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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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 Copyright © 2019 Charles Pretlow All rights reserved

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).

 Copyright © 2019 Charles Pretlow All rights reserved

Weeds in the Kingdom of Christ

Uncovering Evil Strewn Amongst the Wheat    By Charles Pretlow 02/26/2019

In his teachings, Christ made clear the dangers Christians will face at the end-of-this-age. One very import warning that is often ignored and misunderstood is found in the Parable of the Weeds. (Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43.)

Few in leadership today warn of the evil implanted by Satan throughout the world, in family, and in fellowship. In his parable, Christ is not decrying the wicked hooligan and evil criminal, but rather evil that comes disguised as good.

For so long, the most insidious evil has appeared as a good person. Unfortunately, seldom do sincere Christians detect the presence of a son or daughter of the devil: “The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil” (Matthew 13:38-39).

In this parable, Christ teaches us that evil people will look just like a good-hearted Christian (to the untrained eye, the darnel weed and wheat look identical before they mature). There has been such a diluting of Christ’s teachings over the last several generations by leadership, that the term “evil person” or an “evil false-believer,” when expressed, does not properly register in understanding or instill proper threat awareness.

Jesus used the darnel weed as his example, which is commonly known as tares. The darnel weed is a toxic noxious plant that will cause severe symptoms when ingested if mistaken as wheat. In some cases, this toxic plant can cause death.

As these last days race to their end, few Christians can discern a true believer from a hypocritical imposture. The Apostle Paul wrote: “Evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13).

Be honest, how often have you heard a solid exhortation or teaching on evil hidden in society, in family or in fellowship? Not much I dare say!

God’s people are about to be shocked into reality, as the good-evil continues to mature and become very troublesome. Already, God’s angels are exposing hidden evils, as priests, pastors, elders, and volunteers are thrust into the spotlight as molesters of children. Famous Christian leaders, and mega church leaders continue to be big news items, as more fall into public disgrace.

God is removing the veil over the eyes of all, exposing the weeds strewn throughout Christianity. Even still, evil continues to grow in an arrogant mindset that mocks God, as if God does not see the motives and sins of an evil unbelieving heart.

Yet there is another veiled-in-decency evil that is ever growing and attacking others in everyday encounters.

This evil causes great harm in family, work, and fellowship—in every level of our culture, and few believers discern this last day’s work of Satan. This evil has been with us all along, it is like the pharisaical evil that succeeded in crucifying Christ—but is no longer an isolated anomaly, but is now widespread.

Good-evil lives and grows side by side with sincere but naïve believers. The good-evil does not appear instantly as evil, but matures through the years. Ever wonder why Jesus allowed a weed like Judas to stick around? “But there are some of you who do not believe. (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.)” (John 6:64).

Jesus identified Judas as a devil from the beginning, Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil” (John 6:70).

Right up until the end, Christ’s disciples were stupefied as to what Judas was all about. That ended when they witnessed Judas betray Jesus with a kiss. Stop and think of the shock the other disciples received when Satan’s good-evil implant betrayed Jesus and caused the disciples to hide for their lives.

God’s plan for allowing Judas to stick around all through those years of Christ’s ministry has many aspects. One of the more important aspects was to teach and train the remaining eleven apostles (and others that follow) in what I call Christ’s “Judas Training Program.”

We see how effective this training was when Peter heard through the Holy Spirit that Ananias was a weed sent by the devil to be implanted amongst the wheat: “But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?” (Acts 5:3).

The background for this evil act started when a believer named Joseph sold some property and laid the proceeds at the Apostles feet. Word got out about how these funds helped needy believers. Ananias and his wife heard of this contribution, and how everyone appreciated Joseph’s financial help. This couple (Ananias and Sapphira) decided to sell a piece property and give the money to the Apostles as well, however they conspired to keep a portion of the money back for their own use, and decided to tell Peter that they, like Joseph, gave all the proceeds from the sale to the church.

Peter knew how important it was to the Holy Spirit that both Ananias with his wife Sapphira be stopped cold from entering the fellowship of the new church as liars and deceivers—to gain recognition and notoriety as good-hearted saints. (To find out what happened to these two false Christians, read Acts 5:1-11.)

Where are today’s leaders like Peter, who are trained to discern evil weeds implanted amongst God’s people? Every true follower of Christ must learn to hear from the Holy Spirit correctly to expose evil and its harmful threat. Instead, it is common for evil to bring cart loads of money into fellowship, and have leadership pave evil’s way into notoriety, hold prominent positions in fellowship, and subtly receive the moniker of sainthood.

Satan’s Use of His Noxious Weeds in the Last Days

Spiritually Energizing his Fifth-Column Implanted within the Kingdom of Christ

In addition to the extraordinary rise of false teachers and false prophets in these last days, there comes a different kind of satanic war upon the saints. There is now an extreme threat by everyday so-called Christians who appear righteous and good but are in truth living lies that are naturally toxic.

Their inner nature is a total lie. These imposters are like the unbelieving Pharisees who naturally lived a lie like their father the devil: “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).

Over the last fifty years, the rise of false teachings has allowed Satan to universally salt the ranks of fellowships and congregations with his evil servants. A mass infiltration of weeds has grown amongst the wheat. These are carnally driven imposters that pray, minister, lead, and work in communities of faith as satanic spiritual gangsters disguised as saints.

Like Judas, these implanted devils use Christ’s name in prayer and ministry, and these activities are accompanied with spiritual power. Jesus warned of this type of false Christian: “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).

In this passage, Jesus did not question the spiritual works of these imposters. They did cast out demons, prophesy, and do many mighty works. This passage is in context of Christ’s warning about false prophets: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?” (Matthew 7:15-16).

Through false conversions and false teachings there is a last days rise of many deceivers and imposters operating in a destructive spiritual power, using Christ’s name but not in the power of Christ. Though they use Christ’s name prominently, but Jesus will declare he never knew them.

Many deceived and false Christians have and are being lured into working for Jesus in the power of their own spirit, never being warned, taught, and disciplined by the Lord to die to their own emotional and spiritual strength. They work faithfully for the cause of Christ as directed by false teachings, deceived leadership, and many false leaders. They work for a different Christ, but the true Christ does not know them, let alone spiritually empower or work through these false Christians.

The Christian Witchcraft Syndrome

The Rise of Sorcery through Carnal Prayers

Satan has succeeded in implanting imposters amongst God’s people who operate in spiritual power that Scripture calls sorcery. Sorcery is identified in the Apostles Paul’s list of “the works of the flesh”: “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21).

Christians walking in the flesh often practice many of these acts and attitudes of heart in secret knowingly, and sometimes unknowingly. Many are blinded to their own motives of insecurity, greed, jealousy, rivalries (competitive approach to life and ministry), manipulative and controlling, in idolatry of self, and operating in their own spiritual power which is called sorcery.

Simply put, Christian sorcery is praying not according God’s will and timing, but lawlessly driven to prayer by their impure motives of heart, attempting to pray their own will be done on earth instead of God’s will. Immature and false leaders make it a practice to enlist carnal and false Christians to pray wrongly. The results can be far reaching and very destructive.

One of the most damning teachings of demons (see 1 Timothy 4:1) was spawned by Rick Warren through his Purpose Driven Life and Purpose Driven Church writings. Millions of Christians are lured into finding their purpose in serving Christ, only to be deceived in following and serving a self-serving leader.

These deceived, carnal Christians are driven by wrong motives to help build up fellowship, make converts to false doctrine (not to the true Christ), or minister tirelessly as volunteers doing church work and raising funds. The biggest purpose driven call to prayer and church work is to convert the world to Christ.

Most lured into this and other false movements and teachings develop into a weed. Few ever learn to be led by the Holy Spirit and allow their inner motives to be made pure in the discipline of the Lord.

The spiritual power of a carnally driven Christian has a power that can cause great harm to others and in most cases their prayers oppose God’s will in matters of concern. Through years of ministry, I have seen firsthand and suffered from the toxic influence of carnal and false Christian prayers.

Not only spiritual manipulation upon the minds of the undiscerning, but the evil physical and emotional harm they cause is insidious and often deadly. They can direct spiritual power in prayer or through pent up rage and jealousy toward those who come under their radar. The “impure in heart” of a carnal Christian, or a false Christian acting and praying as a saint is one of Satan’s most powerful last days weapon.

Most in this condition are in gross denial of any inner motives of evil selfishness, and naturally channel the devil’s power against the true saint, in opposition to God’s will.

Few allow Christ to reveal and correct impure motives of heart in order to be led by the Holy Spirit in prayer. Many are driven by a satanic spirit in their prayers. True leaders are called to confront carnally driven prayers, by following Christ’s teachings and examples, such as this one: “And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them” (Luke 9:52-55). [Some manuscripts add, “And he said, ’You do not know what manner of spirit you are of; for the Son of Man came not to destroy people’s lives, but to save them.’”]

Deceived carnal Christians do not know what manner of spirit drives them, and as for the evil implant, they could care less.

 Liberation Theology Recruiting Weeds

Impostures, Cheerleaders, Caretakers, and Enablers

David Wilkerson, in his book The Vision published in 1974, prophetically wrote of the rise of a union of Protestant denominations and the Catholic Church that would form a super world church.

“I see the formation of a super world church consisting of a union between liberal ecumenical Protestants and the Roman Catholic church, joining politically hand in hand, creating one of the most powerful religious forces on earth.

This super world church will be spiritual in name only, freely using the name of Jesus Christ, but will, in fact, be antichrist and political in many of its activities. This powerful church union will be deeply involved in social action, tremendous charity programs, and ministries of compassion… I see an army of career people invading the most influential posts in this super church organization. Many of them will be ungodly, antichrist people, obsessed with the concept that this super church must be a political power, strong enough to put pressure on all those who oppose its actions. While those in the highest post of leadership will be speaking about miracles, love, and reconciliation, hirelings who work under them will be harassing and persecuting those religious organizations opposed to their leadership.” David Wilkerson, The Vision (Pyramid Communications, Inc., New York, New York, copyright David Wilkerson Youth Crusades, 1974, pp. 76-77)

Not only has the liberal Protestant denominations hooked up with the Roman Catholic Church in an ecumenical agenda, but also many Charismatic, and Evangelical factions of Christianity are now embracing a dangerous form of Liberation Theology. Many of these “normally considered” conservative churches may not join the now forming super world church that Wilkerson saw in his vision. However, they are embracing a social works approach to ministry that does little in bringing those they help to Christ and making disciples of our Lord.

 Note: Liberation Theology is defined as a movement in Christian theology, developed mainly by Latin American Roman Catholics, that emphasizes liberation from social, political, and economic oppression as an anticipation of ultimate salvation.

We are seeing an army of career orientated false Christians swell the ranks of fast-growing fellowships and mega churches who want to help the poor, the homeless, and the downtrodden out of their poverty.

As for the struggling Christian coming to these fast growing seeker friendly churches, they are bathed in false promises of prosperity, and given high doses of false spirit manifestations. Pastors and worship leaders have sold themselves to idolizing false worship that conjures human spiritualism that becomes trance inducing, numbing impure issues of heart.

False prophets prophesy out of their own spirit, aided by a demonic spirit of divination. False teachers help the deceived and naïve believers develop a self-made or pseudo Christian personality and drive their followers to harden their heart to the discipline and transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

Christ and the Apostles warned repeatedly of a last days rise of the false and evil-good weeds misleading the masses: “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 licentiousness, and because of them the way of truth will be reviled. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words; from of old their condemnation has not been idle, and their destruction has not been asleep” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

These greedy false leaders enlist gullible Christians to financially support their carnal good works. Like Judas, when he rebuked Mary for anointing Jesus with costly ointment: “But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said, ‘Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?’ This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it” (John 12:4-6).

False teachings and false leaders draw in Satan’s weeds and imposters for the work of ministry, and grow to become shallow cheerleaders. These offer human services and ministry, but avoid confronting wrongdoing and wrong attitudes through sound counsel and accountability. Rather these professionals who dispense Christ’s name in various forms of aid do not present the Gospel of Christ. Rather they dispense soothing-caretaking words and aid that enables bitterness and hardness that forms a cheap grace entitlement attitude of heart.

They enable a victim-entitlement mentality that resists conviction of sinfulness such as drug and alcohol use, relationship abuse and family dysfunction and the fact that they suffering wrong for wrong doing. These weed-workers are in ministry to get hurting people to idolize and follow them, not Christ. Just as the Apostle Paul warned, so these last day’s wolves prowl without any constraint, “I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them” (Acts 20:29-30).

Many of the false enlist naïve Christians to fight political causes, just as David Wilkerson wrote, “Many of them will be ungodly, antichrist people, obsessed with the concept that this super church must be a political power, strong enough to put pressure on all those who oppose its actions.”

To add to David’s prophetic vision, those confronting these hirelings and false workers will be maligned, ridiculed, suffer slanderous gossip, and be spiritually attacked. The weeds will attempt to drive true servants of Christ away from their call to preach Christ and his saving grace for the contrite in heart and repentant. The spiritual power of a weed through their prayers is dangerous and often deadly.

This describes just one type of weed that Satan has strewn amongst God’s people. There are other types that are hirelings and wolves in sheep clothing. Again, they may a pastor, lead the choir, teach Sunday school, mentor, and become stalwart volunteers who will viciously turn on a sincere believer who walks in the truth of Christ’s Gospel.

Detecting and Chasing Out a Satanic Weed in Time

It has taken me years of training and many heart-ache experiences in learning to properly detect, confront and chase out false Christians. An additional challenge was learning to patiently instruct those in my care and those in leadership training on how to walk in discernment for themselves.

What has helped immensely is to preach, teach, and exhort on all of Christs teachings and sayings. Today, the harder teachings of Christ are left out purposely by most leaders. In very few cases, a pastor may ignorantly ignore those harder teachings. However, the true motive for avoiding the harder teachings of Christ is fear of men. Jesus and His apostles were not afraid to make the game players and the false feel uncomfortable to the point repenting or fleeing fellowship.

Individual battles were many—exposing and chasing out molesters of children, fornicators, drunkards, Jezebel and Ahab character-centered false Christians—also learning not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Many wounded and doubleminded believers had red flags pop up, but still had faith. The challenge was to patiently help the struggling Christian who acted out some of the traits of a false Christian, and to boldly and swiftly chase out the confirmed evil false believer.

Few in leadership have learned by way of Christ’s school of ministry on how to walk in the full counsel of God, and to not cower in adversity and how to avoid becoming men pleasers.

The Apostle Paul exhorts leadership to drive out the false Christian and satanic weed by the following: “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 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 5:9-13).

Further, the Apostle instructs us in Romans to avoid such evil: “I appeal to you, brethren, to take note of those who create dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the doctrine which you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by fair and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the naïve. For while your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, I would have you wise as to what is good and guileless as to what is evil; then the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” (Romans 16:17-20).

The Coming Harvest of the Wheat and the Tares

The Great Falling Away and Mass Betrayal is Just Around the Corner

Now is the time to commit to Christ’s Judas Training Program. Learn from Scripture and the discipline of the Lord to discern weeds and learn to avoid them. Few move from the milk of the word and go on to maturity: “But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:14).

Time is running out to learn the easy way, for soon God will begin his exposing and vetting process throughout Christianity. When the God’s exposing and vetting process is in full swing, the hidden evil weed and false believer will become very problematic because of their entanglement with the sincere, but naïve believer. At that time, the effects of separating will be toxic and dangerous, where many unprepared Christians will be betrayed by the weeds in their life.

As the end of this age rolls to its climax, a universal persecution madness will come against every true Christian, (in varying degrees, but still be intense for all). The coming persecution from the world and false Christianity will help bring to light Satan’s implanted weeds and start a betrayal process just like Judas betraying Christ and his fellow apostles.

“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 (Matthew 24:9-10).

In the Parable of the Weeds, Jesus concludes: The harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers” (Matthew 13:39-41).

Do not confuse the rapture with the angel’s work of gathering all causes of sin and evildoers from within the true body of Christ at the end of this age. There has already started a “come away call” for the true saint. To separate from all close relationships with false Christians, evil weeds, and evildoers and die to any unhealthy spiritual and emotional ties to such people.

Jesus said of this coming hour, “Remember Lot’s Wife,” and speaking of the coming persecution and the Great Tribulation—these hard times that are now approaching swiftly will act as God’s vetting and purification process that will form the pure bride of Christ—to become rapture ready: “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:14).

Give Christ permission to expose issues within your own heart that hinders your ability to come away from the love of this age, and blinds you to the weeds you are entangled with. Be prepared for the shocking truth and suffering that will most likely come in the process.

A Small Track Book to be Written and Supplemental Message

Lord willing, we will expand this blog into a tract book to share with others. We try to publish these vital short messages into small tact books 30 to 40 pages in length. The latest release was “The Third Temple and the Final Harvest”, comments on this tract book has been positive. It is an excellent tool to share with Christians who are confused about how the end of this age will unfold. Checkout our track book library at our online bookstore.

This last Sunday I gave a supplementary message to this blog, view it here: Weeds in Christ’s Kingdom, Uncovering Evil Strewn Amongst the Wheat.

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The Third Temple and the Pure Bride of Christ

A prophetic look at what is just around the corner

By Charles Pretlow 12/23/2018

On Monday, December 11th, 2018 the last day of Hanukkah, the Sanhedrin called out to 70 Nations to join in the consecration of the altar for the Third Temple. A full-dress reenactment of the daily sacrifice was held, to include a sacrificed sheep.

This is the first daily sacrifice enactment in over 2,000 years, held at the wailing wall at the temple mount. All the instruments and pieces used in the daily sacrifice were made and are ready to install once the Third Temple is constructed.

This is a very significant event in these last days and the fulfillment of prophesy, pointing to the fulfilment of more end-of-the-age prophesies that are just around the corner. The Third Temple will soon be built upon the temple mount next to the dome of the rock.

Few Christians heard of this enactment of the daily sacrifice on December 11, let alone grasp the significance.

The Antichrist’s Temple is Ready to be Constructed

The soon to be revealed antichrist, disguised as Israel’s long-time-in-coming messiah will make his global debut. This savior of Israel will be the man of lawlessness, who will become Satan’s puppet world ruler. Through the antichrist rule, Satan will succeed in deceiving the whole world and bring temporary false peace to Israel and the world.

Most Christians believe they will not live to see the antichrist or will be raptured to safety by the Lord before his grand entrance on the world stage. However, the coming of the Lord will occur after the antichrist will be revealed and begin his rule, just as the Apostle Paul described, “Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day [Christ’s appearance] will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

Of course, Jesus speaks of this coming event as the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place. Jesus goes on in Matthew 24 explaining that this future event that takes place in the Temple will ignite the beginning of the end and the start of the Great Tribulation. 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” (Matthew 24:21-22).

Israel will not be converted to the true Christ through the efforts of Christianity. Every sincere Christian must accept this truth now, because the time we have remaining to prepare is running short. To repeat, the Apostle Paul warns about the second coming of Christ saying, let no one deceive you in any way.  Unfortunately, most believers are grossly deceived!

Israel is Still On-the-Outs with the Lord

Israel fell away from God’s protection when they rejected Christ as their messiah. For this, the Second Temple was destroyed and Israel, as a people became scattered and taken into captivity. By rejecting Christ as their savior, the Jewish people fell out of God’s favor and were disbursed throughout the world as a people without a nation. However, as prophesied in Scripture, Israel was born anew and became a nation in 1948. Since then Jews throughout the world have been drawn back to the land of Palestine, to live together as a people—to once again be recognized by the world as the nation of Israel.

Since then, Israel as a new nation has been constantly attacked and harassed—and looking for a savior, as promised in Scripture. Unfortunately, they still reject Christ as their savior, and wholeheartedly look for another to come as their messiah. Thus, they continue to be deceived and will soon embrace the antichrist as their messiah and give him homage, allowing him to be seated in the Holy place within the Third Temple. These prophesies are about to be fulfilled.

The soon to be constructed Third Temple is not God’s temple, but a replica of the temple in Scripture made by the Jewish leaders of Israel, who are still in rebellion to their true Messiah. Jesus replaced the temple worship system with his sacrifice, resurrection, and his accent to the right hand of God—and by sending the Holy Spirit to abide in the hearts of all genuine believers, Jew and Gentile alike.

God’s Spirit dwells in the hearts and lives of those who believe and obey Christ. True Christians are the body of Christ on earth and are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Not the Third Temple about to be built in Jerusalem.

However, God’s true temple, the Christian Church is fouled up, corrupt, impure, divided, and in bondage to the love of this world—just as Israel was at Christ’s first coming.

Jesus, at his first coming went into the Second Temple and used a whip to chase out the money changers. So corrupt was the high priest and the Temple leaders, Jesus bypassed them all, and called common uneducated men to follow him and to become his disciples. A major part of Christ’s work in his first coming was to shut down the Temple worship system that had gone bad beyond reformation, and replace it.

God’s True Temple Needs Purification

A similar purification is coming to God’s true temple—that is the body of Christ. The soon to be bride of Christ is about to be cleansed by Christ, just as the Apostle Paul prophesied: “So that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27).

The Christian church system, like the Temple system has also gone bad beyond reformation. Through the years, since the beginning of this church age, Satan has tried to destroy Christ’s church. Unable to do so, the devil changed tactics and repeatedly sent in wolves to hijack and infiltrate most of Christianity. God raised up true leaders to reform and correct, and most were defeated and left to come away and start anew.

In general, the reformation continued with new denominations and movements to correct false doctrine and maintain purity in fellowship. However, in these last moments of this age, false teachers, false doctrines, and false prophets walking in false spiritual power have almost completely suppressed the truth concerning how Christ will return. Few Christians are instructed on how to become ready to endure the end-of-the-age turbulent times. Christians are asleep at the darkest hour and are not prepared to endure to the end.

For the deceived, but sincere believer, the coming troubles and persecution leading into the Great Tribulation will be used by God to wake up and cleanse the body of Christ. These troubles will be used by God to vet out the false Christian. God is about to expose the false movements, false prophets, and evil weeds hiding in fellowship—that is for the Christian who desires to know the truth and take heed. A great division is coming—a separation from the false and the true believer.

It will not be a continuation of the reformation process, but rather a coming out, coming away process. The sincere Christian is about to be awakened, and in order to become ready they will have to come away from a very polluted religious system, a system that many call churchianity. Most of Christianity has made a covenant with the world, in order to be accepted and live in harmony. Worldliness, carnal spiritualism, and sin has taken over most of Christianity. The coming persecution and troubles will end this sick marriage between Christians and the world.

The choice will become clear, where deceived denominations or fellowships will fall away from the truth completely, but still hold control over the false Christians. The foolish false Christian will have their fate sealed and become locked out from the coming marriage between Christ and his bride—a purified Church!

Review the Apostle Paul’s warning: “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).

Just as the high priest and the temple leaders rejected Christ’s first coming, so too in these last days, most false leaders and corrupt church organizations will reject how Christ will come again. The false church leaders, like the false temple leaders will make a deal with the coming antichrist government. The true believer will be powerless to correct the false and be forced to come away or end up falling away with the deceived who are in control of the deceived church organizations.

Brace yourself for a great falling away just as Jesus explained. This will begin to happen before the antichrist is revealed. Read for yourself how Christ describes the coming purification of his Church: “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).

 Knowing the Truth about what’s Coming does not Make one Pure and Ready

The Prophesy of Malachi 3 and 4 Being Re-Fulfilled

For years Christ has been preparing true servants to bring forth sound doctrine on how to prepare for the coming kingdom. Now, as more chaos and lawlessness increase, the only good news for the true believer will be the preaching and teaching of the coming kingdom and how to prepare to endure to the end. The true believer must become strengthened in faith to endure victoriously the coming waves of troubles and persecution. Few are ready to endure to the end in this coming vetting process that will make Christ’s church into a pure bride.

To help the true Christian become prepared, true servants will seemingly come from no-where and not be from the company of the famous. Just as Christ called his first Apostles from the common people and not the temple priesthood—so again Christ has already called his bondservants, not from the heralded leaders of today, but in secret, starting years ago.

 These servants are men and women of God who have spent years in the wilderness to die to any need of reputation. These are true shepherds who know Christ and are known by him, who only serve Christ and refuse to be men pleasers.

Jesus has been refining these true servants just as it was prophesied in Malachi. This is what he did with his first Apostles and servants, and so again in these last days he has been and will continue to refine his true servants: “But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.  He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD” (Malachi 3:2-3).

John the Baptist confirms Malachi 3, by declaring Christ’s main work to be a purifier and refiner of his true servants: “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:11-12).

Christ’s first disciples were indeed ran-through-the-ringer. Every ounce of ill character and the love for this life was burned up within them by an unquenchable fire. The disciples despaired of life itself and were scattered, hiding from the temple leaders in fear, all the while as Christ suffered and was crucified. However, Christ arose from the dead to their dismay. From then on, the disciples served to please no man, but serve the risen Christ, no longer fearing death.

Even the Apostle Paul, (whom Christ chose to replace Judas) had to endure this very same grueling refiner’s fire. Paul explains: “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” (2 Corinthians 1:9-10).

Another declaration by the Apostle explains further what it means to be a true dead-to-self servant who confronts false leadership who distort the Gospel of Christ: “As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.  For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:9-10).

Few in leadership today allow Christ to chasten, purify, and refine their character to become Christlike. Most embrace a distorted Gospel and learn to take the easy way to create a personality to look Christlike. These self-made disciples fearfully avoid entering in to a death like Christ, to have put in place Christlike character. “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Romans 6:5).

Like the Third Temple soon to be constructed, Christians are taught to construct their own inner being and character to be Christlike. “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

Those who embrace the Lord’s discipline, trials and tests, who embrace death-to-old-self moments orchestrated by the Lord—are those whom God will protect and use on the day that he acts: “They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him.  Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him…  But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.  And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 3:17-18; 4:2-3).

The Final Outpouring on the Day that God Acts

What can the sincere saint look forward to in these dark, dreary and turbulent days? Even though there are many prophesies that this nation will be awakened and diverted from its self-destructive course—so far, there is no move of God to convert the masses and turn America back to her godly Christian roots. Everything is getting worse. America and its form of Christianity are on the threshold of unbearable judgments and anarchy.

God is about to act, before the great and terrible day of the Lord. During the coming apocalyptic events there will come an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the hearts of the deceived and the lost. A last days awakening is coming that will overshadow all previous outpourings. A holy fear and sense of looming judgment will sweep through millions, and the terror of being left out of eternity will grip masses of confused good hearted people.

Weeping, confessing, repenting, forgiving, restitution, and holy fear and reverence in the presence of a Holy God will fall upon true fellowship meetings. Non-believers and lukewarm believers will gasp for their breath, weep and wail as they walk down the street or pull to the side of the road—and not be listening to any sermon.

Without any thought of being religious or just deciding to go to church, scores and scores of ordinary people doing their daily shores or at work will fall prostrate before a holy God, in a dire sense of foreboding fear, and in anguish call out to Christ to be their savior.

A rolling wave of weeping and crying out for forgiveness in solemn reverence will fall upon masses in random communities. Individuals and large groups will spontaneously seek help from true servants and workers as they seek understanding and instruction on how to become saved and cleansed by Christ.

News reports will cover these unprompted acts of contrition as true fellowships burst with new comers and true believers alike. These will be focused intently on sound doctrine presented by true leadership. Headline reports will be captioned with adjectives such as: “Phenomenon” “Unexplainable” “Not Normal” “Awe Struck Fear of God” “Solemn Yet Glorious” “The Heavens Opened and Poured”

But before all this, the Lord will have set in place his true leadership—and the battle to keep the false from sneaking in to subvert this coming final outpouring will be intense. God will have true leadership arise to manage and protect this coming outpouring, for once again the masses shall clearly see, “the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.”

If this message resonates in your heart by confirmation of the Holy Spirit, then it is God calling you to become a true worker or leader to be used by God during the coming hour—when he gathers in his lost and deceived. God is calling unto himself those who fear the Lord and see the hand writing on the wall, to become true bondservants of Christ.

If so, then allow God to make you his treasured possession to be sparred and used on the day that he acts.

Copyright © 2018 Charles Pretlow All rights reserved 

The Cry of Job Will Soon be Heard Throughout the Land!

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The next economic bust will come in the form of complete financial collapse of America, which will lead to anarchy, looting, martial law, and the end of capitalism and most of our freedoms.

If God hears our prayers, then this coming total collapse will not be without warning like the 1930’s Great Depression where many investors lost their wealth overnight.

Perhaps there will be a momentary rebound. Regardless of the scenario of events, this current economic boom is the calm before the storm. This final round of prosperity is a giant sign that judgment of America and other western countries is looming.

The past depressions, recessions, and monetary crises are all part of the increasing birth pangs designed to shake loose America’s spellbinding grip on God’s people. It is the start of widespread economic hardship that will touch millions who believed they were well off, including many content and prosperous Christians.

If we intercede, this judgment may be gradual rather than immediate. But I fear the recent past mini crisis were God’s last warnings, and now this rocket type explosive economy is the seal of judgment from God.

He has turned our wicked culture and lukewarm asleep church over to the passivity of prosperity, where most are in a drunken stupor, reeling in the false blessings of peace and materialism.

Bankruptcy, foreclosure, repossession, loss of employment, divorce, and homelessness will be forced upon many. Innumerous people will become hopeless, homeless, and suicides will increase.

Standing in line for food stamps, handouts, and essentials will be the only way to survive for those who are unprepared. Roving gangs of millennials, illegal aliens, the desperate homeless, criminals, and anarchists will inflict murder, robbery, rape, and destruction on a panic stricken public. Law enforcement resources will be overwhelmed. Some metropolitan areas will have marshal law declared with blackouts and lockdowns.

Politicians, economists, and financiers will be at a loss as how to correct the root of the problem that was caused by greed that produced a staggering national debt.

Corrupt politicians and business executives’ lust for wealth through debt, greed, and manipulation is no different than most in church leadership, with their greed disguised in the prosperity message.

All for ill gain the wounds of God’s people are healed lightly—covering up trauma and dysfunction with lies, half-truths, and medication. (Just as it was in Jeremiah’s day – see Jerimiah 6:13-15.)

This on fire economy will suffer mortal blows and be stressed due to the increasing birth pangs—where natural disasters will deplete reserves and bankrupt the government.

Jesus predicted that this would be a major sign marking the end of this age, as described in this passage: “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. 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, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:25-28).

The powers of heaven are being shaken and Satan will be soon thrown down—and in great wrath the devil will bring trouble upon the saints and the world, for he knows his time is short.

These stressful troubles will become very sobering, and the cry of Job will be heard from unprepared and lukewarm Christians throughout the land. God is allowing Satan to touch the unprepared believer in this country and around the world.

Many will blame God and not understand His purposes or see that the god of this world (Satan) is the perpetrator, allowed by God—since God of creation has been removed from the American culture. America and a lukewarm church are about reap what we all have sown.

As in the story of Job, Satan wanted to inflict trouble upon Job and destroy him—including taking his life. However, God allowed trouble to come upon Job incrementally, at the hands of the devil. Job complained to God and to others that he did not deserve such treatment and that he had done right before God. The sudden outbreak of calamities baffled Job.

Today, the devil will be allowed to do the same. Job-like complaints will be the cry of many Christians and non-Christians alike.

Job cried out: “Though I am innocent, I cannot answer him; I must appeal for mercy to my accuser. If I summoned him and he answered me, I would not believe that he was listening to my voice. For he crushes me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause; he will not let me get my breath, but fills me with bitterness. If it is a contest of strength, behold him! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?” (Job 9:15-19).

Just as Job cried in frustration, soon millions will also cry and ask, “Why, God? We thought we were exempt from suffering and that we would escape the coming trouble.”

The naïve and unprepared will be in shock, crying out to God, “Why? I lived a righteous life! Why have you forsaken me?”

Many do not understand the purpose for the troubling birth pangs that we are now experiencing. Neither do they understand that the Great Tribulation is the wrath of Satan, not the wrath of God.

Obviously, the world rejects God. But many Christians walk in self-righteous arrogance and are madly in love with this world. Some think they are living for God and believe they are exempt from trouble as they only think about Him as an afterthought.

It is true that America continues to reject God. But in addition to America rejecting God, its self-righteous, hypocritical church also believes it is exempt from trouble. This rebellion and arrogance have given Satan a right to do his thing just as he did with Job.

God Allowed Job to Lose Everything—to Wake Him Up

In the book of James, God’s purpose for allowing the devil to inflict such terrible trouble upon Job is revealed, “Behold, we call those happy who were steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11).

God allowed the devil to inflict suffering upon Job, so He might bestow upon Job compassion and mercy! Initially, this may seem manipulative on God’s part. But if we consider the alternative, indeed, Job’s sufferings led him to obtain God’s grace and mercy—not on the merit of Job’s righteousness, but on Job’s faith.

Job’s problem (as is with most righteous believers as with so-called good-hearted non-believers today) was his reliance on his own righteous works (like an insurance policy with the premiums all paid in advance).

This leads to confidence in self, and it often leads to religious arrogance and self-righteousness. Blessings and prosperity become a signal to take it easy in life. It often causes the prideful Christian to believe God has given His stamp of approval on their lives and they can now show off to others.

There are those who exhibit an “in-your-face” attitude—in the recent past, certain national Christian leaders blamed homosexuals and witches for the cause of 9/11.

Job’s issues were self-justification and self-reliance based on his religious works. This gave Satan a right to sift and test Job. This condition of Job’s heart, if not corrected, could have caused his faith to fail.

Believing that we are trusting in God when we are really trusting in our own righteousness, if not corrected will nullify God’s grace. The author of the book of Job makes it clear that the reason Satan could accost, sift, destroy, and almost physically kill Job was simply “…because he was righteous in his own eyes” (Job 32:1).

Elihu, the youngest of the four trying to help Job understand what his suffering was all about, finally convinced Job of this condition: Job was justifying himself rather than God.

Job was not sinning, but he was relying on his own righteousness to keep him in good standing with God. He was blessed, living prosperously, and protected. Satan saw Job’s self-reliant stance, but God saw Job’s true faith, despite Job’s misunderstandings.

In the end, when afflicted and then confronted, Job comes to a very needful realization about his relationship with God by stating: “I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees thee; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:4,5).

Few Christians experience this realization of self and come to salvation by grace through faith. Most do not see this all-important principle until they come to the end of themselves (as believers).

The Apostle Paul conveys this important realization as well, when he wrote, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24). Of course, Jesus Christ does for us and in us what we, weakened by our human condition cannot do.

Few Christians truly experience coming to the end of self-reliance and trust in their right living and religious lifestyle. Few become humble enough to allow God to change their inner man or woman by His grace, compassion, and mercy.

Trouble, trials, and affliction serve God’s purposes to keep the sincere Christian from falling into self-dependence and self-righteousness—making the same fatal mistake as that of the religious hypocrites of Christ’s day.

Many believers are in a smug, self-righteous condition that is far worse than Job’s condition of self-reliance—they are prideful, in love with this world, and blind to the risk of being rejected by Christ.

Many know of Christ, but few truly know Him or are known by Christ. Jesus warned: “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 evildoers.’” (Matthew 7:22, 23).

Satan still prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to destroy, and in the coming days he will be more ferocious than ever. He is about to be cast out of heaven, knowing his time is short, and will make terrible war upon the saints.

Like Job, the coming suffering is allowed by God to wake up millions of Christians, agnostics, atheists, and lost sinners alike, in hopes to turn their hearts toward heaven, the Gospel and the coming Kingdom of God, without doubt or reservation.

Stress and troubling pressures will be used by God to cleanse, change, and cause his true church to come away from the love of this world and false Christianity. The Christian with true faith will lift their heads heavenward, straighten up, and rejoice for they know their redemption is drawing very near—and is at the very gates.

In doing so, they will not be ensnared suddenly, but they will become prepared to endure to the end, “But he who endures to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13).

 Copyright © 2018 Charles Pretlow All rights reserved