Monday, March 31 2014
Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it. For the stars of Heaven and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine. Isaiah 13:9,10
The day of the Lord has been prophesied by the prophets of old and preached around the globe for eons, but what is the day of the Lord, and what will it consist of ? The day of the Lord is judgment day in which the wrath and anger of God explodes upon the earth to destroy its sinners, those who have rebelled against His word and who have rejected His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!
The disciples of Christ asked Him what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the age and He told them to beware of false prophets and false Christs as well as seeing earthquakes, wars, pestilence, famines and nations rising against one another, and so we have seen all of these things come to pass, but He said that these things would only be the beginning of birth pangs. When a woman is with child and birth pains begin she knows the time of her delivery is near and so it is with the coming of the day of the Lord, it is near, right at the door! Its true, all of these signs have taken place and we have seen great devastation and destruction from earthquakes, catastrophic weather events and the advent of wars and nations rising up against one another but that is not yet the end.
Jesus said that we should learn the parable of the fig tree when its branches have become tender and puts forth leaves you will know that summer is near and He was referring to the visible signs of the seasons as well as the birth and subsequent restoration of the nation of Israel that took place in 1948. He then stated that this generation would not pass away until all these things take place, and so they have and then He said, "Know that it is near-at the doors!"
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of Heaven, but My Father only. "But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." Matthew 24:35-37
THE DAYS OF NOAH
"For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, "and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." Matthew 24:38,39
In the days of Noah people were not concerned about judgment or God or even the condition of their own souls and like today they were just too busy to care! It is a fact that God destroyed the entire population of the planet by a catastrophic flood that ultimately drowned and washed away the wicked from His sight. Violence filled the earth and the wickedness of man sparked the subsequent judgment of God to fall, killing virtually every living thing on the planet except Noah and his family.
Jesus told His disciples that in the last days it would be the same as in the days of Noah, people eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, in other words they are only concerned for themselves and their well being, with absolutely no thought of God or His wishes for their lives. But God promised He wouldn't flood the earth again with water and even set a rainbow in the sky to confirm His covenant to man, so what is the flood that will take the inhabitants of the earth away as Jesus described? The flood that Jesus was describing is here, it is a flood of demonic distraction, social media, i-phones, TV, pornography and any electronic device that can grab your attention with torrents of information that flood the minds of the unsuspecting. Even the people of God are being drawn away from their devotion to God and His word by the subtle seduction of the powers of darkness taking captive their minds and ultimately their souls!
We cannot deny the fact that the world is distracted by the flood of information feeding their minds 24/7 or the undeniable fact that the earth is filled with violence, terror, murder, robbery and wickedness of all kinds, just watch the nightly news, it is unbelievable what the mind of man is capable of doing in his pursuit of evil. There is nothing new under the sun that would surprise us in regards to the rise of lawlessness on the planet or the defection from a holy God deeply offended by man's evil behavior, but we cannot deny the signs that Jesus said would ultimately usher in His return and with it, the Day of the Lord! There is a divine timeline that we must observe and although we can't know the hour or the day, Jesus said we would recognize His coming by the signs in the heavens and in the earth!
So the serpent spewed (Ref. Isaiah 59:19) water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, (the bride of Christ) that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. Revelation 12:15
SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS
"And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord." Joel 2:30,31
The prophet Joel spoke of a time when there would be great signs and wonders in the sky that would fore tell of the coming of the Day of the Lord. It is a proven scientific fact that we are going to experience four "Blood Moons" and a solar eclipse beginning April 15, 2014 on Passover and the last on September 28, 2015 on the Feast of Tabernacles, or in Hebrew, Sukkot. This will be the last of what is called the "Blood Moon Tetrad" in this century and is believed to usher in the "Day of the Lord" and thus fulfilling the prophecy of Joel.
It is not a coincidence that these four blood moons and eclipses appear during the most important Jewish feasts which speak of the death, burial and subsequent resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and His imminent return. If there was ever a time for the people of God to wake up and look at what is beginning to transpire in the earth and to observe the heavens in which these ancient prophesies are being fulfilled, it is now! The world is reeling under the effects of lawlessness and violence, spinning out of control and its inhabitants rushing headlong into Hell and damnation without a clue of what is taking place before their very eyes! The only hope is for the true church to preach the gospel of salvation to the lost and begin to concentrate their collective efforts to make disciples of all nations because our time is about to run out!
God doesn't wish for any to perish, but for all to come to the knowledge of the truth and be saved from their sins and escape the judgment of Hell and damnation. Ever since the first Passover some thirty five hundred years ago, up until the last Feast of Tabernacles held under the blood moons of prophecy in 2015 God has warned every generation through His word and His prophets of the coming of the Day of Judgment as well as the return of the Lord Jesus Christ! If God's people wont speak or sound the alarm then God will use a jackass if need be to warn of impending judgment such as Hollywood through the hundreds of disaster movies as well as the upcoming blockbuster, Noah and the newly released Son of God. Are you ready to stand before a holy God and render an account of your life of sin and rebellion or will you hear the words only spoken to the blood washed saints? "Well done good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord."
And it shall come to pass, that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (delivered). For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, (salvation) as the Lord has said among the remnant whom the Lord calls. Joel 2:32
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, March 24 2014
I sleep, but my heart is awake; it is the voice of my beloved! He knocks, saying, "Open for Me My sister, My love, My dove, My perfect one; for My head is covered with dew, My locks with the drops of the night." Song of Solomon 5:2
The Lord Jesus Christ is calling His beloved bride to awaken to His call in the night, to arise to meet the love of her life and receive of His blessings and favor. In this time of great spiritual darkness that blankets the entire world with it's cloud of deception and seduction there lies a woman, beautiful and pure as though she was adorned with the snows of Heaven. She sleeps a sleep of splendor as she awaits her love to touch her with His lips that will speak to her heart and awaken her to her destiny as the true and faithful "Bride of Christ."
Those who belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, who have been washed in His blood and delivered from the bonds of religion make up this sleeping beauty who has waited for her Bridegroom to appear for the wedding for two thousand years. Asleep as they wait and because of His delay they continue to lie in state, the bride dreams of her lover coming to consummate the marriage and become joined together as One. Like living stones scattered across the world they will soon awaken to the sound of the trumpet announcing the Bridegroom's eminent return. Imagine the excitement of being awakened to the blast of the heavenly trumpets sounding to announce His arrival, 'Behold, the Bridegroom is coming, go out to meet Him!'
Millions of true believers have waited eons for this glorious day when Christ returns for His beloved bride who has adorned herself with the gifts He has given her and the fruit of His Spirit that exudes His holy and divine nature as a rose gives of it's heavenly scent. The bride's fragrant aroma is that of the Bridegroom's divine nature permeating the air with His presence and power. Together as One the spiritual Man and woman will populate the earth with spiritual children, new creations in Christ, born from above and birthed into their new life in Christ.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of the water of the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:25-27
The "Bride of Christ" is the wife of the Lord Jesus Christ and together make up the church, the ekklesia of God in the Spirit. A spiritual being created to walk among the people of the earth with healing, deliverance and the glorious gospel of salvation for all who receive from her hand. Never meant to be a place to go but a person to be, she represents her Husband as an ambassador of truth and righteousness for all to see. Most never have eyes to see her but instead are drawn away by the harlot, the woman of the night, sent by Satan himself to deceive them and seduce them with her charms and seductive beauty that has cast down many a mighty man!
Ever since her creation two thousand years ago, the wife of the Lamb has gone about in the obscure and humble way of a servant girl and although a Queen she lives among the poor and destitute of the world giving of herself and spending her life sowing the seeds of Heaven and planting the kingdom throughout the earth. You might not recognize her if you met her because of her inward beauty and quiet, gentle spirit, unlike the boisterous woman of the night who is adorned with the trappings of the world, she moves through the multitudes with the pure and humble message of grace given freely to those in need. This powerful warrior bride is adorned with the oil of joy and gladness of her Husband, anointed to spread the news of His glorious return and His resurrection from the grave. She wars with the powers of darkness and intercedes for the multitudes to come and receive the blood shed for them by her Husband, the Lamb of God.
With her sword in hand she defeats the hordes of Hell with stealth and power given by her Husband and the authority to forgive, heal and to even raise from the dead making her a formidable force to be reckoned with. The most powerful entity in the universe, she tramples the enemies of God under her feet, shod with the gospel of peace and wearing the shinning armor of the Most High, the weapons of her warfare are not of this world but mighty in the God whom she serves! Although she sleeps she is awake in the Spirit awaiting her lover to come and set her free from her slumber and rescue her from the bonds that hold her down in these last days to awaken to the beautiful sounds of Heaven's splendor.
"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. "And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet Him!" Matthew 25:1-6
Ten virgins awakened to the sound of their lover's return, five of them were wise because they knew the secret of the kingdom and the ability to keep their vessels filled with the precious oil of Holy Spirit's divine presence. The foolish virgins, like many today simply have no oil because they don't spend time with the only One who can give it, so they run to and fro to meetings and conferences seeking that which only a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ can give. Empty and destitute of any anointing they wander aimlessly in spiritual darkness because they have no oil for their lamps to shine forth the way to His glorious presence.
The true bride of the living Lord Jesus always keeps her lamp filled with His Spirit because she spends much time with the One she loves and because of her sincere devotion to Him, He gives the oil of joy and gladness she so desires! From this precious gift of anointing oil comes light and revelation giving the bride wisdom and knowledge to overcome the world and the powers of darkness who come to rob, kill and destroy all that is good and righteous. The path she walks is illuminated with the brilliance of His presence given only to those who seek Him with all of their heart. The wise virgins flourish in the rich life He provides while the foolish continue to seek that which does not profit, always traveling the ways of the world.
Many will be awakened from the spiritual darkness of the world to an abrupt and sorrowful ending because they never truly knew the Lord but sought religious activity instead of the sweet presence of His divine Spirit sent to envelope us in His love and protection far from the darkness and destruction of the world. The trumpet of His arrival is sounding, do you hear it's cry to awake from spiritual darkness to walk in the light of His presence and to live with Him forever in the kingdom of His Father on earth as it is in Heaven, or will you perish with the multitudes who rejected His love and provision destined for the fires of eternal damnation? The choice is yours, love Him or leave Him, His salvation and deliverance awaits only those willing to give up their life to assume His name and marry the Lord and only King of the universe, Jesus, Son of the living God! Are you ready?
"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. 'Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' "But He answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.' "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming." Matthew 25:10-13
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, March 17 2014
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. II Timothy 3:16,17
Deliverance is indeed a very good work and is necessary for the church to maintain peace, order and freedom, not only for her members but to set the captives of the world free from demonic strongholds. Jesus gave the believer all authority in His name over the powers of darkness and to heal diseases and His promise was that we would in no way be harmed. The key to having success in deliverance is the basic understanding of authority and how to operate in the power and leading of the Holy Spirit.
During some of my first experiences being trained by a man who had learned deliverance as most do by trial and error I was attempting to cast a demon out of a woman who was speaking through her in a man's voice. Being a little cocky and feeling very confident of my ability I commanded the demon to bow his knee before the Lord Jesus Christ and every time he would cry out, "No!" This went on three times when the Holy Spirit said to me, "He's bowed three times, what else do you want him to do?" At that point I knew that I had all authority over demons and learned from Holy Spirit's leading that I was not to converse with them any longer other than to command them out! Another valuable lesson learned from hundreds of hours of on the job training casting out thousands upon thousands of demons was the fact that it had nothing to do with my ability or knowledge, but by the leading of Holy Spirit in every circumstance and situation.
We would do well to follow the teachings of Jesus and the examples that He left us in the scriptures in regards to the casting out of demonic spirits. The power of the strength of numbers of people in unity provide greater success and like the old saying, "United we stand, divided we fall." Jesus began His ministry by choosing twelve apostles to train for service in His newly formed kingdom of Heaven on earth. These men were unlearned, uneducated blue collar workers who were about to learn the mysteries of the kingdom by observing the Lord Jesus as He proceeded to validate the power of kingdom authority before their very eyes by healing the sick, casting out demons and even raising the dead! The power and authority of the Christ, the anointed One was displaying the gifts and miracles given to His disciples to equip them to build up His kingdom in the earth.
"Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Luke 10:19
THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time and forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6,7"
The government of God is not a hierarchy of clergy divided into ranks of superiority, but an organic assembly of apostles sent to govern in the spiritual realm of prayer and intersession. Jesus chose twelve disciples who would become apostles sent to be His pillars to hold up the body of Christ by interceding, spiritual warfare and training in righteousness. Although the number twelve is the number of the government of God it is important to know that if one can put a thousand of the enemy to flight, and two, ten thousand, then twelve can put to flight one hundred trillion of the powers of darkness to flight. Pretty impressive I would say and yet we have ignored the pattern for power.
These twelve, although one was lost, Judas was replaced by Matthias and the reason being, Jesus was adamant about maintaining the number twelve to insure the strength and power to defend this new expression of His born again assembly of saints. The church of the Lord Jesus Christ today has to be able to fight against the powers of darkness sent to destroy their unity and defeat them in battle and their only hope of victory in these last days is to unify under the banner of the cross and fulfill their great commission to reap the harvest of the earth and make disciples of all nations according to the commands of Christ! Apostles, prophets, evangelists and pastors and teachers must begin to train the body for war and and send them into the harvest before its too late. Train, equip and send must become our war cry if we are to fulfill our destiny and build up the body of the risen Lord Jesus, King of all kings and Head of His called out, blood bought saints of the Most High God.
The twelve were sent out in two's to heal the sick and cast out demons and they multiplied into one hundred twenty as a result of their labor in preaching the gospel. They returned saying Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name, proving that they indeed had received His power and authority over the powers of darkness. Jesus had successfully trained these unlearned, uneducated common laborers in a very short time to walk in the power and authority of His name and to begin to fulfill the destiny of the most powerful entity in the universe, the church of Jesus Christ, Son of the living God!
"And these signs will follow those who have believed; in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover."
Then Jesus, being filled with the Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward when they had ended, He was hungry. And the devil said to Him. "If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread." Luke 4:1-3
Jesus had just been baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan river, saw the Holy Spirit descend upon Him in bodily form as a dove and heard His heavenly Father speak to Him in an audible voice saying, "This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." Was there any doubt who this Man was and to whom He belonged, but the devil is no respecter of persons and had the audacity to say to Him, "If You are the Son of God command this stone to become bread." If the devil is so bold to attack the Son of God's position and authority what do you think he will try on you?
If Jesus had fallen prey to this diabolical scheme we would not be here today, "Game over!" The entire kingdom would have collapsed before it ever had a chance to survive because of the moral failure of the Last Adam, but indeed the Son of God knew who He was and was assured of who He belonged to. We would do well to observe this very important example of how Satan comes to deceive us by his craftiness in trying to convince us that we are not really sons of God! The very fact that you are to be convinced of who you are in Christ will determine your ability in the Spirit to defeat the enemies of God by the authority given you by the Lord Himself.
Christ in you is your only hope of glory, power and authority in performing the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ today in the midst of a corrupt and perverse generation of lost sinners, hell bent on the destruction of their own souls by willfully sinning against a Holy God who gave His own Son to die for them and give them the choice of repenting and becoming born again believers in Christ! The choice is yours, stand and fight or turn and run, you have all you need to defeat the enemy and to be victorious in the things of God if you know who you are and understand the authority He has given you.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He might exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. I Peter 5:6-11
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, March 10 2014
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world. I John 2:15,16
This three part message is meant to open the eyes of those who will take a hard look into why all of these catastrophic events and terrible plaques are coming against the American people and to observe the consequences of our behavior against a holy God that "We the People" have deeply offended by our devotion to the world! Christianity is not trying to be, or should I say, look good, by attending a church on Sunday and doing your own thing all during the week. It would be like spending one hour a week with your spouse and then telling them that you will have to go spend time with all of your other lovers, but will see them again next Sunday for an hour!
Say it ain't so, but it is, most Americans, yes, even so-called church folks love many other things rather than God. The New Testament commands given by the Lord Jesus Himself state that the greatest of all is to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love everybody else as you would yourself. Well, as Dirty Harry would say, "Do ya?" Of course we say we do, we even in most cases want to love God, but lets be honest, we don't because that takes a lot of effort on our part and besides there are so many other things that demand our attention! Lets face it, the world has a lot to offer, riches and pleasures of all kinds: TV, Internet, games and anything imaginable to fuel our inward lust and desire for everything our little hearts desire, that is except God. After all, God has changed, He isn't the Hell, fire and brimstone God of the Old Testament anymore, throwing lightning bolts and destroying His own people just for grumbling and complaining, He's a loving Father who enables us to do anything we want because we are under grace and not law, right, no! Very wrong!
Imagine coming home from a long day at the office and walking into your bedroom and seeing your beloved spouse having sex with your best friend and enjoying it immensely as you gaze upon their erotic behavior, they unaware that you are watching continue their adulteress affair without a thought of how it will effect you! Now take a moment and feel the emotion that you would feel and the thoughts that would flood your mind if this would have happened to you and what you would do to them as they defile your bed with sexual pleasure for one another. It happens everyday, wives, husbands, lovers, commit murder, being enraged by the adulterous affairs of their spouses, the stuff that books and movies are made of, and then think how God feels when we do the same! As the scripture says in Hebrews: "It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!"
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity (ill will and mutual hatred) with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4
I WONDER WHY GOD IS NOT IN MY LIFE?
Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out My hand and no one regarded, because you disdained (despised) all My counsel, and would have none of My rebuke, I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, when your terror comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Proverbs 1:24-27
As the late Keith Green used to say, "Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to McDonald's makes you a hamburger!" So true, many attend to ease their guilt, think they are pleasing God because they went, meet and greet friends, or maybe the music and the Starbucks coffee is good, none the less just attending with a half-hearted attitude will avail you absolutely nothing from a holy God who demands all of your heart and devotion!
We have been so deceived into believing that attending can somehow make us "Christians" and if we can just make an appearance on Sunday, God will be pleased so that we can do anything we want without Him all week! Brother, we missed you last Sunday, sure you did, if you really missed me you would have called to check on me, what you really missed was counting me present so you could boast about your numbers. Give me a break! Lets be honest, God is not in your life because you are not in His. True? Think about it, how much time do you spend with Him on a daily basis, five minutes on the way to work listening to some sermonette to make you feel better about you spiritual condition, pray only when something bad happens, read your Bible once a year? How much money do you give Him, does He have control of your finances or do you only give to be seen by others?
The truth of the matter is this: you just don't have time for God, after all its a busy life with the job and kids and so much to do, why just making it to church on Sunday is all we can possibly do. God understands doesn't He? Yes, perfectly well, and that's the main reason He is not in your life because you love your life more than Him and the riches and pleasures of this world appeal to you more than the riches and treasures of Heaven! If God doesn't have all of your heart, then who or what does? You have answered your own question, the reason for all the Hell on earth is because we have left our first and only love and gone a whoring for the lusts and pleasures of the world rather than devoting our lives and hearts to Him who gave His life for us!
"If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his soul?" Luke 9:23-25
WHAT SHALL WE DO?
"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." II Chronicles 7:13,14
Solomon was dedicating the temple to the Lord and he prayed that when God brought adversity upon His people that if they would repent of their wickedness He would forgive them and restore what was destroyed because of their disobedience. In this much quoted, but I am afraid for the most part just mouthed with a half-hearted confession, God is not looking for us to just confess, He is wanting a complete and thorough turn about by the repentance of His people!
Repentance means to change your mind, your direction and to stop doing what is displeasing to the Lord. For instance, take abortion, the murder of fifty million innocent children! To just say, we are sorry is a gross mistake in the eyes of a holy God who holds us, the people of God responsible for this great slaughter of the un-born. What the people of God have done in America by letting this travesty of justice continue makes Hitler look like Ned in the first reader and yet we rail against the unjust acts of the Nazi's against the Jews! We the people have done this, not the abortionist, not the women who made the decision to kill their babies, not even the government, but the people of God! How you say? By not preaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ to an ungodly nation of ignorant sinners has allowed this nation to totally disregard the words and commands of a holy God deeply offended by our actions. The government does not set the standard for morality, the church does, but because we have become silent, the wrath of God has descended on us all who refused to repent!
You don't have to wonder why any longer, all you have to do is open your eyes and your heart to what is happening around you and realize the consequences of the actions of the people of God and repent of being silent against sin by not telling the truth of God's word to a people who are perishing daily and falling headlong into the fires of Hell! Our politeness and political correctness is a stench in God's nostrils and our ridiculous blaming of the government for all of our woes is absurdly foolish when it is our responsibility to warn the wicked from his wicked ways and to proclaim the consequences of the "Day of the Lord," God's justice in the sight of an ungodly people! Voting will not change a nation who has defected from a holy God, it's too late, only by truly repenting of our sins and rebellion and by praying and fasting for God to relent from the total destruction of this country will change the hearts of the wicked and ultimately heal our land!
"Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house? (the house of God) "Then they will answer, 'Because they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and embraced other gods and worshipped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this calmity on them.' " II Chronicles 7:21,22
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Tuesday, March 04 2014
"Now it shall come to pass, If you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord will set you high above the nations of the earth. "And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God." Deuteronomy 28:1,2
There was a time when America definitely walked in all the blessings of the scripture and was highly favored around the world and feared as an awesome superpower in the world wide arena. She was respected by all, and revered even among the evil dictators of the world as a God fearing and charitable nation helping those in distress and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ around the globe. America was sound financially and was known to lend and not borrow from other countries making them all wanting to come to this great land of opportunity to make their fortune and to seek the American dream.
Formidable in battle this country rallied when threatened with war or in coming to the aid of other countries attacked by their enemies. World War I and World War II were both great victories for America and their allies and then something began to happen, the Korean conflict broke out ending without victory and then Vietnam, where 50,000 men and women gave their lives for a money making beast in which all that was gained was given back and the conflict ended in shame and much sorrow for those who gave so much! The culture from that point onward began to change as a generation arose from the post war Baby Boomers that would rebel against authority and rage against the machine until violence and death followed their banner of sex, drugs and rock and roll! If it feels good do it, free love and peace they cried as they rallied against all sound judgment and began to rush headlong into sin, perversion and lust of all kinds until it reached the ears of the Most High God!
From the late fifties and early sixties the American dream began to become the American nightmare with drug addiction, violence and crime on the rise as the moral fabric of this once great country began to deteriorate. The preachers stopped preaching against sin as TV evangelists polluted the air waves with the prosperity gospel and thousands of self help gurus appeared along with the new new age of Aquarius folks, cults, and many forms of Eastern religion as well as witchcraft, magic and the dark arts began to gain popularity. Demonic manifestations, yoga and Satanic worship began to become inviting to the unsuspecting victim that would dare to rebel against the principles of a Holy God who was being deeply offended by our behavior! And then the unthinkable happened, abortion entered the scene becoming law it was now legal to kill your unborn child even if it was only for birth control or if for no other reason than it was just unwanted. Well, you know what happened from that point on because judgment was now being viewed on the nightly news. Outbreaks of sickness, sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS and cancer began to spread like wildfire killing millions, not to mention the murder of fifty million innocent children through abortion!
"But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you." Deuteronomy 28:15
I WONDER WHY THE WEATHER IS OUT OF CONTROL?
Behold the whirlwind (storm, tornado, cyclone) of the Lord has gone forth in fury, a violent whirlwind! It will fall violently on the wicked. The anger (judgment) of the Lord will not turn back until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart. In the latter days (last days, end times) you will understand it perfectly. Jeremiah 23:19,20
Certainly the weather seems to be out of control around the globe with super storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, monsoons, typhoons, tsunamis caused by earthquakes, floods, droughts, heat waves and arctic blasts that are hammering the world. Global warming? Maybe, natural phenomenon, partially, judgment, more than likely! Why? Judgment comes when God's people fall into sin and sin has been blossoming into a rod of judgment ever since the fall of man in the garden! America for instance was blessed as long as she remained a godly nation practicing the principles of God even though everyone is not a Christian, none the less those who walked in righteousness and upheld the commandments of the Most High brought about His blessing.
Take Sodom and Gomorrah for example, a city of perverse sexual deviants, hell bent on raping men, women, children and even one another until they tried to have sex with the two angels sent to spy out the land and to see if the reports about their behavior was true. Sadly, America is approaching a place where if God doesn't judge her He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. Pornography, fornication, sexual deviation of all kinds, homosexuality, same sex marriage and abortion just to name a few of our country's perverted indulgences have brought about the attention of a holy God. To clearly understand judgment as I said before it doesn't have to be lightning bolts from the heavens, it can be the absence of His divine presence and the release of the powers of darkness, His weapons and instruments of indignation upon a people unrepentant and rebellious toward His Word! In the book of I Samuel the house of Eli was judged by their behavior and as the scripture says: the glory (the ark of the covenant and His presence) departed from their priesthood and their land giving their enemies opportunity to defeat them in battle.
God's plan for global warming is stated in II Peter 3:7-12 that the heavens and the earth are reserved for fire! So, if that's true the whole thing is going to burn anyway and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it, for now yes there is, for the latter, no! It's God's plan! But now we as the people of God can turn back to Him from whom we have defected and repent and confess our sins before Him as we cry out for mercy. Remember when Abraham asked God if there were just 10 righteous people left who honored His word would He hold back His divine judgment and He said that He would. If America repents then the judgment will be stayed, if not I'm afraid the end is near. The problem with the extreme weather is the financial burden it is placing on the country's infra-structure and the over all well being of the land, not to mention the deaths and injuries they have caused in their path of destruction.
"Behold, disaster shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the farthest parts of the earth. Jeremiah 25:32
I WONDER WHY GOD IS NOT IN THE CHURCH?
"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." Revelation 3:20
God is not in most churches because He is not invited to come in. The verse in Revelation refers to Jesus knocking on the door of His church saying that if anyone hears Him to let Him in. The problem being, if we let Him in, He will ruin our nice, clean, time managed service meant for new members to come and join in the overhead! The man-centered, organized, consumer driven, event motivated church of the last days has their own agenda for serving God their way and not His. Built by professional clergy and copied from the world's corporate model it is designed to flourish and grow into a financial success by drawing seekers (people who desire to find a comfortable social environment to ease their guilt) to fill their seats and pad their pockets!
WWJD as the popular saying goes, what would Jesus do? I'll tell you what He would do, He would be making disciples, casting out demons, healing the sick and raising the dead and telling the seekers to repent and be born again! I'll tell you what He wouldn't be doing, He wouldn't sit through some dead and lifeless Sunday morning funeral service trying to motivate a bunch of stubborn, stiff necked, brood of vipers who wouldn't lift a finger to obey the Holy Spirit's voice in regards to their spiritual life! Do you remember when Jesus approached His own church in Jerusalem, you know, the one He addressed as "White-washed tombs full of dead men's bones?" Now what do you think He would find today in our little sheep pens of lukewarm pew-sitters who have never left the building to go into a lost and dying sin-sick world in desperate need of the Savior's love and mercy?
While walking downtown one day I was admiring a beautiful old church building with its stained glass windows and architecture when suddenly the Holy Spirit spoke and said, "I can't sleep in that church, nor eat and I am not welcomed to come in out of the cold in their building!" True, true, not many church buildings are available for anyone to get help except through referrals or a one time hand out. Recently on the news they were talking about a new program to give homeless people on the streets an apartment, free of charge because it was cheaper to get them out of the cold rather than the great expense of emergency room visits and hospital stays. The news cast ended by showing the great wooden double doors of a beautiful church building in which they found a man who had died of exposure on their doorstep! May God have mercy!
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees , hypocrites! For you are like white washed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. "Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness." Matthew 23:27,28
"Serpents, brood (offspring) of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation (sentence) of Hell?" Matthew 23:33
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin