money).
  • A day's pay to one is so low that it is insufficient to feed the family but to the other it is excessive (great imbalance in pay).
This will be a time when money has lost its value and is trading at less than half its original value. At the same time we will begin to see the great disparity of income of the rich and poor nations.

Hurt not the oil (Israel) and wine (Christians are the new wine).

During this financial crisis almost all countries will be affected but Israel (oil) and Christian nations (wine) will certainly be spared.

In mid 1990, there were great confusions for the experts of IT predicted the fear of the Y2K bug, that if computers were none Y2K compliant, they may send out wrong signals to possibly set off the nuclear arsenals destroying this world. Billions of dollars were spent by government agencies and big companies (hoping) to prevent the Y2K stopping or destroying their plants, operations, factories, etc.

This caused great confusions, fears, hopelessness, worries etc. among the people. At the same time, many Christians were expecting the Lord to come back by the end of the millennium and this gave the non believers greater insecurities and fears resulting in many accepting His saving grace.

In 1997, the stock market collapsed , but within a few days Israel, Christian nations and a few other nations recovered. South America, Africa and Asia were badly hit. This was later called the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997. Malaysia too was badly hit with the ringgit dropping to new lows daily forcing the PM to anchor it to the US$.

All these affected nations suffered great financial setbacks some for many years, but the West prospered causing the rich to be richer. Since then the imbalance of income has become wider and wider with the poor still earning US$1-2/day but the rich have grown from multi-millionaires in 1997 to billionaires in 2007 and are now the multi-billionaires.

How great is His wisdom especially the way God described this Third Seal - during the darkest period on earth with threats of world destructions by Y2K bugs, came the Asian Financial Crisis causing the currency depreciation (non issues 2000 years ago) to many but blessings to Israel and Christian nations.

I believe in 1997, the Third Seal was opened in the midst of great darkness, confusions, fears, insecurities, etc. with the Asian Financial Crisis hitting especially the third world countries but blessing the Christian nations to be blessings to the affected nations so that they can see His glory in the love of His children for them.

Hurt Not - Why Still No Temple Of God Yet? (LG08)

Mal 4:5-6   "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of *the great and dreadful day of the Lord*. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
 
Before the great and dreadful day of the Lord for the Jews, Elijah must come first to bring them back to repentance and righteous living.

Luke 1:17  "He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

John the Baptist was Elijah, confirmed by our Lord Jesus.

Mat 17:12  "But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.”

So end time teachers still awaiting Elijah have erred.

Mat 27:24-25  When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.” And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.”_
 
All the Jews especially the priesthood knew that Jesus Christ was the fulfillments of numerous prophecies (not in the OT only) but they had heard and seen with their own eyes from the birth of John the Baptist, birth of Jesus till His crucifixion. They were rebellious and refused to accept God's will and plan. They even condemned themselves and their descendants to the greatest sin of killing the Son of God who came to be their Saviour. No sacrifice can cleanse this sin except the blood of Jesus.

Mark 15:37-38   And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last. Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
 
Immediately after the death of Jesus, all the Jews including the priesthood were filled with the sin of killing the Son of God and with the sinful priesthood serving in the temple, our Holy God had to leave that defiled temple by tearing down the veil. The killing of Jesus was the great and dreadful day of the Lord for the Jews as prophesied by Malachi. Without Yahweh as their God, the Jews are longer His people.

Lev 26:14, 31-34  ‘But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments,...I will lay your cities waste and bring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not smell the fragrance of your sweet aromas. I will bring the land to desolation, and your enemies who dwell in it shall be astonished at it. I will scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you; your land shall be desolate and your cities waste.
 
God promised the Jews that He would destroy Jerusalem and Israel and scattered them to the lands of their enemies for their sin. Instead of believing His word they continued to persecute and kill Jesus' disciples forcing them to flee Jerusalem resulting in the evangelization of many nations.

In 66 CE the Jews rebelled against the Roman Empire. Four years later, in 70 CE, Roman legions under Titus retook and destroyed much of Jerusalem and the Second Temple.
 
God ensured that the temple was destroyed to prevent any further sacrifices which He abhorred. Without Yahweh as their God and without a temple to offer sacrifices for sins, feasts, etc. Judaism is over.

In 131 CE, Hadrian re-established Jerusalem, but now as the Roman pagan polis of Aelia Capitolina, and Jews were forbidden from entering it.
 
God didn't want the Jews to remain in Jerusalem, which is His Holy city.

On July 19, 362 CE, Emperor Julius (the Apostate) ordered the Jews to rebuild the temple of God. It was recorded that the day after they started clearing the debris of the former temple, a great earthquake.

Though many continued but God killed Emperor Julius the following year replacing him with a Christian emperor thus stopping this rebellious rebuilding.

Mat 22:37-40  Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
 
When we obey these two commandments of the Lord, we have fulfilled the Law and the Prophets.

Brethren, our Lord had completed all His salvation work for us on the cross and please don't bring back Judaism (sacrifices, feasts, Jewish cultures, etc.), which has been abandoned by God, into Christianity otherwise you may be another apostate 'Emperor Julius'.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Hurt Not - The Diaspora (LG09)

After the crucifixion of Jesus came the great and dreadful day of the Lord for the Jews, when Yahweh abandoned them for the greatest abomination committed by the whole of Israel. Without Yahweh as their God, the Jews are longer His people.

Ezek 15:6b-8    “Therefore thus says the Lord God:... ‘so I will give up the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will set My face against them.... They will go out from one fire, but another fire shall devour them. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I set My face against them. Thus I will make the land desolate, because they have persisted in unfaithfulness,’ says the Lord God.”
 
Because of their sins God will destroy Jerusalem and Israel and made them desolate. All Jews must flee to other nations so that at the right time He will bring them back from all nations. Events to force the Jews from Jerusalem and Israel.

  1. Crucifixion of Jesus was in April 33AD. God tore the veil of the temple into two ending the era of Judaism. Every Christian's body is now the temple of God
  2. In 70 AD, Titus destroyed the temple and Jerusalem. According to Josephus, a million Jews were killed with 97K enslaved. Many fled to countries in the Mediterranean.
  3. In 134 AD, Hadrian killed over 580K Jews (many more died of starvation) at the the Bar Kokhba revolt. Hadrian changed Judea to Syria Palestine and banned Jews from circumcision to wipe out Judaism. Jews were barred from entering Jerusalem.

God used the heathens to fulfill His plan of Diaspora (dispersing the Jews to all corners of the earth to be a blessing to those nations) until God gathers them back to Israel and Jerusalem.
So when Constantine became a Christian, He loved the Lord by getting Jerome to compile the holy scriptures together and translate them into Latin. The Vulgate is still used by the Catholic church and it is the basis for all bible translations. He persecuted the Jews and barred them from entering Jerusalem. During the Crusades, many Jews in Jerusalem were killed by the Christians soldiers thus fulfilling His word and by 1500s there were only about 5K Jews left in Israel.
 
All the Jews who fled to other nations were happy and successful and they actually were blessings in all these nations.

Gen 22:18  "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
 
They became highly respectable citizens because of their special gifts of talent, wisdom and knowledge just like Daniel and many others taken to Babylon.

Jer 42:11-12  Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid; do not be afraid of him,’ says the Lord, ‘for I am with you, to save you and deliver you from his hand. And I will show you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and cause you to return to your own land.’

What a God we have. Even though the Jews cursed themselves and their descendants by shedding the innocent blood of Jesus, He is faithful to His word that when they obey His word He will bless them though they are no longer His people. Brethren, how much more grace and love to us who are His people and children. Trust Him.

Hurt Not - The Pogroms (LG10)

Ezek 14:21-23  For thus says the Lord God: “How much more it shall be when I send My four severe judgments on Jerusalem—the sword and famine and wild beasts and pestilence—to cut off man and beast from it? Yet behold, there shall be left in it a remnant who will be brought out, both sons and daughters; surely they will come out to you, and you will see their ways and their doings. Then you will be comforted concerning the disaster that I have brought upon Jerusalem, all that I have brought upon it. And they will comfort you, when you see their ways and their doings; and you shall know that I have done nothing without cause that I have done in it,” says the Lord God.
 
So after the Diasporas, if the Jews are blessings to those nations, then they will have peace and prosperity. But if they were once again wicked, selfish, covetous (causing great misery with high interest in Europe) and oppose the Gospel (Crusades in Europe), then they will be banned, killed and also suffer great losses.

Amos 9:14-15  "I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, And no longer shall they be pulled up From the land I have given them,” Says the Lord your God.
 
On 13 July 1878 at the Treaty of Berlin, the only British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli with Hebrew linage, secured the control of the middle East and Palestine on behalf of the dying Ottoman dynasty. Immediately, he allowed Jews to buy land in Palestine. This started the call of Aliyah to go back to rebuilt Zion, the nation of Israel. Palestine then was mainly desert and wasteland, desolated by God to give the land its sabbath. It was sparsely populated with 300K.

Exod 23:29  "I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you."
 
More than two million Hebrews entered the Promised Land, yet God did not give it to them in one year because the population was too low.

So, had only two million Jews aliyah out of the tens of millions, then Israel would  have been formed long before 1900 with all the promised land plus Syria and Jordan if they wanted them. (In the 1917 Balfour Declaration, the Jews was given Syria Palestina to form their new nation Israel).

God again handed the promised land to the Jews on the platter but again they were filled with unbelief. Less than 20K aliyah by 1882 (what a shame). So God again would not allow that unbelieving generation of Jews to form the new nation of Israel.

Ezek 33:31-32  So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain. Indeed you are to them as a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument; for they hear your words, but they do not do them.
 
Already the Lord prophesied concerning the Jews that they seek to know His will but they will not keep it for they are really faithless and stiff necked and are hypocrites.

Mat 23:3  "Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do."

The Jews were enjoying their lives in all their new foster nations and refuse to come back to Palestine to form Israel. Immediately, after the Jews were allowed to buy land in 1878, God allowed pogroms in Czarist Russia in 1881-84 with many Jews raped, murdered and land confiscated and the 2nd pogroms in 1903-06 resulting in 2 million Jews migrating to UK and US from 1880-1914. Few went to form Israel. Where is their love for their homeland? Hypocrites!

Similarly, many pogroms in the 1920s and 30s were in Europe forcing some Jews to migrate to Palestine to escape death. Many of those Jews then migrated to third countries.

Palestine      Jews    Non Jews
1517 AD         5K         295K
1882 AD       24K         276K
1918 AD       60K         600K
1931 AD     174K         861K
1936 AD     384K         983K
1946 AD     543K      1,267K

God had to allow all this pogroms with millions of Jews slaughtered otherwise the new nation of Israel would not be formed in 1948.

Hurt Not - Rocks Split (LG11)

Mat 27:50-51  And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,
 
During any earthquake, rocks and stones do not split open. This is a unique occurrence caused by God.

John 8:37-38,44  “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.....You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it."
 
So after the Jews had killed our Lord Jesus, they are no longer the children of God but children of Satan (like any other heathen).

Luke 3:7-8  Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones."
 
Having killed Jesus, the Jews are no longer worthy descendants of Abraham and will not have any inheritance in the promised land. So they are scattered to the four corners if the earth

Gal 3:29  And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Luke 19:40  But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

The crucifixion of our Lord Jesus was the greatest love of God for His creation. Yet all mankind remained silent, so God split the rocks (stones) to praise Him. We thank God that all those who praise the love of God on the cross will become the children of God.

After the veil in the temple was torn God had departed from the temple. When the devout Jews from other land came to Jerusalem to keep the feast of Pentecost, they were converted to Christianity by the power of His Holy Spirit and His amazing wisdom. On that day alone 3000 Jews believed Jesus and were baptized. Paul too was converted during this time. The persecution by the Jewish priesthood scattered the Christians to evangelize the whole world.

After the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the temple by the Romans in 70 AD, the Jews (all had rejected Jesus) were either killed or taken as slaves. Many escaped to neighbouring countries.

God uprooted the Jews from Jerusalem and Israel, scattering them to all corners of the earth. Many of them found the Lord Jesus in 'Diaspora' and they assimilated themselves into these new countries as their citizens. (late British PM Benjamin Disraeli, an Anglican).

Surprisingly, some pastors and church leaders are misleading their congregations to go back to the Jewish root (bringing them back to bondage again). With the blood of Jesus, they can celebrate the feast of tabernacle in churches exalting and glorifying Him. These are twisting and distorting His words and commands.

Gal 3:10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”

Brethren, our salvation is in Jesus Christ alone, the Son of the living God 

Hurt Not - Anti-Semitism (LG12)

Rom 11:26-27  And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.”
 
When salvation finally goes back to the Jews (after the fullness of the Gentiles or Rapture), only Jacob's descendants who dwell in the land of Israel will be saved. That is the reason why God wants every Jew to aliyah - return back to the nation of Israel (Zionism).

As soon as our Lord Jesus was killed by the Jews, God left the temple of God in Jerusalem by tearing apart the veil. Only the priesthood knew of this sacrilege but their pride and wickedness made them to continue to deceive the Jews. In Acts, all those devout Jews from afar came to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices for the feast of Passover. God miraculously saved them and 3,000 Jews repented and were baptized into the body of Christ. These will preach the gospel in their synagogues to the Jews back home. Later on Peter, Paul and other disciples preached in these synagogues converting many Jews to Christianity.
 
Disciples of Jesus continued to work in the temple areas to bring more devout Jews into His saving grace. In 70 AD in Jerusalem, the temple was burnt to the ground, thus abolishing the priesthood, feasts, sacrifices and Judaism. Almost a million Jews were killed with 97K taken as slaves. But many escaped to far off synagogues where they were saved by believing the everlasting gospel.

Ezek 5:11-12  ‘Therefore, as I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘surely, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will also diminish you; My eye will not spare, nor will I have any pity. One-third of you shall die of the pestilence, and be consumed with famine in your midst; and one-third shall fall by the sword all around you; and I will scatter another third to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.'
 
Diaspora is God's plan for those unbelieving, rebellious, stiffed necked Jews to be scattered to synagogues in foreign land. There in despair, they finally heard and understood the gospel and many of them were saved.
 
All those saved are no longer Jews but believers or Christians.

Gal 3:26-28  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus._
 
A Jew is a disciple of Moses or Judaism, but a Christian is a disciple of Jesus. If anyone claims that he is a 'Messianic Jew', then he is not a Christian and is not saved. Peter, John, Paul, etc. are all believers or Christians and not (Messianic) Jews.

In 1878, when God called them to rebirth the nation of Israel, these rebellious Jews rejected His call and only a handful came back (lest than 20K out of 10 millions of Jews in 1900 AD). God caused pogroms in Europe starting from the 1880s in Russia, and only after millions were massacred by the Nazis in WW2, then the Jews began to go back. By 1948 there were only 0.5 million Jews against 1.2 million Arabs in Palestine.

Brethren, the Jews are blind and unsaved. They must repent of their sin and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, otherwise they will continue to be persecuted and killed with the Anti Semitism becoming worst and worst. Even if they go back to Israel now, they will be conquered and killed for the abominable PLO-Israel Peace Treaty signed in 1993. Only a remnant in Israel will be saved in WW3.

Hurt Not - Blindness In Israel (LG13)

Rom 11:20,23,25-26  Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear... And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again... For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
 
The moment our Lord died on the cross, the Jews lost their salvation followed by God's rejection of the temple with the torn veil.

John 20:22   And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “ receive the Holy Spirit."
 
After the resurrection of our Lord Jesus, the physical bodies of all believers become the temple of God, and Christians are the children of God.

So the natural olive branch (Israel - because of unbelief) was cut off, and the wild olive branch (gentiles - by their faith in Jesus) was grafted into the holy olive tree, replacing the Jews as His children. Then after Rapture (fullness of the gentiles has come in), the natural branch will be grafted back again.

Deut 1:42-43  “And the Lord said to me, ‘Tell them, “Do not go up nor fight, for I am not among you; lest you be defeated before your enemies.” So I spoke to you; yet you would not listen, but rebelled against the command of the Lord, and presumptuously went up into the mountain.
   
They rebel against Yahweh (just as in the days at Kadesh Barnea) by presumptuously celebrating the feasts without God or temple.

_Amos 5:21-23   “ I hate, I despise your feast days, and I do not savor your sacred assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings. Take away from Me the noise of your songs, for I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments."_
 
Without the priesthood and the temple of God, all their sacrifices, feasts, singing, etc. are abominable to Yahweh. Surprisingly many pastors and Christian leaders went to Israel to celebrate these abominable feasts alongside the blind and rebellious Jews. Blind Jews leading pastors in their feasts.

Where are those false prophets and prophetesses, who prophesied the glories, miracles, powers and deliverances at the coming of the Deliverer in 2015 the year of Jubilee in Israel, which did not come to past?

Yahweh had already abolished all the feasts including the year of Jubilee. Why are Christians still following the feasts, and use them for prophecies?

Brethren, work out our salvation with fear and trembling, preach the words and love one another as Jesus had loved us. Since God will deal with the Jews after Rapture, so let us leave them to God to save them.

Anti Semitism is God's way of saving the stiffed necked and rebellious Jews from eternal damnation. How painful it is for God to witness a Jew (or anyone), who had heard the gospel, mocking and blaspheming His name while under torture. But suddenly when he calls out 'Jesus save me', the whole heaven rejoices. Likewise, I believe that many Jews received salvation during the numerous pogroms and holocaust of the Nazis. I also believe that tens or hundreds of millions of Jews have been saved during Diaspora and Aliyah these 2000 years. To God be the glory.

The End Of The Millennium (LG14)

Understanding End Time Signs

After the formation of the nation of Israel in 1948, Christians believe that we are living in the last days. Again in 1967, when the Lord gave the Promised land back to Israel, interest in end time revived. From the 1980s with the influence of the 'dispensationists', who believed that the end of the Millennium is the end of the sixth Millennium (6th day) and also the end of the period of Grace, end time messages flourished in churches.

To satisfy the hunger, unlearned end time teachers taught the various schools of thoughts, which are non beneficial to Christians. Another group makes it easier by declaring that His coming is imminent (so don't bother about end time events), completely ignoring all end time warnings and teachings of our Lord Jesus. I just cannot imagine how these so called end time teachers face God.

Mat 24:6-8  "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows."_

But a few groups were fervently preaching the end time signs, warning Christians to watch out for wars, earthquakes, famines, pestilences, persecutions, etc. before Rapture. These were the Post-trib teachers, who taught that Rapture would be after the Great Tribulation (including the 7 years or Jacob's trouble or Wraths). So these teachers were expecting some important and biblical events to happen by 1993 AD.
 
When the PLO-Israel Peace Treaty was signed on 13th September 1993 (1st Seal), Christians were very excited and interested in end times.

  • On 30th September, the great Latur killed over 10,000 people.
  • On 17th January 1994, the great Los Angeles earthquake caused US$ 13-40 billion loses.

The April Rwandan Genocide in 1994 killed almost a million souls within 3 months (2nd. Seal). At that time there were more than 25 serious and deadly civil wars worldwide. All these events sent Christians to the faith of Jesus coming back by end of the Millennium. Back then many churches and Christians launched self supporting projects in the wilderness to avoid the '666' mark or detection.
 
The 1997/98 El Niño was regarded as one of the most powerful El Niño-Southern Oscillation events in recorded history, resulting in widespread drought, flooding and other natural disasters across the globe (Wikipedia).

In mid 1997, the Asian Financial Crisis hit almost all nations (especially SEA and South Korea) with the Western nations and a few other nations recovering within weeks. These financial crisis and El Nino caused great sufferings and starvations to the people.

During this time the IT experts predicted that the Y2K bugs might wrongly trickle the nuclear arsenals and destroy the whole world.

News of doom and the end of the world were commonly reported in all types of newspapers.
 
Most Christians believed that the end was near and many resigned to expect Rapture to be by the end of 1999 (Y2K) or 2000AD, and set themselves to live the rest of their short lives to serve and please God.

Brethren, this was the period when Christians were filled with goodness, kindness, mercies, generosity and love. Evangelism was their priority. Some wanted to sell all and serve the Lord, but only very few wicked Christians and pastors used this opportunity to enrich themselves by deceiving, cheating and robbing Christians.

Can Jesus Delay His Return (LG15)

Mat 25:1  “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept."

Mat 24:48  "But if that evil servant says in his heart, ' My master is delaying his coming,’"
 
In the last Millennium, initially Christians were expecting our Lord to come back by the end of the Millennium. As more signs were being fulfilled, the unlearned being in darkness became more fearful unless they surrendered their lives to His will and plans. Following signs pointed to the possibility of our Lord coming back then:-

  1. PLO-Israel Peace Treaty 1993, - 1st Seal opened.
  2. Latur great earthquake 1993
  3. Los Angeles earthquake 1994
  4. Rwanda Genocide 1994 April - 2nd Seal opened.
  5. More than 30 civil wars then
  6. El Nino caused famines, fire, floods, starvation, etc. 1997
  7. Asian Financial Crisis 1997, - 3rd Seal opened.
  8. Fear of WW3 by Y2K bug setting off nuclear arsenals.

As the above unfold one by one, all those who are learned in end time events rejoiced as the signs were fulfilled one at a time and in the right order. By mid 1998, we realized that Rapture was unlikely for the following signs were still not fulfilled:-

1. 4th Seal or World War 3 with 1/4 of mankind killed.

Rev 6:7-8  When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.

2. Temple of God must be rebuilt

2 Thess 2:3-4  Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day (Rapture) will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

3. 5th Seal or great martyrdom

Mat 24:21,29-30  "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be...Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."

The few wise and learned were comforted that even if Y2K bug be at its worst, all it could do was to start WW3 or 4th Seal and not blow up the earth and wipe out all mankind for many prophecies have not been fulfilled yet.

Unfortunately the majority of Christians, who are unlearned, foolish and blind, kept expecting and fearing that Rapture would be at the end of the Millennium (Y2K). So when our Lord Jesus did not turn up as they expected, they then thought that his coming was delayed.

Mat 24:36  “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only."
 
Since no one knows when Jesus is coming, then we cannot accuse Him of delaying His coming.

Y2K - Friends Of God (LG16)

Mat 24:45-47  “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods."
 
The faithful and wise servant loves his Master and spends a lot of time reading the bible in order to understanding Him, His likes, dislikes, habits, plans, character, desires, attributes, ways, will, etc. so that he can please Him in all his works, ways and belief.

Acts17:11  These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so._
 
Just like the Bereans, if only Christians today sincerely seek His face and truth by spending time reading the bible instead of books or watching ungodly TV, then heresies and deceptions will not be so rampant in churches.

John 15:14  "You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you."
 
God promised us that if we will obey His commands then we will become His friends and He will teach and guide him into all truth and also the end time mysteries. So when the year 2000 passed, His friends were not affected for they were only looking to the next sign the 4th. Seal.

1Pet 1:2-12,16  Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth... For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
 
God promised us that we may be partakers in His divine nature if we observe carefully all His teachings. The entrance to His everlasting kingdom will be wide opened to His faithful and wise servants, who are obedient to His words and will. Memorize the whole chapter of 1Pet 1 to help guide you into godliness.

Brethren, let's be His faithful and wise servants by equipping ourselves so that we can give them food in due season with His truth from the pure word of God.

Y2K - The Enemies Of God (LG17)

Mat 13:24-28  Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘ An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’
 
In the early 1960s the West esp. US was experiencing a period of prosperity after the wars in Vietnam and Korea. US, the champion of the Christian faith, alone financed more than 80% of mission work worldwide but the emergence of human rights movement and the removal of bible and cane from public schools began to erode the Christians faith. Taking this opportunity the devil silently crept into churches, deceiving Christians to believe in distorted truth, lies and heresies (sowing tares). At the same time the Charismatic movement was having their revival and the split with the conservative churches was irreparable.

_2Cor 11:13-15  For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
 
The accusations and hatred between them presented the opportunities for the devil and his agents to masquerade as apostles of righteousness (playing with their pride) and teach them to blaspheme the Lord with these heresies:-

To Non-charismatics

  1. Tongues are demonic
  2. Miracles are over

To Charismatics

  1. Born again can be demonized or demon possessed
  2. Positive confession
  3. Prosperity gospel
  4. Jesus' Coming is imminent

We thank God that in the 1990s, the fear of Rapture by the end of the Millennium made many Christians come back to the bible. Bible study groups were rampant so that just before Y2K, there was much love, concern, helps compassion and respect for one another's work and ministries. For the first time some churches offered financial support to our mission work.

Though Malaysia suffered greatly during the Asian Financial Crisis since mid 1997, Christians gave sacrificially thus meeting the needs in mission fields and charitable homes. Christian can truly say then that Jesus had transformed me to love my neighbour instead of myself. This was possibility the most fruitful period for Christianity since the days of the Acts of the Apostles.

2Pet 3:3   knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation."  For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,
 
During this time there will also be scoffers (worldly, covetous and depraved pastors and leaders), mocking those who believe in Rapture, to prevent them from understanding end time events.

Brethren, let's fight the good fight (against persecutions, lies, deceptions, heresies, distorted doctrines, etc.) and keep the faith in our Lord Jesus (His pure words and truth).

Y2K - Those Evil Servants (LG18)

Mat 24:48-51  "But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘ My master is delaying his coming' and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
 
When the expected Rapture by those unlearned pastors and leaders was a non event, the evil servants revealed their true identities of being covetous, carnal and worldly. From the beginning they did not have faith in God but stayed godly because of Rapture.

So instead of leaving their services, they used their positions as Senior pastors and heads of ministries to enrich themselves with such high normally undisclosed incomes (salaries, allowances and gifts) that put the pay of President Obama to shame.

They behave as CEOs of big conglomerates, travelling, dining and living as billionaires, but their poor assistants (fellow pastors) normally powerless, have to live by faith. They will destroy any godly and faithful fellow pastor, who opposes their wicked, carnal and unrighteous ways with false testimonies, lies and deceptions.

Jude1:17  But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.
 
Immediately after Y2K, the unity in Christians and churches found then, began to be divided once again in the body of Christ with big and rich churches working independently for selfish gains. These Senior pastors and church leaders, who are sensual and without the Spirit, began to build their own personal empires.

They operate as though the church is owned by their families. They are self centered and only care for their own ministries. They hoard up the tithes and offerings (God"s money) in properties, shares, bank deposits, etc. instead of feeding or supporting fellow pastors in mission fields and charitable homes. They treat pastors in mission fields and needy ministries as beggars and avoid them as lepers.

Mat 13:37-40  He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.
 
Y2K revealed the wheat (godly Christians) from the tares, who are actually doing the works of the devil by destroying the unity of His kingdom. It is so easy to recognize them for they are the rich televangelists and rich churches hoarding God's money.

They are rich and powerful and ready to destroy or curse anyone who opposes their selfishness and wickedness. Thank God that before Rapture, God will send His angels to kill all these false brethren and hypocrites (likely in the coming WW3) and cast them to hell.

Rom 1:32  who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things (divisive, sensual, covetousness, evil, etc.) are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
 
Brethren, do no be partakers with these false apostles and agents of the devil.

Y2K - The Ten Virgins (LG19)

Mat 25:1  “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while *the bridegroom was delayed*, they all slumbered and slept."
 
A virgin is one who prepares herself to marry the Lord and to obey and serve Him faithfully according to His commands, words, teachings, will, etc.

2Cor 11:2  For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

2Tim 4:8  Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
 
These 10 virgins love the Lord with all their hearts. They love His appearing because they want to be with Him as soon as possible. So all these virgins desire, hope and believe that Jesus will be back in Y2K.

But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept."
 
After Y2K, no one dared to preach end time events anymore (slumbered and slept) for they were ignorant of end times, except for the few who knew that the fourth Seal (WW3) must come first before Rapture.

Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
 
Oil is used for anointing and it represents the Holy Spirit. The five foolish virgins loved the Lord and will obey all His words and commands. They are prepared to give up all and serve the Lord faithfully with the gifts and empowering of the Holy Spirit in churches, missions, charitable homes, etc. These are really godly and faithful servants of God serving in their own comfort zones.

Gal 5:16-17  I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
 
But the wise virgins wanted to do His will (no matter where, why and what it is) and to be led by the Spirit of God into the baptism with fire. When we walk in the Spirit we find that we are to do the things that we do not naturally desire, like nor want (flesh)

2Cor 11:26-27  in journeys often, in perils of waters,... in perils in the wilderness,..in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
 
Filthy hard bamboo floor as bed, tasteless and dirty tapioca as food, travelling in dusty and hot or slippery and dangerous muddy tracks, stranded often with broken down vehicles, chased by angry elephants, encountered leeches, snakes and wild animals, suffered hunger, cold, scorching heat, muscles pains, etc.

Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me._
 
With 37 OA worship services in the jungle every week, our late Pr Siew, suffering from acute arthritis for the past ten years and with failing eye sight and hearing, still drove into the jungle. With great pains and often with dangers, he ensured that our OA brethren can worship the Lord weekly. Obediently, he ran a good race and had crucified his flesh by walking in the Spirit for His glory. All of us will miss him very much.

Y2K - The Tares (LG20)

Mat 13:27-30  So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘ No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest,'"
 
After Y2K, the field planted with wheat were filled with tares. How did the servants of God recognized these tares?

Gal 5:19-21  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that *those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
 
Suddenly after Y2K, the body of Christ were filled with covetous and sensual pastors and church leaders taking over the pulpits.

Mat 13:38  "The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but *the tares are the sons of the wicked one*."_
   
The wicked one attacked the church in 2 prongs.

  1. By practicing abominable acts, such as sodomy.
  2. By deceptions with distorted doctrines and heresies

Rom 1:26-27,32  For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due....who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
 
In 2003, Bishop Gene Robinson openly confessed that he was a sodomite (gay), and sadly enough today most of the mainline and evangelical churches approved the practice of sodomy. Do they not realize that all those who approve or practice sodomy are destined to damnation? Even God's appointed marriage between a man and a woman, is destroyed by the approval of gay marriage in US and some former Christian nations.

2Pet 2:1-3  But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.
 
Covetous pastors, church leaders and televangelists were found to teach distorted truth to rob the congregations. However these congregations sincerely believed them to be servants of God and gave willingly to God. These are the wheat (good seeds) or born again Christians though misled and deceived.

These Christians opposed sodomy and many other abominable practices. For their sake, God did not remove the tares fearing that their faith may be shaken or destroyed and become liberal Christians and approving sodomy which leads them to be cast into the lake of fire.

Brethren, let us be sober and watchful. Let us be His faithful servants and watchmen by condemning the approval of sodomy, which leads to damnation.

Tares - Sin Leading To Death (LG21)

1John 5:16  If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that.
 
What is this sin leading to death that we are not allowed to pray to God for forgiveness.

Lev 20:13  "If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them."
 
Sodomy (homosexuality) is an abomination to the Lord and a sin leading to death. In the OT all sodomites must be put to death for they have defiled the land.

Lev 18:22, 29-30  "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination... For whoever commits any of these abominations, the persons who commit them shall be cut off from among their people. ‘Therefore you shall keep My ordinance, so that you do not commit any of these abominable customs which were committed before you, and that you do not defile yourselves by them: I am the Lord your God.’ ”
 
In the OT, there are only a few sins that lead to death such as sodomy, idolatry, offering children as sacrifices, incest, etc. and all these sinners must be put to death. What must we do today as Christians?

1Cor 5:1, 4-6  It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles— that a man has his father’s wife! And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 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. Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

 Incest was committed in the Corinth church and the sinner (without repentance) was cast out of the church and delivered to Satan for the destruction of his flesh.

Rom 1:26-27,32  For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due....who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
 
Today's distorted truth or possibly heresy - 'Love the sinners but hate their sins' in the case of sodomites has caused many unsuspecting and misled Christians representing churches to march in Gay parade supporting sodomy. This is definitely an abomination to the Lord.

Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

Brethren, if we obey the word of God, then all these sodomites who refused to repent must be cast out from His church, otherwise this little leaven will deceive and destroy His church. This is so true, for majority of churches in US and the West are defiled by approving sodomy (an abomination and a sin leading to death), which is harassing Christians and Christianity today.

Tares - Jewish Feasts (LG22)

Exo 23:17  "Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord God."

God demanded that all male Jews must appear before Him 3 times a year. Without the temple of God this cannot be fulfilled, signifying the abolishment of the Jewish feasts and the end of Judaism. Thank God that we are Christians and not Jews.

Jewish Feasts Fulfilled
 
Passover

Lev 23:5  'On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD'S Passover.'

Our Lord's crucifixion was the Passover Lamb.

Feast of unleavened bread

Lev 23;6  'And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.'
 
Our Lord was the Bread of life, the pure Word of God.

Feast of first fruit (weeks)

Lev 23:15  "Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD."

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was the fulfillment of this feast of first fruit.

Jewish Feast yet to be fulfilled

Blowing of trumpets

Lev 23:23-25  Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.'"
 
The appearing of Jesus at Rapture after the last trump will be the fulfillment of the blowing of trumpets.

1Cor 15:51-52  Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Titus 2:13-14  looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

Brethren, as Christians we are always celebrating the feast of the blowing the trumpets in the seventh month because we are looking forward to His glorious appearing. We love the Lord and we do not need to wait till the seventh month to celebrate the blowing of the trumpets.

All feasts after Rapture are meant for the Jews. Brethren, if you want to celebrate these feasts with the Jews, then you must be left behind at Rapture and then damnation awaits you.

The Day of Atonement

Lev 23:26-27  And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: "Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the LORD."

Afflicting the souls or mourning (repentence) of all the Israelites for the One (Jesus) they pierced. All Israel will then saved. (Rom 11:26-27)

The Feast of Tabernacle

Lev 23:41  "You shall keep it (Feast of Tabernacles) as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month."
 
This will be the feast at the second coming of Jesus to establish His Millennium Rule.

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

We, who are taken up at Rapture, will be ruling with Him for a thousand years. Sorry for those left behind at Rapture by following the laws and feasts. Brethren repent, we need the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (with the empowering of the Holy Spirit) to overcome sin.

Rom 7:8-11  But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead,  I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me.

Harvest Of The Tares - Y2K (LG23)

Mat 13:27,30  So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?'... Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “ First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
 
Suddenly there appeared a lot of tares amongst the wheat, so there will be the harvest of the tares, which will be cast into hell before Rapture.

Mat 13:38  "The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked on*."
 
So the tares are the enemies of God or the antichrists.

1Jn 2:18-19  Little children, it is the last hour; and as you were given word that the Antichrist would come, so when (now) a number of antichrists have come to you; and by this we are certain that it is the last hour. They went out from us but they were not of us; if they had been of us they would still be with us: but they went out from us so that it might be made clear that they were not of us. (BBE)

These antichrists (went out from us) were pastors and church leaders. After they had lost their salvation, their abominable sins, behaviours, ways and works revealed their apostasies.

2Cor 11:13-15  For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
 
These antichrists (just like Balaam deceiving the Israelites to commit sexual immorality and idolatry for profit), masquerading as anointed ministers of Jesus, will try to deceive Christians to commit abominations so that the righteous God will punish His own children. These antichrists are those who promote distorted doctrines and heresies such as:-

  1. Sodomy - Bishops Gene Robinson and Mary Glasspool and most of the Clergies in US and possibly the West, Pope Francis, President Obama, liberal Christians, etc.
  2. Blaspheme the Holy Spirit by condemning the gifts or works of the Holy Spirit as demonic - sins of many anti-charismatics.
  3. Reducing the bible as history book and not the word of God
  4. Prosperity gospel - all the covetous pastors, church leaders, televangelists, etc
  5. Robbing God - those who hoarded His money in the last days from His many ministries.
  6. Coming of Jesus is imminent so that Christians do not have to study or understand end times.
  7. And many other heresies.

Rev 6:7-8  When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. *And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him*. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.
 
A quarter of mankind killed here will go to Hades or hell. I believe this fourth Seal will also be the soon coming World War 3, which God will use to harvest the tares for the fire in hell.

1Pet 4:8-9,17  And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one smother without grumbling...For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?

Is The Lord's Coming Imminent? (LG24)

This recent doctrine of a secret Rapture that the coming of the Lord is imminent, is taught in many churches and is made popular by movies such as 'A thief in the night', 'Vanished', etc. making Christians in general to believe it.

They reasoned that since no one knows the day and hour of His Coming, then He can come at any time, even at this very moment, thus completely ignoring our Lord's end time prophecies.

2Thess 2:1-4  Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

These verses clearly warn us that whoever, believes that Rapture can occur before the man of sin (Antichrist) declaring himself as god in the temple of God, has already been deceived.
This type of doctrine is deceptive. and therefore should be classified as heresy.

James 5:19-20  Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

Let God Always Be Glorified (LG25)

Rom 2:6-11  Who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.

Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Can we let 2016 be the glorious and fruitful year, where we will continuously be involved in doing good works so that men will see the light and love of Jesus in us and glorify the Father in heaven by becoming Christians?

1 Pet 4:14  If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.

2 Thess 1:11-12  Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Luke 24:25-26  Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”

Rom 8:16-17  The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

Why Glorify The Devil? (LG26)

If we call the Almighty God, Abba Father, then we are truly His children (Rom 8:15-17)

1 John 4:4  You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

1 John 5:4  For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

God will then empower us to overcome the Devil and the world.

Job 1:9-10  So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

If Job, a righteous man, was fully protected from the Devil, then how much more protection for us, who are His children, so that the Devil cannot even touch nor harm us.

Job 1:12  And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.”

When God allowed the Devil to have power over Job's belonging, he immediately destroyed all Job's  possessions, wealth and all his children. Just imagine what will happen to you if the Devil has the power over you.

Job 2:6-7  And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.

Similarly, the Devil cannot hurt our businesses, possessions and properties nor harm our physical bodies without God's approval.

2 Chron 7:13-14  When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

It is a great mistake to glorify the Devil by blaming him of all our miseries (actually he has no power over us), when it is God, Who is chastising or purifying us.

Therefore, honour God and give Him all the glory and respect for He alone controls your life. Seek His face and humble yourself before Him with true repentance and He will definitely heal.

No One Knows The Day Of Rapture? (LG27)

Mark 13:32   But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

No one knows when our Lord will come at Rapture

1. not even the angels.

Angels are messengers and this verse shows that the Lord will not deliver any message concerning the day and hour of Rapture through angels.

2. nor the Son of man

Since our Lord Jesus did not know the day and hour of Rapture while He was on earth, then He could not have told or taught anyone about it.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Thus, the Holy Spirit too will not reveal the day and hour of Rapture to anyone. (Many are using the name of the Holy Spirit to justify their own desires, behaviours, lusts, greed and actions)

So all those, who prophesy the day and hour of the coming of our Lord Jesus, are false and are not sent by God.

Jer 23:21  I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

Eze 13:8  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD.

Not only for Rapture, actually, no one knows the beginnings of WW3 killing 1/4 of mankind, removal of the Dome on the Rock', building of the temple of God, the Antichrist, etc.

However, if we can roughly estimate the period of each event according to the end time signs taught by our Lord, then we will not be surprised or caught unaware by the coming perilous times.

How Long Is Each Event? (LG28)

1. Beginning of Sorrows (5th Seal)

Rev 6:7-8  When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see”. So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.

World War 3 deploying weapons of mass destruction, pestilences of deadly plagues, great earthquakes and huge tsunamis and starvation by great hunger will kill 1/4 of all mankind. So, from the start of WW3 till the removal of the 'Dome on the Rock' will roughly be 3 months - 2 years.

[Note - this will also be the time when many heathens will come to the Lord for godly Christians, with divine miraculous nourishment, feed and care for them.]

2. Period of Sorrows (5th. Seal)

Rev 6:9  When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.

Mat 24:15  “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand),

From the removal of the 'Dome on the Rock' to the dedication of the temple of God may be 4 months - 2 years.

[Note - Harold's temple took 46 years to build, but this temple will not follow God's instruction and will use the latest technology and material.]

3. The Great Tribulation (5th. Seal)

Mat 25:21-22  For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

This period of the great tribulation may last from 1week to 3 months for it is shortened by God.

For my own consumption, the earliest Rapture can occur is estimated to be about 7 months after the start of WW3 (It can even be earlier with divine intervention), so that I can stay focus on the things above.

So, if WW3 begins within these 3 months, then Rapture can possibly occur in late 2017.

When Will World War 3 Begin? (LG29)

Dan 11:40   At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.

The king of the South is mainly Egypt and Israel.

Egypt is a Sunni Muslim nation but a secular state and will not tolerate extremism (Islamic Brotherhood government was recently removed by the military). It has volunteers/army fighting alongside the Sunni rebels against Assad's Shia government, which rules over the more than 70% Sunni majority in Syria.

The king of the North comprises of Iran, Iraq, Syria, southern Turkey and Lebanon.

There are 4 groups there fighting one another:-

  1. The Shia which governs Iran, Iraq and Syria.
  2. The Sunni, which is the majority in Syria and are rebelling against the ruling party in both Syria and Iraq. The West supported the Shia by disposing Saddam Hussein in Iraq, but in Syria they are supporting the rebelling Sunnis.
  3. ISIS, the extremists, formed the Sunni Caliphate in Syria and Iraq and are fighting everyone.
  4. The Kurds are protecting their own land from ISIS and are rebelling against the ruling powers for independence. 

This mess will see the Shias (under Iran and with the helps from the Russians) finally killing many Sunnis and controlling this area. Egypt with support from the West and other Sunni States will then attack Iran. Israel may take this opportunity to attack the nuclear facilities in Iran.

This will start World War 3.

Are you willing and are also ready to be used for the greatest harvest ever, in which God is glorified among the heathens by your love for your neighbours during World War 3, which is just around the corner?

What Must I Do Before WW3? (LG30)

For the first advent of our Lord (we just celebrated Christmas), John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way by getting the people to repent.

Luke 3:7-9  Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Before His second advent, we need to repent so that God can prepare us to be the bride of the Lamb at Rapture. For those who are stubborn and unrepentant, God will have to use World War 3 to cleanse His church of misled, carnal and worldly church leaders, false teachers, false prophets, antichrists, and all those who teach and practice lies, abominations, heresies and distorted truth.

1 Cor 11:31  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

So, let us come before the Lord and judge ourselves with the pure word of God so that we can repent from our misunderstandings and misinformations that have caused us to believe in lies, heresies and wrong doctrines, untruth and abominable practices. Let us also flee from all hypocrisies, greed, wickedness, carnality, worldliness, lying, jealousy, unforgiveness, hatred, etc. (Rom 1:24-32)

But let us love Him with all our heart by trusting and obeying Him, His words, commandments, teachings and promises and reject all worldly wisdoms which are carnal and demonic (James 3:13-18)

Luke 2:10-11  So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?” He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”

We have no other choice but to feed, care and share with our poor and needy brethren, otherwise we will be judged as 'goats' in Mat 25:31-46 and be condemned to everlasting punishment.

1 John 3:17-18  But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth

Be Merciful (LG31)

Luke 16:8  And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

This parable of the unjust steward in Luke 16:1-7 is about the steward who uses his master's money to help the poor and needy (in debts). The master commended this action of mercy by the world, but unfortunately Christians, supposedly to be in the light, will fail to show mercy.

Hosea 6:6  For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

Mat 5:7  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Luke 16:9  And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.

Our Lord instructed us to use our money to help others (making friends using the unrighteous mammon) so that from our mercy, love and good works (light), they will glorify the Father in heaven by becoming Christians.

Matthew 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

So when we have reached the end of our lives (fail), they will testify of their salvations to the Lord in heaven (everlasting habitations) because of our mercies and love shown to them.

Be Faithful (LG32)

Luke 16:10-12  He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?

Our Lord referred to mammon as unrighteous because it always causes us to sin

If we arrange all those which we are unfaithful/unjust together, then this will read as follows;

If you have not been faithful to the least or unrighteous mammon or which is another man's....

Our Lord warned us that the least important in our lives is money (it always causes us to sin), which belongs to Him (which is another man's).

1 Tim 6:10  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

We are only steward of the money/wealth He has given us, and we must use it for the needs in all His various ministries such as missions, charity and charitable homes for children, aged, destitute and needy. Please do not hoard it up otherwise you will be stealing or robbing God.

Similarly, if you have been faithful to His unrighteous mammon, then God will give you the true riches which is your own.

John 16:22  Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

John 14:21  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

His presence or manifestation which gives us His joy, peace, love, comfort, empowering, healing, etc. will be part of our true riches while we are still on earth.

Mat 16:26-27  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

The final rewards He will give to each one of us at His appearing will be our everlasting true riches.

So be faithful to your stewardship of mammon and only then will you be blessed with true riches.

Serve God But Not Mammon (LG33)

Luke 16:13  No servant 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..

Once we understand and accept that God owns all the mammon under our care, and that we are only His stewards, then we do not have any more worry. When we love God and understand His will, then we will hate mammon for it has deceived us and has given many brethren sleepless nights, fears, worries, heartaches, pains, doubts in God's words, etc. and it has also caused them to commit all types of sin.

When we serve God, He becomes our Master and He alone decides the amount of Mammon to provide for each of us. We must be faithful in dispensing this mammon to the needs of His numerous ministries, thus making mammon the servant (and not the master) in financing all the ministries.

Luke 16:14  And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

But covetous Christians, who steal and rob God of His mammon by keeping them as their own personal wealths will reject this Truth and will then persecute all bible believing Christians.

Luke 16:15  And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Mammon is only the tools or servants given by God to help serve His ministries, but unfortunately covetous Christians made it their masters and lords and some even worship it as their god, thus making it an abomination in the sight of God.

Changing Unrighteous Mammon (LG34)

Luke 16:1-13  And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? No servant 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.

The unjust steward knew how to prepare his future by using his master's wealth (without approval) to do charity by giving discount to the debtors, and for this he was commended for his wisdom.

Christians are taught how to prepare themselves for their everlasting habitation. In this our Lord commanded us to be merciful by using our money and wealth (His property), to feed the poor, needy, destitute, etc. and to finance His various ministries such as missions, charities, homes for poor, children, aged, needy, destitute, strangers, etc. so that His Name is glorified. Brethren, obey our Lord so that our money and wealth (unrighteous mammon) become blessings in His sight.

Luke 16:14, 15  And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

When we esteem highly mammon by hoarding or worshipping it, then our money and wealth are abominations in His sight. We will then be blinded and will stray from the Truth. This will cause us to accept and practice heresies, which may lead us to damnation, the wrong everlasting habitation.

Let God Always Be Glorified (LG35)

Rom 2:6-11  Who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.

Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Can we let 2017 be the glorious and fruitful year, where we will continuously be involved in doing good works so that men will see the light and love of Jesus in us and glorify the Father in heaven by becoming Christians?

1 Pet 4:14  If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.

2 Thess 1:11-12  Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Luke 24:25-26  Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”

Rom 8:16-17  The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

Why Glorify The Devil? (LG36)

If we call the Almighty God, Abba Father, then we are truly His children (Rom 8:15-17)

1 John 4:4  You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

1 John 5:4  For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

God will then empower us to overcome the Devil and the world.

Job 1:9-10  So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

If Job, a righteous man, was fully protected from the Devil, then how much more protection for us, who are His children, so that the Devil cannot even touch nor harm us.

Job 1:12  And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.”

When God allowed the Devil to have power over Job's belonging, he immediately destroyed all Job's  possessions, wealth and all his children. Just imagine what will happen to you if the Devil has the power over you.

Job 2:6-7  And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.

Similarly, the Devil cannot hurt our businesses, possessions and properties nor harm our physical bodies without God's approval.

2 Chron 7:13-14  When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

It is a great mistake to glorify the Devil by blaming him of all our miseries (actually he has no power over us), when it is God, Who is chastising or purifying us.

Therefore, honour God and give Him all the glory and respect for He alone controls your life. Seek His face and humble yourself before Him with true repentance and He will definitely heal.

Sufferings In Purification (LG37)

Mat 5:48  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Our Lord Jesus Christ demands everyone of us to be perfect.

James 1:2-4  My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

All Christians will have their faith tested until perfection.

Rom 2:10  but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good.

During our trials, the peace of God will always be there comforting us.

1 Pet 4:12-13  Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

Though these fiery trials are very painful (whipping, crown of thorns and crucifixion suffered by our Lord), we must rejoice (the joy of the Lord is our strength) for we are counted worthy to be partakers in His sufferings.

Some of our trials are as follows:-

Mat 5:11-12  “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

Mat 5:44  "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,"  (Put to practice Mat 5-7)

The sign that we have passed these fiery trials is rejoicing during our sufferings, which we have come to believe and accept that we are partaking in His sufferings. This is the expression of our love for Him by accepting these fiery trials as His will for us.

James 1:12  Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Sufferings In Chastisement (LG38)

2 Pet 2:20-21  For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

Heb 12:5-6  And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”

When God accepts us as His sons, He will be our Abba Father and will manifest His Father's love towards us. Thus, whenever we sin, He has to chastise us to prevent us from returning to the old man of lusts, carnality, greed, pride, worldliness, etc. thereby helping us to escape eternal condemnation.

Heb 12:10-11  For they (natural fathers) indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Just imagine caning our own children; it really breaks our hearts to see them in pain because we love them very much, but for them to yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness, we have no other choice. Every time God chastises His sons, He too feels the great pain because He loves us so much that He came down to be made flesh and died for us.

1 Pet 4:1-3  Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.

God chastises us for it is only through sufferings that we will no longer sin in loving the world and the things therein. We will then love to do His will by setting our sight on laying up treasures in heaven.

2 Chron 7:13-14  When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Your true repentance and sincere humility will please the Father and at the appropriate time He will be delighted to deliver or heal you.

James 4:17  Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.