Monday, October 25, 2021

There Is A Generation

by Guy LaMar and Leonard V. Johnson

Turn with me to the Book of Proverbs chapter 24

“Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. 12) If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’ Does not He [the LORD God] who weighs the hearts consider it?

He who keeps your soul [your life], does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” – Proverbs 24:11-12.

I begin with this Scripture here today, because on June 23rd, 2020, Minister Michael Garrett gave an important sermon – entitled “Pray Not For This People”! And, that message reminded me of this passage.

Sometimes there are people who take an initiative, even if it’s a little embarrassing, to prevent something even more embarrassing or even dangerous from occurring.

But then, there are those people who try and keep quiet and try not to make waves.

The only thing necessary for evil actions to take place is for “good” people to do NOTHING. And, we just witnessed this: in which train riders watched – and even filmed with their cell phones – as a woman was being raped on a SEPTA train in Pennsylvania!

Yet, it is the squeaky wheel that gets the grease, and it’s the politicians that make the most noise and waves in our societies. Mostly out of fear of losing their political position.

God’s living word – the Holy Bible – speaks of things that were once, will be once again.

“That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun” – Ecclesiastes 1:9.

There will be an EVIL GENERATION – our Lord Jesus Christ spoke of how it was going to be a time like Noah’s was just before the Great Flood – that it will be like that just before His return.

“’ Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. … For I proclaim the name of the LORD: Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.

They have corrupted themselves; They are not His children, Because of their blemish: A PERVERSE AND CROOKED GENERATION’” – Deuteronomy 32:1, 3-4, 5.

King Solomon wrote –

There is a generation that curses its father, And does not bless its mother. 12) There is a generation that is pure IN ITS OWN EYES, Yet is not washed from its filthiness. 13) There is a generation – oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. 14) There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And whose fangs are like knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, And the needy from among men” – Proverbs 30:11-14.

On the very Day of Pentecost – when it had fully come – the apostle Peter stood up among the people of Judea and all who were dwelling in Jerusalem –

“And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation – Acts 2:40.

In the Book of Genesis, we are told that the LORD saw “that the wickedness of man was great upon the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” – Genesis 6:5.

So, whatever evil thing that a wicked and vile person could think up was being done – none-stop!

That is how it has become TODAY!

Now, did this generation get like this overnight!?

No. It was a process over time to where it is virtually unbearable!

Our Lord Jesus Christ told us of things to come just before His return –

“ … ‘Take heed that NO ONE deceives you. 5) For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many’ – Matthew 24:4, 5.

Now, which religious organization is the largest in the world that takes upon themselves the very title of “holy” when referring to their church leader!?

The Roman Catholic Church and the pope of Rome.

’ 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’ – verse 6.

And, certainly, there have been wars and rumors of wars throughout all generations – and ‘this generation’ is no exception, He says, ‘see that you are not troubled; the end is not yet.’

’ For nation [the Greek word is ethnos, here meaning a Gentile nation] will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. …’

Certainly a reference to a final ‘king of the North’ and a final ‘king of the South’ in this end-time trauma soon to come! A reference to Daniel 11:40.

“ …’ And there will be famines, pestilences [troubles], and earthquakes in various places. 8) All these [speaking of the SIX SEALS which is mentioned in Revelation chapter 6] are the beginning of sorrows’ – verses 7-8.

So, it will be like a roller coaster ride! You’re all buckled in, and then you begin to move up to the top of the lift hill before the car goes down a steep track that then turns the car over and over! We are in utter disbelief and shock at just what we can see once we start down that lift hill!

’ Then they will deliver you up to tribulation [to troubles] and kill you, …’

Many so-called Christians will deliver you to various troubles [as an example: them not being prudent and careful (cf. Proverbs 14:15) when it comes to Covid-19 and its variants – cf. “Blessing or Curses?”]. Many so-called Christians will be jealous of you, as like what the apostle Paul said to the congregation there in Rome – “For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; BUT I WANT YOU TO BE WISE IN WHAT IS GOOD, and simple concerning evil” – Romans 16:19. 

As our Lord Jesus Christ continued here –

“ …’ and you will be hated by all nations [and the Greek word for nations can very well mean peoples] for My name’s sake. 10) And then many [and even many so-called Christians] will be offended, and will betray one another, and will hate one another’ – verses 9-10.

True Christians will be hated in all areas around the world for keeping the Ten Commandments of God and have the TESTIMONY [the gospel] of Jesus Christ!

Our Lord Jesus continues –

’ Then …’ – indicating that this takes place even after all this! “ … ‘many false prophets will rise up and deceive many’ – verse 11.

Minister Michael C. Garrett speaks of this –
“Folks, understand, the ‘beast’ and the ‘false prophet’ are simply Satan’s counterfeit to what God is gonna do on this Earth! He will work an end-time work! The most spectacular event in the history of humankind! I envision servants of God walking into a major metropolitan hospital – starting at the top floor and working their way down to the basement, the morgue, and cleaning it out! And when these men are given that power from God – servants of Jesus – they’re going to walk out and every radio and television van in the land is gonna be parked in the parking lot! All their satellite dishes and their microphones, and they’re gonna run up and say – just like they said to Peter and John way back at the original Pentecost – “By what power have you done this!?” And these servants of God are gonna say, “Why do you look upon us as though we somehow did this!? We didn’t do this, the great eternal Creator God and Jesus Christ – the Jesus Christ that you have NEVER known; you’ve NEVER been told about!”

And they’ll probably point a finger at some guys over in a corner wearing funny robes, acting very pious, swishing their way out to the parking lot, and these end-time prophets are gonna say, “And the Jesus Christ that these people have NEVER told you about!” Folks, I guarantee you, they will end up dying for their service. Because the world is not going to want to hear it. And yet, we know that this truth is coming!”

’ And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold’ – verse 12.

There will be injustice going on everywhere!

Many people all around the world – even including a great many so-called Christians – will not have any compassion or concern for others (also known as love).

But, our Lord Jesus Christ spiritually uplifts us –

’ But he who endures to the end shall be saved’ – verse 13.

’ And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a WITNESS to all the nations, and then the end will come’ – verse 14.

Now, the TRUTH OF GOD will be preached from JESUS CHRIST in ALL the world and His very few (possibly twelve) chosen “end-time prophets” (see Revelation 11) – also through the use of the Internet, such as what Minister Michael C. Garrett is doing!  – to testify and witness unto all peoples from the various places around the world; and it will be only then that the end of the age, as we know it, will come to an end.

The world at large will begin the process of ushering in a New World System at that time.

Then, even more, horrible and terrible things will begin to occur!

Our Lord Jesus Christ tells His chosen people to be ON ALERT to these things to soon come, to pray (and pray often) that you will be deserving as to escape those horrible things to come – Luke 21:35-36.

It is made of GREAT IMPORTANCE by our Lord Jesus Christ, in which He states –

’ But seek first the kingdom of God [which is the very government of God] and His righteousness [which is the very character and ways of Jesus; which is being a true Christian], and all these things shall be added to you’ – Matthew 6:33.

Then, turning once again to the Book of Matthew chapter 24, we are told –

’ For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be’ – verse 21.

’ Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; …’ – verse 29.

Basically, the world will become dark because of the large amount of nuclear fallout in the upper atmosphere blocking out the sun and the moon’s light.

“ … ‘the stars [the Greek word here being astēr, meaning stars; certainly speaking of meteor showers] will fall from heaven, and the powers [dynamis, meaning ruler] of the heavens will be shaken’ – verse 29b.

After which follows other grave events that Minister Garrett and we will surely cover in future sermons. Also, be sure to read the series “Revelation – A Book of the Past and the Future.” Be sure also to read “Prophetic Events To Watch For” as well as watch our sermon “Prophecy – According To Jesus Christ” by Minister Leonard V. Johnson.

But, as far as where we are right now in world events – according to biblical prophecy – it is clear that we are in the ‘beginning of sorrows.’

The end of a great nation (the United States of America) is in the works!

Satan the devil certainly knows that his time is nearing its end – and that people need to get a renewing of minds towards what they hold dear of a worldly nature and truly embrace the living will of JESUS CHRIST!

FOLLOW JESUS – not old traditions and worldly customs.

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness [which truly means cleanness, the freedom from foul language and filth, to be pure with thoughts and actions], without which no one will see the Lord” – Hebrews 12:14.

The point is – stay the course and find the proper and right guidance.

Friends, through the teachings of the Owensboro Church of Jesus Christ under the leadership of Michael C. Garrett, that proper and right guidance is in place.

It is on the individual to follow a man that is a true servant of God, who teaches the living Word of God, the Truth of God, and the Plan of God with the glorious Holy Spirit leading the way – or to follow a person whose ideas and understandings is but human reasoning, which is NOT of God. And will only lead people to ‘the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.’

So, let us keep our hands to the plow – going ever-forward in the faith, not looking back. Keeping our eyes on JESUS CHRIST as our Guiding Light! □

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