Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Letter to our Friends - November 12, 2019

Michael C. Garrett
Pastor and Overseer

Dear Friends:

Greetings from Spring Hill, Florida.

For this letter, I would like to check up on the GRIEVOUS STATE OF WORLD CONDITIONS AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME – especially since in January 2018, the Doomsday Clock was adjusted to 2 minutes before midnight – meaning that the Doomsday Clock’s status TODAY is the closest it’s been since it began in 1947! So, what is prophesied in your Bible is SURE to come in the very near future. And, let us not forget the STATE OF AND DIVINE PLANS OF JESUS CHRIST AND GOD ALMIGHTY!

Friends, just where are we in the panoramic view of biblical PROPHECY? Let’s look first at what has happened in my lifetime alone – the past 10, 20, and even 30 years. Look at how freedom of speech and freedom of action has so radically changed our whole life. And, the known fact that radical Islam has been infiltrating our schools and colleges in the US for centuries!

Our new “freedoms” in speech were getting started even as far back as 1917!

As Bill Lind of Accuracy in Academia writes:
“If we look at it analytically, if we look at it historically, we quickly find out exactly what it is. Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hippies and the peace movement, but back to World War I. …
First of all, both are totalitarian ideologies. The totalitarian nature of Political Correctness is revealed nowhere more clearly than on college campuses, … where the student or faculty member who dares to cross any of the lines set up by the gender feminist or the homosexual-rights activists, or the local black or Hispanic group, or any of the other sainted “victims” groups that PC revolves around, quickly find themselves in judicial trouble. …
Second, the cultural Marxism of Political Correctness, like economic Marxism, has a single factor explanation of history. Economic Marxism says that all of history is determined by ownership of means of production. …
For the cultural Marxist, it’s deconstruction. Deconstruction essentially takes any text, removes all meaning from it and re-inserts any meaning desired. So we find, for example, that all of Shakespeare is about the suppression of women, or the Bible is really about race and gender. All of these texts simply become grist for the mill, which proves that “all history is about which groups have power over which other groups.” So the parallels are very evident between the classical Marxism that we’re familiar with in the old Soviet Union and the cultural Marxism that we see today as Political Correctness.”
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Just today, I believe I was watching a “Marxist” YouTube channel called Grunge – in which the show blatantly changes history concerning the Missile Cuban Crisis! The host unapologetically stated:
“For decades Americans have received the Cuban Missile Crisis … as a ‘game of apocalyptic chicken’ that started when an unprovoked Soviet Union placed nuclear weapons in Cuba. … But it turns out that that entire narrative is rather misleading.”
He goes on to state – as if all that he says is factual:
“The truth is that JFK inflamed the Cold War by placing missiles in Turkey and Italy …”
After this, I turned the channel off.

Now, I’ve lived some. And, I’m closing in on five decades. I can clearly remember learning about the Cuban Missile Crisis in school and learning all about the communist tactics of the Soviet Union. I – like Minister Michael Garrett – believe that the then President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, had received some guidance from God.

The Marxists, Communists – or Socialists – whatever you wish to call this Leftist agenda is indeed trying to rewrite American history!

Walter E. Williams, professor of economics at George Mason University wrote:
“George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” …
Today there are efforts to rewrite history in the U.S., albeit the punishment is not so draconian as that in the Soviet Union. …
These history rewriters have enjoyed nearly total success in getting the Confederate flag removed from state capitol grounds and other public places. …
The job of tyrants and busybodies is never done. When they accomplish one goal, they move their agenda to something else.
If we Americans give them an inch, they’ll take a yard. So I say, don’t give them an inch in the first place.
The hate-America types use every tool at their disposal to achieve their agenda of discrediting and demeaning our history.”
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The Atlantic – a Left-leaning magazine (and if you’re wondering their political thought – in 2016, the editorial board endorsed a presidential candidate, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton) wrote recently:
The Real Cuban Missile Crisis - Everything you think you know about those 13 days is wrong.
Scholars, however, have long known a very different story: since 1997, they have had access to recordings that Kennedy secretly made of meetings with his top advisers, the Executive Committee of the National Security Council (the “ExComm”). Sheldon M. Stern—who was the historian at the John F. Kennedy Library for 23 years and the first scholar to evaluate the ExComm tapes— …
His new book marshals irrefutable evidence to succinctly demolish the mythic version of the crisis.
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Sadly, the Left has made it so that our history books are now being rewritten and sanitized so that people will forget what real history is. If you change your history and you do not remember it the way it was, you will be doomed to repeat it!


Friends, we need to understand that biblical pre-history reveals that once a universal-ruling GOVERNMENT was placed upon this planet. There was an ‘anointed cherub which covered’ commanded by God to administer His GOVERNMENT (Isaiah 14:13) until iniquity (lawlessness) was found in him (Ezekiel 28:14-15). Then God – the very One we now know of as Jesus Christ – renewed the face of the earth (Genesis 1:2; Psalm 104:30) and created mankind (Genesis 1:2-31).

Yet, sadly, our very first parents rejected the very GOVERNMENT OF GOD and rejected God’s Spirit (Genesis 3:6). And, GOD – the great Elohim – adopted a “hands-off” policy for six-thousand earth-years – to be followed by a one-thousand-year period (recall God’s commandment, ‘Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy’) when the glorified returning SAVIOR will establish the GOVERNMENT OF GOD, ruling in the KINGDOM OF GOD over all nations. It will be the beginning of lasting PEACE, of HAPPINESS, and of TRUE JOY (Revelation 11:15; 20:4).

GOD has allowed mankind to rule themselves. And human leaders – from the time of Nimrod the mighty hunter (against) the LORD (Genesis 10:8-11-12) – have set up every kind of government that they have been able to devise – Communism, Confederacy, Democracy, Ecclesiastical, Theocracy, Marxism, Oligarchy, Socialism, Republic, Totalitarian, etc. None has brought true lasting peace, happiness, or joy.

And now, friends, as we are approaching the very END of this six-thousand-year age, socialism is indeed taking a foot-hold in the consciousness of our Generation Z!

So what is the STATE OF THIS WORLD today?

Well, as an example, we read in World News Daily:
November 10th, 2019: “A Chinese government publication has Jesus spouting human maxims that come straight from the playbook of the Chinese Communist Party.
Bitter Winter, a magazine on religious liberty and human rights in China, reports the government's Tian Feng publication is comparing the Bible to "The Maxims of Master Zhu."
"For example, the Confucian saying, 'There is nothing more shameful than being jealous of the wealth and power of others; there is nothing lowlier than looking down on poor people' corresponds to 'He who despises his neighbor sins, but happy is he who is gracious to the poor.' (Proverbs 14:21)," the report says.”
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Indeed, Satan the devil is ramping up his hatred! Twisting our own Savior’s words for their communist agenda! Perhaps you missed this fringe headline.

As we ‘watch and pray’ – as Jesus told us to – we witness the beginning of sorrows in this end-time! Sadly, most people do not grasp HOW FAST THINGS ARE CHANGING!

But what about the world in this 11:58 Hour!?

Turkey is going to free ISIS fighters and send them to Europe – so says Erdoğan. This – alone - may trigger a seventh-resurrection of the “Holy” Roman Empire in the form of a UNITED STATES OF EUROPE (or a FEDERATION OF EUROPE). A new, stronger, leader of a ‘united’ Europe will indeed want a political-military UNION. The grave influx of radicalized Islamic immigrants into Europe is gravely adding to this biblical prophecy.

The religion of Islam is the dominant religion in the Maldives, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. And, India has the largest Muslim population outside any other Muslim-majority country with over 200 million people! And as we proclaim and WARN – the coming final ‘king of the South,’ the end-time federation of Islamic countries – will indeed counterattack with an estimated 200 million man army! So says, biblical prophecy (Daniel 11:40; Revelation 9:13-16).

Violence in the small nation of Israel continues – daily! Rockets from Gaza continue to rain down after Israel killed an Islamic Jihad commander. It is indeed prophesied in your Bible that Israel – the city of Jerusalem – will be viciously attacked! Possibly by a combined effort of Iran and Syria!? (cf. Isaiah 22:6-9).

Yes, in one way or another, I personally for some thirty-eight-years have been very aware of the troubled state of this world! And the state of this world is rapidly becoming more and more troubled! You will do well to notice – and heed – some of the numerous biblical prophecies which foretell this very end of the age.

When this world’s Savior walked on this earth, His disciples – soon to be apostles – asked Him privately when the end of this present age would end and what would be the true sign of His coming. And in answer, He first warned them - as well as all of us - of false gospels and false prophets, ministers, and teachers proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the Christ and deceiving many. Even during the end of the first century A.D., the true Gospel Message – which is Heaven – the throne of God, the Kingdom of God – is coming to the Earth! The Kingdom of God will be established, and Jesus Christ is your Savior and is your great High Priest! was highjacked – and the world at large turned to another gospel (Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Corinthians 11:4). But, Jesus continued, ‘you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.’ But then, the final end-time begins … ‘nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.’ – a direct reference to the final holy-war between the end-time ‘king of the South’ and the ‘king of the North’ (cf. Daniel 11:40; Revelation 9:13-16). ‘there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.’ And even all this is but ‘the beginning of sorrows.’ EVEN MORE, IS TO COME!

It is at or around this time period that the end-time prophets appear on the scene. As Jesus says, ‘And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.’ And they – possibly twelve end-time prophets – will be given power from God Almighty and Jesus Christ to begin prophesying – testifying - to kings, to world rulers, to the captured elect of God, to a great religious leader and political leader – standing before the god of the earth (Satan the devil) – WARNING for 3 ½ years! Having the power from GOD to heal, to ‘shut up the atmosphere from rain, to turn waters to blood, and to strike the earth will all plagues as often as they desire (see: Revelation 8:7-12).

And this ‘gospel’ is the announcement of the coming Kingdom of God! The Kingdom of God is the GOVERNMENT OF GOD – of which Christ was born to be the KING (Luke 1:30-33; Isaiah 9:6-7; Revelation 11:15).

So in all of this, it’s a step by step progress – over here something happens, over there something happens. And as you read the Bible you sort-of get the feeling that it grows in intensity!

And, as these end-time prophets – under the direct inspiration of God’s Spirit - are proclaiming this soon-coming WORLDWIDE GOVERNMENT, ‘the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet,’ will be set up ‘standing in the holy place’ – talking about the temple – Jerusalem. And this will come about when European forces invade the Middle East to put down Islamic resistance – to crush it militarily.

’For then …’ – when you see this great military force enter Jerusalem from the North – Europe – and take over the temple, and a great holy man claims that he is now God – and that is the ‘abomination that makes desolate’ – Jesus says, ’there will be great tribulation, …’ – many, many horrible globe-girdling problems! …’ such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.’

’And unless those days were shortened, …’ – except this end-time trauma be shortened, …‘no flesh would be saved; …’ – and as some translations say, ‘saved alive; but for the elect’s sake …’ – a certain group of people who are very near and dear the hearts of God the Father and Jesus Christ – referring to the physical people of the House of Israel. Once named Jacob.

The Book of Daniel talks about the “king of the North,” being EUROPE, and the “king of the South,” the Islamic Middle East, including North Africa. And there will be a World War III – and it will plunge the world into a day that the Bible calls ‘great tribulation.’ GREAT TROUBLES! The worst period of time in the history of mankind!

We are rapidly heading into this time of ‘great tribulation’!

The prophet Jeremiah also foretold of this coming great trouble (Jeremiah 30). The apostle John foretold it coming as the ‘sixth angel sounded’ his trumpet – cf. Revelation 9:13-16. The prophet Daniel foretold this grave time happening BEFORE the SEVENTH TRUMP OF GOD – “At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your people [the spiritual saints of God] shall be delivered, Everyone who is found written in the Book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some [those who have committed the ‘unpardonable sin’] to shame and everlasting contempt” – Daniel 12:1-2.

Friends, GOD WARNED – that if the nations of Israel obeyed not His commandments and breaks His covenant, He would ‘appoint terror’ over the nations! And TERROR WE DO HAVE! Speaking of our people, the Eternal living God says:
“’ Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: ‘I have nourished and brought up children, And they have rebelled against Me; 3) The ox knows its owner And the [ass] it's master’s crib; But ISRAEL [the House of Israel] does not know, My people do not consider.’
4) Alas, sinful nation, A people laden with iniquity, A brood of evildoers, Children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the LORD, They have provoked to anger The Holy One of Israel, They have turned away backward.” – Isaiah 1:2-4.
“Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’” – Ezekiel 33:11.
There is an old adage, first accredited to Thomas Fuller, “It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn.”

And, in many parts of this world, it is very DARK.

Let us dear friends pray for our brothers and sisters WORLDWIDE – with whatever end-time mission they are doing to help fulfill God’s will – and to PRAY earnestly that Jesus Christ and God Almighty will continue to bless the Owensboro Church of Jesus Christ with increased membership and income for His Work!

To give what I have written here a much wider circulation, I will be boosting this letter with Facebook for seven days to the ‘lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ Let us also pray that it reaches as many people as possible!

World News Items

The Europeans, as well as some in Asia, are displeased with aspects of the US trade policy and are hoping to work with China to essentially bypass the United States (See: ‘US, China spar at Southeast Asian regional summit’). There is coming a time, very soon, when the world at large will look towards Europe as the dominator in world trade instead of the US (cf. Revelation 17-18).

On the 1st of November, the Vatican announced yet another of their holidays – or rather ‘holy-days’ – for its version of Mary - the mother of our Savior (See: ‘Pope Francis Adds New Marian Feast to Roman Calendar’). Will it be that some of the ‘signs and lying wonders’ prophesied by the Apostle Paul (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10) will be associated with their version of Mary!?

In India’s air pollution crisis, a million gas masks were given out (See: ‘Millions of masks distributed to students in 'gas chamber' Delhi’). On the 4th, the United States officially informed the United Nations that she is pulling out of the climate accords agreed to in Paris by then US President Barack Hussein Obama II. The Europeans are not pleased – to say the least (See: ‘US Notifies UN It Will Withdraw From Paris Climate Deal’).

Suggested Sabbath Service

Here is this week’s suggested Sabbath service:

● 2-3 hymns. (a free printable “Old Time Gospel” hymn site is The Old Time Gospel).
● Opening prayer.
● Sermonette (if you choose). The one suggested is Salvation OFFERED To All.
● Announcements (if any) and one hymn.
● Sermon. The one suggested is Fake Food vs. Real Food by Michael C. Garrett. (Many more sermons are available at
● Final hymn.
● Closing prayer.

IN CASE YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED A ‘LETTER TO OUR FRIENDS’ FOR ANY WEEK, REMEMBER WE HAVE MANY SERMON MESSAGES ON THE Owensboro Church of Jesus Christ website. Also, friends, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our podcast sermons so that you won't miss our latest podcast distributed via RSS (Rich Site Summary) format!

Concluding Comments

Prophet Micah was inspired to record the following:
In the last days the mountain of the LORD'S temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.
Many nations will come and say, 'Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the GOD of Jacob. He will teach us His Ways, so that we may walk in His paths.'
The Law will go out from Zion, the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore"—Micah 4:1-3.
O' praise the great and merciful GOD, the GOD of gods—physical people are going to flow into His AWESOME Kingdom! You see, all this terrible bad news will lead right into THIS! "In the last days." See!? "In that day," "In those days," all of this terrible disgusting vile—like Kayla Mueller defending her faith and testimony of our living Christ! —and being MURDERED for it!—all of this vile is going to lead right into this-most inspiring Good News you could ever hear! PRAISE ALMIGHTY GOD AND OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!!!

Now... that's what it's all about!

And who will these physical nations learn from?

GOD Himself! He will decide for strong nations, "and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." So, this is a symbol of peace. A time of peace and plenty.

Now... remember... these are physical nations. Verse 4: "But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree: and none shall make them afraid:" nobody is going to make anyone afraid anymore. "for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it." GOD cannot lie. It HAS to come to pass! It MUST happen! It MUST happen! There's no other way that things can develop and conclude. There's no other way.

Friends, I went to Father God and Jesus Christ in prayer and spent much time in a study over this following Scripture. And in prayer, Their Spirit reminded me of what our living Christ had said to the Jews in John 10:29-36! Micah 4:5: "For all other nations shall walk every one in his own way, but we will walk in the Name of the Lord our GOD forever and ever"—Greek Septuagint.

Let's continue growing in the grace and knowledge of our GOD (2 Peter 3:18), and overcoming, so we can have the right to sit with our King of kings and Lord of lords on His throne (Revelation 3:21).

With love and gratitude, in Jesus' Name,
Leonard V. Johnson

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