Friday, April 30, 2021

Letter to our Friends - April 30, 2021


Leonard V. Johnson

Greetings from Spring Hill, Florida:

The feasts of the LORD – the LORD’S Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread – is barely finished, and next comes the Day of Pentecost! A holy convocation in which you shall do no customary work on. May 16th, 2021.

This is one of the rare days of the year in which we have church services on the first day of the week – Sunday. So, there will be back-to-back Sabbaths!


Most who profess Christ know something about Pentecost. Many properly consider it the beginning of the New Testament Church of God.

The apostles were told to wait in Jerusalem to receive the power of the Holy Spirit:
“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which,’ He said, ‘you have heard Me; 5) for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’ – Acts 1:4-5; NKJV and hereafter unless otherwise noted.
So, they waited. And:
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” – Acts 2:1.
Notice it was when the Day of Pentecost had fully come. The Bible is clear that the events that follow were directly related to the fact that the Day of Pentecost had fully come. And the apostles were all observing it together.

Here is what happened:
“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven [the sky], as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3) Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues [languages], as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

38) Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39) For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off [in the generations to come], as many as the Lord our God will call.’ 40) And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.’ 41) Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42) And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 47) [P]raising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the Church daily those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:2-4, 38-42, 47.
They received some of the power of God’s Spirit. The Roman Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox, the greater majority of Protestants, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the Church of God all believe that this was the beginning of the New Testament Church of God. And rightly so. The Holy Spirit (be sure to watch “The Truth Concerning the Trinity Explained” which was banned about a week ago by Facebook (that issue has been resolved) was gifted at a certain time (the same time that many Jews observed Pentecost).

That was not a coincidence.

Many may not realize that Pentecost represented more than just the gifting of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the New Testament Church of God.

Minister Michael C. Garrett has this to say concerning the Day of Pentecost:
Christ In You! … we must have God’s Spirit which is represented by the Feast of Pentecost. And so, individual salvation – that Plan is given to us in the Spring Holy Days. … The Spring Holy Days are a continuum. What happens in Passover and Unleavened Bread, and down as you get into the Feast of Pentecost – a continuous series of events that are all interrelated and intertwined. And the same thing is true with the Fall Holy Days. …

Just a quick perusal, turn to Acts 2 – the account of where we read about the Day of Pentecost – when God for the first time pours out His Spirit in mass on human beings. Now keep in mind there had been multiple times throughout biblical history where God indeed had given His Spirit to servants and prophets of God. But here on this day, on A.D. 31, something very special happened. And, we won’t read every Scripture here, but let’s go to verse 21 of Acts chapter 2 – “’ And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD [the Lord Jesus Christ] Shall be saved.’” Verse 22 – “Men of Israel [and you men of the different organizations which want to be a part of the kingdom of God and wish to pursue the teachings of this Bible], hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know – 23) Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken …” this is Peter speaking to the men, some of which have called for His death. Some of which, just a few days before – a month-and-a-half before – were chanting ‘Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Crucify Him!’ And yet, here, Peter says, “by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 24) whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He [Jesus Christ] should be held by it …” - isn’t that a beautiful concept!? Jesus Christ walked out of the tomb! And by that He established a pattern, and an example that someday all of us who is called His sisters and brothers, His friends, will someday have the same opportunity!! If we die before the return of Jesus Christ we too will walk out of our graves! I love that thought!

Verse 38 – listen carefully to what Peter says – this is an extremely well-known and recited verse; this is a foundational Scripture that all of us need to know about, think about and appreciate. And give thanks to Jesus Christ because it’s in the Book! The reality of it – it is true! “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, …’” – what does the word repent mean!? It means simply change your ways. Change your direction. Change your focus. Change your goals. Change your motivation. “…’ Repent, and let every one of you be baptized…’” – and listen to this next part – “…’ in the name of Jesus Christ …’” – no other name. No other name under heaven, on earth, anywhere in the universe by which you could be saved. “’ Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ …’” – that wonderous, glorious name and title! Jesus, the Anointed One! Jesus, the Messiah! Jesus, the Savior! And if you do you will have your sins forgiven “…’ and you shall receive the gift of [God’s] Holy Spirit.’”
Also, looking at other passages provides even more valuable information about this sanctioned and commanded day of the LORD God, and its meaning.

The Feast of Pentecost was kept by true Christians after the initial one, yet, without speaking in different languages. The apostle Paul continued keeping Pentecost decades after the Pentecost mentioned in Acts 2. Notice his inspired words, written about A.D. 55:
“For I do not wish to see you now on the way; but I hope to stay a while with you, if the Lord permits. 8) But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost.” – 1 Corinthians 16:7-8.
This shows us that Paul knew when Pentecost was and that he felt that the Corinthians knew when Pentecost was and that the Ephesians would have known when Pentecost was. So, it was being observed by Paul and the Gentiles in Ephesus and in Corinth.

Here’s another year, the apostle Paul wished to be in Jerusalem for Pentecost, around A.D. 61-64:

“For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the Day of Pentecost.” – Acts 20:16.

So, true Christians in Jerusalem were still observing Pentecost and Paul was observing it too! Otherwise, there would have been no obvious reason why Paul wanted to be in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost.

The Greek term for Pentecost means 50th. And, that term is derived from the following Hebrew description of calculating the correct date:

“’ And you shall count for yourselves from the day AFTER the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. 16) Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; …’” – Leviticus 23:15-16.

The Day of Pentecost in Scripture goes by different names, and because of that, many have been confused about it. Its other biblical names include the Feast of Harvest, the Feast of Weeks, and the day of first fruits.

We, the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries, and our affiliated churches observe the biblical method.

Christians should remember that our LORD God, Jesus Christ, condemned the Pharisees for relying way too much on their oral law over God’s written Law (Mark 7:5-13). Jesus told them they were ‘making the Word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.’ – Mark 7:13.

Continued Prayer Request

Again - Please Pray for Minister Guy LaMar’s brother-in-law – Terry Tate. He has stage 4 cancer and is in hospice care. The cancer is in his bones, liver, kidneys, and possibly in his brain. Minister LaMar was requested to go and anoint him for healing. He traveled last Monday to do just that. So, please pray for his healing. NOTHING is impossible for God. Thank you!

April 27th Minister Guy LaMar wrote:

My brother N’ law - Terry Tate - is one of my favorite persons in my family. I really love the guy. He’s always been a very good friend to me. He’s an upbeat and positive person. Plus an awesome cook. He greatly loves my sister. I’ve had many many many one on one talks with Terry through the years. We have worked together in several jobs. And in his talks, he expressed to me how much he loves my sister. Yesterday morning (Monday -April 26, 2021) I went to visit him. It was the first time I’ve seen him in person in OVER 10 years. The thing that I love the most about Terry is his love for Jesus. He loves and trusts in Jesus. I had a fantastic meeting with him yesterday.

Please keep praying for my brother n’ law, Terry. He’s really a good guy.

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”). Also, note G.C. LaMar’s spiritual songs!
● Opening prayer.
● Announcements (this week I added a short personal audio message).
● Suggested Sermonette: “How to Overcome Bad Thoughts” by Minister Guy LaMar.
● Suggested Sermon: “What Was Jesus Like In Person – God of the Old Testament” by Minister Leonard V. Johnson. Available 4/30/2021 @ 8:00 PM EST on our YouTube channel.
Additional sermons are available at:
● Final hymn.
● Closing prayer.


World News Items

A report from Voice of America says the Chinese Communist Party expects religions in their nation to conform to its requirements. While this is expected from nations that are communist and socialist – similar steps are being taken within the United States of America! We, as a nation, are losing more and more of our religious freedoms (See: ‘New Chinese Decree Tells Religious Leaders to ‘Support the Communist Party’). China is crystal clear that it wants religion in its own image. This new decree goes into effect on May 1st, 2021.

Do not naively think that a government that wants to be equal with or above religion is only a communist or socialist government. It, sadly, is an idea that is growing like a cancer within the United States of America – among her many judges and politicians. And it has been getting noticeably worse since the “savior around the world” was elected – January 20th, 2021. Be sure to read the following articles – WND – Biden agenda: Undermine ‘life, family and religion’ along with Newsmax – Ken Starr Laments, Warns of Decline of Religion in Society’.

Speaking of this self-proclaimed “savior around the world,” President of the United States Pamela Harris Joe Biden - gave a speech yesterday and was touting what he considered the accomplishments of the Harris-Biden Administration and some of its future spending plans; such as getting America addicted to government (See VOA – America ‘Ready for Takeoff,’ Biden Tells Congress’).

His proclamations, decrees, and proposals continue to accelerate his ‘takeoff’ in US debt (which is $28.2 TRILLION! – with a debt per citizen of $84,773! Indeed his ‘takeoff’ is, surely, what the Bilderberg Group proposed for America beginning in 2008, and certainly thought they had enough time to accomplish with the election of their “high priestess” in 2016 – but was shocked to discover that God Almighty had different plans!

Now, on August 13th, 2019 I had written - we have noticed that a great many professing Christians are having problems with many social media platforms shutting down their channels or making it extremely difficult for them. Consider – we believe in the glorious hope of the return of Jesus Christ and the Millennial reign of God’s Kingdom on earth, which is now considered “an extremist view.” Also, consider that believing that this world is being deceived into believing and accepting an ecumenical and interfaith religion is called a “conspiracy theory.” Though I might add, they will not succeed in this idea before the return of our Savior Jesus Christ. Also, consider too that accepting God’s standards – as stated within His ‘instruction manual’ the Holy Bible – of sexual morality is called extremism and knowing and teaching that the LGBTQIA agenda will not end well – cf. Romans 1:18-32 – this is considered now “hate speech.” A “famine of the Word” of the Eternal is indeed coming – Amos 8:11-12. And what governments consider “hate speech” and “conspiracy theories” and the banning of such, will lead to this prophesied ‘famine.’ Also I might add – that naively thinking that well over 150 delegates of nations, political leaders, experts in the field of industry, finance, academia, and media meeting together annually to “foster dialogue” between Europe and North America is but a “conspiracy theory” shows a lack of knowledge on just how powerful and cunning our Adversary Satan the devil truly is!

Continuing within the United States of America – Biden kept a promise that several of his predecessors made. Then he broke it – declaring that what the Turks had done to the Armenians 106 years ago was genocide. (See: AP – Biden recognizes atrocities against Armenians as genocide’). Now of course this pleased the Armenians around the world but displeased the nation of Turkey. (See: VOA – Turkey Summons US Envoy Over Biden’s Armenian Genocide Declaration’). Bible prophecy shows us that Turkey will soon turn against the US as well as Israel, and align with a resurrected United States of Europe (cf. Psalm 83:4-8). Be sure to read our online booklet Turkey is going to Betray His Brothers!

In the nation of Israel in the Middle East, a new religious member of its parliament – called the Knesset – has called for Jewish control of the Temple Mount. This occurred shortly before the release of a report by the Human Rights Watchdog organization declaring that Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians amounted to “apartheid.” (See: DW – Humans Rights Watch: Israel Committing ‘Apartheid’ Crimes Against Palestinians’). I recon the literal hundreds upon hundreds of rockets launched from Palestinian territory at Israel is unnoticed by this watchdog group!? Cf – DW – Israel launches strikes on Gaza after rocket attack.’

Now, there is coming a time very soon when religious Jews will be given Israeli government approval to resume animal sacrifices once again. Yet, it will be short-lived (cf. Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11). In the article “Blow the Trumpet!” I wrote – the prophet Jeremiah saw the condition that the nation of JUDAH was in and how he knew just what God thought about what was occurring in that land and to the people. Friends, it was in a state of disrepair. Now, I grieve in my spirit within my body at what is about to occur to Israel – the tiny nation within the Middle East! So, with much trepidation and reservation under the very work of the Lord our God, I give this dire warning to the nations of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah – cf. Jeremiah 30:3-6; 5:15; 3:1-14; 1:11-15; Isaiah 22:6-8. Destruction is coming!

Concluding Comments

Minister Michael C. Garrett wrote:
2nd Timothy chapter 2, verse 7 – “Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.” – here’s Paul wanting us to have understanding on this. Verse 8 – “Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, 9) for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the Word of God is not chained. 10) Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” Verse 11 – “This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. 12) If we endure, We shall also reign with Him.” – but sadly enough, “if we deny Him, He also will deny us.”

2nd Timothy chapter 1, verse 6 – Paul said, ‘Timothy, “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, …” – remember, Paul’s comment about most people spend their entire lives in bondage of the fear of death!? That is not to be our fear! But He has given us instead a spirit “of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – and a part of that soundness comes from the fact that we know that when our eyes close for the last time, our heart stops beating, and our lungs stop – we know that we will live again! Because the power of Jesus Christ will make it so!

Verse 8 – “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9) who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, …” – the calling He has given us is to be eternal members of His eternal Family! “not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before [the world] began.”

But it will soon be obvious – Verse 10 – “…by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through [this Message] …” We are not an immortal soul, but someday, through the gift of God, we will be immortal!
In deep gratitude and love, in Jesus' name,

Friday, April 23, 2021

Letter to our Friends - April 23, 2021


Leonard V. Johnson

Greetings friends from Spring Hill, Florida – on the West Coast.

Second Passover

This month – April 25th at sunset is the 14th day of Iyyar on the Hebrew calendar. Those who were unable to keep the LORD’S Passover on the 14th of Nisan/Abib are indeed authorized by God’s living word to keep the LORD’s Passover then –

This is based upon the Book of Numbers chapter 9 –
“Now the LORD spoke to Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 2) ‘Let the children of Israel keep the Passover at its appointed time. 3) On the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight, you shall keep it at its appointed time. According to all its rites and ceremonies you shall keep it.’ 4) So Moses told the children of Israel that they should keep the Passover. 5) And they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month, at twilight, … 9) Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 10) ‘Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘If anyone of you or your posterity is unclean … or is far away on a journey, he may still keep the LORD’S Passover. 11) On the fourteenth day of the second month, at twilight, they may keep it. They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. …’” – Numbers 9:1-13, NKJV.

Indeed, if you are a baptized member of the Body of Christ and were unable to keep the LORD’S Passover on the 14th of Nisan/Abib – Leviticus 23 – you can certainly keep the LORD’S Passover after sunset on April 25th. For a suggested Passover Service may I recommend –

Prayer Requests:

Please Pray for Minister Guy LaMar’s brother-in-law. He was rushed to the hospital last Friday. He’s been battling stage 4 cancer of the Prostate, kidneys and it’s believed in the brain and bones. Up until a few weeks ago he had been doing really good.

Also, please continue your prayers for Minister Michael C. Garrett, who is apparently battling a terrible sore throat and is not feeling well. Please pray that God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ will quickly heal him of this terrible trouble.

Please continue your prayers for Roger and Gladys Kreke. For God’s strength and mighty healing hands to be laid upon them!

Also, a brother and friend Rohit Sarkar asks for our prayers in Bangladesh –

“How are you brother i hope you are well and your family is healthy pray for us for our bangladesh now we are in great danger we are in lockdown.”

Big Tech – Facebook

Last week I had mentioned that two of our videos posted on our Facebook page have been “banned” due to “Copyright” issues – even though they had been posted over a year and a half ago. One is entitled “The Truth Concerning the Trinity Explained.” I had issued a dispute concerning this one and received an answer about an hour ago, saying, “Warner Music Group Rights Management accepted your dispute and released their claim.” Then, turned around and blocked two more of our videos for “copyright issues.” “Kyrie” and “Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone.” Now, I’m not going to play this game with Facebook – We’re just going to post these videos to our YouTube channel to be made available.


Now, while we will indeed continue to use YouTube – which has a record of shadow banning – we recently added Rumble as an additional platform for some of our videos.

Suggested Sabbath Service

Here is this week's suggested Sabbath service:

● 2 hymns. (a hymn site for printable hymns is “The Old Time Gospel”). Also, note G.C. LaMar’s spiritual songs!
● Opening prayer.
● Announcements (if any).
● Suggested Sermonette: “The Guy LaMar Backyard Commentary Show: Worldly ideas Vs. The Kingdom” by Minister Guy C. LaMar.
● Suggested Sermon: “What Was Jesus Like In Person – Appearance” by Minister Leonard V. Johnson. Available @ 4/23/2021 8:00 pm EST. on our YouTube channel.
Additional sermons are available at:
● Final hymn.
● Closing prayer.


World News Items – let me check my teletype

On Wednesday, April 21st, Israel was placed on high alert after alarms went off near Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor site. (See: ‘Israel strikes back at Syria after Dimona nuclear reactor missile alert’). 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.

Ramadan riots are continuing in Jerusalem (See: ‘Israeli Driver’s Warning Shot Prevents Lynching by Arab Rioters in Downtown Jerusalem’). The Arabs in Jerusalem self-identify themselves as – the largest and fastest-growing proportion – “Palestinian in Israel,” or “Palestinian Arab” – rejecting altogether the identity of Israel and a sovereign nation. Many Shi’ite Muslims (which is what most Iranians are), as well as many Sunnis, believe that a leader called the Imam Mahdi will rise from a well after a period of great chaos. And, since this COVID-19 is causing great chaos around the world, some Shi’ites want to increase that chaos. While this supposed leader does NOT truly exist, God’s living Word – the Holy Bible – does indeed tell of a final end-time ‘king of the South’ which will rise to power and lead a confederation of predominantly Muslim lands in the Middle East and North Africa (cf. Daniel 11:40-43; Ezekiel 30:2-8). It could be possible that Iran – the number one terrorist nation in the world – may cause many of the ‘troubles’ our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ prophesied would occur in this 11:59 hour! – see Mark 13:8.

Concluding Comments

The Book of Daniel has the following statement:

"'But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the Book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase'" - Daniel 12:4, NKJV.

When prophet Daniel was told this, they did not have steam engines, petroleum, nuclear, or even electricity.

We do now!

When prophet Daniel was told this, they did not have radios, televisions, computers, cellular telephones, or even the internet.

We do now!

When prophet Daniel was told this, there was no international power known as the United States of America - cf. Daniel 11:39.

There is now!

When prophet Daniel was told this, there was no power in Europe like the European Union, which had unity problems - cf. Daniel 2:41-43.

There is now!

There were also no people known as Christians.

There are now!

Friends, we are in the time of the end where we understand more and more of the prophecies that were sealed in the Book of Daniel. Including the soon-coming destruction of the USA (Daniel 11:39), and her Anglo-Saxon descended allies (Daniel 8:24-25), and the coming persecution of Christians (Daniel 11:28-35). People, indeed, are turning to and fro, knowledge has been increased, and we do understand more of the Book of Daniel. We are getting closer to the end of this age.

In this age when the love of many waxes cold, endure to the end - Matthew 24:13.

In deep gratitude and love, in Jesus' name,

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Personal From ... Most Horrendous Lie Perpetrated Upon Mankind


Well, it’s been over forty years ago now that I began to look into this concept that God is trying to save the whole world – now. That this is the only day of salvation for mankind. I began asking myself could all these worldly churches actually be wrong – the Catholic and the Protestant churches. Just about nearly all of them teach differently on points of doctrine, their beliefs – so, surely, there are at the least some which must definitely be wrong and in an error of their teachings. Could it actually be possible that the Christianity of this world is in error, is misled, is deceived!? Now, maybe so many of you will not believe this – just couldn’t possibly believe this. But, what about the ‘evil one’ – called Satan the devil!? Does he exist!?

Your Bible says that the whole world – including its religions – has been deceived by Satan the devil.

“So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; …” – Revelation 12:9.

So, the inhabitants of the earth have been deceived by him – through deceived religions. Now, the other day, someone left a comment on the sermon “Elohim – the Family of God” stating, “Religion is evil. It must be destroyed.” But, what religion is he talking about!? God’s religion or this world’s plethora of false religions?

“ … ‘Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2) with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication [meaning spiritual fornication; as in idolatry], and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.’” – Revelation 17:1, 2.

Your Bible also says that there is coming a time soon when God will send an angel to [lay] hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and [bind] him for a thousand years; …” – Revelation 20:1-3.

Well, just who is this ‘serpent of old,’ this ‘devil and Satan’!? Where did he come from!? Did God create him?

God created Hêylêl – translated into the Latin Vulgate as Lucifer – as the highest angel in the kingdom of God. He was the “guardian cherub.” Cherubs are angelic creatures, the highest order of angels which were charged with preparing the earth for God’s children – Ezekiel 28:14; Isaiah 14:12, 13. He was the highest-ranking angel that God created until he sinned and became Satan the adversary.

This powerful archangel turned his angels under him into rebellion against God –

“For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but, having cast them into Tartarus, delivered them into chains of darkness to be kept for the judgment.” – 2 Peter 2:4.

Now, could it just be possible – in this Satan-deceived world – that all denominations of the Christianity of this world have been deceived!? Sounds completely impossible – doesn’t it!?

The most universal and horrendous lie perpetrated upon mankind is the false teaching that God is now trying to get the whole world spiritually saved. That this now is the only day of salvation.

Surely you must believe that the sole source of truth is GOD. Unless you’re like the person who commented the other day, “How do you know there is a God?” Well, He has given us His glorious WORD. And in His word, He tells us whether this – now – is the only day of salvation for mankind. And, He indeed tells us whether those who do not accept our Lord Jesus Christ are “lost.”

To first learn we must go back to the beginning. To the beginning of the Bible. Now, I have a friend who suggests, that if you’re going to read your Bible from one end to the other, start in the New Testament. And, I believe that’s a wise thing.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said –

’ No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day [meaning the resurrection day; the seventh trumpet!] – John 6:44.

This means that all are shut-off from God’s Holy Spirit – the tree of life – except those whom the Father has predestined to be called out of this world now! Now, is this unfair!? Do you understand why Jesus Christ said that!? Why God has cut off the majority of all humanity from salvation unto eternal life!?

Well, it began with Adam in the garden of Eden.

What most have overlooked is that in the choice which Adam was to make, God – the Elohim – required that he choose which tree to reject, as well as which one to accept.

The Adversary was but around the corner, waiting for an opportunity to tempt Adam into rejecting God – even as he had rejected God and had attempted to be ‘like the Most High’ – rejecting God’s Law and Way; rejecting the very government of God.

The very tree of life, symbolic of God’s Holy Spirit – also as the source of religion, the revealer of proper knowledge.

So, the Adversary tempted Adam through his wife Eve. And Adam took of the forbidden tree. He took unto himself the knowledge of what is good and what is evil. He rejected the Holy Spirit – and the very sovereignty of the LORD God.

Then what did God do!?

God drove Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden and placed ‘cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the Way to the tree of life.’

God cut Adam, as well as the world which would spring from his loins, from access to His Holy Spirit – except a few which God predestined to be specially called in preparation for the future kingdom of God.

Now many might say – that’s unfair.

Well, just suppose that God had not cut mankind off from the gift of His Holy Spirit. Consider what would have happened!

The Adversary, called the devil and Satan, was still on earth’s throne – and mankind would have taken God’s Holy Spirit – the gift of eternal life – without repentance, while being led by Satan the devil, living in sin (1 John 3:4) which would have resulted in an eternal life in great unhappiness, mental torment, hopelessness, and evil! Can you see how it would have been completely unfair had God allowed mankind to bring such an eternal fate upon themselves?

That is why God has cut off mankind for 6,000 years – until Jesus Christ would come, reject and overcome Satan the devil, and take on Himself the penalty of death, qualifying to rule the throne of the earth!

So, God has placed mankind – all but a few He has called out of this world – cut off from Him, they are not yet judged or condemned! And, God the Father has called those He chose because they were the ones He felt might just reject – as His Son has – Satan the devil and all his evil ways, and accept the kingdom of God through faith in Christ, overcoming Satan.

Those of us called by God the Father now – if we repent, overcome, shall inherit the kingdom of God, and sit with Jesus Christ on His throne when we shall then (with Satan the devil and his demons gone) undertake to help save the world! Now, that might sound to some presumptuous or haughty of us to say such a thing – but, these are God’s living words, not my own – cf. Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26, 27, 28; 3:5, 9, 10, 21; 5:10.

Those from Adam until now who have died – not yet being judged – will be resurrected to mortal life in the Great White Throne Judgment and will then be called to repentance and will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (the tree of life)!

The Creator God is creating – above all – in us, righteousness and holy godly character! And this comes from rejecting the evil way of Satan the devil and turning to the glorious Way of God’s love.

So, actually, the false gospel which this world’s Christianity professes and teaches is that God DID NOT cut off the entrance to the “tree of life” – of God’s Holy Spirit. But that mankind may freely go right back and take of that “tree of life” and gain eternal salvation while continuing in their transgressions against God’s Law! – while rejecting God and rejecting His kingdom. Have you ever looked at it this way before!?

The greater majority of this world’s churches do not teach that “sin is the transgression of the law” – God’s spiritual Law summed up in the Ten Commandments. Rather they teach falsely that “the Law is done away.”

About eighteen years ago now while I was driving over the road, I had been parked at a truck stop in Albany, Oregon when across the way I saw a whole group of Jehovah’s Witnesses. These young people were walking about the truck stop during the day, each carrying their New Word Translation – Jehovah Witness Bible, accosting the truck drivers sitting in their trucks.

One had accosted me.

“Can I climb up into your cab and show you the word of God?” the young man asked.

“Sure, get on up here and tell me what you’ve got to say,” I answered.

After climbing up into the cab, the young man began by saying, “What I have here is the accurate and easy-to-read word of God,” as he proceeded to show me the book he had in his hands. Opening it up he read, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.”

“What!?” I cried. Having an Authorized Version in my truck, I grabbed it and turned quickly to that passage of Scripture, and read, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Glancing back up at the young man I said, “That book that you have there is not the word of God!”

“What do you mean, of course it is!”

“No young man. You need to throw that away and get yourself at least the King Kames Version.”

“Well,” said the young man, “I’ve got to go.”

Now, had the young man stayed around I would have mentioned to him –

1st John chapter 3

Verse 4 – “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.”

I could easily have shown him the error in them teaching him – that “Christ is the end of the Law.” Romans chapter 7

Verse 14 – “For we know that the law [summed up with the Ten Commandments] is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.”

Verse 7 – “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? …”

Satan the devil is indeed confusing many into believing that God’s holy and spiritual Law – His very Way of life – has been done away with.

“ … Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. …”

The Jehovah’s Witnesses are gravely confused – Verse 4

“Therefore, my [brothers and sisters in Christ], you also have become dead to the law …”

Now, what does he mean!? Does he mean that you no longer have to keep the Ten Commandments!? No, because look at verse 12

“Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.”

Here he’s referring to the Ten Commandments.

So, what’s he referring to in verse 4!?
  1. You are dead to the Old Covenant. You’re dead to the principles obtained in the Old Covenant. What is also called the “ceremonial laws.”
  2. You are also dead to the death penalty because Jesus Christ will save you. Jesus Christ will give you eternal life.
Yet, the Jehovah’s Witnesses and so many like them claim that the law which the apostle Paul was speaking of was much more than just the ceremonial laws, but the whole law – as well as the over 600 other laws - claiming “Paul made no division.” Saying, with all egregious error, “Yes, the law from which Christians were discharged included the Decalogue.” Well, I weep bitterly for them.

For we state in our fundamental beliefs
The Ten Commandments, spoken by God to Israel, are the foundation of all of God’s Laws. They have been in effect from the beginning of mankind, over 3,000 years before their pronouncement at Mt. Sinai. Their written form is the summation of the spiritual laws which function at all times, whether a person is aware of them or not. Obedience to these commandments brings blessings, and disobedience brings curses. The Ten Commandments teach us how to express love toward God and our fellowman. They must be obeyed as a condition for receiving eternal life.

Ex. 20:1-17; Deut. 5:6-21; Deut. 30:15-20; Matt. 19:16-22; Rom. 7:7-14; Matt. 22:36-40; 1 John 3:22-24; Rom. 13:8-10; 2 John 6-10.
In summation – on the Day of Pentecost A.D. 31, the inspired apostle Peter said, “’ Repent, and let every one of you be baptized [into] the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” And, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said, ’ Do you suppose that these Galileans …’ – and I’m sure you can place here any organization, city, state, nation, country or province. ‘…were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3) I tell you, no; BUT UNLESS YOU REPENT YOU WILL ALL LIKEWISE PERISH.’

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

'The Firstfruits Unto the LORD'

by Leonard V. Johnson

Greetings Everyone! Welcome to the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries, I’m Leonard V. Johnson.

Now, unlike the other feasts of the LORD, the Day of Pentecost is observed – albeit with many different versions – by many of this world’s churches. Both by the universal Mother Church and her daughters. Indeed, the Day of Pentecost was the very day that the ‘the Helper,’ ‘the Spirit of truth,’ ‘the Holy Spirit’ descended upon the disciples as ‘divided tongues, as of fire.’ – Acts 2:1-4.

The majority of this world’s churches that profess Jesus Christ consider the Day of Pentecost A.D. 31 the beginning of the New Testament Church of God. And that is true.

Let’s turn into the Old Testament to glean some understanding of the true meaning of the Day of Pentecost. The Book of Leviticus chapter 23

Verse 15 – “’ And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. 16) Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD.’”

Now the term Pentecost is a Greek term that means “count fifty.” And that very term is derived from the above passage. By calculating the date.

Now the holy Day of Pentecost has several names in the living word of God. Because of that, some are confused. Its other names are, ‘the Feast of Harvest,’ ‘the Feast of Weeks,’ and ‘the Day of Firstfruits.’

Turning back into the Book of Exodus chapters 23

Verse 16 – “’ and the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labors …”

Exodus 34

Verse 22 – “’ And you shall observe the Feast of Weeks, of the firstfruits …”

Also, in the Book of Numbers chapter 28

Verse 26 – “’ Also on the day of the firstfruits, when you bring a new grain offering to the LORD at your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work.’”

Now, does the term ‘firstfruits’ help us to understand the true meaning of this holy day!? Indeed!

Notice what the apostle Paul – under the divine inspiration of God’s Spirit – wrote in the Book of Romans chapter 8

Verse 21 – “because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22) For we know that the whole creation [the universal as a whole] groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23) Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan with ourselves, eagerly waiting for the [sonship], the redemption of our body.”

So, recall that it was God’s Holy Spirit (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:17) that was first gifted on the Day of Pentecost A.D. 31. ‘The firstfruits of the Spirit.’

Who are the ‘firstfruits of the Spirit’!?

Well, the apostle James – a very brother to our Lord Jesus Christ – has this to say concerning ‘the firstfruits.’ James chapter 1

Verse 18 – “Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.”

Also, the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 – called ‘the resurrection chapter’ –

Verse 20 – “But now Christ has risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. …” – those that have died in Christ.

Verse 21 – “For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23) But each one in his own order; Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.”

So, true Christians are the ‘firstfruits of the Spirit’ which began on the holy Day of Pentecost A.D. 31. And, our Lord Jesus Christ was ‘the Firstfruits.’

He is the fulfillment of the wave sheaf offering in Leviticus 23:10. He is the sheaf of the firstfruits.

Timeline of Christ’s Death and Resurrection

In 1st Corinthians 11, Paul said, in the night in which He was betrayed He took the bread. So we know that it wasn’t the night in which He was crucified – but it was the night before. And, we read these Scriptures on the night of the Passover. And that was on a Tuesday night. When Judas Iscariot betrayed Him, we know that all that night He was scourged and taken to the house of Caiaphas the high priest. On Wednesday morning – it says, ‘When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people’ had a “council” meeting. And He would later go before Pilate. And Pilate was a coward who sent Him before Herod Antipas, and He would eventually come back from Herod. They released Barabbas, you know, ‘Which of the two do you want me to release to you?’ Pilate washed his hands in a public ceremony and said, ‘I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.’ Mark tells us that about the third hour – which was 9 o’clock in the morning – they went out and crucified Jesus. And about the sixth hour, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour – which was about 3 o’clock in the afternoon – and we know that that was exactly the time when the high priest slit the paschal lamb and spilled its blood. Exactly the time when the Roman soldier jammed that spear into the side of Jesus, and Jesus said, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ And ‘bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.’ He died. And that centurion soldier standing there said, ‘Truly this Man was the Son of God!’ That was a Wednesday.

That evening – before the sun went down – the account in the Book of John tells us that it was a ‘Preparation Day.’ You remember Joseph of Arimathea was in a hurry to get the body down before the Sabbath day. Most people believe that that was the weekly Sabbath. But John’s recording here – the only apostle; the one that Jesus loved – said in John 19:31 “ … (for that Sabbath was a high day), …” Most people don’t understand what that means. We do. We keep the ‘Preparation Day’ before the first day of Unleavened Bread – the ‘high day,’ the ‘holy convocation.’ Jesus died on a Wednesday afternoon – probably right at 3 o’clock. By sunset, on Wednesday He was in the tomb.

Thursday was a ‘high day,’ the first day of Unleavened Bread. There was no work permitted. He was ONE DAY in that tomb on that Thursday.

Friday. Another ‘Preparation Day’ – the preparation for the weekly Sabbath day. “And the women who had come with Him from Galilee … 56) returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. …” He was DAY TWO in that tomb on that Friday.

Saturday. “ … And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.” The weekly Sabbath. There was no work permitted. He was the THIRD DAY in that tomb on that Saturday. And by 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon, the 72 hours would have been complete. As Jesus said, “ … ‘and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40) For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.’So, sometime AFTER 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon Jesus Christ stood up and walked through solid rock and came out of the tomb! And, Sunday morning comes around.

John chapter 20

Verse 1 – “Now the first day of the week …” – Sunday. “ … Mary [of Magdala] went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.”

But, returning to the subject – now our Lord Jesus Christ was not only the first of the firstfruits, but He was also the ‘firstborn among many brethren.’ Notice the Book of Romans chapter 8

Verse 29 – “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

Also, the apostle John in the Book of Revelation chapter 1

Verse 5 – “and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.”

So friends, since our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is ‘the firstborn from the dead’ there will be others who will be ‘like Him, for we shall be like Him’ – cf. 1 John 3:2. So, the Day of Pentecost truly represents an early summer harvest. There is an early harvest – which is a smaller harvest – and a latter harvest – which is a larger and more robust harvest. For the Last Great Day of the Feast of Tabernacles truly represents when EVERYONE who has ever lived, having not rejected the Spirit of God and driven the Spirit of God out of them; having committed what is often called ‘the unpardonable sin’ – will have a chance to learn and grow in the word of God, the truth of God, and the Plan of God and to eventually become an eternal member of the family of God within the kingdom of God! And that is the greatest news which the churches of this world seemingly do not understand and would never dream of. □

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Letter to our Friends - April 16, 2021


Leonard V. Johnson

Greetings friends from Spring Hill, Florida:

Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day 2021

For 2021, services are to begin the evening of September 20th and continue until the Last Great Day which is the evening of September 28th.

As I mentioned last week, the meeting place for the Owensboro Church of Jesus Christ every Sabbath has reopened having been closed due to COVID-19. Well, apparently this was a bit premature – that hasn’t happened yet. Phone calls are being made to management, however, and we hope to have things worked out very soon. It is our plans at this time to hold services for the Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day at the Logsdon Community Center 2400 Friendship Dr. Owensboro, Kentucky 42303. This is where the Owensboro Church of Jesus Christ has services for the weekly Sabbath. This is where I – at this present time – intend to spend the bulk of the Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day this year.

Now, if you would like to join us this year, you may find it convenient to stay at the Wingfield Inn & Suites located at 3220 West Parrish Ave. Owensboro, KY. 42301. Though you do not need to stay at this hotel to attend the LORD’S Feast. Here is a booking link which could save you some money if you wish to stay here:

Please let Minister Michael C. Garrett know via email if you plan to attend the Owensboro Church of Jesus Christ Feast of Tabernacles and Last Great Day 2021 @

Facebook Banning

Two of our videos posted on our Facebook page have been “banned” due to “Copyright” issues – even though they had been posted over a year and a half ago. The one is entitled “The Truth Concerning the Trinity Explained.” Apparently, any negative mention of The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) or of the false concept of the Trinity will get you banned!? They are having problems with a minute and thirty-seven seconds of the sermonette. Here’s that portion transcripted -
“ … liberty. The Lord is that Spirit. So, how many times have you gone to your neighborhood church, or turned on your TV to watch some religious service, and they go on and on about the word Trinity? And the churches of the world teach “the Trinity.” There’s even a television broadcasting company, TBN, the Trinity Broadcasting Network. And there are people who believe that if you do not believe in the Trinity you are not of God. And the churches of the world teach the Trinity as being the absolute truth of God. And, just for your education, let’s go back to 1st John.

The proof text that poorly educated religious people use is in 1st John chapter 5. Notice verse 6. …”
Facebook is claiming –
“Warner Music Group Rights Management has taken action on your video from Page Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries because it may contain music, audio, or video that belongs to them.”

The following action(s) have been taken:

● Block

Your content is no longer viewable on Facebook in the specified territories. If you submit a dispute, your content may be restored.

Applied: Andorra, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, and 244 more.
The other video is entitled “Amazing Grace.” Apparently, the video is not what is in question, but rather parts of the song. According to Facebook, thirty-nine seconds of the song belong to Universal Music Group (UMG).

I did submit a dispute for “The Truth Concerning the Trinity Explained.” Also, we have published the sermonette to our YouTube channel -

Friends, freedom of speech, and expression are being censored at an alarming rate directly and indirectly by Big Tech. Now, while Big Tech denies having any bias against the Holy Bible, the banning of the minute and thirty-seven seconds of the above-mentioned sermonette truly shows the true fruits of their spirit. Facebook is directly or indirectly anti-God! And therefore is an anti-Christ!

In 2018, Facebook censored the use of God’s living word:
Facebook is taking McKellen’s position that freedom of speech is fine for some but not for others, according to Christian minister and blogger Julio Severo.

Severo said Facebook is punishing him for posting Leviticus 18:22 in Portuguese, “Não de deitarás com homem, como se fosse mulher; abominação é.”

A WND request to Facebook for comment generated only an automated response with instructions on how to get press releases, photos and other media resources.

Facebook sent a message to Severo that said: “We Removed Something You Posted. It looks like something you posted doesn’t follow our Community Standards. We remove posts that attack people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, or disability. Levítico 18.22: Não de deitarás com homem, como se fosse mulher; abominação é.”

The offending post originally was published in 2013, Severo noted.

“Willing or not willing, Facebook treated Leviticus 18:22 directly as a ‘attack’ on ‘people based on their … sexual orientation, gender.’ That is, Facebook treated the Bible as a criminal book!” Severo said. …

Severo directed pointed questions at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg …

“Does he approve what his company has done against the Jewish Scriptures? Is he aware?

“Or does he think that Facebook is now bigger, greater, and more important than the holy Jewish and Christian Scriptures?”

Socialistic-leaning groups often are opposed to biblical teachings, and various ones are taking steps against biblically-oriented content on the Internet.

God’s living word – the Holy Bible – shows us that even greater restrictions are coming. Notice the Book of Amos chapter 8

Verse 11 – “’ Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the LORD. 12) They shall wander from sea to sea, And from north to east; They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, But shall not find it.”

The Lord GOD is speaking of a time soon coming when the living word of God will not be found. And that would seem to be because the Word of God, the Truth of God, and the ultimate Plan of God will have been taken off the Internet. In the 21st century, the Internet is indeed accessed by people in every nation, country, and province. So, some type of Internet restriction/suspension/removal is coming.

While social media juggernauts such as Facebook, Google, and Bing are helping set the stage for this, God’s living word shows us that a seventh resurrected European power is rising and will essentially force its people (including the people of North America which by that time will have completely lost their sovereignty) to not only force people to worship a false god – “All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” – but, this powerful political leader of a United States of Europe (or whatever they will call themselves) will “’ do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath [speaking of the terrible and dreadful Day of the LORD] has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. 37) He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women …’” – Daniel 11:36-37.

Does that mean that this European leader will be homosexual!?

God’s living word is showing that totalitarian control is coming again!

Minister Michael C. Garrett:
“Revelation 13, verse 2 we read about a concept which is called “the beast,” … That refers to a reorganized and revitalized concept of the “Holy” Roman Empire. Countries in Europe unifying in the end-times. And Revelation 13:15 – “He [referring to a great religious leader here. It’s not referring to a political leader here] …” Well, look at verse 11 – “Then I saw another beast [speaking of this great religious leader] coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.” This is referring to a great religious leader who has its roots of power in the continent of Europe – and has had for almost two thousand years. Verse 12 – “And he [this second beast] exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” – now, what’s that “deadly wound”!? Well, the Roman Empire – the greatest world Empire ever in the ancient world – had its height of power and completely controlled most parts of Europe, and the Middle East, and North Africa. And yet, that great Empire eventually struggled and crumbled and disappeared. And then there were revivals of the concept of the “Holy” Roman Empire. Up to this point in history, we’ve had six revivals. The last one being Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy. The Bible says there will be seven revivals altogether. We haven’t gotten to the seventh revival yet. But the seventh revitalization of the “Holy” Roman Empire is what chapter 13 is talking about early on. And so this second beast is a great religious movement. And so, by saying, “whose deadly wound was healed,” when the seventh installment of the “Holy” Roman Empire comes to fruition, then the concept of the “Holy” Roman Empire will once again be alive and be intact. And so that “deadly wound” will cease to exist because it will be alive and healthy again. Verse 13 – “He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire [or lightning] come down from heaven [to] the earth in the sight of men.” Now, as I’ve said before, this is a religious culture that is highly susceptible to what I would call – false signs and wonders. …

verse 14 – “And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, …” – remember back in ancient Egypt, the sorcerers and magicians to the Pharaoh!? They had the ability – through Satan the devil – to produce some limited signs. … “…telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast …” – now, I’ve talked about this before. The beast is basically the construct of the Roman Empire – and the different manifestations of the Roman Empire down through history.

Verse 15 – “He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, …” – meaning, this great so-called holy man becomes such a rock star. … ‘He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast.’ “…that the image of the beast should both speak [which means papal announcements] and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.” – so, there will become a requirement in Europe (keep this in mind)! This part of the prophecy is talking about what goes on inside of Europe! – primarily. Now, I’m sure there will be other people in other countries and other lands who will be sort of caught up in all of this enthusiasm. But, primarily these passages here are talking about what happens in a future Europe.

Verse 16 – “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and [bond], to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17) and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

… the people of Europe and the people of Western Christianity of the Western world they use that mark to identify their religion! It’s an actual mark – it’s an actual symbol. So, keep in mind – “to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads.” Just about a week or two ago I saw a newscast. And one of the people being interviewed had a big black cross right on their forehead! It was so-called Ash Wednesday. So, all of the faithful of that particular religious grouping were supposed to go by their nearby church and have the priest put a cross on their forehead. And those same people – every time they have a prayer – they have to take their right hand, and they have to start at their forehead and they make a cross. And sometimes they’ll just make a cross on their forehead with their finger. THAT’S WHAT THE MARK OF THE BEAST IS!

(Garrett, M.C., “The Mark of the Beast” PDF online booklet).
Facebook Campaign

As I had mentioned last week, we created a new advertisement for our YouTube channel on April 7th. It ran until the 11th only on desktop monitors in the United States, Egypt, India, Bangladesh, and South Africa. Here are the results –

Link clicks = 52.
Reached = 10,948.
Impressions = 13,337.
Unique link clicks = 46.

Yes, we were there to witness to thousands. As like the prophet Ezekiel was told –
“’ …. Thus says the Lord GOD,’ whether they hear, or whether they refuse.’ … ‘Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: 18) When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19) Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your [life].’” – Ezekiel 3:11b, 17-19, NKJV.
I advertised to Egypt, India, and Bangladesh – who are not of the house of Israel – because they are the nations that more than not view our sermons on our YouTube channel. Also, we have been very cost-effective in our Internet reach as we are trying to focus on reaching people that actually might want to hear what we have to say. The last campaign cost per result was $0.13 per link click.

I am being led by God’s Spirit to warn the nations of Israel with ever greater fervor, ferocity, and boldness.

Facebook apparently took it upon themselves to show the ad in the Governorates of Dakahlia, Alexandria, Al Sharqia, and Cairo – all of which have large populations of Sunni and Shia Muslims. That is not the specifics I placed for the audience. It was supposed to have been people who match: Christian, Bible, Nondenominational Christianity, and Christianity.

Now, our Facebook page – the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries – reached 9.0k people and had 119 engagements this week. It continues to be our goal to reach via Facebook even more people that actually might want to hear what we have to say. Minister Guy gave some information about a company that may be able to help with greater promotions – pushing our website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page to heights unimaginable. I will be in the process of checking on this soon.

Prayer Request

Minister Guy LaMar has asked for a prayer request for his brother-in-law, who was rushed to the hospital. He’s been battling stage 4 cancer of the Prostate, kidneys and it’s believed in the brain and bones. Up until a few weeks ago, he had been doing really good.

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”). Also, note G.C. LaMar’s spiritual songs!
● Opening prayer.
● Announcements (if any).
● Suggested Sermon: “’ No One Has Ascended To Heaven’” by Leonard V. Johnson.
Additional sermons are available at:
● Final hymn.
● Closing prayer.

World News Items

Sadly, in the United States of America, there was another shooting that triggered racial and other protests (See: ‘Minnesota Protesters Call for Justice in Killing of Daunte Wright’). Indeed, there are a great many who are trying to divide the United States even further along racial lines. And, the USA is continuing to be filled with violence (cf. Ezekiel 7:23-24).

Recall our Lord Jesus Christ says –
“ … ‘Take heed that no one deceives you. 6) For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am [the Christ],’ and will deceive many.’”

Verse 7 – “’ But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. 8) For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.’” – Mark 13:5-8, NKJV.
Friends, it is clear that we are in ‘the beginnings of sorrows,’ a time of troubles. is a report from 2017 – “Seven men around the world who each claim to be Jesus Christ.” Our Lord Jesus says, ’ Therefore do not go after them.’ – Luke 21:8, NKJV.

He has also warned us –
“ … ‘if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24) For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25) See, I have told you beforehand. 26) ‘Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.’ – Matthew 24:23-26, NKJV.
There have been recently even greater military actions and threats in the Middle East (See: ‘Iran Blames Israel for Nuclear Facility Blackout’) and elsewhere (See: ‘Is Russia going to war with Ukraine and other questions’). Our Lord Jesus warned of a time of wars and rumors of wars – Matthew 24:7-8 – and we appear to be in that time.

Concluding Comments

Friends, our Lord and Savior – the awesome Son of God – said:
’ Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29) Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I AM gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls [your lives]. 30) For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.’ – Matthew 11:28-30.
Now, this passage has nothing to do with replacing the holy Sabbath. And, for so many people – including those people on the SonLife Broadcasting Network (SBN) - to incorrectly teach this is deceitfully handling of the living word of God! They are not allowing the Spirit of God – the true Spirit of God, the true mind of God – to teach them that the holy Sabbath is still in effect.

’ My yoke is easy and My burden is light.’

What is He talking about!?

He is comparing the New Covenant with the overwhelming restrictions of the Old Covenant.

Why there are churches and synagogues throughout the world that continue to want to live in this Old Covenant mentality. Minister Garrett has been speaking for years concerning this. Why are they doing that to themselves!? We don’t live in the Old Covenant anymore – we live in the New Covenant.

Also, in Matthew 23:1 –
“Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, 2) saying: ‘The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3) Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.’
In other words, He is referring to the grave burdens of the Old Covenant religion – i.e. utensils, pots, pans that have come into contact with meat may not be used with dairy, and vice versa, grape products made by non-Jews may not be eaten, and you must write words of Torah on the doorposts of your house. In fact, I have a Jewish friend – who is now living in North Carolina – who affixes a mezuzah to his doorpost in his belief of what Deuteronomy 6:9 says. And, because of their living so deeply in the Old Covenant, they will never see the Light of Almighty God and Jesus Christ! He says so, in verse 16 – “’ Woe to you, BLIND guides, …’”!
Verse 4 – “’ For they [these religious guides] bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; …’
The keeping of the innumerable Old Covenant laws which are ‘heavy burdens.’ Even teaching such things as ‘You cannot eat out on a Sabbath.’
Verse 5 – “’ But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.’
A phylactery, or it’s also called tefillin, is a small square leather box containing slips of paper inscribed with Scriptural passages. Jesus is saying of them in essence – “’ Look at me! Look how religious I am!”

Friends, as the Apostle Paul wrote - “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 11:3.

Be not deceived, Jesus Christ stated emphatically, ‘My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.’

In deep gratitude and love, in Jesus' name,