Praise the Lord, the evil witch Hillary did not become our president. Instead a revolution of sorts has taken place in America just as many of us thought God had given up on this nation. His mercies are new every morning! Under Obama the globalist were in charge of the U.S., and he was their puppet implementing their agenda—which was in a nutshell to destroy this nation, economically, socially, culturally, morally and just about every other way. Persecution of Christians would have greatly increased under Jezebel Hillary. I thank God He has spared us again.
Now that there has been a revolution in politics and Christians have a little more room to breathe here for a while, it is time to use this opportunity to start a revolution in the church! After all, it is because of lukewarmness in the church that Obama became president and Hillary almost did. By God’s grace He has given us another chance. We must use it to clean up the church as Trump drains the swamp in government.
As we have had money- and power-hungry politicians and globalists using the American people to further their own agenda, we have many money- and power-hungry leaders in the church using the sheep for their own benefit. Will that swamp ever get drained? Someday. Unfortunately, most sheep cannot even discern the motives of their leaders. But besides hirelings the church has too many other problems to even begin to list. We don’t have to; we just need to concentrate on the two most important things.
Jesus said the two greatest things were to love God with all your heart and love your brother as yourself. It is time for the church to turn back to its First Love and for Christians to grow to maturity instead of constantly needing to be spoon-fed by pastors. If we would just do these two greatest things, everything else would work out. No church doctrine is right without putting those things first. The church of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia) was promised they would escape the tribulation. Have we become a church of brotherly love?
Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth (Rev. 3:10 NKJV).
In most of the churches I have attended I have seen little perseverance in brotherly love. Most Christians get offended at the least little things. I have also seen many cases where needy people, who could not even pay their rent, not being helped by their other “brothers” and “sisters.”
If we really loved Jesus, we would keep watch for His coming. Usually “keeping watch” is used as a metaphor in Scriptures and actually means to prepare ourselves for the Bridegroom. I have often heard preachers say there is nothing we have to do since Christ paid it all. Those people will be like the foolish virgins, who didn’t have enough oil. Evidently He didn’t purchase enough oil for them because they were told to go out and buy more!
“And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut” (Matt. 25:8-10 NKJV).
They got left behind in the rapture because they didn’t buy enough oil for themselves! Jesus ends this parable by saying,
Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming (Matt. 25:13 NKJV).
In this parable keeping watch means having enough oil in your lamp. Oil is a type of spirit; therefore, there is something that we have to do to make sure we have “bought” enough oil. Jesus didn’t buy it all; we have to “buy” some of it!
He also says,
“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready” (Rev. 19:7 NKJV).
Here it says that the bride “made herself ready.” Obviously, Jesus didn’t do it all for the bride—there is something the bride has to do.
James says to “purify yourselves,”
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded (James 4:8 NKJV).
Jesus didn’t totally purify our hearts or James would not have said “purify your hearts.”
Paul said to “examine yourselves,” “test yourselves,” and “know yoursleves” to make sure you are not disqualified.
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?--unless indeed you are disqualified. But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified (2 Cor. 13:5-6 NKJV).
All these things are “keeping watch” for the Bridegroom, to show Him you love Him.
Paul also said,
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth (Col. 3:8 NKJV).
We could go on and on with things the bride herself needs to do to get ready and show her love for the Groom, yet I have so often heard from preachers that Jesus did it all and paid it all for us.
Yes, He paid it all for our initial salvation, but there is much left for us to do to prove our love to Him. Just because you are saved does not qualify you to go in the rapture or to be his “bride.” He has already proven His love towards us.
We need a revolution in our love for the Lord. We all love what God can do for us, but do we really love Him? Most men would not marry a woman who was in love with all he could do for her but not in love with him. I find it interesting that so many lukewarm Christians think they are going to be raptured out of the world before the Great Tribulation while the Scriptures themselves tell us we need to make ourselves ready for that time when He comes as a thief in the night. He is coming ONLY for a bride that is in love with Him. This is why Jesus admonished his disciples to be ready when He returns FROM THE WEDDING—because He knew most would miss it!
“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately” (Luke 12:35-36 NKJV).
“Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Rev. 3:19-22 NKJV).
Notice here that In Luke 12 He is telling the disciples who missed the wedding to be ready when He comes back and knocks. Then to the lukewarm Laodicean Church He says He is knocking. The Laodicean Church obviously missed the wedding!
Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place–unless you repent (Rev. 2:4-5 NKJV).