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,

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