Will You Stand in the Gap?

Extreme Intercessory Prayer to End the Coronavirus Blight  By Charles Pretlow 03/31/2020standing in the gap

This pandemic is another birth pang judgment upon the nations of the world, including America.

In my March 24th message, I warned the following:

Intercessory Prayer for God’s Timing—Not the Devil’s.

This current pandemic is not the end, however, the spiritual powers of darkness driving this virus has the goal of making it the end. Satan wants the end to come before God’s timing, before true ministries are released proclaiming the only end-time good news, where a multitude will wake up and come to Christ. This multitude will come out of the great tribulation and become cleansed and saved by blood of the Lamb. (See Revelation 7:9-17.)

As this blight expands throughout the world and races into the heart of America, political leaders are feverishly locking down society in an attempt to slow down the viral spread. Through social distancing and closing non-essential businesses and ordering citizens to stay at home—there is now a virtual shut-down of society and the economy.

Gatherings of over ten people are ordered to stop. Restaurants, bars, public events and entertainment venues, sports events, vacations and normal travel activities are ordered to stop, where only travel to essential services is allowed. Work at home, stay at home, and travel is allowed for food, medical, or urgent appointments.

Drive through and pickup dining as well as shopping for food and essentials are approved but requires social distancing in all these activities. Among the non-essential gatherings are church services of more than ten.

In a Round About Way, God is Declaring the Visible Church Non-Essential

This last Monday, March 30th Rodney Howard-Browne was arrested for defying the shutdown order for his mega church in Florida. As senior Pastor, Rodney insisted that his church meetings are essential services and therefore exempt from the coronavirus orders.

However, contrary to Howard-Browne’s arrogance, reality is that this virus is a statement from Heaven: “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens” (Hebrews 12:26). The Holy Ghost bartender with his holy laughter mania has finally been shuttered, and rightly so!

Jennifer LeClaire, a proponent of dominion theology and a prime writer for Charisma, writes concerning Rodney’s arrest: “Prophetically speaking, what is going on here? Prophets have been prophesying about a “new era.” More churches are going digital in the face of this plague. But is this the beginning of a new era that will see the church persecuted in the United States?”

Most leaders across Evangelical, Pentecostal, and Charismatic denominations and fellowships are seeing a new era, but few realize the world, America and the Church are entering into the last phase of the birth pang judgements that will lead directly into the end of this age troubles, extreme persecution, the rise of the antichrist, the Great Tribulation, the rapture, the wrath of God upon the Earth, then Christ’s physical return to Earth to set up the physical kingdom of God.

The Lord is using this global pandemic to shake and shutter every church and fellowship around the world, to awaken His sleeping Church to the end-of-age reality. Except for a remnant, God’s people have fallen into passivity, oblivious to what is happening, living for church fellowship gatherings, worshipping worship music, living on events, gatherings, and obsessing for a feel-good buzz from what has now grown into a carnal fellowshipping addiction for a multitude of sleep walking believers. Most Christian are addicted to Churchianity and carnal-religious experiences, causing most to have a very weak relationship with the living Christ.

Most believers are in love with this age and the pleasures of this life and honor God with their lips, while having their hearts far from living a personal deep sacrificial walk with Christ. The Apostle Paul speaks to what real worship looks like: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:1-2).

The Lord is shuttering Churchianity and by doing so, declaring the end of the church age, and calling individual believers to become ready to stand before the Son of Man when He appears.

Unfortunately, the condition of God’s visible Church has lost its salt and light. Indeed, one of the next major birth pang judgment is persecution for Christians in America.

Arrogant leaders like Rodney Howard-Browne as with so many others have fueled this soon to be unleashed persecution madness against Christians in the United States: “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

Christians everywhere are now facing a test to see if they have a real relationship with Christ, when forced to be alone and shut in with God. Most will suffer withdrawals from their addiction to Churchianity. Few believers walk in the kingdom of God on Earth, ready to receive the coming physical Kingdom of God. Rather, most are lukewarm and about to be spewed from the mouth of Christ.

The lukewarm Christian may seem on fire and desirous to see America restored to a godly nation. The truth is that visible Christianity is ever grateful for the world’s blessings, as most stay conformed to the world, not discerning the hour. So, now God is attempting to shake His people awake so that they may humbly walk in the Kingdom life while on Earth and be “Grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29).

The Remnant Must Stay the Course

The world, including God’s people have been forced to stay at home, to become still and know that God is. For the sincere Christian who is being made ready for the last days work of ministry, this passage fits this moment: “Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by” (Isaiah 26:20).

The sincere Christian and prayer warrior who is awake to the hour must focus intercessory prayer to stop this virus. Not to pray to save America and the world but intercede for more time to get ready. From here on, each birth pang judgment will become Satan’s opportunity to facilitate his temporary takeover of the world prematurely, before God’s timing. Our motives in prayer must be according to God’s will for the world and for the Christian during these last troubling moments of this age.

The Ultimate Intercessory Prayer Warrior

Standing in the Gap for God’s Will to be Done, During these Last Days

Just as it was in Ezekiel’s day, the end of this age passivity has left few prayer warriors conditioned and ready to truly intercede. Ezekiel chapter 22 speaks to America and the visible Church of America, in that God is saying to the last day Christian: “And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.  Therefore I have poured out my indignation upon them. I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. I have returned their way upon their heads, declares the Lord GOD” (Ezekiel 22:30-31).

Will You Stand in the Gap? To those who have been following this work over the years, and other such ministries, I am sending out the call to put yourself in the gap as a living sacrifice in this battle. To stand and take on intense warfare and prayer in order to end this blight. We must be willing to war against the powers of darkness that is pushing this pandemic beyond God’s appointed duration, to bring a premature end to this age.

God’s purpose is to shutter Churchianity, not to shut down remnant ministries called to carry forth the midnight cry awakening and help facilitate the final move of God.

But First, Sit Down and Count the Cost

Those of you who have participated in this kind of intercessory prayer and warfare should be familiar with the spiritual, emotional, mental and often physical counter attacks from the devil and his minions. If you have unresolved spiritual wounds, a double minded condition, carnal propensities, secret sin, or an arrogant attitude towards fighting the prince of the air, then take heed.

When you lay yourself before God to stand in the gap, you are enlisting your life and physical body to become a weapon in God’s hands. The Holy Spirit will use you to intervene against Satan’s work while you live, pray, sleep, eat, rest, at work, and all through your normal daily activities.

During this time of standing in the gap, you may experience extreme mental confusion, emotional outbursts and overwhelming sense of hopelessness. You will most likely suffer extreme tiredness, sleep disturbances, strained relationships and quarrels with loved ones for no apparent reason. There may be minor physical accidents, weird encounters while driving, or lack of ability to focus on routine duties or chores.

As a ministry, we have practiced standing in the gap for years, contending for God’s will to be done for individuals, people in crisis, for God’s people to wake up to the hour, and for lost souls to come the saving knowledge of Christ. We learned that the times for standing in the gap was not to be taken lightly, for the wrong reasons, or for the wrong people. To stand in the gap only when directed by the Holy Spirit and to bow out when overwhelmed or when the Lord says it is time to stop.

As we grew in grace and continued dying to our old carnal self, we learned to work out our salvation in fear and trembling, to become healed from past wounds to our spirit and cleansed from any past defilement that still lingered within, (just as the Apostle Paul taught): “Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1)—in doing so, we became stronger in the Lord, grew in Christlike in character, and fought more effectively in the power of his might, having become more fully clothed in the armor of God.

If Standing in the Gap becomes Overwhelming

The other week, Pastor Mark, one of our associate pastors was led by the Lord to stand in the gap for me. Unbeknownst to him, I was in an intense spiritual battle with a bad actor involved with our ministry, in where I was holding this person accountable to give up their toxic busybody and meddling agenda. Like so many wounded and defiled Christians we minister to, this person can hit others spiritually when confronted for wrongdoing (a form or Christian sorcery). That was the case for me in this situation.

I had noticed a reprieve with the intensity of spiritual battle and later while talking to Mark, he mentioned that he had been led to stand in the gap for me. He explained that during this time he began to feel an energy drag, yet continued to battle on for a few more days. Then Mark began to experience unusual aches and pains and then his back began to give out during exercise.

It was at this point he realized that he was still standing in the gap for me. He knew it was time to take himself out from this battle, and he prayerfully did so, and within about forty minutes all the physical and mental symptoms lifted.

God works with and blesses courageous believers, so don’t shrink back from this call to stand in the gap. Though it will be intense and difficult, you will become even more strengthened in your personal relationship with Christ and you will see more prayers answered that glorifies the Lord. Learn to approach this type of intercessory prayer and spiritual warfare in humility and be willing to examine your heart for hidden unbelief, unresolved emotions, bitter judgments, jealousies, and selfish ambition.

Take yourself out of the gap in this battle to end this virus when the symptoms become too much. Pause and work with the Holy Spirit to further put off the old nature and be transformed within the spirit of the mind, to put on the new nature that is Christlike. (See Ephesian 4:22-24.)

If you are knocked off the horse, collect yourself, seek answers from the Lord, and be willing to get back on and fight. Resist the devil and he will flee, draw near to God and he will draw near to you.

Follow the book of James’ recovery and sanctification out line: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you” (James 4:7-10).

God is allowing Churchianity to be shuttered for a moment, to draw His people close to himself to become ready. When this virus ends, many Christians will pick up where they left off, dancing and prancing through life until the next major birth pang judgement smacks America, the world and Churchianity.

Now is the time to learn to stand in the gap and contend for God’s will, and become bond-servants of Christ, becoming a living sacrifice in a lifestyle of prayer, fasting and intercession—walking straight and lifting our heads, as our redemption draws near!

 Copyright © 2020 Charles Pretlow All rights reserved

The Beginning of the End

Birth Pang Judgments Reaching Perfect Storm Intensity – By Charles Pretlow 03/24/2020

coronavirus+mgn10In last January’s prophetic commentary entitled The Trump Factor (aka Trump Trap), I wrote:

Christ’s Perfect Storm Predictions: These signs started some time ago, and they are increasing with intensity and frequency and they will soon reach a perfect storm peak, creating fear and panic throughout the world (including America). Jesus warns that the signs would become so intense, causing people to faint, “with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world” (Luke 21:26).

No leader of any nation will have answers when these events reach a perfect storm level, including President Trump if he is still in office. Most likely, a sudden turn of events upon this country will make people think Trump is or was responsible.

In that post I also made note that the booming economy, that many called a “prosperity explosion” was a setup, a trap for the sleeping and unprepared Christian. Rather, this prosperity explosion and Trump’s stand against the liberal agenda was temporary, only to give us time to get ready. And now, in matter of weeks since that observation, all the Trump gains for the stock market are wiped out, as the up and down panic selling and buying on Wall Street continues, as America’s economy grinds to a halt.

A Birth Pang Judgment of Pestilence

Coronavirus Marks the Beginning of the End of the Birth Pangs of the Coming Kingdom

You may be thinking, Pretlow is at it again with fear mongering. You would be right if you haven’t connected the dots and realized that Christ’s warnings about the end-of-this-age troubles are coming to pass, one upon another:

“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. … And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:11-28).

This pandemic, (worldwide pestilence) is not the end, and it will die out by God’s grace, our intercessory prayers, and common sense in mitigating its spread. But not before it reaches the goal of shuttering enough of the pleasures and distraction of this world to wake up more sincere Christians who are asleep. Peoples of the world, including Christians are now forced to stay at home and not even gather for church having more than ten people. Entertainment, sports, luxury living, fine dining, and vacationing has ceased globally.

God is saying: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10).

I believe this virus lock-down and shuttering marks the beginning of the end of the birth pangs of the coming kingdom. The coming troubles will be reaching towards breaking the threshold of fear, where massive panic will come upon multitudes. Even then, few will realize that the world’s troubles are forming the last days perfect storm that will wake up a sleeping church to be used to bring in lost souls in a soon to come final awakening. (Coronavirus is a birth pang that is a foreshadow of the apocalyptic pale horse of Revelation, given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth. (See Revelation 6:8.)

Last July, I warned that the summer of 2020 would be most miserable, it was entitled: Heat Wave and Lawlessness Prepare for Resource Disruptions, Increased Homelessness and Riots, and Martial Law. This Coronavirus has already caused shortages due to people hording out of fear. It may very well be the beginning of major resource disruptions, increased homelessness, riots that leads into martial law in many regions. Even now the military is helping in many ways, but when lawlessness goes over the top, marshal law will have to be declared.

Why is this the Beginning of the End of the Birth Pangs of the Coming Kingdom?

 Jesus said the end will not come all at once and stated, “And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains” (Mark 13:7-8).

Some may think this pandemic will pass and life will get back to normal. That’s a dangerous mindset, because it will fade out, and put everyone at ease again.

However, this troubling global event is one in a long series of global birth pangs, starting back in WWI, with the Spanish Flu pandemic, then followed by the Great Depression, WWII, the Jewish Holocaust and then more wars and rumors of wars, extreme weather, earthquakes, volcanic activity, extreme stress of the nations, racial hate, false prophets leading many astray—the list can go on and on.

The Spanish Flu pandemic and WWI coincides with the Balfour Declaration, which was a public statement issued by the British government in 1917 during the First World War announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. This led the way for another major birth pang sign to take place, the Jewish Exodus.

The end of Second World War facilitated the exodus of the Jewish people, ending their global dispersion with the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. This is what Christ meant when he prophesied about the wrath against Israel will continue until the end of the age of the Gentiles: For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people.  They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:23-24).

The times of the Gentiles are at the peak of their fulfillment, as the world’s political stability revolves around the nation of Israel and its fight against the constant threat of being annihilation again by surrounding enemy nations.

Indeed, we are at the beginning of the end of the birth pangs, which means the frequency and intensity of these last days signs and troubles will become mind boggling, ramping up and instilling an even greater pandemic, a global plague of fear, where a multitude will lose nerve and emotionally fall apart in terror of what is coming upon the world—exactly as Christ said: “People fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Luke 21:26).

Every pulpit throughout Christianity should be expounding on these important signs and help prepare God’s people for the next major indicators—worldwide persecution against true Christians and the rise of true ministries warning of Christ’s soon return. Yes, bondservant ministries will rise up to spread the only good news, which is the imminent physical arrival of the kingdom of God upon the Earth.

 Intercessory Prayer for God’s Timing—Not the Devil’s

 This current pandemic is not the end, however, the spiritual powers of darkness driving this virus has the goal of making it the end. Satan wants the end to come before God’s timing, before true ministries are released proclaiming the only end-time good news, where a multitude will wake up and come to Christ. This multitude will come out of the great tribulation and become cleansed and saved by blood of the Lamb. (See Revelation 7:9-17.)

For Jesus prophesied this coming final awakening thusly: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14).

Our motives in prayer should be for God to bring an end this pandemic, not to get back prosperity. To intercede for God’s timing for all the forth coming end-time events, and to pray against Satan’s attempt to cause the end to come prematurely. As true servants we need to intercede for God’s people to wake up and become the last days generation of Christians which God has called to be the last and greatest generation.

To intercede for God’s people not to lose nerve during end-time troubles, but to be prepared and ready to win lost souls and backslid Christians in the coming final harvest. And not to stay passive and pray wrongly to keep America great! (The American culture, as I have stated time and again, has gone beyond the point of no return.)

Satan knows Scripture and God’s will for the world, for the lost and for the Christian, as he continually tries to thwart God’s will and purposes. Satan tried to kill Jesus when he was an infant, then later during Christ’s ministry tried to have Jesus arrested before God’s appointed time. Satan even used Peter’s selfishness to come against God’s purposes by opposing Christ passion, by rebuking Christ saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” Note Christ’s response was towards Satan not Peter: “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” (Matthew 16:22-23).

Further, the devil had all the Apostle thrown in jail and then later had Peter arrested and decreed (through Herod) to be executed—before Peter’s time—Herod did this just to please the Jewish Temple leadership.

In Peter’s case, the church interceded, and the Lord dispatched an angel to rescue Peter, then later, an angel smote Herod, who then was eaten alive by worms: “Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last” (Acts 12:23).

This is an example of corporate intercessory prayer that was according to God’s will and according to God’s timing concerning Peter’s death prophesied by Christ. (See John 21:15-19.)

Jesus taught us to pray for the kingdom of God to come and that God’s will be done on earth. Scripture is clear in describing how the end-of-this-age unfolds and how Christ will appear in the clouds and rescue His true saints and how he will then come physically, to establish the kingdom of God on Earth.

We ought to be fervently praying to that end, praying that God’s will be done during each birth pang event, as the end-of-this-age unfolds, according Scripture. The rise of false teachers and false prophets have truly confused and shuttered the prayers of God’s people. Few expound on Christ’s words that address the condition the world and America are now in, clearly pointing to the end-of-this-age. And few confront in prayer the lukewarm spellbound stupor God’s people suffer.

All this is because few who prophecy hold the testimony of Jesus: “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10). Out of their own spirit the false prophet speaks forth false peace, security and prosperity, promising that life will go on as always, pleasing the ears of their followers.

The true prophet expounds on all of Christ’s words and all of Christ’s prophetic warnings at the expense of his or her own popularity, because he or she holds the testimony of Jesus. Meaning, that they have become bondservants of Christ and have allowed Christlike character to be formed within them. Thus, they bring forth the testimony of Christ and prophecy in the power of Christ because they have the true Spirit of Christ.

Join Us in Prayer and Fasting

As a ministry we pray and fast every week from Tuesday, 8PM until Thursday 6AM for God’s timing and duration of each end-of-the-age event, as well as for individual needs of those asking for prayer. (When fasting be sensible and do the best that you can and end the fast wisely.)

Every Sunday, our intercessory prayer ministry team prays from 10:00AM to 10:45AM, before Sunday fellowship. If you follow this work, consider setting that time aside on Sundays and pray with us.

You are welcome to submit prayer requests via our ministry website: www.mcgmin.com (Look for the Intercessory Prayer Ministry link on the website side menu.) Alternatively, you can choose option 6 when calling our 800 number to leave a prayer request message: (888) 575-9626 Ext 6. (Please make the phone message or email short and specific to the prayer request.)

This last Sunday’s message was entitled: “A Temple of Prayer” and can also be accessed on our website by choosing MSG ARCHIVE on the top menu. This message will encourage and inspire the sincere and hungry believer on how to walk with Jesus in a life of prayer, fasting, and intense intercession.

It is time to wake up people, and pray for strength to escape the coming troubles, to endure to the end and stand before Christ when he appears. And importantly, be made ready to be used by God on the day that He acts in the coming final harvest.

May His grace and mercy be with you and yours as these end-time troubles mount!

Copyright © 2020 Charles Pretlow All rights reserved

The Trump Factor

Fanning the Flames of the Last Days Persecution By Charles Pretlow 01/24/2020

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:34-36).

Whatever you may think of President Trump, the fruit of his administration has demonstrated a dramatic slowdown of the radical socialistic takeover in government. Trump is taking a tough stand against terrorism, rogue countries like Iran and North Korea, illegal immigration, and the loss of American freedoms, especially religious.

Trump’s economic policies and tax overhaul have produced record breaking numbers; creating a robust economy, balanced fair-trade agreements, energy freedom, and a huge jump in employment to name just a few of his administration’s accomplishments.

However, his colorful digs at corruption, his unpolished confrontational style and his often-defiling rebukes of his political enemies, along with his bold, obnoxious, and ill-mannered use of his media accounts, infuriates left leaning voters and acts like acid thrown in the face of his liberal political opponents.

Trump policies, mannerisms and determination resonates with the middle-class, common person, the unsophisticated patriot, and people who want to keep America’s laws, constitution and cultural norms from being transformed into a globalized partner in a corrupt one-world government. With all this there is a vast portion of Evangelical Christianity firmly behind him with solid support.

President Obama in 2008, during his campaign for office referred to these Americans as problematic Bible and gun clinging people who are in the way of the Democrat’s socialistic agenda.

Trump has turned back the rushing tide of making America a haven for the world’s criminals, drug traffickers, third world social misfits, and free loaders who want only to live off the overburdened American tax paying citizen. Boldly, Trump is building a wall to stop the flow of drugs, gang members, human and child-sex trafficking, and to curb the flood of illegal alien slackers wanting to live in a welfare state. (Whereas the left’s political agenda prefers bulging immigration numbers as votes for holding on to power.)

America’s Prosperity has Roared Back

President Trump’s success in addressing these issues and his fight against the “deep state” corruption in American politics has made him a hero of the conservative masses and much of Christianity.

A Booming Economy: Some pundits are declaring that America is in a Prosperity Explosion, where the lower rung middle class and the marginalized low-income population across America are beginning to experience increase wages and a large increase in employment opportunities.

People who value America’s freedoms and less government control upon those freedoms, especially the conservative Evangelical Christian, have rallied behind Trump. To them Trump appears to be a God sent answer to their prayers to preserve America; to turn the USA back from its apocalyptic self-destructive course.

Trump’s theme, “Make America Great Again” has sensationally meshed with the Christian prosperity message; a message of wealth and prosperity that has gained deep influence upon the Christian mindset and the Christian world view—where God’s people, Christ’s Church will usher in wealth, world peace and righteousness.

God has seemed to answer the cries, the bemoans, and prayers of the American Evangelical, Charismatic, Pentecostal Christian, but not in a way that most think.

Prayer movements began in earnest and increased intensely over the last thirty years. Some started by notable leaders, such as Dr. Billy Graham when he preached on Oct. 14, 1993, a sermon entitled, “Can Revival Come?” Billy Graham proclaimed, “An awakening can bring about evangelization of the world in our generation.” Dozens upon dozens of calls for prayer, prayer movements, concerts of prayers, fasting and praying on a national basis have come and gone—they all started up and sputtered out along the way.

Billy Graham’s son, Franklin, among many others, continue their attempt to ignite a national prayer movement that would usher in a true move of God. A move of the Holy Spirit that would produce an awakening that would revive the Church and convert multitudes of lost people to Christ, especially in America, which would facilitate the restoration of godliness and righteous justice. All in the hope of turning America and the world back from its fall into humanism, socialism, communism, paganism and lawlessness.

No Dice on Restoring America Through a Move of God: Instead the American culture and the world is following the course that Christ prophetically laid out concerning the last days. Where wickedness, sexual perversion, national and international stresses, crisis after crisis, war after war, natural calamities upon calamities would come in greater intensity and frequency. These troubles would include frequent earthquakes and eruptions occurring in diverse (varied) places. To top off these signs, America and the world is threatened with economic uncertainty, political and racial chaos and a rampant increase in lawlessness.

Out of Control Massive Problems: All this is adding up to a perfect storm, resulting in, (as Jesus describes): “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Luke 21:25-26).

In Reality—God has Answered Prayers for More Time for His Children to Wake Up and Get Ready

Few Christian realize that President Trump’s administration policies and successes were granted by God to give God’s people more time to get ready. To wake up and be prepared for the terrible and very distressful times that have already started. A time of persecution, extreme judgments, corruption, chaos, and the-end-of-this-age lawlessness leading into worldwide one government takeover by the antichrist.

Instead most Christians think Trump is God’s answer to their prayers in turning back America and the world from its nightmarish rush towards a global apocalypse.

The Trump Trap is Set

Christians, especially in America are asleep at the darkest hour: Unfortunately, few Christians and Conservatives in America see the handwriting on the wall. Most ignore Christ’s warnings of last day’s global instability; nature convulsing with extreme weather, earthquakes, and the roaring of the waves of the sea. Few recognize that the nations are increasingly in turmoil with lawlessness and nations (races) increasingly hating each other. Most importantly, the world’s populace is quickly hating Israel and Conservative Evangelical Christianity.

The headline of a recent news article on Fox News reads: Christians see ‘alarming’ trend worldwide as China builds ‘blueprint of persecution’, with the lead-in paragraph stating:

“‘The Chinese government has now placed severe restrictions and policies on the house churches asking neighbors to spy on one another, pressuring school teachers and college professors to betray and sign a statement to denounce their own faith as well to do the same to students,’ says Pastor Jian Zhu. The article goes on to state: ‘Zhu described the Chinese government’s alarming actions as Christian persecution has continued to spread around the world.’” By Caleb Parke | Fox News January 16, 2020

Christ warned about all these chaotic things. He called them birth pangs preceding the physical coming of the Kingdom of Heaven. He warned Christians to look for the start of these things, in order to be ready: “Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28).

Christ’s Perfect Storm Predictions: These signs started some time ago, and they are increasing with intensity and frequency and they will soon reach a perfect storm peak, creating fear and panic throughout the world (including America). Jesus warns that the signs would become so intense, causing people to faint, “with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world” (Luke 21:26).

No leader of any nation will have answers when these events reach a perfect storm level, including President Trump if he is still in office. Most likely, a sudden turn of events upon this country will make people think Trump is or was responsible.

Indeed, a bad or critical state of affairs is forming: With all these signs occurring simultaneously, as described by Jesus and the Apostles concerning the end-of-this-age, you would think God’s people would be aroused and desire to pray for spiritual strength to endure to the end. Yet most are asleep like a drunk driver behind the wheel, drunk and mesmerized by the cares of this life. (Just as Christ warned; “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life.”)

A Shock Wave of Persecution is Coming Towards Christians in America

As the far-left liberal’s hatred towards Trump, the Conservative Christian, and the nation of Israel gains steam, more moderate Democrats and independent voters will be drawn into the persecution madness that is now foaming and forming. Soon, this wave of persecution will turn into violent hatred towards Trump and his Christian base.

Through a sudden turn of disastrous events, the fickle populace and many Christians will turn against whoever is in the White House, as the fires of persecution explode. Thus, the Trump factor has fanned the embers of growing persecution into flames. “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.”

Satan is about to Sift God’s People in America!

Since most of God’s people shun the true prophets who have been warning, and as they continue to ignore Christ’s clear description of the chaotic condition the world is in right now, Christ will allow Satan to sift his last days Church. To wake her up and clean her up. Just as Christ allowed Satan to sift Peter to break his denial of his doubleminded condition.

Satan has set a trap and has demanded to sift the Christian who is out cold, drugged by the lust for prosperity, the cares of this life and the love of this world (America). The trap of lethargy, passivity, prosperity and a lukewarm relationship with Christ will suddenly spring, leaving no way to escape. (Jesus allowed Satan to sift Peter to a point, to break his denial. So, likewise God is allowing extreme persecution to come upon God’s people who are lukewarm and in denial of their precarious relationship with Christ—at risk of being spewed out of Christ’s mouth.)

More on the Trump Factor: I am not anti-USA, I served five years in the Marine Corps during the Viet Nam war. My father was a WWII Navy veteran, who put Marines on the beach and removed the wounded during the battle of Peleliu—continuously for 72 hours. All his brothers (my uncles) served in the military during WWII. (One uncle was stationed on the battleship USS Tennessee, moored in Battleship Row when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Another drove truck for the Army on the Burma Road.)

All my sons served their country and community; one seven years in the Coast Guard, another a fire fighter, and one is serving in Afghanistan.

As a citizen of the U.S. I am glad to see President Trump succeed. Unfortunately, all these successes are temporary, they are only slowing-up of the inevitable, to give the discerning Christian time to get ready. The sincere Christian must wake up now and realize that a Christian’s true citizenship is in the soon to come Kingdom of Heaven. And if one does not wake up in time and become ready, they may very well be locked out of that Kingdom when Christ comes to reign on Earth for 1,000 years.

The Trump factor appears to be turning the tide to save and make America great again. This notion is a trap for those who believe this. Trump’s success is to give the discerning saint time to prepare but will also set the lukewarm Christian in a terrible trap. In the Trump Factor aka the Trump trap, God will give the unprepared Christian over to the idol of their hearts—the love of this world, passions and desires of the flesh, and the world’s comfort and pleasures.

The Trump Prosperity Explosion is the trap! By using Trump’s successes, and his in-your-face exposé of corrupt politics within the Democrats and many Republicans in Washington D.C., all victories appear to be a turnaround for America.

If Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election, there would have been an acceleration of the Democratic ideology and agenda to the dismantling and restructuring of American laws, freedoms, and culture. Hillary’s administration would have catapulted America and Christians into premature end-of-this-age judgments. Fortunately, God has answered our prayer from more time to get ready.

But these last days blessings that are giving us more time to wake up and get ready have become a double-edged sword wielding a terrible trap.

The Trap is Set, and the Prosperity of Trump’s Success is the Bait

To emphasize again, Satan has set a trap for the foolish Christian who is convinced President Trump has turned the corner in halting America from going over the cliff. The Trump factor is God turning His people over to the cares of this life that is in direct opposition to one of Christ’s most important last days admonishments and warnings: “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:34-36).

Trump is a catalyst that will fan the embers of persecution into roaring flames. Again, a sudden turn of events will swing the fickle US populace away from supporting Trump. And many Christians will turn away from trying to save America and bow out of the battle for the soul of America because of the fierce hateful backlash. Many will stop endorsing Trump or any conservative that comes after him.

Already we are witnessing more separation with Evangelical Christianity. Recently the editor and president of Christianity Today, both declaring Trump to be immoral and should be removed from office. Christians are about to take it on the chin and be blamed for a soon to come crisis that no President can solve. Many will fall away, hate and betray one another.

The Trump Factor—is also a lightning rod that is fueling the start of a persecution madness toward Christians. Most of God’s people in America stubbornly reject Christ’s warnings not to be in the love with this world. Rather, they put their trust in a politician and choose to stay lukewarm. The American church has become sidetracked from serving and obeying the true living Christ and walking as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven. Instead they are trying save the soul of America, instead of perfecting their relationship with Christ to be used by Him to save lost souls and backslidden believers.

God is allowing everything to be shaken to wake his children up, that they straighten up and lift their heads, and learn to abide in the Kingdom of Heaven before its physical coming: Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,  for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29).

A historical example of the coming persecution can be taken from Israel. They rejected Christ and his words and shut him up, resulting in the continuation of Roman rule and more loss of their freedoms. Then arose the Zealots to oppose Roman rule. (The Zealots were a Jewish political movement in 1st-century Second Temple Judaism, which sought to incite the people in the Judea Province to rebel against the Roman Empire and expel it from the Holy Land by force of arms, most notably during the First Jewish–Roman War 66–70.) The result of the Zealot revolt was the destruction of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Second Temple, and the disbursement of the Jews throughout other nations.

You will soon see how Trump’s Christian base will be viciously attacked by the rise of the far-left politics, like the Obama presidency, but much worse.

The Great Falling Away is about to Begin that will Clean God’s House

The purging of Christ’s church is about to start when the flames of persecution explode into a fiery inferno. The carnal-on-fire believer, the lukewarm Christian and the apostate denominations will all make a deal with the newly emplaced liberal administration and these fallen Christians will turn viciously against the true Christian who believes in the true Christ and His soon return. The nation of Israel will be under intense pressure as well and will no longer have America as her guardian.

Those who endure this coming persecution madness to the end, will comprise the bride of Christ. A people made pure, without spot or wrinkle. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:13-14).

This is God’s Army; the true bride of Christ who will be used of God in the final harvest. It is these true believers who will be standing when the smoke clears, having been made tribulation proof and rapture ready by the hand of God!

God’s last days army will bring the only good news to the lost and to the wayward Christian who has not yet made shipwreck their faith. They will proclaim to all the nations the good news of the Kingdom, which is the soon arrival of the Kingdom of God on earth when Christ’s sets his feet down on Earth and saves Israel from annihilation.

This army will be a weapon in God’s hand, not to save the soul of America, but rather carry the testimony of the coming kingdom of God, drawing a multitude of lost souls into that soon to come kingdom. “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:14).

The Midnight Cry Awakening and the Final Harvest

All these future events are at our doorstep. We must give up the love of this world (including idolizing America), turn and walk away from the cares of this life within our hearts and don’t look back. (Remember Lot’s Wife.)

The wicked will gain temporary control of America, so let each believer become tribulation strong and rapture ready, to be rescued by Christ when He appears. Just as God parted the Red Sea and saved Israel from the Pharaoh and his army, so to, the sky will open like a scroll and all will see Christ as the coming King of kings, and Lord of lords. And the rapture ready saint will be rescued from the wrath of God.

The whole world will see this fantastic event simultaneously, including the nation of Israel. It is then, when Christ appears, and the rapture occurs that Israel as a nation converts to Jesus Christ as their Messiah.

Most theologians interpret Scripture concerning the Great Tribulation period as lasting seven years during the antichrist rule. However, Jesus declared: “And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short” (Matthew 24:22).

At the end of those days Christ sends out his angels to gather and rescue the true Christian, then the wrath of God falls upon those remaining on Earth. The genuine Christian is not destined for the wrath of God. However, Christians will have to endure Satan’s wrath when he is cast down to earth and sets up his one world government.

War on the Saints

The persecution madness that is about to cut loose, the midnight cry awakening of God’s true Church and its purging is just around the corner, and the final harvest during the Great Tribulation will be the true saint’s finest hour.

Yes, Satan will be cast down to earth in great wrath:Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” (Revelation 12:12). This coming hour is a “Call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus” (Revelation 14:12).

As for the true Christian who becomes purified and made ready, he or she will enter the wedding feast. Some will be slain for Jesus, but all will be hated, maligned, and ridiculed. Settle it now, which gate and road will you choose? The right one will prepare you, so you will have extra oil for your lamp to see in the coming end time gross darkness, the other leads to destruction.

Time is running out to become ready, to have extra oil in our lamps to navigate clearly while waiting for Christ’s appearance at the end-of-this-age—at its darkest hour. (The extra oil is Christlike character created by the discipline of God. Many mimic Christ by developing a Christian personality to their own liking—it these Christians who will hear: I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness” (Matthew 7:23). Or – “Truly, I say to you, I do not know you” (Matthew 25:12).

Do you know and obey the true Christ, or are you following a facsimile developed by your favorite false leader and false teachings? Now is the time to give God permission to do what ever it takes to have the true Christ formed within you. So that you may have strength of Christlike character and genuine faith to escape what is now coming rapidly upon the whole world, and to stand before Christ when he appears.

Copyright © 2020 Charles Pretlow All rights reserved

Prophesy for 2020

What we see Coming for the New Year

Many Charismatic/Prophetic ministries are prophetically declaring a true move of God to sweep America. They see the terrible division, strife, and wickedness overtaking America, and want to save the country by praying into reality a true move of God (like the Jesus movement in the 70s). Most want to be involved in a move of God that will bring millions of lost souls into the fold of God. Unfortunately, a desire to restore America will hamper their involvement in the coming final true move of God. Their own carnal self-efforts and misunderstanding of Scripture interferes with God’s work in preparing the body of Christ for the coming final true move of God.

Many of these so-called prophetic ministries have for years embraced an amillennialist view of Christ’s coming. (Meaning few believe that the Great Tribulation will usher in Christ’s appearance, followed by the rapture, and then what follows is the wrath of God poured out upon the Earth, then Christ’s return for the millennial reign on Earth for 1,000 years.)

Indeed, “God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9) For Jesus declared:

“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven” (Mark 13:24-27).

These deceived prophetic ministries see all the terrible things that are now upon America and the world. The ever-increasing persecution, corruption, and wicked perversion has become America’s cultural norm. Their desire to see America spared judgment has clouded their understanding of how the end of this age will unfold according to Scripture.

These so-called prophetic leaders operate like prophetic cheerleaders in a valiant attempt to stir God’s people awake, but to no avail. Many of these prophetic leaders and those who follow them are experiencing burn-out. Much like the false prophets of Baal when they took on Elijah’s challenge. All their efforts, prophesies, and declaration has fallen to the ground because they have not heard from the Lord concerning America’s role in the last days. In gross denial, they refuse to see that the troubling signs of the end are getting much worse, despite all the years they have called God’s people to pray, repent, and fund their revival efforts.

What we see coming in 2020 is more increased lawlessness, earthquakes, and more severe distress and calamities. The persecution madness that has started will become extremely worse and carried out by the far-left populace through their politics, primarily driven by the LGBTQ hate filled agenda towards Christians. This is God allowing Satan to rule for a season which will finally wake up God’s people to the truth about the end-of-this-age. We first warned about America going beyond the point-of-no-return in 2004, in our first book. We warned then how America would succumb to a socialistic and LGBTQ hate-filled political takeover. Just as Jesus warned that the world (and America) would become like it was in the days of Lot. Review our first book The Horsemen Cometh 3rd Edition, Racing Towards the Midnight Cry)

There will a move of God, but it will not restore America, but rather facilitate the final harvest leading into and through to the end of the Great Tribulation period, until a purified and unified body of Christ is rapture ready.

Jesus prophesied of this preparation time that is now upon us in Matthew 24:9-14, where lawlessness and hatred towards Christians and righteousness will drive a persecution madness that will sweep throughout the whole world, including America. This hatred towards the conservative (true) Christian will be used by God to clean house, causing the false and lukewarm Christian to fall away. When the smoke clears, only the true saint will stand before Christ when He appears!

A prophetic movement is about to come which Jesus called a cry at midnight and will carry the message of: “Behold the bridegroom, come out to meet him.” This wake-up-now prophetic word is about to be declared by Christ’s true prophets and bondservants. (See Matthew 25:1-13.) Study Matthew chapters 24 and 25 and you will see that the world and America is moving from what Jesus referred to as the birth pangs of the coming kingdom towards the great and final awakening during the Great Tribulation and Christ’s appearance in the clouds, and the angels facilitating the rescue of the rapture-ready saint.

As for the saint who wakes up in time and allows God to show them their issues of heart, hidden defilements, and self-reliance, and if they repent of their love for this age, Christ will transform and save them. They will become rapture ready. (Many today only learn to mimic Christ by following their favorite leader or author—few learn to embrace the transforming discipline of the Lord.) The coming persecution will remedy this shallow Christian walk within many believers.

Our end of the year message is a warning to the sincere believer to wake up and stop trying to make America great again. Now is the time to brace and prepare for more lawlessness, vileness and perversion. Stop listening to half-baked prophets and wayward evangelist who want to enlist God’s people into praying for a move of God to restore America and contend against the wickedness that is now sweeping the land. (These leaders don’t recognize God’s plan in purifying the bride of Christ through persecution, nor are they teaching sound doctrine on how to work with God to grow up into Christ and become ready.)

Leaders who point their finger at the wicked are failing their call. The Apostle Paul was clear on judging outsiders: “For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. ‘Purge the evil person from among you’” (1 Corinthians 5:12-13).

The prophetic word we have for the beginning of 2020 is this: Leave the wicked alone. It is time to embrace the fiery discipline of the Lord, die to our old carnal self-life, that we may be raised into the fulness of life in Christ. Most Christians have been serving Christ in their own strength, only to serve leadership’s agenda. Be prepared for God to allow troubles and challenges in the coming year to lead His people away from self-reliance, to where they either rely on God or fall away. It is time to give up the idolatrous love of America, come out of a last days Babylonian culture that has overtaken America. View our prophetic message for 2020 below that is entitled Leave Them Alone by Pastor Pretlow December 22, 2019.

 Copyright © 2019 Charles Pretlow All rights reserved

The Lull before the Next Judgment

Few are straightening up and raising their heads!   By Charles Prelull before the stormtlow 12/03/2019

And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:25-28).

Have you noticed the somewhat quiet lull between each wave of judgments coming upon America and various regions of the world? Right now, there is an eerie atmosphere hanging over the people, including Christians. It’s like the animals and birds when they become strangely quiet just before an earthquake or an eruption.

A Terrible Sense of Doom is about to Fall

Jesus warned when calamities of nature become over-the-top and when the nations of the world become universally perplexed with vexing troubles, these were the progressive events that would eventually lead into a terrible sense doom.

We are approaching a series of judgments and distressing events that will eventually break the threshold of denial and cause the masses to tremble in hysterical fear, “people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world.”

Few Christians are recognizing these end-of-the-age signs as described by Christ. And for those who do realize these things are taking place now, few are straightening out their walk with Christ and looking up with a consistent mindset of becoming ready, setting their minds in heavenly places by abiding in Christ.

What does Christ mean when he says, straighten and raise your heads?

For the saint who is abiding in Christ, it means enduring with patience in becoming Christlike in the discipline of the Lord, by pressing for the crucifixion of the works of the flesh; which often includes vicious attacks by the evil one, persecution by family and friends, which is part and parcel of participating in sufferings of Christ (without complaining). The sincere believer understands that to straighten up and raise one’s head means knowing Christ’s appearance is right around the corner.

Further, he or she knows their redemption from the battle and ills of this life are about to end. The true believer is constantly awake, watching, and pressing into the high call of God in Christ Jesus. The sincere saint will succeed in becoming ready, and thus NOT fall apart when God’s judgments are in full swing and America and the world are completely overtaken by the wicked and the antichrist Is revealed.

As for the shallow believer who follows Christ in name only, straighten up means to get your life in proper order with Christ by embracing and doing all that Christ teaches. To become truly born-again and grow up into Christ, being no longer deceived by the false teachers and passively playing church, loving this world, skipping along enjoying the momentary prosperity of this age.

It’s time to wake up, look up, walk straight and fulfill God’s will for your life!

The following is an article written by Mark D. Poley, expounding on Romans 1:18-32 originally written February 24, 2018.

Although, I believe America has gone past the point of no return, Mark’s message that God calls all to repentance right up to the very end is a needful reminder of God’s grace and mercy.

God’s judgement on America

By Mark D. Poley

As we contemplate and grieve over another tragic school shooting, we must take time to think about what has brought us, in America, to this point. The Apostle Paul shows us in his letter to the Romans, specifically Romans 1:18-32, exactly why we are here. We would do well to heed his words and to repent. If we take issue with anything that Paul has written here, we need to remember that Paul’s writings are inspired by God, so in taking issue, we are taking issue with God himself. We are not here because of the NRA, the 2nd Amendment, or the easy access, we have as American citizens, to own firearms. We are here because of our nation’s rejection of God and the authority of his word. Let us look at what the Apostle Paul is telling us.

Paul begins in v18 by telling us that judgement from God is coming to those who by their wickedness suppress the truth. Paul is speaking here of two aspects or forms of divine judgement. First, an eternal end time judgement when the wicked are judged and cast into the lake of fire, and secondly, earthly temporal judgements as depicted here in vs24-31. We will focus here on the second form of God’s judgement, the earthly temporal judgements, and how they are affecting our nation today.

Paul says in vs19-25, that what can be known about God has been made plain to us by God. For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and his divine nature, can be clearly seen in the things that he has made, so that men are without excuse. Although we can clearly see the existence of God through his creation around us, we no longer honor him as God nor give him thanks for what he has given us. Instead of giving glory to God for who he is, we glorify man and the creation that God has given us to use and enjoy. We worship and serve God’s creation rather than the one who created it all. In vs26-32 Paul tells us, “For this reason God, gave us up to sexual impurity.” God removed all the restraints to allow homosexuality and sexual perversion to run rampant and to be accepted as normal behavior in our nation. Also, since we refuse to retain any knowledge of God, in other words, we want to remove any thought or evidence of him from our existence, God has given us over to a depraved mind to commit all sorts of wickedness, unrestrained. We have become full of envy and murder, we have murdered more than 60 million unborn babies, 10 times as many people as the Nazis murdered during the holocaust, and we murder many innocent men, women, and children on our streets and in our schools daily. We are full of strife, greed, deceit, and malice. We are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventers of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, and ruthless. Although we know that those who do such things should be punished, we heartily approve of their practice of evil.

As we can plainly see, since we have chosen to worship the creation instead of the Creator and refuse to acknowledge the existence of God or retain any evidence of him in our lives, we are under the judgement of a righteous and holy God. Rampant sexual perversion, homosexuality, gender identity issues, and the proliferation of all sorts of evil, including the murder of our children in our schools, are a direct result of this judgement. God, in our desire to live without him, has given us over to a depraved mind and lifted all restraint on the evil that men desire to do. Neither gun control nor the abolishing of the 2nd Amendment is the answer to our problems. Our only hope is to fall down on our knees before an Almighty and Merciful God to repent and ask for his forgiveness. God’s divine purpose and goal in these temporal judgements is that men are brought to repentance and back to a right relationship with him. “For it is not God’s desire that any man perish, but that ALL men should come to repentance”. 2Peter 3:9B.   1 John 1:9 tells us “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” As the laws and government of this nation were founded upon biblical principles, it is my belief that we can also apply to ourselves 2Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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 will heal their land.” We were once a great Christian nation; it is God’s will that we become one once again.

I urge each one of you reading these words, to read Romans 1:18-32 for yourselves and to ask God to give you understanding.

In the wonderful name of Jesus, our glorious Lord, Savior, and soon coming King, I remain,

Mark D. Poley

Repent, Repent for the Coming Kingdom of God is at Hand

Some final thoughts: Though, our rights and privileges as Christians in America have been increasingly attacked, don’t let this temporary slow down with the Trump administration lull you further into apathy and passivity. Repent of any and all complacency, love of this life, and any secret sin. Give God permission to show you your carnality and ask him to work with you to overcome any hidden unbelief and rebellion by his hand of discipline.

“It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?  If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.  Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?  For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.  For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:7-11). 

The Only Safe Place is in Christ and His Fullness!

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:34-36).

Copyright © 2019 Charles Pretlow All rights reserved

 

Last Days Evil and the Power of Darkness

Learn how to overcome in the power of ChristBy Charles Pretlow 10/26/2019

Over the last two months I pondered on the next Midnight Cry blog topic. Finally settling on two prominent issues; the recent admission by the Navy that UFO encounters do exist, and how the last days evil and the power of darkness will be allowed by God to run rampant.

The recent Navy news event got me thinking about the warning I gave back in 1992 about Satan’s end-time strategy of programing the masses to accept the physical manifestations of demons as friendly ET (extraterrestrial beings) coming to help solve our problems here on earth. (I believe this will be one major way Satan will deceive the world into worshipping the beast of Revelation—by the physical manifestation of demonic beings that have beastly features who aid and abet the global rule of the antichrist.)

Indeed, fallen angels will manifest physically and appear as grotesques beasts, because they have been tormented in hell, but will soon be released temporarily on the coming day of judgment. The physical manifestation of fallen angels will come at the time Satan and his angels will be permanently cast down from heaven on to earth.

Already, most in the western cultures, especially in America are awe struck by the demonic images portrayed as extraterrestrial caricatures (images) in movies and on TV. The Apostle John prophesied in Revelation that even after the plagues sent by God, the peoples of the world will not repent of worshipping demons. (See Revelation 9:20 and Revelation 13:11-18.)

Deceived Christians allow for the Possibility of Extraterrestrials

Far too many Christians allow for the possibility of extraterrestrial beings. This is because little is taught on Satan’s last days strategies designed to suck Christians into the antichrist’s deceptions. In my 1992 article entitled, “Extraterrestrial Beings, a deception of Satan,” I point out Billy Graham’s arrant response to the question that extraterrestrial beings might exist:

From my studies in the Scriptures I can find nothing that would change our essential faith in the Gospel if we did discover life on other planets. Our Bible is clearly designed for this particular planet with its particular problem of man’s sin. When we observe this fact, we are on safe ground. It is not a part of the Bible’s message to inform us of what God has done elsewhere. Its message is concerned with earth dwellers, their origin, the reason for their existence, the cause of their misery and the plan of redemption for a fallen race. I am sure that if there are dwellers on other planets, they are either not involved in the sin problem, or else God has made satisfactory provision for them. He is entirely able to support the entire creation and is able govern in righteousness. (My Answer, by Billy Graham, 1967 edition.)

Unfortunately, many in leadership take this same kind of milquetoast (timid and feeble) stand as Billy Graham did concerning extraterrestrial beings who might be discovered or appear on earth as visitors. The passage that should be familiar to the every Christian about fallen angels appearing physically as friendly extraterrestrial creatures is: “And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day” (Jude 1:6). Also, Genesis 6:1–4 describes how the sons of God (angels) physically roamed Earth and took for themselves the daughters of men as wives of all which they chose.

Satan will soon be cast down along with his fallen angels and some cases become physically manifest, to wreak havoc upon the earth and make war against the saints as they aid in the antichrist’s global takeover. “Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him (Revelation 12:7-9).

And we know this from Scripture about the coming of the antichrist: “The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,  and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).

Last Days Evil and the Power of Darkness are Now Upon Us—Ever Growing!

As the signs of the end of this age appear, one upon another, there is still tremendous resistance by most Christians in accepting the reality that the end of this age is upon us. The signs that Christ said to watch for are piling up and most believers refuse to accept that the world and America are well into the end-of-this-age darkness.

In seeking the Lord on this most important issue for this installment of the midnight cry blog, I was given direction by the Lord one recent evening. Frequently, the Holy Spirit points me in a direction to ponder and search Scripture by giving me a dream. “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy” (Acts 2:17-18).

I have learned to discern dreams that are directly from the Lord, dreams that are allowed by the Lord, and those dreams injected by one’s own inner heart issues. Some dreams come as counterfeit by the evil one, which God allows to test us and prevent us from relying on dreams. Many Christians (especially Charismatic believers) become carnally introspective and spiritually sensuous in their interpretation of dreams. These believers neglect the hard work of in-depth study of God’s written word, seek his will, embrace the Lord’s discipline and learn to properly discern His voice and the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

The setting for this recent dream was in a large meeting room. There were many people, but I did not recognize any individual. I began preaching and warning that Christians will not have power to endure the coming darkness, where evil people and evil situations will prevail against God’s people on a large scale.

As the dream continued, I referred to Scripture where Jesus confronted the chief priests, officers of the temple, and the elders who came to arrest him: “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness (Luke 22:52-53).

I continued preaching in the dream, emphasizing that God will allow the powers of darkness to win as he did at Gethsemane when Christ was arrested—I warned that the same kind of dark hour is coming where evil will have its way and the powers darkness will be allowed to prevail upon God’s people in these last days. (We are seeing this becoming prevalent now, where evil is called good and good is called evil.)

At this point in the dream everyone in the audience got up and walked out, refusing to hear anymore. Then the dream ended. I realized from this dream that the Lord was letting me know how most will react when hearing this warning concerning the coming evil and the unrestrained powers of darkness.

Those in leadership must contend for the whole counsel of God and not to lose heart when most listeners stop up their ears and walk out. Most in leadership preach easy words and accumulate for themselves followers that give applause and throw money. Like Peter, most Christians want to believe they can prayerfully and politically fight the powers of darkness and succeed in making America a Christian nation again.

Like the Disciples, Few Want to Hear and Take Heed

The disciples paid little attention to Christ’s warnings concerning his suffering and death. However, Peter did respond by saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you” (Matthew 16:22). Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man” (Matthew 16:23).

Why would Jesus confront Satan for what Peter said? Because Peter was inspired by Satan and channeled for Satan to oppose God’s will. This was due to Peter’s own selfish determination to not let Jesus die. Peter was most likely worried about losing his gained notoriety, spiritual power, and income from ministry. Further, I believe all the disciples had the notion in the back their minds that Jesus would free Israel from Roman rule and that they would be used by God to set up the Kingdom God on earth (despite Christ’s continued explanations and warnings).

This was not God’s will; that the disciples and followers of Christ take control of Israel and overthrow the Roman rule. Even though Christ explained that the Kingdom of Heaven was not of this world, the disciples still did not comprehend what Christ meant concerning the coming Kingdom of God as a place dwell within spiritually.

Jesus was teaching and training the disciples not to attempt to establish God’s kingdom on earth in the power of their own strength by physically fighting the powers of darkness. The disciples did not comprehend that the current Roman rule was a physical side effect of the real powers of darkness holding God’s people (Israel) captive. The hold that Satan had over God’s people then and still does now, is partly due the fallen sin nature of mankind and the sinful abuse by false leaders. Jesus berated and exposed the Temple leaders of his day as hypocrites and whitewashed tombs full of dead men’s bones. (Christ is about to expose many false leaders who are used by Satan to deceive God’s people today!)

It was God’s Temple leaders that plotted and partially succeeded in destroying Christ and his followers. And God in his might and wisdom allowed the powers of darkness to partially win, partly to instill into the disciples that in death, God’s power rules!

After Christ’s resurrection, the disciples from that point on no longer feared men and the possibility of a martyred death—for they now knew that the Kingdom of God is not of this world.

As an important lesson, the disciples, especially Peter needed to be shown how futile their efforts would be in standing in one’s own strength, trying to prevail against the dark power of evil. Once again, at the last-minute Jesus warns the disciples of God’s plan: “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee” (Matthew 26:31-33).

The disciples were silent and listened, except for Peter as he brazenly declared, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away” (Matthew 26:33).

We know that Peter, during Christ’s arrest, drew his sword and cut off the ear of one of the arresting Temple guards. Perhaps Peter believed that by faith, with one sword and with the power of God through Christ, he could defeat the powers of darkness. Many Christians today have the same mindset as Peter’s. They fall asleep when called to pray and intercede, but storm into the fight against darkness in the power of their own strength when they perceive evil is disturbing or assaulting their prosperity.

Just as the original disciples misunderstood Christ’s explanation of the spiritual coming of the Kingdom of God, few Christians today understand how troubling times will become overwhelming, leading right up to the physical coming of the Kingdom God.

Most importantly, the disciples misunderstood that God was depleting them of their own natural powers and physical abilities in standing against darkness. God has not changed, and Christians will soon suffer the Lord’s discipline of dying to one’s own spiritual strength and self-reliance.

Many will be like Peter, pulling a Sword, Losing and then Denying Christ

Of course, Jesus confronted Peter: “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). Unfortunately, most Christians are fighting the powers of darkness with what they believe is the sword of the spirit, not realizing they are operating in their own natural strength and wisdom, as they rely on their own spiritual strength and physical resources to oppose darkness.

There is coming a process where God will allow evil and powers of darkness to win momentarily. This will cause many false Christians following Christ and fighting to restore America to fall away and as for the sincere, yet carnal believer, they will be thwarted in their own efforts in standing against the coming flood of darkness.

Throughout Scripture, God has vetted his army of weak and self-reliant warriors and purged his true servant of their natural powers in doing warfare.

Moses slayed the Egyptian guard, then had to flee into the wilderness for forty years in preparation to be clothed in the power of God to stand against the Pharaoh’s earthly authority. Further, because of his wilderness training to rely on God, Moses was able to stand against the spiritual powers of the Pharaoh’s magicians. (Those magicians, with their dark powers stood toe to toe against the power of God for the first three plagues.)

We must understand that the original disciples were disciplined by being shown how futile it is to war against evil and darkness in their natural powers. There are many examples in scripture proving this passage: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).

My favorite passage on this work of dying to self-reliance on our own physical and spiritual powers is with the Apostle Paul’s explanation. It will help us understand what the last day Christian can expect in God’s training program to stand against the god of this world and his minions (human and demonic) and overcome.

“For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many” (2 Corinthians 1:8-11).

Evil will have its hour and the powers of darkness will become overwhelming, and it will feel like God has abandoned his people and many will despair of life itself as they suffer hardships and burdens beyond their strength. But in the end, this will only make the true disciple depend on God who raises the dead!

Today, most Christians are taught to pray, fight, and become involved politically to restore America, but soon they will be in absolute shock as the powers of darkness continue to win battle after battle. Even in fighting on a personal level in life and ministry, there is coming a wave of dark power that will squash the unprepared and self-reliant saint.

Just as the disciples thought that Christ would set up the kingdom of God by physically overthrowing Roman rule—so too, most Christians think God will strengthen the church to restore America and usher in the physical coming of the kingdom of God.

The Coming Army of God will be Clothed with Power from on High

Jesus was clear about the last days great falling away: “And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:10-12).

Though this seems pure gloom and doom, it is God’s will that his army be trained to endure and become clothed with His power to bring in the final harvest. Christ’s true Church must give up the love of this age, lust for the abundant life in this world and die to relying on their own physical and spiritual strength. This must be accomplished within the true body of Christ so that His church can stand and work during the Great Tribulation’s final harvest and be raptured to safety at Christ’s coming.

A final note on Christians using their own spiritual strength in the name of Christ: “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:22-23).

These false Christians had spiritual power to prophesy and to cast out demons. Christ did not deny that they had spiritual power. However, though these false believers used Christ’s name, Christ did not work those spiritual feats they bragged of having performed. So, by what power do false Christians do these supernatural things? The wicked and the deceived Christian have supernatural powers within their own spirit and it is one of Satan’s goals to unlock these powers—like the magicians in the Pharaoh’s court, or like Simon the magician as described in the book of Acts.

Another point made by the Apostle Paul, citing what the Lord said about being weak, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

The time has come for the genuine Christian to follow Paul’s example. Give God permission to work his grace upon you and into you. Embrace Christ’s discipline to become weak in your own strength that you may be clothed with power from on high.

For additional encouragement and teaching on these issues, view our recent messages on standing against the powers of darkness and becoming clothed in power from on high:

Last Days Evil and Hour of Darkness and Power from on High

Copyright © 2019 Charles Pretlow All rights reserved

America—Gone Beyond

Learn to Abide in a Kingdom that Can’t be Shaken   By Charles Pretlow 08/15/2019

“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29).

 

The first installment of the Midnight Cry Blog was entitled:

Not Be At Once, End of the Age Progression: Will it awaken you or lull you? Published five years ago on August 20, 2014.

This first Midnight Cry Blog began as follows:

It seems like the world keeps on going as it continues to unravel. Most of the flash points of Christ’s return and the end of this age seem to be popping up, then going away, then another pops up, then goes away.

In Luke 21:5-26, Jesus describes the progression of the end of this age to come in stages, as He states, “And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once” (Luke 21:9).

The point that I would like to expound upon is, but the end will not be at once. Jesus is explaining to his disciples and to us the progression of end-time indicators that include the destruction of the temple, the fall of Jerusalem, then the coming of false prophets misleading many saying, “The time is at hand,” and then Christ adds that all nations will become distressed and perplexed with all the trouble coming upon the world. The progression will hit a pitch or crescendo that will cause great fear, as the age of the gentiles ends.

Five Years Later

Since that first blog, five years ago, take a moment to contemplate all that has taken place since. Major signs of the end of this age are not so random and intermittent but are now nearing a non-stop fevered pitch of intensity and frequency.

We are now moving towards intense persecution and extreme hatred by the American liberal populace towards Christians and Jews—just as Jesus warned: “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:9-14).

Nothing but Continuous Bad News

Along with all the other flash points, America and its sleeping Church has passed the point of no return. America has gone beyond God’s reach! There is nothing on the horizon except more bad news.

America and Churchianity [1] have gone beyond restoration. Yet, most Christians are still clinging to hope in the Trump administration and the call for prayer and repentance—believing that God will make America great again.

This nation and countries of the world are facing great perplexities and extreme pressure to get all the troubles straightened out. Soon the whole world will cry for a world leader to solve the global threats now piling up in the form of; nature recoiling with monstrous storms, heat waves, droughts, famine, disease, refugees, corruption, war, nuclear annihilation, and a soon to come global economic collapse.

God is allowing the god of this world (Satan) to push the world into chaos, lawlessness and hatred towards the Jew and the true Christian in order to usher in the antichrist rule. Many carnal and superficial Christians are about to fall away by this soon to come persecution and jump on board the antichrist bandwagon. In allowing this, God is vetting his Church, to separate the false from the true. Jesus said of this coming hour of persecution: “But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”

When the Great Tribulation starts, the deception brought on by false prophets and the antichrist will be far worse than it is now and will overwhelm the unprepared believer. “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:21-24).

Learning to Walk in the Kingdom of God Now

In Order to be Part of the Coming Physical Kingdom of God

How will the sincere Christian have strength of faith to keep hope and endure to the end? By knowing and embracing the reality of the physical coming of the kingdom of God. However, while we are battling and waiting in this dispensation for the coming kingdom, Christians are to become cleansed and transformed in order to walk in the invisible kingdom of God now. Unfortunately, many are deceived into believing they are abiding in Christ and walking in the invisible kingdom of God, when the opposite is true.

Many on fire Christians are taught to abide in the kingdom of God on earth forcibly through self-driven spiritual power generated by the powers of their own spirit. They walk in counterfeit spiritualism and develop a self-made Christian persona to suppress the old nature. These learn to avoid the work of the cross that crucifies the works of the flesh with its passions and desires. The deceived Christian often walks in a mixture of the old covenant legalism and self-religious empowerment, mixed with Christ’s easier teachings.

Many believers are taught to walk in what I call a John the Baptist faith. “Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:11-15).

These believers learn to suppress the works of the flesh religiously, following positive thinking mantras and religious formulas, and many seek empty spiritualistic manifestations, that amount to taking spiritual Prozac.

Purifying and Healing God’s Wounded that they may Walk in the Invisible Kingdom

This soon to come global shaking will shake awake the sincere Christian who is currently deceived. The Midnight Cry is about to heard as it travels like a testimonial shock wave to all the nations of the world. The core message is the gospel (good news) of the coming kingdom.

God is about to call to active duty his waiting army of bondservants. Seemingly, out of nowhere unknown ministries will arise and speak God’s truth of the coming physical kingdom and how to become ready to take part of its coming, by enduring to the end to be saved.

Many of these true last days ministries will emphasize biblical principles on how to become ready to endure and receive the coming Christ and his kingdom when it physically come on earth.

MC Global Ministries is called to give the whole counsel of God concerning His discipline that transforms the inner person to be genuine in Christlike character, and how to work with God and be healed of deep wounds to the spirit, restore damaged emotions and heal double mindedness, and to become strong in Christ—that God’s wounded may endure to the end and also be saved.

Are You Fatigued in Hearing These Warnings?

This ministry has been warning for quite some time. For me, it began in 1974 when I read David Wilkerson’s book “The Vision.” The notion at that time, at least for many including myself was that we might have ten to fifteen years to get ready before all hell brakes lose upon America and the Church.

At that time there was much confusion about how the end of this age will unfold, particularly when will the rapture occur. The Lord showed me specifically that great trouble would come before the rapture; however, the true Christian would be spared the coming wrath of God.

But because, I like others ignored Christ warning that, the end will not be at once like so many, I fell asleep. Then I fell for the lie that rapture would come before the Great Tribulation, primarily due to the book, The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey, and the Left Behind series of books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

Because of the delay and because of my own woundedness as a new believer, I walked away from the call for about eight years—not unlike Jonah running from God’s call to warn Nineveh. There is more to my running away, but there is not enough space to share in this post, but in the end, I came back to fulltime ministry in June of 1988.

Then in 1997, Christ’s words hit me like a ton of bricks: “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven (Mark 13:24-27).

Just knowing that we must endure the coming Great Tribulation does not prepare one to be able to endure to the end. Rather, we must give God permission to discipline us and show us if we are trusting in own wisdom and strength, or if there are wounds and defilements that bear roots of bitterness and unbelief. Study Hebrews chapter 12 and James 4:6-10.

Look for another Overcomers Journal blog coming soon that will instruct more on God’s recovery program.

Blessings

Pastor Pretlow

Copyright © 2019 Charles Pretlow All rights reserved

[1] Churchianity: Any practices of Christianity that are viewed as placing a larger emphasis on the habits of church life or the institutional traditions of the church than on theology and spiritual teachings and growing in a true and lively relationship with Christ; The quality of being too church-focused and following or idolizing leadership over the personal leadership of the Holy Spirit and the lordship of Jesus Christ. Practicing false holiness and walking in self-righteousness instead of obtaining the grace of God for all of life. Following Christ to receive earthly blessings and the abundant life on earth instead of living the beatitudes as Christ described.

Heat Wave and Lawlessness

Prepare for Resource Disruptions, Increased Homelessness and Riots, and Martial Law

By Charles Pretlow 07/19/2019

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“The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire.  They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory” (Revelation 16:8-9).

In May of this year the Lord gave me a warning dream. In this dream I watched people in a park sitting at picnic tables eating and talking and some were walking around with plates of food.

I noticed that grass at this park was withered, dry and brown. In the middle of the pathway between the picnic tables was a large pile of human excrement.

The people at this park ignored this abhorrent pile of human feces, stepping over and around it, while they continued to have a good time talking and eating.

Then abruptly the scene was interrupted by large military transport planes flying over head as soldiers parachuted out of these planes. Then above the troop transport planes, fighter jets flew as escorts, and helicopters appeared at lower altitudes.

The people at the picnic did not take notice; however, then the scene changed, and I witnessed a city police chief in uniform sitting at his desk, he was talking on the phone. I heard this police chief say several times, “Yes, I understand.” The dream ended.

I shared this dream with our ministry team and gave the following interpretation:

Extreme heat waves are going to hit America and the land will be scorched from the heat. Grass will dry out at parks and other community playgrounds and recreational areas will be devestated. Yet people will still pursue a picnic like mentality.

The people who will suffer the most in this coming heat wave will be the homeless. The homeless crisis is ever mounting in such cities as San Francisco, LA, and other major cities across the nation.

Gangs and protesters like Antifa, along with the poor will become even more agitated by the scorching heat.  Riots and protests will become impossible to manage by the local police in certain cities. To add to the miserable heat wave(s) will come disruptions to vital resources along with power outages.

The local police will have to stand down in some of these metropolitan hot spots and watch as martial law is declared to rapidly deploy national guard units to squelch the destruction and mayhem. Mobs of disgruntled homeless and bored teens strung out on drugs and alcohol will protest and disrupt, all this will que gangs and anarchists to jump into the melee and spread violence to businesses and residential communities.

This current heat wave is a sample of what is to come. It may not come into full fruition until next summer as the nation’s political divisiveness increases. Already Europe is complaining a record setting heat wave.

I want to share an excerpt from our latest ministry team update letter to emphasize the seriousness of this current heat wave and the potential trouble to certain communities across our nation.

July 13th Ministry Update Excerpt

Warning to be on the alert: I want to encourage everyone; this summer is going to see an increase in spiritual oppression upon true ministries and the serious disciple of Christ. This coincides with a prophetic warning dream I received a couple of months ago.

The gist of that dream was that we are in for a very hot and dry summer around the world and in America. Some cities will experience riots so intense that marshal will have to be declared. This may not come into full fruition until next summer. Already Europe is suffering one of the hottest summers on record. Heat waves are coming and will cause fires and water shortages. Some places, the heat will be terribly intense, like last year in Dubai where the temperature reached above 165 degrees Fahrenheit – causing bushes and palm trees to ignite spontaneously.

Remember the Ferguson riots of the recent past summer and the increasing homeless crisis in LA and SF. Even here in Canon City, homelessness is becoming a nuisance to businesses and the parks, as the city council begs for help. Homelessness and racial rage will continue to spark trouble as the summer heat becomes exasperating.

So, as each of you travel this summer and go about your normal business during the day, be on the alert even more. Unstable and enraged people are demonically catching on fire like the bushes and palm trees in Dubai. These people are enraged and acting out evil as described in 2 Peter 2.

Pay attention to the national headlines for one week and you will see the insane and evil acts taking place everywhere. Fellowships and Christians are not exempt, for many people who seem stable at first and come disguised as Christian but will ignite into rage and cause much trouble. Some of these people are actually sent by the devil to cause wounded believers to struggle and backslide. We have encountered many coming to our recovery ministry that appear harmless, but then lose mental and emotional stability when triggered by the least inconvenience and then burst into irrational rage causing trouble and harm to others.

“But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction, suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, while they feast with you.  They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children!” 2 (Peter 2:12-14).

Last week’s message on anger will help us understand how the demonic is finding opportunity by inciting pent-up murderous rage to be released, both, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Being spiritually hit by someone enraged with you can pack a wallop. Pay attention to your interactions with everyone and continue to work on our own inner issues that can make us more susceptible to the nasty side-effects of a spiritual hit. Also, we need to work on our Christ-like attitudes while going through trials and tests.

Read A Response from a Team Member located in New York City

Hey Chuck,

Thanks for the update. Last week we had a guest staying with us and on Saturday, my wife and I gave her a tour of NYC.  We eventually ended up in Times Square early evening since our guest wanted to go the M&M store on Broadway and 49th to pick up gifts for her younger sister.  We started walking from 42nd towards uptown and noticed on the west side of the Times Square from 42nd and north the stores, signs and billboards were all dark.  After we arrived and finished at the M&M store, we made our way south back to 42nd.  On our walk towards 42nd, the crowds were getting thicker which is normal and even more so with the power outage.  Even though we did know the extent of the power outage, we decided to head home and went directly to the subway, and unbeknownst to us we seemed to have caught one of the last 7 trains to Queens before the power outage affected the subway system.

During this entire time, most people had no idea what was going on at ground level, so the crowds of people and traffic were somewhat normal for Saturday evening in Times Square.  As we were walking to and from the M&M store through Times Square, I was focused on conversations around me.  And I then mentioned to my wife while we were walking that I’m noticing people (i.e. tourists, couples, friends, etc.) irate with each other.  Some wives were yelling at husbands and storming off in front, some men were cursing up storms over foolishness, etc.  My wife then said to me this is normal around here and why I am surprised.  I then said to her – I know, but the intensity of anger, bitterness and hatred is much greater, it’s one thing to be angry and argue and in NYC, people do it in public all the time, however, people were downright vicious with each other.

Some might say – well maybe the power outage had an effect.  Maybe, however, we go through this in different parts of NYC every summer, and there is always a strong police presence.  If one part of the city is dark, people either stay out in a weird way to enjoy the experience, or walk to another neighborhood, etc.  We are talking about normal looking people with families – where one or two in the group just exploded.  You look into their eyes and they are filled with rage.

I mention all this since what you wrote in the ministry update: “Unstable and enraged people are demonically catching on fire like the bushes and palm trees in Dubai.” “…appear harmless, but then lose mental and emotional stability when triggered by the least inconvenience and then burst into irrational rage…”

Concerning your comments on the homeless crisis, here to we are noticing increased homelessness.  What I’ve noticed recently are couples, which were not too common in the past.  Couples with suitcases and belongings setting up camp in shaded areas, using suitcases, boxes and shopping carts to create makeshift shelter.

As for the political climate and the racial tensions, they are intensifying as more people mobilize and march, especially here back east.  So far many of the marches and assemblies have been peaceful.  However, that can change quickly if are far radical groups participate to incite riots. END OF RESPONSE.

Christians are Asleep having a Year-Round Picnic

We can allow fake science to blame heat waves and other natural upheavals on global warming and climate change, as we ignore the biblical prophetic warnings concerning the end of this age. However, the truth is that God is allowing the sun to scorch the earth because of the mounting sins and the ever-increasing wickedness as the-end-this-age races towards us. This coming heat wave(s) is a foretaste of what is coming soon.

It is time to wake up and allow the Lord to prepare each of us to be strengthened in Him that we may be able to escape what is about to befall America and the whole world.

New Author and His New Up-and-Coming Book

I’m going to take a moment to introduce a new author, Dean Cook, who was my Navy Chaplain while I was in the Marines stationed in Hawaii. Dean led me to Lord back in 1973.

He has commissioned Wilderness Voice Publishing to publish his next title which is very timely:

Of Souls and Whales Global Warming and End Times: A guidebook out of all the confusion

Dean retired from the Navy and served in Viet Nam, and has a BA in Biblical Literature, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity. This book will be his fourth.

Keep Dean in your prayers as well as our other authors as we bring sound doctrine in book format via Wilderness Voice Publishing.

Look for the release of “Of Souls and Whales” soon.

Keep pressing in, abiding in Christ so you can confidently trust the Lord to deliver, provide, and protect.

 Copyright © 2019 Charles Pretlow All rights reserved

 

As it was in the Days of Lot

Sodomite assault on God’s People is Ever Increasing! By Charles Pretlow 04/18/2019

But they said, ‘Stand back!’ And they said, ‘This fellow came to sojourn, and he would play the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them.’ Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door. But the men put forth their hands and brought Lot into the house to them, and shut the door. And they struck with blindness the men who were at the door of the house, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves groping for the door” (Genesis 19:9-11).

Jesus warned of a major red flag warning that the end-of-this-age is very near is:  “Likewise as it was in the days of Lot — they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built,  but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom fire and sulphur rained from heaven and destroyed them all—so will it be on the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17:28-30).

There is a law being proposed in the House of Representatives, H.R. 5 that is called the Equality Act. The following is a brief overview on how this law if passed will target Christians in every area of life, including church, work and our personal space.

  • Churches would be forced to host same-sex ceremonies.
  • Churches will lose tax-exempt status for noncompliance.
  • Colleges will lose accreditation for noncompliance.
  • Noncompliant colleges will be ineligible to receive student loans, causing most religious schools to compromise their core mission or close.
  • If churches or religious organizations take overnight trips, including sports or mission trips, they cannot segregate rooms by biological gender.
  • Biological men will have access to bathrooms, showers, and nursing-mother rooms at any time, and stay as long as they please.
  • Churches would be forced to hire staff involved in LGBT conduct, even positions of authority in affiliated daycare classes and give them complete access to all children in the restrooms.
  • Cross-dressers could demand that they be greeters, ushers, Sunday School teachers, and more.
  • Even the smallest slight would give someone the legal right to sue the church. For example, if a person assumed they were turned down for a staff position because of a LGBT lifestyle, they could sue the church for damages, even if that was not the reason they were denied the job!

If H.R. 5 passes, it will take away our religious freedom and right to say to no to the sexually perverse from coming right into our places of worship, in our Christians schools and child day cares, and come right into personal space in public. This defiling agenda invaded the homes of millions of Christians through TV, cable, and internet, just as Lot and his family witnessed. (“By what that righteous man saw and heard as he lived among them, he was vexed in his righteous soul day after day with their lawless deeds” 2 Peter 2:8)

The Christian opposition (most in self-righteous finger pointing), in their stance against the LGBT agenda through these many years has done nothing, other than ignite a backlash against true Christians.

Christians are at a threshold of having their legal right to say no taken away, just as Lot had no civil rights or legal recourse to stop the homosexual mob demanding to sexually assault Lot’s angelic quests. As we see in the passage I quoted from Genesis, when Lot pleaded with the mob to stop their evil assault, they threatened Lot saying, “Now we will deal worse with you than with them.”

The LBGT lobby is on the verge gaining legal authority to pound on our very doors and barge into our personal lives, and enter our fellowship, our places of business and work to touch, defile and blaspheme.

In 2004 we published our first book entitled the Horsemen Cometh, Racing Towards the Midnight Cry, now in its third edition. Back then we saw this coming landslide of the LGBT assault upon Christian freedoms. In the following excerpt I predicted what Christians would be soon facing, and here we are now.

What I saw and wrote was the increase of persecution and hate-filled madness, which is now boiling over, much like what Lot faced in Sodom. This is a major sign that Christ instructed true believers to watch for and brace against as the end-of-this-age races to its troubling climax.

This excerpt is from chapter 5, titled, The Self-Righteous Are Fighting A Losing Battle and in the section titled, The Power of The Wicked Will Increase:

Soon, much lawlessness and evil will be legal in this nation. During this time, Christians must endure and trust their souls to a faithful Creator. (See 1 Peter 4:19.)

The Mayor of San Francisco openly defied state laws by granting thousands of homosexual and lesbian marriages, performing ceremonies at city hall in celebrating Saint Valentine’s Day, 2004. The State of Massachusetts is also grappling with this Sodomite issue. Yes, we will see more and more vile practices become legal. More Janet Jackson-type shocking exposures will become the norm, as if it were a contest for entertainers to push the moral limits.

Until now, society and Christians had the choice whether or not to carry on a sinful lifestyle and expose one’s self to immorality. We can go to an adult bookstore secretly; we can access pornography on the Internet or watch X-rated videos in the privacy of our home. Christians can participate in all of this secretly and still act like a saint on Sunday and Wednesday. The temptations have always been there, but soon we will not have a choice. Filth and perversion will knock at our doors, demanding participation, just as it was in the days of Lot!

The civil government of Sodom and Gomorrah sanctioned the attempted assault of the two men (angels) sent by the Lord to warn Lot. Evil men knocked on Lot’s door, demanding that Lot’s guests come out to them so they could sexually assault them. The laws of the city did not protect Lot or his guests. Lot could not call on the city for any legal or police protection. The wicked were within their rights!

The only way Lot and his family received protection and deliverance was by direct intervention from God. “Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trial, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passions and despise authority” (2 Peter 2:9-10).

Today, evil men and women are bold and willful, having no fear to revile and assault others. Society is regressing to animalistic behavior and reveling in broad daylight.

Increasingly, new laws make way for lewd and obscene public behavior. This activity is looked upon as a Constitutional freedom, freedom of speech and expression, which will open doors to market perverse lifestyles and enlist new recruits. Soon public nudity will gain legality in certain places in our nation, as different levels of government increasingly license lewd conduct in the name of freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

Christians everywhere are hoping and praying for the restoration of morality, but the church must turn to God and clean house if any true change in society is to take place.

The doctrines of demons that many Christians have embraced concerning spiritual warfare and protection under God’s grace will be like cardboard walls against a hurricane! The Satanic power that evil people will obtain can only be withstood by the pure saint who truly has Christ formed within them.

I have outlined a few doctrines that Satan has gotten many Christians to practice. If you believe these lies, it is time for you to renounce these superstitious faithless teachings for what they are and have the real armor of God put on you.

Evil will demonstrate its power arrogantly and the weak, selfish, undisciplined Christian will not have any strength or protection against this onslaught. Many of these deceived Christians will wonder what happened and try to find answers. They will question their phony and weak minister or pastor and the old pat answers will be seen for what they are: whitewashed lies. In dismay, many of these spiritually wounded Christians will find help from the righteous remnant that God has trained to minister during this coming dark hour. They will have the answers and the anointing of the true Christ to help others begin the cleansing work of the Holy Spirit and stand victoriously.

As for the rest, they will wander in a spiritual wasteland, groping in darkness, looking for an easy way out. Satan will deceive them even more. Christians who hate reproof and correction will find false safety and false peace. These false Christians will become part of the false church. They are the foolish maidens about whom Jesus prophesied concerning the end of the age. End of excerpt.

Get a Grip and Remember Lot’s Wife

In my last blog I shared that great stress will continue to mount and come upon Christians. Thus, it is the time to get a mental and emotional grip by strengthening our faith concerning all that is now taking place. As we see Christ’s end-of-the-age warnings come to pass, we must wake up, raise our heads and look forward to receiving the coming Christ and the physical coming of the kingdom of God. We can’t raise our heads in an unfaltering manner if we do not take our eyes off trying to save and restore America. We must prepare to endure to the end of this coming trouble and then be rescued.

Redemption is drawing near for the righteous in Christ, who are ready. “Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28). “But watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36).

An important aspect of strengthening our faith is walking in purity of heart and true holiness.

The Apostle Paul admonishes us to: “Cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1). If we still harbor past issues and secret heart defilements, sooner than later we can expect Satan to assault us with his evil people, in many cases, the attacks will be relentless.

And if we try to fight off these personal assaults in the power of our flesh, we can expect a beating. This will be due to our own defiling issues of heart and spirit that weakens our armor in Christ.

Many are held spellbound by the spiritual defiling powers of the wicked, just like Lot and his wife: “As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.” But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city” (Genesis 19:15-16).

When evil is directed at us, and we still have hidden defilements within our heart and spirit, we will be vexed to the core of our being and linger in a spellbound trance. We must walk in strength of faith through the cleansing discipline of the Lord that we may escape and be rescued from this coming onslaught of evil.

The wicked will come against us in the same manner as they did against Lot and his wife: “And if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the licentiousness of the wicked (for by what that righteous man saw and heard as he lived among them, he was vexed in his righteous soul day after day with their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trial, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment” (2 Peter 2:7-9 RSV).

Lot was rescued, however his wife had issues still within her heart and spirit that led her to disobey and look back. Jesus warned using Lot’s wife as example of what to expect: “So will it be on the day when the Son of man is revealed. On that day, let him who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away; and likewise let him who is in the field not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:30-32).

Ask Christ to show you what is hidden within your heart and spirit that grips you and causes you to linger—those things that may very easily cause you to look back and be left behind and locked out of eternity.

Let God discipline you in order to break the spell of those things that hold you captive to the love of this world and the mesmerizing power of the wicked. Allow God to reveal to you not only the defilements within you that you can’t see, but also the issues and defilements that you don’t want to see.

Have You Been Taught to Avoid the Discipline of the Lord?

The discipline of the Lord is the only way to obtain God’s grace and walk in his holiness. For those Christians who are taught to avoid the discipline of the Lord, they will find themselves at great risk on being left behind. Many will find that they never grew up into salvation to become a child of God:

“If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:8-11).

A Final Note: Many have been encouraged by my book mentioned in this article. If you have not obtained a copy of, The Horsemen Cometh Racing towards the midnight cry, we have made it available in PDF format to be downloaded so it can be easily read on your computer. Here is the path to our online bookstore for order the complete book. To order the physical book and have it mailed to you, here is our order link.

Not only is our ministry offered to equip the saints for work of ministry, but also to assist sincere believers to grow up into Christ and no longer be deceived by the many false teachings, by the many wily wolves in sheep clothing. If you are confused about true leadership and their mission as bondservants of Christ, then study the following:

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,  to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,  until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,  so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Ephesians 4:11-14).

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Getting a Mental/Emotional Grip

Overcoming End of the Age Internal Turmoil  By Charles Pretlow 04/01/2019 stress-fatique

“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of stress” (2 Timothy 3:1 RSV).

How is your mental and emotional stability? As a believer, are you suffering from LDSF?

With so many mental/emotional maladies, I decided to add one more— Last Days Stress Fatigue.

Most Christians don’t realize how fatigued they really are. Though they may seem energetic and hopeful, primarily this is because they have been taught to pretend away the reality of last days stressors. Unfortunately, that just creates is a superficial false peace.

The passive zombie like effects working on most Christians today are about to take a terrible toll. Most believers are asleep, unprepared, and distracted from hearing God’s call to wake up and get ready.

A humble, godly fear while trusting and not fretting will bring the joy of the Lord and His peace amid turmoil. However, few allow Christ to show them how they are truly bogged down with the cares of this life. Already, Christians are beginning to lose their grip on emotional and mental stability.

Jesus is saying to the us in this moment of time: “But watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36).

You can count on these times of stress to increase. In fact, Christ also said of the time that is now approaching rapidly: And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,  men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Luke 21:25-26).

Many are suppressing the stressor and ignoring the signs, and those who don’t have a proper grip on all the mounting end-time stress, a last days stress fatigue will reach a breaking point, and it won’t be pretty.

Unbelievers and unprepared Christians alike will be swallowed up in emotional and mental anguish and hysteria.  Many on-fire Christians are about to crumble in faith from the mounting fears and threatening troubles, because they were not warned and taught on how to prepare and how to endure to the end.

God is going to use these times of increasing stress to test the hearts of millions of believers. For those who played church, ignored warnings such as this warning and the prophesies of Christ will likely find themselves numbered among the foolish Christians locked out of the coming kingdom of God.

Jesus foretold of this coming hour, “But he who endures to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13).

Give God Permission to Bring Fire into Your Life

Behold, Christ is knocking on the door of the hearts of millions of believers. Now is the time to buy from Christ security and protection by allowing his hand of discipline to show us what is lacking.

Christ is saying to his church in America:

“Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may be rich, and white garments to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.  Those whom I love, I reprove and chasten; so be zealous and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.  He who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches'” (Revelation 3:18-22).

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