Thursday, February 25, 2021

Letter to our Friends - February 22, 2021


Leonard V. Johnson                                                                                                                                                                   
Pastor and Overseer

Greetings Friends and Warm Hearts from Spring Hill, Florida, just down from Weeki Wachee Springs –

Friends, I begin this week’s letter with a dire warning – a warning concerning Iran.

The “Harris-Biden” Administration has already basically capitulated with Iran in order to begin talks for a nuclear deal with them:
Biden Withdraws Trump’s Restoration of UN Sanctions On Iran:

February 19, 2021

UNITED NATIONS – The Biden administration on Thursday rescinded former President Donald Trump’s restoration of U.N. sanctions on Iran, an announcement that could help Washington move toward rejoining the 2015 nuclear agreement aimed at reining in the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

Acting U.S. Ambassador Richard Mills sent a letter to the U.N. Security Council on behalf of President Joe Biden saying the United States “hereby withdraws” three letters from the Trump administration culminating in its September 19 announcement that the United States had reimposed U.N. sanctions on Tehran.

Mills said in the letter obtained by The Associated Press that sanctions measures terminated in the 2015 council resolution endorsing the nuclear deal with six major powers, but restored by Trump in September, “remain terminated.”

Trump pulled the United States out of the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, in 2018, accusing Iran of serious violations.

Biden has said the United States wants to rejoin the pact, and the State Department said Thursday that the U.S. would accept an invitation from the European Union to attend a meeting of the participants in the original agreement — Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran. …

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the United Nations would not support reimposing sanctions on Iran as the United States was demanding until he got a green light from the Security Council.

We also received this important report in our email from Zerohedge:
In Major Nuke Deal Breakthrough, Biden Tells Iran ‘We’re Ready For EU-Sponsored Talks’:

February 18, 2021

“The United States would be ready to hold talks with Iran if the European Union extended an invitation, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday, sketching out a possible diplomatic path to restore the 2015 Iran nuclear deal,” Reuters reports late in the day Thursday.

Further the official said the administration’s “goal is to get both sides back into compliance with the nuclear deal” and has extended the invitation to Iran: “Let’s talk about how to get there.”

Previously the administration appeared to balk when initially just such an offer was made two weeks ago by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for the European Union to coordinate a piecemeal approach for dropping sanctions and Iran’s return to conformity.

But now Reuters has cited a top admin official to say “We are ready to show up if such a meeting were to take place” – in what’s clearly an invitation for Iran to signal the same.

Iran has indicated it will begin blocking IAEA inspectors from its nuclear facilities starting Sunday, February 21st, hence this new scramble out of the Biden administration to find a way forward before this next escalation measure that many fear would be hard to roll back takes effect. Both the US and Europe are warning against such a step. …

At the start of this month State Department spokesman Ned Price appeared to shrug off EU-backed talks when asked directly about Tehran’s expressed willingness to engage through the Europeans. He said there are “many steps” that had to be taken before engaging “directly with Iran” and before the US is willing to “entertain any sort of proposal.” Later the White House appeared to walk back the comments.

The central point of controversy since Biden took office was over who would “move first”. The Biden White House has been adamant thus far that Iran must return to compliance with enrichment caps and walking back breaches of the terms of the JCPOA. At the same time Iran has pointed to US hypocrisy of backing out of the deal in the first place (under Trump in May 2018) but now demanding Iran’s conformity. Iran has been adamant that all sanctions be dropped.

Now, certainly, Iran does not have the military strength to truly defeat the United States of America, yet it does have the ability and the means to cause grave damage. It has suspected EMP’s (electromagnetic pulse weapons) along with such capabilities as “dirty bombs” which could gravely harm the US.

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu is not pleased with the “Harris-Biden” Administration:
Israel: US pushing path to Iranian nuclear bomb with push to rejoin JCPOA:

February 19, 2021

Israel warned that the United States was helping Iran develop a nuclear weapons arsenal with its decision late Thursday night to push to rejoin the 2015 Iran deal.

“Israel remains committed to preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons and its position on the nuclear agreement has not changed,” the Prime Minister’s Office said.

“Israel believes that going back to the old agreement will pave Iran’s path to a nuclear arsenal. Israel is in close contact with the United States on this matter,” it added.

Now, we have been witnessing and warning – be sure to watch our sermons “’ This is a rebellious people’” along with “’ Tell My People Their Sins’.” As well as “’ Blow the Trumpet’!” Also, we’ve been warning of an end-time Iranian/Syrian alliance in our letters since May 9th, 2019.

In God’s living Word, is a future two-fold prophecy concerning peoples that appear to be within modern-day Iran (Elam) as well as modern-day Syria (Kir; see Isaiah 15:1) which will ultimately gravely damage the tiny nation of Israel in this end time –

Let’s turn in our Bible to the Book of Isaiah chapter 22

Verse 6 – “Elam bore the quiver With chariots of men and horsemen, And Kir uncovered the shield. 7) It shall come to pass that your choicest valleys Shall be full of chariots, And the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.”

Continuing with verses 8 & 9 – “He [Almighty God] removed the protection of JUDAH. You looked in that day to the armor of the House of the Forest; 9) You also saw the damage to the city of David, That it was great; …”

Grave death and destruction are coming to the modern-nation of Israel. Removing sanctions could be interpreted by Iran or Israel to attack militarily against one another.

A regional war in the Middle East is on the horizon.

Suggested Sabbath Service

Here is this weeks suggested Sabbath service:

● 2 hymns. (a free printable “Old Time Gospel” hymn site is “The Old Time Gospel”).
● Opening prayer.
● Announcements (if any; you may also use this letter).
● Sermon. The one suggested is “The Spirit of Kindness Part 2” by Minister Guy C. LaMar. Additional 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 Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries website. Also, there are audio sermons on our Soundcloud Radio channel. We also have a Godtube channel.

World News Items

We are seeing dire issues between the United States of America, Israel, and Iran (See: ‘Iran producing uranium metal in violation of 2015 nuclear deal, U.N. inspectors say’). Let us remember what our Lord Jesus Christ says, “’ And 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. 7) For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom (certainly a reference to Daniel 11:40 between the final king of the North and the king of the South). And there will be famines, pestilences, … 8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.’

Friends here is but a shortlist of ‘pestilences’ just since September 11, 2001 –

● 2001 Nigeria cholera epidemic – 400+ deaths
● 2001 South Africa cholera epidemic – 139 deaths
● 2002-04 SARS outbreak pandemic worldwide – 774+ deaths
● 2003 Algeria plague outbreak/Bubonic plague – 18+ known cases
● 2004 Afghanistan leishmaniasis epidemic – 3,958 known cases
● 2006 Luandra cholera epidemic – 1,200 known cases
● 2008-2017 China hand, foot, and mouth disease epidemic – 3,322+ deaths
● 2008 Zimbabwean cholera outbreak – 4,293 known deaths
● 2009 Swine flu pandemic worldwide – estimated death toll 284,000 to 151,700-575,400
● 2010s Haiti cholera outbreak – 10,075 known deaths
● 2012 Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus outbreak – 935 known deaths as of 7-4-2020.
● 2013-2016 West Africa Ebola virus epidemic – 11,323+ known deaths
● 2017-2018 United States flu season – 61,000 upwards to 46,000-95,000 known deaths
● 2019 – present COVID-19 pandemic worldwide – 2.4 million as of 2-2021.

The former POTUS Donald Trump was acquitted in the mock trial – the Senate failed to reach a 2/3 majority to impeach him (See: ‘Senate Acquits Trump in His Second Impeachment Trial’). The United States of America is a greatly divided nation – and a great many have divisions even stronger between the two main political platforms in the US. Many in Europe see the USA in decline (See: ‘Nord Stream 2 saves European industry several billion euros – German gas group’ as well as ‘Special Program – Biden’s America: Too damaged to lead?’).

Be sure to watch DW News’ “Special Program” – China rising, Europe reluctant – can America lead again?

But, apparently, Europe - at this present time – still wants to rely on the United States of America as their first responder militarily and China as a supplement to their economy. An important question – what is the future of Taiwan!?

Concluding Comments

Friends – we are continuing to witness ever-greater promotions of the LGBTQ+ agenda around the world.

The states of Australia will essentially begin forcing people to promote aspects of the LGBTQ+ agenda, specifically related to transgender pronouns and the inability to change from certain biblically-condemned sins (See: ‘Victoria, Australia, makes it illegal to not affirm gender dysphoria’).

God’s living Word – the Holy Bible – teaches that the LGBTQ+ practices are abominable unto Almighty God – Leviticus 18 -

Verse 1 – “Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2) ‘Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘I AM the LORD your God. … 22) ‘You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. IT IS AN ABOMINATION.’”

Also, chapter 20 of the Book of Leviticus

Verse 13 – “’ If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.’”

Also, the Book of Deuteronomy chapter 22

5:1 – “And Moses called all Israel, and said to them: ‘Hear, O ISRAEL, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your hearing TODAY, that you may learn them and be careful to observe them. … 22:5) ‘A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on women’s garments, for all who do so are an abomination to the LORD your God.’”

Now, God’s living Word also teaches that those who do such things can repent and change – 1st Corinthians chapter 6 of the NET

Verse 9 – “Don’t you know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers [as well as spiritual adulterers – going after strange gods], nor abusers of themselves as women [meaning sexual perverts], nor homosexuals. 10) Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11) And such were some of you; but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

Colossians chapter 3

Verse 5 – “Therefore, put to death your members which are on earth – sexual immorality, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil desires, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6) Because of these things, the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7) Among whom you also once walked, when you were living in these things. 8) But now, you should also put off all these things: wrath, indignation, malice, blasphemy, and foul language from your mouth.”

Verse 9 – “Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man together with his deeds, 10) And have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him Who created him.”

Friends – we as true Christians are not to be involved (in any way) with this LGBTQ+ agenda or “lifestyle.” Nor are we to condone such activities according to God’s living Word – turn in your Bible if you would to the Book of Romans chapter 1

Verse 18 – “Indeed, the wrath of God is revealed from heaven upon all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”

Verse 24 – “While professing themselves to be the wise ones, they became fools.” – and in respect to this passage as well as verse 32 – “Who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who commit such things are worthy of death, not only practice these things themselves but also approve of those who commit them.” – such ignorant remarks as “Well, I guess I don't deserve to live. ” when I had mentioned that many people around the world are condemning Romans 1:22-32.

Also, also notice this from the LORD our God’s living Word – still from the NET:

“’Now go, write it before them in a tablet, and note it in a book, so that it may be for the time to come forever and ever, 9) That this is a rebellious people, lying children. They are children who will not hear the Law of the LORD; 10) Who say to the seers, [and may I suggest you read our recent article “’ Blow the Trumpet!’”], ‘See not,’ and to the prophets, ‘Do not prophesy to us right things, speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions; 11) Go out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel [the living Jesus Christ] to cease from before us.’” – Isaiah 30:8-11.

“’Cry aloud, do not spare, lift up your voice like a ram’s horn, and show My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.’” – Isaiah 58:1.

“’Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. 21) Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!’” – Isaiah 5:20-21.

Sadly, a greater number of people do not want to hear the truths related to God’s holy and very relevant Law or the prophecies from His living Word.

Because of this, the page has repeatedly been forbidden to “boost” many of our articles and sermons (e.g. “Does God Have Your Attention?” and “’ Blow the Trumpet’!” – their reasoning being “Your ad may have been rejected if it mentions politicians or sensitive social issues that could influence public opinion, how people vote and may impact the outcome of an election or pending legislation.”

Indeed, so many in this final end-time want to ‘suppress the truth in unrighteousness.’

Friends, this does NOT mean that we are to personally insult people nor intentionally provoke the LGBTQ crowd (cf. Matthew 10:16-17), but we are to speak God’s living truth “in love” – Ephesians 4:15 – while condemning sinful behavior – cf. Romans 1:18-32.

In deep gratitude and love, in Jesus' name,

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