Wednesday, March 31

A Prophetic Word to the Church

A Prophetic Word to the Church

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It is the heartfelt prayer of all of the Toward The Mark Team that this blog will serve to—in a big way—encourage, preserve, and ensure the role of Godly integrity in the lives of all who read it.
Dr. Myles Munroe once made this very sobering statement: 
Wouldn’t it be terrible to wake up one day and realize that you spent forty years pastoring a church when you should have been driving a bus for a living? Or how about waking up one day after driving a bus for forty years to realize that you should have been pastoring a church?
Please, never accept a leadership position in God’s Church for the pay or the recognition. Accept it only because it is your divine calling! God always provides for the fulfillment of His vision for our lives! This is especially true for those who have been called by Him to love and to feed His sheep. Based on the present condition of not only the church, but also the massive amounts of people that are going unreached in this country, I am of the opinion that about 95% of those occupying leadership positions today should be doing something else with their lives. As harsh as that may sound, here is why I say it. America has within just the last 30 years made the tragic transition from being a Christian nation to becoming a religious and an extremely materialistic society. This situation can only turn around as the right people, folks who are operating inside of their gifts and callings, assume church leadership. But how are we to know the difference?
In 1990, totally grieved about the treatment that I had seen so many of God’s people having to endure at the hand of “professional religious leaders,” I began to earnestly fast and to pray for them all. While in prayer, I received a timely word from the Lord. Remember, this Word came to me back in 1990. This is what He said:
“Be encouraged; it won’t be long now. I am dismantling the Church as you have known it, and am raising up a new breed of leader. The pruning process that is occurring even now will yield a fresh, new, and abundant crop of men and women who love and seek Me with their whole hearts. Their affection will not be divided! They have both seen and endured the painful wrath and tormenting flames of religion’s harsh taskmasters, and through it all have emerged victorious. This will be that generation that will be called My Bride. They will walk in purity and will be without spot or wrinkle because I will remember their sins no more. Untainted any longer by sin and the terrible stench of religion, they will be a sweet-smelling savor to Me and all who receive them. I will take pleasure in all of their exploits and will bless all they put their hands to because I know them intimately and because they know Me intimately (Because I am in them and they are in Me). Just as I called forth Lazarus from the grave, I will soon call these forth from the factories, from the job sites, from the kitchens, from caves, home offices, and all four corners of the earth. I will call all of those who have endured deafening loneliness for My Name’s sake, and while I have had them hidden in caves, they have trusted in Me, rested in Me, and waited on Me without fail. These are the joy of My heart and will be easily recognized by all who see them. They will be girded about in the spirit with the towel of loving and selfless service to others!”
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"I am dismantling the Church as you have known it, and am raising up a new breed of leader." - Keith Shealy

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Monday, February 22

The Abomination Of Misrepresentation

You don't need a gun or a knife to commit murder!

What passes for Christianity today bears little to no resemblance to the teachings of The Lord Jesus Christ. Much like paint that is diluted to the point that it becomes useless, God and His Word are being diluted to the point that The Gospel of Jesus Christ is misrepresented as useless in the eyes of the masses of uneducated people. We ignore this situation to our own destruction!

  Have you ever been falsely accused? Have you ever been blamed for saying something that you never said or for doing something that you never did? Have you ever had something that you said or did so distorted that it literally had nothing in common with what you originally said or did? If so, then you can surely empathize with those who have experienced the terrible feelings that come with being falsely represented in the eyes of others.

            When I played football in college, after the final game of our season in which we won the National Championship, someone on my own college football team falsely accused me of stealing my home jersey. It was the most horrible feeling I had ever had in my life. Why? Even though I wore the jersey to play the game, it was not mine to keep. Like the helmets and shoulder pads we were issued, the jersey was the property of the college's Athletic Department. Therefore the theft of the jersey was an offense committed against the school. Far worse than that, however, was the deliberate attempt to kill, steal, and destroy the good reputation that I had worked so hard for years to achieve.

            Curiously enough, this took place just after my precious grandmother sent me my first Bible and shared with me a dream she had of my preaching God's Word to large crowds. I later realized that this incident was perhaps my first substantial spiritual attack; an unclean spirit of false accusation had come to steal the Word of God that my grandmother had spoken over my life. Let me explain to you how it happened.

            On the day after our final game of the year, everyone on the team reported to the training facility on campus to clean out our lockers and turn in all of our gear. Three days later, much to my surprise, I was called into the coach's office and told that a member of the team had reported seeing me steal my home jersey. I felt as if someone had kicked me right in the stomach. I explained to the coaching staff that I had turned in my jersey, along with the rest of my equipment, to the team trainers. After about an hour the coaching staff let me go. I will never forget the heaviness and frustration that consumed me for weeks afterward! I knew I was innocent, but I could see that the coaching staff was not so convinced, or at least I felt that way. All I could think of was how everything that I had done to win the respect of my coaches had all been destroyed with one lie.

            I remember going around to certain members of the team asking them if they had heard of anyone finding the jersey. After a few days I was approached by our defensive team captain, who informed me that he had heard who had my jersey, and that the thief had taken it because he was angry at me about something. The plot thickens!

          During that school year I had spent some time with a young lady, and I soon learned that one of the team trainers had a crush on her. That was where the problem became difficult! Why? The team trainers were off limits to the players; much like diplomats from foreign countries, they had complete immunity from us. We could not touch them physically or accuse them before anyone; to do so meant immediate dismissal from the team. As my mom would have said, "He had me over a barrel and he knew it!"

            I would like to tell you that the matter was resolved, but it never was. The fellow that had stolen the jersey never came forward, and there was no way that I was going to file a complaint- which I later discovered was exactly what he wanted me to do. I simply had to wash my hands of it and go my own way, no matter how much I was tempted to do otherwise. Do you see how much damage one false accusation can cause? In my case, it almost cost me both my hard-earned reputation as a football player and my place on the team I had loved and worked so tremendously hard to be a part of.

            However, you might enjoy knowing that about five years later, a band that I was touring with performed about fifty miles from my old school. One morning while we were in town I drove out to the campus just to walk around the stadium and visit the awards room. Before I left I thought that, by some long shot, head coach Norton might be home, and I drove up to his house and knocked on the door. Much to my surprise, Coach Norton answered. When he saw me, he smiled and invited me in, and we must have talked for an hour about all of the things that happened the year we won our division's national college championship. It was a season that none of us will ever forget! Just before I got up to leave, I asked, "Coach, you do know that I did not take my jersey, don't you?" He replied, "Shealy, I knew your heart, Son- I knew you could have never taken anything. Besides, you earned something that no amount of money in the world could have bought. You walked away from here a champion; you walked away with a ring!"

            As I stood up and made my way to the door, Coach Norton reached up, gave me a big hug, and said, "You know you still have a few years of eligibility left?!" At that, I smiled real big, hugged his tree stump of a neck again, got back in my car, and drove off. The ride back that day was perhaps the lightest that I had felt in years. I had finally been released from the weighty chains of having been misrepresented and falsely accused in the eyes of the one person that I had loved and respected the most at that time in my life.

            Why do we feel so badly when we have been falsely accused or misrepresented? The answer is to be found in this verse from Proverbs, "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold." (Proverbs 22:1) A good name, a good reputation are worth more than great riches! Of all the things a person can possess, one of the most precious is a good name and reputation.

            Now, we are told that Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy, and the good reputation is one of his favorite targets. When it comes to attacking a person's good name, the tongues of people are quite useful to him. "And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." (James 3:6-8)

            Consider this example from the life of the prophet Jeremiah. His words of warning to God's people stirred them up, but not to repentance. Instead, they attacked the prophet for bringing God's Word to them. "Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue." (Jeremiah 18:18) Upon hearing this, Jeremiah made this supplication to the Lord.

            "Give heed to me, O LORD, and hearken to the voice of them that contend with me. Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have dug a pit for my soul." (Jeremiah 18:19-20) What was the evil these people had devised against God's prophet? What was the pit they dug for his soul? Words! They said, "let us smite him with the tongue." They called him a liar! "Let us not give heed to any of his words." (Jeremiah 18:18) The witness of the people against the prophet was false. They were engaging in slander. Now, you may still be wondering why this is a big deal. Do you remember that bearing false witness against a person is forbidden in the Ten Commandments? "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." (Exodus 20:16)

            In addition to being one of "The Big Ten", bearing false witness is one of the Seven Abominations. "These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." Proverbs 6:16-19

            God hates all sin, but these seven are especially abominable to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, murder of the innocent, a heart that imagines wickedness, feet that quickly get into mischief, a false witness, and those who sow discord within families (including God's family). Observe how prominent the tongue is in the Seven Abominations. Notice also that God looks at a lying tongue the same way He does murder.

            Slander, libel, and gossip (even in the disguise of "prayer requests") are tantamount to murder. This is why it is also called character assassination, because the unjust destruction of a person's good name is akin to murder.

            Think about it for a moment: false accusation strips its victims of all credibility. In many cases, it destroys a person's ability to benefit society altogether, fulfilling satan's agenda of hindering the fulfillment of God's will for every individual. Lies and misrepresentation brand the accused as unclean, whether they are guilty of the offense or not, making it all but impossible for anyone to receive the words of the accused as credible. Once the accusation has been made, taking it back is all but impossible, much like trying to return an omelet back to eggs. How many times have journalists of liberal-leaning television news stations repeated baseless, empty charges against someone who had a stellar, lifelong reputation in service to our country? Or, what about the heartbreaking stories of innocent people who sat in prisons for years because they had been falsely accused of crimes they did not commit? Misrepresentation has caused many lives to be destroyed; that's a fact!

            False accusations are satan's devices, and people who engage in such practices are his accomplices. Satan especially delights in using false accusation and deception, in an attempt to destroy God and His people in the eyes of those who do not know God. It is incredible that some of his greatest allies in that endeavor are people who sit in pews or stand in pulpits on Sunday mornings. The following words from the book of Revelation describe what has happened.

            "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." (Revelation 3:14-17)

            What had the church of Laodicea done? They claimed to represent God's ways when they did not. They were bearing false witness against God. The Lord, describing Himself as "the faithful and true witness," said that that made Him want to vomit! The words He used, "spew thee out of my mouth", signify Him throwing up. The Lord would rather that they had been cold - that is, wicked with no pretense of righteousness - or hot - that is, truly righteous. But the church of Laodicea was lukewarm, while claiming to be hot. They were therefore assassinating the character of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is no wonder, then, that the Lord said He would vomit them out of His mouth!

            That is the condition of the church in America today. The church has given the enemies of the Lord great occasion to mock God and to speak evil of the way of Truth. This includes all of the well-meaning, sincere people who go about doing damage to the cause of Christ through being busy working for God rather than working with God, all the while believing they are serving their Creator. This is no isolated problem, either. Many ill-prepared church folks distort what God wants to do in the lives of mankind.

            Those who claim to be Christian, but do not walk according to their new nature in Christ, are lying about God and effectively claiming that God is a liar, for not only are they misrepresenting Him, they are not trusting Him. Furthermore, those who bear false witness against God and do not trust Him are walking in hatred of Him. ""A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin." (Proverbs 26:28)

            The lukewarm Christian flatters God; they know all the right words to say, but they do not really believe it. As Jesus said, "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." (Matthew 15:8-9)

            Unless we are walking in the Truth, all of our works, including worship, are worthless. For instance, how much can be taught by a pastor who does not know God and His Word? Not much! Why doesn't he know much? He was taught by others that did not know much, who in turn were taught by others that did not know much either, and the cycle goes on. "And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." (Matthew 15:14) [By the way, do you know what they call a medical student that graduates at the bottom their class? Doctor! Selah.]

            How could such a decline take place in the church? It happens much like this. When I was in the fourth grade, our teacher had the entire class stand shoulder to shoulder around the classroom, facing inward toward the center of what had become a large circle. She then asked us to join hands. Once we had done so, she stepped in as part of the circle, took the hands of the students to the right and left of her, and asked us to be very still. She then said that she was going to show us how someone can say something that can be taken totally out of context. She told us that she was going to whisper something in the ear of the student that was holding her left hand, and that she wanted them to repeat exactly what they had been told to the person next to them, and so on, until the last person repeated what they had heard back to the teacher. Once the message had traveled around the entire circle, and had come back to the teacher, she asked us all to return to our desks. Once we were seated, our teacher went to the chalk board and wrote what her original message had been, and also what the message the last student was that had been relayed to her. The difference, as we compared the two messages, was astonishing! The two had nothing in common.

            Similarly, when people's opinions of God's Word are taught and repeated in Christian circles instead of, as the Scriptures say, as "the very words that proceeded from the mouth of God", great misrepresentation of our heavenly Father will be the result. Hence, we see the lukewarm condition that most of the church body finds itself in today. Many years ago, Thomas Jefferson said, "Had the doctrines of Jesus been preached always as pure as they came from His lips, the whole civilized world would now have been Christians."

            Billy Graham, another great American, once told a story that also makes this point. On one occasion, after Billy had finished preaching a fiery message, a rather irritated older man walked up to him and said harshly, "Mr. Graham, I am very disappointed in you, Sir!" Billy replied, "Why?" The man said, "Are you aware that your message tonight has set the church back fifty years?" At that, Billy replied, "I'm terribly disappointed. I hoped to see it set back two thousand."

            You see, what both Thomas Jefferson and Billy Graham were describing are perfect examples of the abomination of misrepresenting God. Both men could see that what passes for Christianity bears little to no resemblance to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Much like diluting paint to the point that it has become useless, both God and His Word are so misrepresented by so many that the Gospel is discredited in the eyes of masses of uneducated people. We ignore this situation to our own destruction, because the Scripture contains the following warning.

            "There shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of." (2 Peter 2:1-2)

            So, what do we, as individual Christians, do to not misrepresent God in today's society? I once heard a man of God say, "The best thing that we can do for the poor is to not be one of them." as the Scripture says, "Come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord." (2 Corinthians 6:17) The Scripture also says, "Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." (Ephesians 5:14-16)

            In the Scripture verse from 2 Timothy 2:19, "Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity", the phrase "depart from iniquity" mean stop sinning! This includes sinning through ignorance. The word "depart" is used in that phrase to also mean we leave sin behind. We are not to linger in it, or be slack. We must not hide behind the false righteousness of saying, "Well, I'm not as bad as others."

            Consider the fly in the ointment, as in Ecclesiastes 10:1, "Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor." What does this verse mean? Well, today we use the word "pharmacist" instead of "apothecary." If we go to the pharmacist to fill a prescription and take it home only to open the package and find a dead fly floating in the bottle, would we still take the medicine? No! The dead fly ruins the entire contents of the bottle. Similarly, "the fly in the ointment" of our testimony represents that one sin -- it could be a habit or a single act -- that will cause us to appear as false witnesses for Christ. In other words, that one sin that we have committed will be what satan uses to hold up in front of others, to try to discredit us, and all of the good work we have been known to have done in the past.

            To illustrate how a little folly does damage to him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor, imagine taking a gallon of pristine, fresh, mountain spring water and putting one single drop of raw sewage into it. What will you end up with? A gallon of sewage. Therefore, the best advice is to, "Abstain from all appearance of evil." (1 Thessalonians 5:22)

            We who name the name of Christ are His ambassadors, and we must be ever mindful of the reality that we carry His reputation with us wherever we go. Spiritual slothfulness in our walk with God will be a stain that cannot be hidden, and we will be perceived as false witnesses for our Lord and Savior. This is the abomination of misrepresentation!

            The answer is to awake from our spiritual sleep, put off the old man, and put on the new man in Christ, created unto good works by God the Father. This means that we must die to our old flesh nature, with all of its selfish cravings. Only then can we truly understand that a false witness, toward God or anyone else, is like a murderer and we should never so much as mention a false word against anyone among us.

            God desires that each of us abide in Him, that we love Him with all of our hearts, and love our neighbors as ourselves. All of this, of course, is humanly impossible! But with God all things are possible. If we will but humble ourselves under the mighty and sovereign Word of God, then He will lift us up.

            It's a fact... as we walk with God, we will become more like Christ Jesus, and the faithful witnesses of God. And our lives will become living proof of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Gospel that Jesus Christ preached.

            It is our prayer that, as the LORD looks on your life, He will find you... "rightly accused of rightly representing Him!"

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"Speaking about being an effective representative for Christ Jesus, The Holy Spirit taught me countless lessons during my many years in business. My goal was not only to succeed among my coworkers and leaders in a secular work environment, but to excel as a Christian carrying His Name and reputation with me wherever I went and in everything I endeavored to do. With demonic spirits of 'entitlement' permeating society today, business owners and managers are finding it tremendously difficult to 'weed through the masses' and locate, hire and invest in training employees who will give them, as my grandfather used to say, 'an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay'. Having managed several companies over the years, I have decided to pass along to you, from 'the boss's perspective', some simple, yet tremendously effective ways that you can increase your chances of holding on to your present job during these tough times, and to also greatly increase your potential for advancement. We will continue, in the next several weeks, to lay out several things for you to consider for working into your daily routine. We encourage you to write repeatedly, apply, and take to heart the principle you will find presented below in the 'Bearing True Witness of God in The Workplace' graphic. We invite you to see more on our social media channels also presented for you in the info below."



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Sunday, January 31

What Moves God's Mighty Wave of Truth ... Moving Over America

The Vision Keith Received from The Holy Spirit (8-15-2020)

"For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops (Luke 12:2-3)."


On August fifteenth we had positioned ourselves in prayer to hear The Holy Spirit's wonder-full voice. After a short time, we asked Him, "Precious Holy Spirit, would you please ask our King, Jesus The Christ, if He would share something with us that will fill our Father's children's hearts with hope, a message of comfort and encouragement that will result in their singing His praises upon hearing it? Precious Spirit would you ask our King, Jesus Christ, if He would entrust to us a glimpse into what 'The Three of You' are doing for our Lord and King's people here in the earth during all that is happening around us now?" As we relaxed and waited, our spirit's ear's listening intently, I (Keith) suddenly found myself, in a vision, submerged about twenty feet under the surface of the great ocean that is the spirit realm over the United States. I then saw, directly in front of us, and about fifty feet away, what appeared to be water beginning to swirl around and around in a circle toward the right. It looked to measure about twenty feet in diameter. As I watched the circle of water start and begin spinning faster and faster, it was then that The Holy Spirit informed me that what I was being shown was the forming of a wave, that at this point, was not yet visible on the surface of what I knew, without asking, was the great ocean of the spirit realm that is over our Father's America.
Suddenly, I was prompted by The Holy Spirit to look upward. As I did, I saw countless brightly glowing small meteor-like objects each about the diameter of a softball in the front with a meteor-like tail streaming behind each of them. As I watched, the meteor-like objects rapidly began descending toward the newly forming wave. They were all descending from what appeared to be about the height of the ozone layer above the United States. As we watched, increasing numbers of the beautiful and brightly glowing meteor-like objects all began heading straight toward the fledgling wave that we had been watching form under the surface of the great ocean of the spirit realm that is over The USA.
Suddenly, without slowing down, the bright meteor-like objects began diving into the forming wave that had been increasing in speed all along. As the meteor-like objects, one after another after another, dove into the spinning sphere it began growing in direct proportion to the number of meteor-like objects that had entered into it. As I was being totally taken in by all that was taking happening, without warning, the great spinning sphere exploded in all directions. If I had to give an example of what it looked like, I would say that it looked "kind-of like" seeing a massive atomic bomb being detonated under the surface of the ocean. It was at that moment that I was immediately infused with the knowledge that we had been just off of the Atlantic Coast of The United States, in the spirit, about twenty miles from the North Carolina shoreline.
Note: I was not affected in any way by the explosion. Neither did I feel wet, blinded, or deafened by the conditions of my surroundings. I was extremely comfortable and at peace the entire time.
Just as the massive explosion occurred, The Holy Spirit, took me up and over The United States high enough that we could look down and see the entire country. As soon as we arrived there, I was prompted by The Holy Spirit to focus on the continually growing and mighty wave that had just exploded up and out from the great spirit ocean that is over America. As I watched on, the wave became visible on the surface. While I was watching the great wave forming, thousands upon thousands of the meteor-like objects were steadily rushing down from the sky and entering into the increasing wave. As I watched all of it unfolding, I looked to my right and down over the entire Nation where I could see ever-increasing numbers of the individual meteor-like objects coming up from every state, and were all heading east toward the ever growing wave. As each of them reached the wave, they dove straight into it. The more meteor-like objects that dove into the already increasing wave, the larger the wave grew.
As we watched the great wave continually growing, suddenly, the wave began reconfiguring itself and started lining up along the east coast of the United States, in the spirit. By now, the great wave, end to end, had spread in length all the way from America's furthest point north along the coast, all the way down to its furthest point to the south.
As The Holy Spirit and I watched on the great wave slowly begin moving westward on to the shore where it then began to rise upward in height, about one hundred and fifty feet to my best estimation. As the growing wave continued moving westward, it became perfectly formed, slow-moving and methodical. It actually reminded me of a long line of revolutionary war era soldiers who had been ordered by their commander to line up, shoulder to shoulder, along the entire length of the eastern shoreline of the United States. Once each of the soldiers were in position, all of them facing the eastern shoreline of America, the commander gave the order to begin marching in lock step westward to conduct a perfect sweep of The United States.
As we watched, the great wave began moving over the country, from east to west, The Holy Spirit very gently yet suddenly infused my spirit with what He had been privileging me to watch unfold. He then revealed to my spirit that the great and power-full wave that we had been watching form, grow and begin to move across The United States is "God's Mighty Wave of Truth." Having spent my entire life around tidal waters, I suddenly began thinking to myself, a wave needs massive amounts of water to form and to power itself along, what could it be "in the spirit" that had been building and increasing the size of and empowering this massive wave of God's Truth? Of course, knowing my every thought even before I thought them, The Holy Spirit relayed to me from Jesus Christ something that then overflowed my entire being with His own indescribable Joy, His Peace, and His Hope for His Bride in The USA.
Then Holy Spirit uploaded this to my spirit, "What has formed and is increasingly strengthening your Father's Mighty Wave Of Truth is and has been the rapidly-increasing numbers of those who, due to the oppression and torments of being uncertain about their futures and their feeling hopelessness as they watched satan's accomplices attempting to steal what is not theirs to touch, are repenting of everything that has been separating them from Him." He then, knowing that I had been wondering what the meteor-like objects are, infused my spirit with the information, "The meteor-like objects are the individual hearts of those who are repenting before and calling on Jesus Christ for His forgiveness of their sins, for His salvation and for His Justice, Protection and strength to fall over their lives, as well as over President Donald Trump, his family, and over the lives of all who are fighting to defeat the increasing numbers of tyrannical devils in America. As someone repents, coming to Jesus Christ for the first time or coming back to Jesus Christ after back-sliding away from Jesus Christ in their lives, then the sweet fruit of their repentance rises up before God and is directed into His Mighty Wave of Truth, each repentant heart increasing both the great wave's size and power. As your Father's Truth moves over America, He will illuminate the wicked content of the hearts of those who have committed, promoted, and in any way supported treason against those who love Me and who call on my Name."
It was then that I saw in the spirit this terrible warning to anyone who would harm God's children in Luke 17:1-2, "Then said He (Jesus Christ) unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offenses will come: but woe [unto him], through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones (Luke 17:1-2)."
The Holy Spirit then uploaded this to my spirit, "Jesus Christ has heard the cries of each member of His 'suffering' bride and is continually petitioning your Father for His Grace, His protection, and His provision on their behalf... each and every single member of His beloved Body. It has been and now is the bond of love between God's children, Himself and Jesus Christ that has prospered and held The United States of America together. Just as God had heard the cries of His people who were suffering under bondage to the wicked slave driver's of Egypt, our merciful Lord and Father has heard every cry of those who are struggling in any way at the hand of their demonically controlled lawless oppressors, both those who are within The United States and those who have made it their wicked mission to destroy God's people from without."
It was at this point that something immediately caused me to begin trembling. As I had been listing to The Holy Spirit, suddenly, God's anger filled my being as He then began relaying to my spirit something I had not experienced in all of my years of pursuing oneness In Jesus Christ. I heard God's own anger with all that He, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit have been seeing taking place, in His America, right now.
As best I could, this is what I was able to record. Voicing His anger, like a terrible storm, toward those who have lied, cheater, stolen, killed, or harmed in any way those He loves and those who love Him, this is what I heard. "What you call 'America' is the place I have set apart and provided for My beloved, the place that has afforded my beloved the freedom to sing My praise, to glorify My Name and to preach My love for them to all parts of the earth. But now, the perverse, greedy, and pride-full have crossed the line. They have harmed what is Mine, and in doing so, they have called many curses down onto their heads. They have used their wicked schemes to take the things that I have intended for My people, those who love Me. They have, without conscience, placed their sin-soiled hands on My anointed servants and, by doing so, they have insulted Me! They have oppressed My children, My family, and, because they have done it, they will soon learn that those people to whom they have killed, stolen from, and destroyed in their quests to pack their own bellies are My people, My children, Royalty--the children of The Most High God, the children of The King that stands far above every king that ever was and ever will be! Because you have snatched from the hands of My children what I have provided for them, I will soon unleash the full power of My judgments upon you. The spoils of your ill-gotten gains will soon be pulled from your wicked hands. For every heart you have inflicted with grief, for every cent you have stolen that had been marked by My Son's blood, for each of My people you murdered both within the wombs and without, now has stained you for My judgment. Because you have not repented, because you have scoffed at all that is Mine, because you have not given your life to Me in full, and because you have not repaid those to whom you have offended nor asked forgiveness of those whom you have slain with your tongue or deeds, by the same measure that you have committed evil against those I love you will your reward be measured and returned back to you. You will reap of the poisonous crop that you have sown. And the devils in hell will curse your names, time and time and time again, for the times that you have mocked Me and withheld those good things that were in your power to pass forward to others. Just like the serpent tempted Eve in My perfect garden, when the devils of greed came to offer their promises of power and riches, you listened to their lies and took to yourselves those things that I had marked for My sons, My daughters, My faithful. For this I am angry with you! But even in My anger I will extend to you this opportunity, the only path of escape for you. Repent now before My Son's Throne, Call on His Name, ask for His mercies, ask His forgiveness of your every wicked deeds, and commit to Him that you will seek Him and My Holy Spirit continually, and learn My ways and walk in them from this time forward. Then, you MUST go to those that you have smote with your words, and to those that you have stolen from, and return to them all that you have taken. My Son, Jesus The Christ, is the only Way that leads to Me, the only Way/Door that can make you free from the bonds of your wickedness. Repent now and call on My Son, your Savior!"
After I had heard that, there came a pause. I waited, then The Holy Spirit uploaded to my spirit, "Now, encourage My people! Tell those who love Me that their redemption grows nearer with each passing day. Remind them to rest In Me as I am working on their behalves. As the wicked, in their fleshy lust, make themselves drunk on the things I have meant for My children, tell My children to be strong, and do not faint! For those who will call on Me, who will search Me out, who will listen to My Spirit and will follow the orders that I give to Him to give to them, I will pour out on them ten-fold, twenty-fold, thirty-fold all that My enemies and their enemies have stolen from them. Tell My beloved to encourage, encourage, and then encourage again My beloved. Warn all: the door of opportunity for repentance is closing!"
It was then that I saw the words from Jesus Christ illuminated in my spirit, "Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops (Luke 12:1-3)." And Jesus Christ warns, "And whoso shall receive one such little child in My Name receives Me. But whosoever shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. WOE unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offenses come; but WOE to that man by whom the offense come (Matthew 18:5-7)!"
It is for the freeing of His beloved bride, and for the judgment of those who have offended and oppressed Her, each and every-one... that God's Mighty Wave of Truth, His Holy Spirit, is providing this - His door of repentance and salvation for all who will come. Paul The Apostle teaches us, "That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and will believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture says, Whosoever believes on Jesus Christ will not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him. For whosoever shall call upon the Name of The Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:9-13)."
Pray this prayer with us, RELAX, and watch what God will do: "Father God, in the precious Name of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Lord over all lords, I give my entire life over to You. I confess to You that I am a sinner, and I ask that You forgive me of all my sins, those I know that I have committed as well as those that I am not aware of. I ask that You come into my heart and be my Lord. I lay my life and everything in it at Your Feet and I ask that you would take me, right now, and begin the process of changing me into Your likeness. I ask that You redeem the time that I have wasted and allow me the opportunity to become exactly what You had predestined me to be from the foundation of the earth. I commit my life and everything I have to You and thank You for receiving me as Your own. In the wonderful Name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, Amen."
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