Monday, April 25, 2022

SEVENTH DAY of Unleavened Bread Sermon


Leonard V. Johnson

     Greetings EVERYONE! Including our dear brethren and friends in Springfield, Missouri; Elkview, West Virginia; across the ocean in Kingston Upon Thames, United Kingdom and up in Toronto, Canada. Welcome to the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries, I’m Leonard V. Johnson.
     Well, here we are on the glorious SEVENTH DAY of the LORD our God’s holy Feast of Unleavened Bread!
     One of the major proofs of the very existence of a CREATOR is CREATION. And it is creation that actually identifies God. And, the weekly Sabbath is a memorial of creation. Every week it should be a reminder to us all of God’s awesome creative power and majesty! It should keep us all in remembrance of the true worship of God and of the true God. Indeed the SEVENTH DAY OF THE WEEK is a sign {1} with great and significant meaning. It was implemented by God to help keep us in the true worship of the CREATOR!

Why the HOLY DAYS!?

     This early morning, our 9-year-old niece enters the office, crying. She was crying because the Easter rabbit didn’t deliver an Easter basket full of chocolate “bunny” eggs to our house as she was spending the night! My wife speaks up and says that the Easter rabbit didn’t know that she was spending the night – that surely he had left a basket at her house!! I just shook my head in bewilderment.
     Thank God, dear brethren, that we know God’s living truth in regards to Easter, {2} but also that God gave His Church seven annual feasts. And these Holy Days are to keep His begotten children in the true memory and worship of God by helping us to be constantly in the understanding of His Master Plan – from the beginning. These annual feasts picture the different epochs of His Master Plan for the redemption of all mankind. They mark the dispensations and their meaning.
     Like I was explaining briefly to my wife the other day that our great and loving God has shown all mankind what death is like, along with what happens after death – with sleep. Throughout the day we grow tired to the very point of going to bed and falling asleep - sleep is defined as a state of unconsciousness from which a person can be aroused. Eight hours can pass by in the blink of an eye, and before we know it, we’re awake and refreshed – ready for a brand new day! Death and the resurrection unto life are reenacted day after day after day continually.
     These worldly churches continue to incorrectly teach that Jesus Christ finished the “work” of redemption on the cross. But the very FIRST event in God’s Master Plan for the redemption of all mankind was our Lord and Savior’s death on the cross. At the acceptable year of the LORD ‘the Spirit of the Lord GOD was upon Him because the LORD had appointed Him to preach good tidings to the poor; to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and open the prison to those who are bound’ – Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:16-19. And this great operation began… well… let’s begin in the Book of Genesis, the 3rd chapter. Many biblical commentaries tell us that this is one of the very first messianic prophecies in the Holy Bible. This is where God extends His curse on mankind for sinning and to Satan the devil himself.
     Verse 15 – “’ And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, …’” – talking, of course, of Satan the devil and Eve. “ … ‘And between your seed …’” – speaking here about the followers of Satan the devil  {3} – “ … ‘and her Seed; …” – the followers of her Seed – the living Jesus Christ - which would come after her.
     “ … ‘He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.’” – that may sound confusing here, but the commentaries realize that this is a prophecy concerning Jesus Christ. That He would eventually bruise the head of Satan the devil. In other words, He would overcome Satan and put him down. Yet, before that happened Satan would ‘bruise His heel.’ And, of course, the reference here, is when he would succeed in bringing about the death of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. So, here we see a great prophecy which is some six-thousand-years old, which points to the Messiah.
     Also, in the Book of Jude, he quoted from a portion of something which the prophet Enoch had written. He said, “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also saying, ‘Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15) to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.’”
     So here is a man – the prophet Enoch – whose life actually overlapped Adam’s. They lived contemporaneously for 365 years! And the prophet Jude is quoting a statement here from the prophet Enoch that is talking about the returning LORD returning with ‘ten thousands of His saints.’ So, we’re moving forward in time and we see another prophecy about the Messiah.
     And we find the operation of this great sacrifice, which began in the garden of Eden when Abel sacrificed a substitute lamb – cf. Genesis 4:3-5. We see what the apostle Paul says in Hebrews 9 –
     “And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission” – verse 22.
     But, why blood? Of all things, why blood for the remission of sins?
     Let us notice what God’s living word says about blood. Genesis chapter 9 –
     “So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. 2) And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, and on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. 3) Every moving thing that lives [and is clean according to God’s law of clean and unclean meat {4}] shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. 4) But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.’”
     Blood is the source of life. {5} God would later tell the children of Israel: “’ For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. 14) for it is the life of the flesh. Its blood sustains its life. Therefore I said to the children of Israel, ‘You shall not eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off.’” – Leviticus 17:11, 14.
     And it’s reiterated in Deuteronomy chapter 12 –
     “’ Only be sure that you do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life; you may not eat the life with the meat.’”
     So we see, brethren, that in the Old Testament blood sacrifices were a type of the perfect blood sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that provides a total and complete, and permanent, forgiveness of sins – and more importantly “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – Romans 6:23. We are spiritually dead in and of ourselves: “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins” – Ephesians 2:1.
     And so we see God’s plan in the redemption of all mankind in Genesis 18.
     Verse 1 – “Then the LORD appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. 2) So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, [he sees what appears to be] three men [walking towards him]. … he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground, …” – and why does he bow down!? Because he knows who one of them is! It is the One we now call Jesus Christ! Verse 3 – “and said, ‘My Lord, if I have now found favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your servant.” – and then what does he say!? He tells his servants, verse 4 – “Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.’” – so there’s a little foot-washing ceremony taking place. And then he says in verse 5 – “’ And I will bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh your hearts. After that, you may pass by, inasmuch as you have come to your servant.’” They said, “‘Do as you have said.’ 6) So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah and said, ‘Quickly, make ready three measures of fine meal; knead it and make cakes.’” – so, when you take a little flour and a little oil and knead it up and put it on the grill – you have unleavened bread. Doesn’t have time to leaven. And so, they’ve got a foot washing, they’ve got unleavened bread Verse 7 – “And Abraham ran to the herd, took a tender and good calf, …” butchered it, and they have themselves a meal. A little pre-Passover meal.
     So, upon delivering His people from Egypt, God taught them the proper time. {6} God said, “’ This MONTH shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you’” – Exodus 12:2.
     Certainly many keep the beginning of this first feast of the LORD’s in observing Passover. Yet, they never go on to learn the awesome “depth of the riches” of God’s grace and mercy pictured by the following feasts! Let us ALWAYS look unto JESUS, “the Author and Finisher of our faith” unto salvation! – Hebrews 12:2.
     On the 10th day of this first month, the children of Israel were instructed to take a lamb without blemish. And they were to keep it UNTIL – not after – the 14th of the same first month, at “EVEN” – which is sunset – and then kill it.
     This was within – not AFTER – the 14th day. {7} They shed the blood of the lamb, which pictured Jesus Christ’s sacrifice which was to come. And they ate the flesh of the lamb THAT NIGHT. Then, at midnight the death angel came but PASSED OVER (hence, PASSOVER) every dwelling where the BLOOD had been sprinkled.
     THERE ARE some very important details. And it is vital that we notice them. It proves that the Passover is to be observed on the 14th, not the 15th.
     Now, I want you to see another vital point. Turn to the Book of Numbers chapter 28 –
     Verse 16 – “’ ON the FOURTEENTH DAY [not after it] of the first month is the Passover of the LORD. 17) And ON the FIFTEENTH DAY [not before it] of this month is the feast; unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days.’”
     And the last writings of Moses talk about this – Deuteronomy 16:3 – “’ You shall eat no leavened bread with it; seven days you shall eat unleavened bread with it, that is, the bread of affliction …’” – and that’s one of the meanings of the Days of Unleavened Bread. “…’ the bread of affliction (for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste), that you may remember the day in which you came out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life. 4) And no leaven shall be seen among you in all your territory for seven days, …’” – so, that’s very clear. Verse 8 – “’ Six days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a [holy convocation, a solemn assembly] …’”
     Minister Michael C. Garrett wrote:
     “So, what have we concluded from all of those … biblical passages!? During the Days of Unleavened Bread, you are to eat – every day – at least some unleavened bread. And for those seven days, you will not eat leavened bread. Now that’s all it said. It didn’t say, “Get down on your hands and knees and look for old cookie crumbs.” It just didn’t say it. It is not the Days of Unleavened Beer. You know, in order to make beer you have to have yeast. Yeast, the number one leavening agent in the history of mankind, always has been always will be. It is not the Days of Unleavened Wine. It is not the Days of Unleavened Toothpaste. Because some toothpaste has baking powder in them, I am told. And all the other things you can worry about. A lot of people think, ‘Well I’m not supposed to eat leavening.’ You’re not supposed to consume leavened bread. Didn’t we read that!?”
     Truly, one way you can understand the Days of Unleavened Bread is by understanding the very central focus of the Days of Unleavened Bread – Jesus Christ!
     Sadly, many minds were soiled concerning the true meaning and the teaching points which are associated with the Days of Unleavened Bread! And many of these misconceptions continue to grip many people – many remnant church groups. {8} Well, they continue to teach ritualistic housecleaning. And to so many, the Days of Unleavened Bread is a campaign to “find leavening.” And they always claim that leaven is equated with the term sin. While that is a tradition, it is not Scriptural. And I want you to understand that they were teaching this as Judeo-Christianity – not as part of the New Covenant of Jesus Christ! In fact, there is no Scripture that declares that leaven (which is short for leavened bread) is sin. There is certainly a passage that tells us exactly what sin is. It’s 1st John 3:4 – “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.”
     Our Lord and Savior – the true Messiah - never called leaven sin. An example can be found in the Book of Matthew chapter 13 –
     Verse 33 – “’ The kingdom [from] heaven is like leaven, …’”
     And another passage that offers a perspective is in the Book of Luke chapter 13 –
     “’ To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? 21) It is like leaven, …’”
     Here’s another example – when our Lord Jesus compared the teachings of the Pharisees and the Sadducees with leaven.
     “’ How is it you do not understand that I DID NOT SPEAK TO YOU CONCERNING BREAD? – but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees’” – Matthew 16:11.
     Verse 12 – “Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine [Strong’s 1322, didache, teaching or instruction] of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
     Yet, so many ministers would get up at the podium during the LORD God’s holy Feast of Unleavened Bread and announce, “YOU MUST PUT SINNNNN OUT OF YOUR LIFE!” {9} Claiming that leavening equals sin. And they would jump from there to the next conclusion, “One must go around the house and find every little crumb of nine-month-old bread crumbs! Wherever they might be!” And out goes the toaster into the garbage! And sadly, they taught this as one of their main doctrines for the Days of Unleavened Bread! And this ideology is continuing to be propagated!
     Well, we believe they misinterpreted, as well as misrepresented just what the Days of Unleavened Bread truly means. The meaning of the Days of Unleavened Bread is powerful! And as Minister Michael C. Garrett states – it is truly like an onion. You peel an onion, and what do you get? More layers!
     But, again, the 14th day is the PASSOVER. And it is the first of the feasts of the LORD mentioned after the weekly Sabbath (Leviticus 23:4-5). “’ On the FOURTEENTH DAY of the first month at twilight is the LORD’s PASSOVER.’” – Leviticus 23:5. And, the apostle Paul teaches us distinctly that the New Covenant Passover is not the LORD’s Supper {10} – cf. 1 Corinthians 11:20, 34. On the “’ FIFTEENTH DAY of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; …’” The FEAST day begins after Passover has ended.
     With this in mind, let us turn to the Book of Exodus chapter 12 –
     Verse 1 – “Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron … 14) ‘So this day shall be a MEMORIAL; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD THROUGHOUT YOUR GENERATIONS. You shall keep it as a feast by an EVERLASTING ORDINANCE. 15) Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses.’” – Exodus 12:1, 14-15.
      Again, Minister Michael C. Garrett:
     “Exodus 12:15 – and what’s our little objective here in this part!? To find out EXACTLY what the Bible says about Unleavened Bread - and not the Jewish Talmud. “’ Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. … ’” – pretty simple, isn’t it!? Now, the next part is where they got tricked up, it says, “… ‘On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whosoever eats leavened bread …’” – what’s the implication!? The word leaven is a shortened contraction meaning what-leavened bread. The whole idea was that for seven days you’re going to have in your house, and on your person, unleavened bread, and for seven days you are NOT going to eat leavened bread. Now, that’s all these verses are going to say.”
     So, what day is established as a MEMORIAL, a feast by an EVERLASTING ORDINANCE!? Not a shadow, but a memorial!? Again, notice, it is the day that is the feast “’you shall keep it as a feast …’” It is the day that is a feast day – the 15th of Abib/Nisan – not the Passover! And it is to be kept as a Sabbath – or holy convocation, FOREVER!
     Verse 16 – “’ On the FIRST DAY [the first day of the seven – the 15th of Abib/Nisan] there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day [the 21st of Abib/Nisan] there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work [as in labor or occupation] shall be done on them; …’”

It was not abolished with the Old Covenant

     Notice that the Days of Unleavened Bread is a PERIOD – having two DOUBLE holy days. And this period is established FOREVER! The Living Bible translates this verse – “’ You shall celebrate this event each year (this is a permanent law) – to remind you …’” – Exodus 12:14, TLB. The whole period is included.
     That alone should prove that the HOLY DAYS – including the seven Days of Unleavened Bread – are binding today, and FOREVER!
     The Passover is again referred to in verse 21 – “Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, ‘Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. … 24) And you shall observe this thing as an ORDINANCE for you and your sons FOREVER.’”

Purpose of the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread

     We Christians understand and recognize that Jesus Christ paid the ultimate penalty for our sins on the LORD’S Passover and was sacrificed smack dab in the middle of the Feast of Unleavened Bread!
     And brethren, all of the LORD’s Holy Days are what we call Christocentric. Meaning that they are all centered around JESUS CHRIST! And as Minister Garrett has so boldly proclaimed unto the world, we should LOOK TO JESUS, NOT MOSES! In other words, we shouldn’t be so steeped and so misguided by Judeo-Christianity that we lose focus of who we are to look to! JESUS CHRIST! Recall, that Jesus built His Church! The New Covenant Church!
     So, if you go to JESUS CHRIST, He will forgive you – and we are told this back in the epistles of John. He is faithful to forgive!
     John 6 –
     Verse 48 – “’ I AM the bread of life.’”
   Recall earlier I called all the Holy Days Christocentric!? Again, the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread are pointing us to ONE THING – Jesus Christ! Brethren, He is that Unleavened Bread of sincerity and truth! He is the meaning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread! Now, that may sound as if we here at the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries and our affiliated churches are part of the “Jesus Only” churches – we are certainly not!
     Verse 49 – “’ Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. …’”
    Now, I’ve had this thought for some time here in regards to what our Lord Jesus Christ said of the Jews’ fathers who ate the manna in the wilderness for forty years. I think, personally, that that generation which saw the LORD our God’s Works for those forty years, blasphemed the very Holy Spirit! And we get a clue of this in Exodus chapter 17, verses 2 and 7, along with in the Book of Psalm chapter 95, verses 7 to verse 11. And in the Book of Hebrews chapter 3, verses 7 to 11. God swore in His wrath, ‘They shall not enter His rest!’ The Jamieson Fausset and Brown Commentary has this to say concerning this very verse – Verse 11 of Hebrews chapter 3 –
     “’ So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’
     “ … the threat extended farther than the exclusion of the unbelieving from the literal land of rest, and that the rest promised to the believing in its full blessedness was, and is, yet future.”
     Let’s turn and notice this in the Book of Psalm chapter 25 –
    Verse 12 – “’ Who is the man that fears the LORD? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. 13) And himself shall dwell in prosperity, And his descendants shall inherit the earth.”’
     Psalm chapter 37 –
    Verse 9 – “For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth. 11) But the meek [the humble] shall inherit the earth, … 22) For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, But those cursed by Him shall be cut off. 29) The righteous shall inherit the land, And dwell in it forever.”
     And, of course, our Lord Jesus Christ repeats this in His beatitudes Matthew 5:5!
     So I think there is an even greater meaning behind what our Lord stated in verse in verse 49 – “’ Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. …’”
     Returning now back to the Book of John chapter 6 –
     Verse 50 – “’ This is [speaking of Himself] the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51) I AM the living bread which came down from heaven. If ANYONE eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.
   Sadly, as I stated earlier, this Judeo-Christian – Old Covenant – ideology is continuing to be propagated and taught around the world on such websites as And I’m not stating that everything on that website is wrong, but there is a whole generation with the mindset, “I don’t want to learn any more than I did in 1972!” {11} I guess, completely forgetting what the apostle Peter admonished of us –
     “You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, BEWARE lest you also fall from your own steadfastness [the quality of being resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering], being led away with the error of the wicked; 18) but GROW IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST” – 2 Peter 3:17-18.
     The Jews of our Lord Jesus’ day just couldn’t handle Jesus saying, ‘Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.’ The Jews arguing amongst themselves, saying, verse 52 – “ … ‘How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?’” And sadly, to this very day, many still have no clue of what He is saying to them and what He said to their fathers. But, those of us who participated in the New Covenant Passover ceremony the other night, we know what our Lord Jesus Christ was speaking of! We partook of His Body which was sacrificed for us. We partook of His blood which was shed for us. We re-upped our annual covenant with Jesus Christ our Master, Elder Brother, and Savior.
     This whole week I have re-posted a series of sermons that Minister Garrett gave back in 2017 – “Christ In You.” And this very concept comes from the Book of Philippians chapter 2 verse 5 –
     “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
     A very meaning of the Days of Unleavened Bread – “Let this mind be in you …”
     For seven days practice this imbibing Jesus Christ.
     So let us dear brethren and friends hear this inspiring and glorious word of God through the prophet Moses in the Book of Exodus chapter 14 –
     Beginning in verse 13 – “ … ‘Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD … 14) The LORD will fight for you, …”
     How wonderful!
    We are to stand still – stand firm – and see the salvation of the ETERNAL! He shall fight for us. Because we cannot conquer sin – we cannot conquer Satan the devil, ourselves, and this world, alone. But it is the risen Christ Jesus – our High Priest and Advocate – who will cleanse us, sanctify us, deliver us, who said He would never leave us for forsake us! Now, we cannot keep His holy, righteous and relevant LAW  {12} – summed up in the Ten Commandments in our own power and strength. But CHRIST IN US, we can. We Must always rely on Him – in faith.
     So, thank you for listening and watching today. We hope and pray that you had a most wonderful, glorious, and very spiritually fulfilling Feast of Unleavened Bread 2022! God bless every one of you!
     Very soon the Day of Pentecost will be here!
     Thank you so very much, and we pray for you always – wherever you may be, and we hope that you are continuing to pray for us here at the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries and our affiliated churches.
     Until next time, this is Leonard V. Johnson.
     Goodbye for now.

{1} Editor's Note: Mr. Johnson had in mind this very article - "'It is a sign.'"

{2} Editor's Note: Though Mr. Johnson didn't mention the article, he was surely referring to an article such as "Lent, Ash Wednesday and Easter - Did the Original Christians Observe These!?"

{3} Editor's Note: There are a growing number of worldly churches that are incorrectly teaching that Satan the devil cohabited with the "daughters of men" called the "Seed of Satan." A perverted teaching of Genesis 6.

{4} Editor's Note: Mr. Johnson added this, with the article in mind "Is God's Biblical Food Laws Still In Effect!?"

{5} Editor's Note: Mr. Johnson was thinking - "this is the main reason of why I don't donate blood."

{6} Editor's Note: Mr. Johnson almost added here, "Have we lost time? It is truly the year 2022!? And, is there a way to know for sure!?"

{7} Editor's Note: Mr. Johnson just recently purchased a book written by Minister Coulter entitled The Christian Passover, which he didn't mention in this sermon. But certainly had this book in mind with this thought.

{8} Editor's Note: The many "remnant church groups" Mr. Johnson has in mind here are the innumerable churches which sprang up from the Worldwide Church of God. 

{9} Editor's Note: Even though Mr. Johnson gets this phrase from Minister Garrett, he personally heard a version of this at the Feast of Tabernacles 1986, Eugene, Oregon.

{10} Editor's Note: Mr. Johnson had this in mind still from the notes from Passover Service 2022.

{11} Editor's Note: The generation Mr. Johnson is referring to is that are some in the generation that was members of the Worldwide Church of God (1968 - 1986) under Herbert W. Armstrong with this mindset.

{12} Editor's Note: Mr. Johnson began using the word "relevant" in regards to God's Ten Commandments after listening to Minister Garrett's powerful and spiritually enriching 20-part sermon "The Eternal Relevancy of the Ten Commandments."

Monday, April 18, 2022

Commentary: Familiar Traditions

 by Guy C. LaMar

People are used to holding onto their religious traditions over truth and facts because familiar traditions are comfortable to people - but regardless, it doesn't make it truth.

JESUS did not die on a Friday and rise on a SUNDAY morning! That is an old Roman Catholic ideology that has been embraced by religiosity. Plus, "EASTER" is not in the original biblical text. Ishtar (Akkadian), Sumerian Inanna, was worshiped as a goddess of war and sexual love. Basically, a whore.

But religious familiar traditions overshadow God's living TRUTH!

JESUS makes it clear in His standpoint of such things. He said, "'And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments (or ways) of men'" - Matthew 15:9.

People would rather hold onto their familiar traditions of men than embrace the living TRUTH of God - cf. Mark 7:8.

The TRUTH is: that when our Lord Jesus Christ died, it was around 3 p.m. on a Wednesday, and He rose from the dead THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS later, as the prophet Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so was our Lord Jesus lying dead in His tomb for THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS ... 72 hours ... and thus rose from the dead at the same time that He died, around 3 p.m. on a holy Sabbath (Saturday). So, when the women came to the tomb - "Now after the Sabbaths, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb" - Matthew 28:1, NKJV. Verse 6 - He was already alive!

NOTE: God counts days from sunset to sunset. Unlike what this world does, it counts a day starting at midnight.

It is like the yearly seasons. Deceived mankind believes that a new year begins in the DEAD OF WINTER! But God's NEW YEAR begins in the SPRING when all things are coming alive!

Satan the Devil has deceived the whole world (2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:9) and has gotten people off course to buy into lies - as he is the great liar and is the god of this world. Thus we live in a world of deception.

But our people would rather buy into this ready-made world belief system of religious familiar traditions instead of thinking outside the box and looking to the plain truth of the matter that can be easily found in just a simple search! Sadly, none of this is a mystery! It has always been common knowledge, but when it comes to religion, our people would rather hold onto their version of Churchianity instead of TRUE CHRISTIANITY!

There is nothing like our people being "willfully ignorant" - 2 Peter 3:5. □

Additional items and commentaries

Are You But A Traditionalist?Why in this world is there such grave religious confusion!? Also, why in these worldly churches do they look to a different Jesus than the living Jesus Christ of God’s living word!? [...]
Commentary: Is Passover For The Unbaptized?Should unbaptized people attend a Passover service and partake of the foot-washing? [...]
Stones of JudgmentHERE ARE two utterly unpleasant judgmental ladies in a church that has inspired me to write this article. [...]

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Do Animals Have A Spirit?

This question is brought to the forefront of my mind because my wife and I just recently lost to death one of our dear and beloved cats – named Mocha. She had been our loving and devoted companion for roughly fifteen years, and we
will miss her greatly.

Do animals have a spirit?

Certainly, evolutionists are not certain. They believe, for the most part, that all humans are mere descendants of primitive apes by the process of what they deem evolution – and what I have discovered is that online places such as Quora are but breeding grounds for ignorance when it comes to asking “the world” - Why haven't all primates evolved into humans?

But are they correct? Is man nothing more than an animal, that has an “immortal soul” in a mortal body (as the majority of religionists would have us believe)!? And, can we know for sure!?

Well, thank Almighty God, we can! The Bible plainly reveals to us the living truth of God.

Now, to get to the very heart of the matter, I want to take you back. As I’ve said before, it’s often good to be refreshed of what we have learned – as well as growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For some of you, this may be redundant, but for some of our brethren in countries like Kenya in Eastern Africa, all this may be certainly a great revelation from our Lord and Savior!

It began long ago, in what seems to so many of our peoples as but a story, in the garden of Eden; and it certainly has not been fully understood – not even in the Church of Jesus Christ’s. Certainly, this world’s science doesn’t rightly understand it. I certainly don’t hear my little niece who is 9-years old excitingly talking about it! I don’t hear our nephew who recently graduated from Eckerd College talking about it! Certainly, there is no church that completely comprehends it. Yet it is in black and white – right there in your Bible. And it's been there for some 3,400 years! – conservatively – But, most have never seen it before!

But I want to bring something to you that you might not have thought of before. And later I will mention something that Minister Michael C. Garrett stated in a sermon that certainly should bring great love, joy, and hope to all of our hearts – I know it does mine.


Again, it all gets right back to the garden of Eden. Sadly, so many of our peoples all they know of the garden of Eden is the famous painting of Michelangelo's on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel! But it has to do with the forbidden fruit and the two trees that were in front of Adam and Eve.

When our great God – and in Genesis 1:1 the word God is Elohim, a noun or a name, plural in form, yet normally singular in usage – created Adam (and henceforth mankind) he actually needed TWO THINGS. He needed two kinds of knowledge. Certainly, one kind of knowledge was that he needed to deal with physical matter. And, God created man with the ability to do that. And, here we are 21 years into the 21st century and mankind certainly has done that! One can certainly look all around this world and see the great miraculous things mankind has accomplished so far from the late 1700s up to this century! At least, a great many of them seem miraculous to us.

But man also needed knowledge to have a relationship with his own CREATOR, as well as how to deal with his fellow man. And God did not create man with that knowledge! Do you find this shocking? Many will.

In a Personal I wrote back in September I reminded you that even if Adam had taken of the tree of Life he was going to die anyway – no matter if they were to choose the tree of Life or the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The first death is NOT the ultimate penalty of sin! Had they chosen the tree of Life, they would still have lived out their days and died. But, like what the apostle Paul wrote, “at the twinkling of an eye” they would have been resurrected as wholly spiritual beings. Have you ever thought of this before!? Now, what did his choice have to do with your life today!? After all, Adam lived nearly 6,000 years ago! Well, the answer is – it gets right back to creation.

Now, many will incorrectly quote Romans 5:12 claiming that there was no death before Adam sinned. The apostle Paul was speaking, however, of this second death which has passed on to us - because all have sinned - NOT because of Adam's sin.

Who and what is … God?

A few moments ago I freely gave an answer to a “matter-of-fact” statement someone left on Facebook in regards to the soon-coming Passover, the 14th beginning at sunset, “Shalom - Which God? The God of the Catholics or the God of the Hindus, etc.?” Now, the person who gave this statement is apparently Jewish and mentioned YaHVaHShooa ha MASHIYACH (which is Hebrew for Jesus the Messiah). And when I stated to him that I don’t want to be Jewish (as in Judaism or Judeo-Christian), I wish to be a true Christian – which means follower of Jesus Christ – he wrote back, “Shalom, all these anti-semite sentiment [sic] were inspired by the enemy to distract but haven't you read, ye worship ye know not what, we worship that which we know for salvation is of the Jews. Yachanan 4:22. And so they change and replace and make Xtianity [which I had to actually look up; it means Christianity] another Gospel with a other [sic] Savior Jesus Christ with God and Amen.”

Well, in a typical fashion they quote a partial Scripture, but not the full Scripture. He indeed quoted John 4:22 when our Lord Jesus Christ was speaking to a Samaritan woman, “’ You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.’” He did not, however, finish our Lord’s answer – verse 23 – “’ But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit [which answers – just what is the Holy Spirit? – it’s God – not a separate being], and those who worship Him MUST worship in spirit [or rather through the Spirit of God aided by the very mind of Jesus Christ] and truth [and what is truth? – the living Word of God].’

It's interesting that we’ve been accused before of preaching another Jesus! And, a few days later he went on to call me Satan himself.

Anyway - yesterday, we had a friend over to the house, and she and my wife were talking about religion. And my wife speaks up and says, “It’s better for a person to go to any church than no church at all.” And I had to vehemently disagree with her. Now, you have all these different religions, but, you gotta understand, they can’t all be right! You know, a whole lot of them have to be wrong! I reminded her of the Catholic Inquisitions – of which I had to explain to her and our friend what they were. The Muslim idea and the Buddhist idea are NOT compatible! Either one of them is right, or one of them is wrong, or they’re both wrong! And so many, you can do that with any religion you can think of. Ask the question: Are some of them right or are some of them wrong!? Have some of them gone astray!? And we’re told there’s only ONE PLACE to find the Truth of God – and that is from the Bible, and that is to be our guide. And this I told them in no uncertain terms.

God is the ultimate Source of all life. He is the Source of everything! God is the CREATOR. And what He is creating in us is character. And a wise man once told us that God cannot create His holy and righteous character by fiat. His character has to have time to build in us. I’m speaking of righteous and perfect SPIRITUAL character in His own created entities.

But, who is… God?

What is… God?

I could have asked my wife and our friend these questions, and I’m sure they would have looked at me dumbfounded. There are a greater number of people jumping on the bandwagon of: “The question of a supernatural God’s existence is unprovable and un-disprovable simply because it’s outside of nature by definition. That no one really can know if a God exists. There’s no way to know.

Do you know that of all the religions in this world – including this religion called traditional “Christianity” – not one of them knows who and what God is! Again, does that statement come as a shock to you!? Is God one being? Is God three beings in one? Well, the greater majority of this world’s Christianity thinks God is a Trinity – three beings in one God. They are wrong! They just do not understand.

The very first place in God’s living word where God is mentioned in time sequence is in the Book of John chapter 1 – we should all be familiar with it:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2) He was in the beginning with God. 3) All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” – John 1:1-3.

Again, this revelation from Jesus Christ may seem redundant to some, yet this is knowledge that so few in this world truly grasp. The Word was a personal being; and He was called “the Word.” Originally written in the Greek language, the word was Logos – which translates to Spokesman, or the One who speaks. So, this Word was with God.

God is another being. So now we have two beings. Because then apostle John says, “and the Word was God.”

It’s been explained to us this way: you have a man named Johnson. And there is a man named Robert, and Robert is with Frank, and they are both named Johnson. In other words, Frank’s father is Johnson; and Frank is the son. They are both named Johnson as their surname. Yet, they are both two different people.

Verse 4 – “In Him was life [eternal life], and the life was the light of men.”

So, in “the Word” was life. And unlike what Stephen Hawking hawked and Carl Sagan avoided (he virtually countered any question relating to God by answering, “First of all, what do you mean when you use the word God?”) God is the SOURCE of all life! And life can only come from life! It cannot come from nothingness. And it cannot come from the not living. And in verses 3 & 4 we read that.

Verse 14 – “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

What the apostle John is saying – and he received this awesome knowledge directly from the mouth of the living Son of God – is that the Word became Jesus Christ. And our Lord Jesus has been gone for some 1,992 years – conservatively. He has existed always. Notice in the Book of Hebrews chapter 7

Verse 3 – “without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, …”

Certainly, our minds cannot understand that. We just cannot understand someone having always existed. So, there never was a time when He didn’t exist. And that is true of the Word and the One who is called God the Father.

Again, in the Book of Ephesians chapter 3, the apostle Paul says –

Verse 9 – “ … from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ.”

“For He [the Word] spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” – Psalm 33:9.

It was done by the Spirit that emanates from the very being of God the Father and from the being God the Son – the Word.

A Temporary Life Is Not Life

So, getting back to the title of this article – do animals have a spirit? There is a huge difference between animals and man. And there certainly is a vast difference between God and man. Yet, man was created in the very image of God. Both man and animals were created out of physical matter.

The very living word of God tells us that animals only have a temporary existence. 

"For what happens to the sons of men [to humans] also happens to the animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely THEY ALL have one breath; man has no advantage over animals [speaking physically here], for all is vanity. 20) All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust. 21) Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth?" - Ecclesiastes 3:19-21, NKJV.

The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible translates this verse -

Verse 21 - "Who knows that the ªbreath7307  of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth?776" - NAS.

The word spirit here is from the Hebrew word rûah, which is more akin to "breath." In my theological wordbook, it is written, "In living beings, the rûah is their breath, whether of animals (Gen. 7:15; Ps. 104:25, 29), men (Isa. 42:5; Ezk 37:5), or both (Gen. 7:22-23); whether inhaled (Jer. 2:24) or on the lips (Isa. 11:4; cf. Job 9:18." 2

God is wholly composed of Spirit. In other words, He does not have to get life from a breath of oxygen, the circulation of blood, or fueling Himself up with food and water. Man came from the ground. We only have a temporary existence, just like the animals.

Every breath we take we are closer to the process of dying. Man does not have life as our Lord Jesus Christ has. “In Him was life, …” JESUS CHRIST IS THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE – but, He didn’t give man life. Again, man only has a temporary existence, just like the animals.

There Is A Spirit Within Man

I’d like to show you a huge difference between man and animals.

The prophet Job wrote – through the inspiration of God’s Spirit –

“But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding” – Job 32:8.

Animals do not have a spirit. Man needed this spirit to empower his brain with mind power - see 1 Corinthians 2:11. This human spirit enters the human embryo at conception. The spirit is like the “hard drive on a computer” – it stores information. The spirit essence is NOT an immortal soul or an eternal spirit. The spirit in man is NOT the man. It is something in the man. It has no life of itself. At death, it has no consciousness of itself, for it sleeps (1 Corinthians 11:30; 1 Corinthians 15:51; 1 Thessalonians 4:14). Like a tape recorder, it forms a permanent record of the qualities of mind and character built by a man during his lifetime. And much like a used tape is stored lifelessly on a shelf till activated in a recorder, so also does the spirit of man “return to GOD who gave it” after death, until the resurrection when life is again given to a person (Ecclesiastes 12:7). This was the way that our Lord Jesus Christ – through His servant – explained it to me and I hold fast to this that is good. Furthermore: the spirit in man was transmitted from Adam. Spirit comes from the father from a sperm cell – from Adam all down through all humanity.

The FAMILY of God

In Genesis chapter 1, we see a little more about God and THE BEGINNING -

Verse 1 – “In THE beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

God – and the word here for “God” is Elohim, the Family of God which consists at this present time of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ – is SUPREME RULER of the universe, HEAD of the GOVERNMENT OF GOD and over the finite universe.

I'd like to add: the other day I saw in the news that astronomers have discovered that there is a “bubble” around this solar system called a heliosphere – that all the planets in this solar system are encased in a magnetic bubble! I found that of most interest!

But, God is more than one being – but one God; and God is a Family. He created man to eventually be born into His Family and to become part of His Family – to literally become a God. Sadly, this world does not know this at all! They don’t know why they were born or for what purpose! They don’t even know the purpose of God!

So, what is to be said of the genetics of God?

This may come as a shock to you who are evolutionists, but when God created the animals on the earth, in the sky, and in the seas, He spoke them into existence! God said, "Let there be" - and there was. But, He did not do this with man.

In the 1st chapter of Genesis, we learn the genetics of animals and ‘everything that creeps on the earth” –

Verse 24 – “Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind’; and it was so. 25) And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.”

Animals were created by the Word of God, and when He spoke they were able to exist and to operate in their full capacity.

Verse 25 speaks of the very genetics of God – “Then God [plural in form] said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; …’”

So, notice it does not say, “My image,” it says, “’ Our image, according to Our likeness.’” And God did. Man is in the same form and shape as God. God has two hands, two feet, and five fingers. God has two arms and two legs. God has a mind. Yet, God did not make man of the same composition of which He is composed – Spirit.

’ God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth’

God created physical matter. Notice chapter 2 of the Book of Genesis, we know this well –

Verse 7 – “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living [soul].”

an atom

I underlined the word life because recall what we just read – “In Him was life.” Minister Michael C. Garrett once spoke of something that is most relevant here. He said something to the effect wouldn’t it be fantastic to discover that every single atom has within it the Spirit of God!?

“DESIGN – throughout the whole of the universe, there’s design. From a snowflake to different mineral deposits. You look – the scientists tell you – at an atom, that you have a little nucleus and flying around it like little satellites are electrons. But it’s the same thing you see when you look at the Earth! You see the Earth (the nucleus) and flying around it is a satellite. Well, you look at the entire solar system. You see the Sun (the nucleus) and surrounding it are these little satellites. The design is consistent throughout nature. It’s consistent because it had ONE DESIGNER! The Almighty God!”

(Garrett, M.C., The Confusion About Death! 2019, pgs. 13-14).

I myself find it most fantastic that the Juno spacecraft discovered that the massive storm on Jupiter's south pole is in the shape of a hexagon! Evolution News @DiscoveryCSC wrote, "In living examples of hexagons ... A digital code made of DNA dictates the placement ... we know of one cause that can generate codes or instructions that lead to functional geometries - intelligence" 1 

Now, I know that I'm getting off subject here, but I just have to quickly say - I have since my youth had an understanding that God had purposely created His universe to inexorably run down to a lower energy state - hence the Law of Entropy - see Psalm 102:25, 26. And, I had asked myself, why didn't God create a "perfect" universe where there was no decay, pain, suffering, evil, or death!? And it wasn't until I was twelve years old that I began learning God's answers to these and many more questions!

So, God formed man not out of spirit, but out of the ground – physical matter. Animals breathe too in and out of their nostrils the breath of life - cf. Genesis 7:22. In other words, what came from the dust of the earth became a soul. And in God’s living word He says “’ Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die’” – Ezekiel 18:4, 20. And to this very soul, He stated ‘if you partake of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, “you shall surely die”’ – meaning, the second death spoken of in the Book of Revelation chapter 20, verses 14-15.

I’m sure you’ve read that many times before. But, do you believe what God said!? What God told Adam “You shall surely die’”!?

Now, in the garden of Eden Satan the devil was there – and he was not in the form of a serpent. The word serpent is but a symbol for evil – cf. Matthew 23:33. Be sure to read “Satan’s World” to discover just what Eve saw when she looked upon Satan the devil in the garden of Eden! Well, Satan the devil got to Adam through his wife, Eve. Saying, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” Twisting that question. So Eve said, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” And the evil one said, “You’re not going to die! You’re an immortal soul.” And all of humanity has been believing this MOST HORRENDOUS LIE PERPETRATED UPON MANKIND ever since - period. The first known lie told by Satan the devil!

So, animals have never been given FAMILY relationships (as humans experience it). Even angels have not experienced FAMILY status. The family was built upon the GOD-PLAN. And our loving and glorious merciful God bestowed it on MAN! Because MAN is to be born into the GOD FAMILY!

Minister Michael C. Garrett once stated in a sermon – in which he was speaking of a very special cat that he once had called Squirrel. “I hope I get to see her again someday.” In that sermon, he lovingly said something to the effect that when (God willing) he becomes a born member of the FAMILY OF GOD, what keeps him from resurrecting his little fuzzy-faced friend!? – God willing of course. As I stated earlier – this certainly should bring great love, joy, and hope to all of our hearts – I know it does mine.

So, of all life forms – be it amoebas, humpback whales, or spiritual angels – in all of God’s creation, MAN ALONE was created to eventually be born into the FAMILY OF GOD!

Humans, by repentance of their sins, their surrender unto God, and acceptance of Jesus Christ, may be in mind and in attitude – converted. May receive God’s Holy Spirit. Thus, being begotten as God’s children. Being reconciled to God through Jesus – calling Him FATHER!

Humans are, if converted through our Lord Jesus Christ, heirs of the GOD FAMILY. They are to enter His divine FAMILY! They are, even now, the begotten children of God. □


1) Evolution News & Science Today, "Are Hexagons Natural?" 27 Oct. 2015, Retrieved 14 April 2022.
2) Harris L. R., Archer, L. Gleason, Jr., and Waltke K. Bruce. Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, 1980, # 2131a, pg. 836.

Commentary: Is Passover For The Unbaptized?

by Guy C. LaMar

Should unbaptized people attend a Passover service and partake of the foot-washing?
Foot-washing at Passover is a command by Jesus which is still in force and effect today (Exceptions apply if a person is alone and partakes of the Passover at home).
Passover service is in remembrance of Jesus’ death, and it is only to be observed by properly baptized true Christians who have received the Holy Spirit.
Those who have not been baptized in accordance with Scripture should not participate in the yearly Passover service.

The Old Covenant demanded that no male who was "uncircumcised" was to participate in the Passover - Exodus 12:48.

The New Covenant Christians, baptized, Holy Spirit led begotten children of God, are "circumcised" spiritually - Colossians 2:11-12; Romans 2:26-29.

Our Lord Jesus' disciples had been baptized (even though in the extraordinary case of the eleven apostles, they had not yet received the Holy Spirit - they would, however, receive it, on the Day of Pentecost A.D. 31).

Notice: During the Passover evening, Jesus told the apostle Peter along with the other apostles, when He proceeded to wash their feet, that they had been "bathed" or baptized - John 13:10.

Jesus waited until Judas Iscariot had left before He changed the Old Covenant symbols of the Passover to the New Covenant symbols of unleavened bread and wine. A reason for Judas Iscariot's exclusion from participating in the New Covenant symbols of unleavened bread and wine was that Judas had not been properly baptized. His entire lifestyle and conduct showed that he did not have GODLY REPENTANCE. Judas was not qualified to participate in the new symbols - although he was present for the Lord's Supper (the Passover meal) along with the foot-washing. The spiritual symbols of unleavened bread and wine DID NOT apply to Judas!

"'He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him'" - John 6:56.

So, notice that after Jesus gave Judas the "dipped" piece of bread (which was not the same as the unleavened bread representative of the broken body of Christ, but rather it was just a piece of the Passover meal - compare Psalm 41:9).

" ... And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27) Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. ..." - John 13:26, 27.

Judas left immediately following the traditional Passover meal and the foot-washing, before the institution of the spiritual symbols of the unleavened bread and wine.

No male was allowed, in the Old Covenant, to partake of the Passover, unless he was circumcised.

True Christians are circumcised spiritually, of the heart, by and through the Holy Spirit dwelling within them - after proper baptism.

THEREFORE, only properly baptized members of the spiritual Body of Christ - the Church - who don't hold grudges against anyone, who doesn't have hatred toward anyone in their hearts, are to partake of the annual spiritual symbols of unleavened bread and wine - the body and the blood of Christ.

In doing so, they reflect on the grave suffering and death of our Savior Jesus Christ.

This teaching is supported by the fact that Jesus waited until Judas had left them before He introduced the New Covenant spiritualized symbols of the unleavened bread and wine.

So, even though Judas betrayed Him for money, the other apostles did not know what Judas was going to do until after the foot-washing ceremony had been completed.

The fact that Judas was allowed to participate in the foot-washing shows us our Lord Jesus Christ's great love, His humility, and servant attitude in that He washed Judas Iscariot's feet, even though He knew that His friend was going to betray Him.

So, to answer the question: For Passover observance, a spiritually "uncircumcised", unbaptized, or improperly baptized (as in "dipped" or "poured"), person SHOULD NOT be participating in the Passover Service.
Additional Items to Consider:

Commentary: Some Food For Thought - For MANY years this idea has floated around but has been generally REJECTED by the churches of God. [...]
Commentary: Conspiracy Theories - Now, for a long time in various churches, I have listened to this person and that person ramble on about this or that conspiracy theory. [...]
Repent For Salvation by Michael C. Garrett

In Swahili: Tubuni kwa Ajili ya Wokovu na Michael C. Garrett

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Is This 'the Beginning of Sorrows'?


GREETINGS again Everyone! It’s a pleasure to be with you once again. Also, greetings to our dear friends in Belle, and Charleston, West Virginia; Columbia, Maryland; Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and across the ocean in Nyanza, Kenya! Welcome. This is the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries, and I’m Leonard V. Johnson.

Here in the Tampa Bay area where I live, the gasoline prices are $4.18 a gallon! And the average price for gasoline throughout Florida surpasses $4 dollars. And looking up today the price of a barrel of oil is at $106.99. And as I’ve been mentioning in our The WatchMan Report, we are certainly paying higher prices for nearly every commodity that is connected with oil.

What I am very aware of is – just what are we, as ministers, going to give a message about!? And I say this because in my mind I’m sure that we, as servants of God, have a thousand messages we would like to give at once – because there is so much happening in this world today. As I gave a sermon not long ago entitled “The Calm Is Over!”, truly the calm before the storm is over! I know in my mind I have a million subjects that could be preached today. Certainly, messages that I have preached in the past along with others. There are points and pages within God’s living word that are literally crying out to be preached! And we here at the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries and our affiliated churches are certainly hearing this calling. And these electrifying messages are almost unbearable, and yet, we NEED to answer this calling from God to give these messages.

I’m sure the majority of us are inundated with all the news media about this grave war in Ukraine. Of course, this has been terrible devastation to families in Ukraine. I saw and read an article about this one pregnant woman in a Ukrainian hospital who dies along with her baby from a blast! We can certainly try and put ourselves in the lives of the Ukrainians. They were just going along with their lives a few weeks ago comfortably and safely in their home, and now they’re sitting outside a tent with a paper plate in their hands – refugees! All as a result of a war! How quickly life can change!

Also, as we here in the states have been hearing – Russia has been taking control of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants. They provide somewhere up to 20 percent of the power of Ukraine. And, Russia, along with the United States of America, is continuing to crack down on their media. There was one program I watched where the whole Russian newscast got up and walked out in protest against the fact that the Russian government wants them to spew out their controlled messages. And even some of the very citizens of Russia are trying to flee their own country because they have family that lives in Ukraine. And, of course, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy is crying out for help – from the whole world. It certainly makes one wonder if it's only a matter of time before the methodical and certainly overwhelming force of Russia will leave Kyiv in utter destruction!?

One Scripture that surely comes to immediate mind to servants of God, is Daniel chapter 11 where it states, “But news from the east, and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many” – vs. 44.

But I want you to properly understand this - so, let’s set the scene here - this vast armada crosses the ocean, lands in Egypt, comes up from the south, enters into the Palestinian area of Jerusalem (Judea), and then it says, ‘news from the east and the north shall trouble him.’ Well, to the north you have countries like Syria and Turkey. And to the east, you have like Saudi Arabia and Iraq. This, of course, is talking about the final European ‘beast’ power which will, with ‘flattery,’ come into Palestine. Now, we DO NOT teach that it is Russia. But the news which will come to this final European ‘beast’ power is a coming counter-attack from Islamic countries which will attack the European military forces.

Now, over the years, the remnant churches of God have struggled over this – as they continue to do so. If you would turn to the Book of Revelation chapter 9.

Verse 13 – “Then the sixth angel sounded: …” So remember, you have the seven seals, with the SEVENTH SEAL being the SEVEN TRUMPETS. “ … And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14) saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, ‘Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.’”

Now, throughout God’s living word, especially in prophetic terms, an angelic being can be in charge of nations. As an example, in the Book of Daniel, we read that there are angelic beings – or rather demonic beings – in charge of certain states. So these FOUR ANGELS or rather FOUR COUNTRIES that are spoken about here in Revelation chapter 9 – could very well be such countries as Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, maybe even India!? There are some 195 million Moslems living in India (2021 census)!

We certainly need to keep in the back of our minds that if in the news we are watching today – with Russia trying to gain control once again of the old USSR states – will ultimately lead to the spark that ignites our Lord Jesus Christ’s prophetic event, “ …’ and kingdom against kingdom’”!? And will this aggression of Russia eventually be accepted!? And we can certainly ask the question – how many people have thought of Crimea since 2014!? It certainly has been out of the forethought of our minds, and yet Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and we certainly didn’t hear any more about that in our news cycles anymore! This certainly will be but another step by Russia that will eventually get swept under the rug when our government no longer has any use in using it for any political position? And, by the by, there’s a 2022 article by The Week which writes –
“Eight years after the annexation of Crimea, the biggest land-grab in Europe since the Second World War, the peninsula remains caught in the middle of a battle between Kyiv and the Kremlin. …

Economy and banking

Following the annexation in March 2014, Russia forced all Ukrainian banks in the region to close, leaving thousands of people without access to their savings, salaries and pensions. … Reuters reported in November 2014 that the economic turmoil resulting from the conflict had “shuttered” businesses and “complicated life for thousands, forcing people to deal with a Kafkaesque bureaucracy to try to get their money returned”. …

On the positive side, Moscow had “poured in more than $10bn in direct subsidies” and funded major infrastructure projects, including the highway and bridges linking Crimea directly to Russia, in the hope of creating a “success story”, [ Steven Pifer, a former US ambassador to Ukraine] wrote. …


Crimea suffered power supply problems for years after the annexation …

In 2015, The Guardian reported that the people of Crimea were “learning to live with thawing fridges, pitch-dark highways and shuttered schools”, after Ukrainian militants began attacking the power lines feeding the region.

In 2018, the region suffered another mass power outage, during which “phone lines were down, traffic lights stopped working and trolley buses halted in their tracks”, said The Moscow Times.


National Geographic magazine once described the Crimean Peninsula as “a diamond suspended from the south coast of Ukraine”, and listed the region as one of the world's top destinations. … But the 2014 annexation “marked a drastic shift in the peninsula’s tourism landscape as it had to reorient itself towards the Russian market”, reported Reuters in 2020.”

Surely, this too will occur in Ukraine!

It certainly can be likened to World War II when Adolf Hitler wanted to annex Austria. And, of course, the Sudetenland. You might recall back in 1938 when they had the Munich Agreement. And Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had traveled to Germany – because they were worried about this aggression from Hitler – and they signed this agreement. And the ink had not even dried before Hitler was planning his invasions! And, you can listen to the soundbite of Mr. Chamberlain, after having arrived back in England from this Munich Agreement, holding high this signed document speaking to the crowd -
“This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor Herr Hitler. And here is the paper which bears his name upon it, as well as mine. Some of you, perhaps, have already heard what it contains. But I would like to just read it to you. ‘We, the German Fuhrer and Chancellor, and the British Prime Minister have had a further meeting today, and are agreed, in recognizing that the question of Anglo-German relations, is of the first importance for the two countries and for Europe.’ We regard the agreement signed last night, and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement, as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples, never to go to war with one another again.”
And it was one year – almost to the month – that Germany September 1939 invaded Poland, and Poland had a similar agreement with England that if they were ever attacked England would back them up. And so England had no other choice but to declare war against Germany at that time.

Certainly, this Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which commits each member state to consider an armed attack against one member state, in Europe or North America, to be an armed attack against them all, is as useless as that signed agreement which Neville Chamberlain so foolishly waved high in front of the crowd! Now, certainly Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill didn’t believe it! Because he had read Mein Kampf and he knew the mind of the evil monster that was out there and that this monster would never stop his aggression!

It's important to note: that once a dictator begins gobbling up territories that it can surely motivate other dictators to take their chance too!? When Russia invaded Ukraine, did you notice that China sent warplanes the same day!? And, of course, there is great talk about Iran and how their nuclear program has geared back up – once again. These dictators appear to be feeding off one another.

We could easily think – how will Germany respond to this war!?

As we had reported in The WatchMan Report, Germany has doubled their defense budget as a result of this war! This has certainly been getting the attention of God’s servants. Because here is Germany sort-of sitting on the sidelines – a wealthy nation – and this aggression is coming from their former enemies and has moved them to the very point where they have decided to greatly increase their defense budget! If it hasn’t caught your attention – IT SHOULD!

Will Europe once again begin looking for strong leadership!? And if so, who will this strong leader be!?


But what we must also consider is the fact that the Catholic Church will continue to grow and will continue to be a world power within itself.

Let’s begin today in the Book of Daniel chapter 7.

Verse 8 – “’ I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, …’”

This ‘little horn’ is a tremendous world power. It’s had an effect on Europe since 500 AD. This is the papacy. The heart and core of that universal church.

Now, here in this vision of the prophet Daniel, he saw in vision these wild-looking creatures. “The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings.” The second was like a bear. The third is like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. And finally a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, that was difficult for him to even describe.

The Book of Daniel does interpret itself when you go through and read and study it – speaking about world-ruling kingdoms which would rise and fall. The lion was the kingdom of Babylon. The bear was the kingdom of the Medo/Persian Empire. The leopard was the Greco/Macedonian Empire under Alexander the Great. And this fourth beast indescribable to Daniel was the Roman Empire. And certainly, a great many biblical scholars agree that this great vision of Daniel’s is speaking of these great world-ruling kingdoms which rose and fell. And the final beast as having been Rome, which had several resurrections of what is known as the “Holy” Roman Empire. And we know Daniel chapter 2 is speaking of a dream which King Nebuchadnezzar II had, and it talks about the iron and the clay – that “as you [Daniel] saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.” That there will be two groups. And how this would be the final beast power which would exist at the very coming of our Lord Jesus Christ! The time setting is unmistakable! Because it says “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed” – verse 44.

Daniel chapter 8
describes a final civic leader of a united Europe that will arise.

Verse 23 – “’ And in the latter time of their kingdom, When the transgressors have reached their fullness, A king shall arise, Having fierce
[countenance] …’”

This is the final resurrection of the “Holy” Roman Empire.

Daniel 7 again –

Verse 8 – “ … ‘coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.’”

Again, speaking here of a tremendous world power – the “MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” – the papacy.

Daniel 8 – once again we see this ‘little horn’ that represents the papacy –

Verse 9 – “And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Glorious Land [or the Holy Land]. 10) and it grew up to the host of Heaven; and it cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them. 11) He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and by him the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.”

And so here in Verse 11, it makes a reference to what Jesus called ‘the abomination of desolation.’ Or, sometimes, in the Book of Daniel, it says, ‘the abomination that makes desolate.’ And we know there will come a time when this great religious leader, will enter Jerusalem into a “temple” (that apparently is not yet built). I presume, personally, that there will be a temple. Or a cloth tabernacle – something that is the center of the Jewish religion. We know that before the end times, they will have reinstituted animal sacrifices, and gone back to their old ancient ways.

Verse 20 of chapter 7

“ …’ and the ten horns that were on its head, …’” - once again, those ‘ten horns’ are the final ten countries that make up the final installment of the “Holy” Roman Empire.

“ …’ and the other horn which came up, …’” – the ‘other little horn,’ the papacy. “ …’ before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, …’” – in fact, blasphemous things. “…’ whose appearance was greater than his fellows.’”

So, this will be a man, and as the apostle Paul writes, “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” – 2 Thessalonians 2:4. And this same powerful religious leader, as the apostle John writes – “I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, … He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire [lightning] come down from heaven [the atmosphere] in the sight of men” – Revelation 13:11-12, 13.

“Whose appearance was greater than his fellows” – consider: the Catholic pope, also known as supreme pontiff, Roman pontiff, or sovereign pontiff, is the bishop of Rome, head of the worldwide Catholic Church, and head of state or sovereign of the Vatican City State.

Let’s continue in verse 24 – “’ The ten horns [out of this kingdom] are ten kings …’” – ten kingdoms, as God sees kingdoms, which will be united in the time of the end. “ …’ Who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He [this other ‘little horn whose appearance was greater than his fellows’] shall be different from the first ones, And shall subdue three kings.’”

We believe this means that this final powerful religious leader will end up actually controlling three of these kings – or rather kingdoms.

So, there will be ten kingdoms united – again, kingdoms as God sees kingdoms – and this powerful religious leader will actually be controlling three of these kingdoms. And as verse 25 announces, “’ He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, …’”!

Now, has any of this happened before in our history!?

Certainly it has – and is happening even today!

This was also what I was speaking of in an article entitled “Are You But A Traditionalist?”
“In the fourth century there continued to be a separation of the two groups. Yet, one group obtained considerable Imperial favor after the sun-worshiping emperor claimed to have had a vision – Minister Michael C. Garrett speaks of this in the free PDF online booklet “Prophecy Series – The Last Crusade” page 5 – and in around 332 Emperor Constantine I decided to issue his “Edict Against Heresies” which resulted in the utter persecution of those who professed Jesus Christ who was not part of his group. So, both groups, with all their numerous parts, have existed throughout this evil present age. Both groups exist today.”
And, as we are very much aware – Jorge Bergoglio, aka Pope Francis – often blasphemes God!

Note some examples:
“Pope Francis was speaking with a group of Catholic theologians regarding the complexity of unity and how to achieve union with so many disparities and disagreements. [Jorge] said that we must do what the Trinity does – argue behind closed doors but publicly give the appearance of unity: … ‘Inside the Holy Trinity they’re all arguing behind closed doors…but on the outside they give the picture of unity.’

[Jorge] related the story of how he was able to get a young Jewish student with disciplinary problems to behave. He grabbed the boy by the ear and showed him a crucifix of Christ nailed to a cross and warned him by pointing to Jesus and saying, “That was a Jew like you, if you misbehave, you will end up the same.” …

Speaking about Jesus as a child, [Jorge] said that he believes Jesus begged forgiveness of His parents: “Instead of returning home with his family, he stayed in Jerusalem, in the Temple, causing great distress to Mary and Joseph who were unable to find him. For this little escapade, Jesus probably had to beg forgiveness of his parents. The Gospel doesn’t say this, but I believe that we can presume it.” …

[Jorge] also believes that … Mary felt that God was a liar for not fulfilling His promise to her. [Jorge] said the following about God in her heart: “You had told me that he would be great, you had told me that you would have given him the throne of David, his forefather, that he would have reigned forever and now I see him there! (on the cross) Lies! I was deceived!”

(Roman, A., Blasphemy: Pope Francis Makes Jokes About God, Advent Messenger, 28 March 2017; retrieved 30 March 2022).
Again, verse 25 – “He [this great religious leader] shall speak pompous [blasphemous] words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law.’”

So, friends, your very Bible is speaking of a great false Church – a religious system – which would “intend to change times and law.” And indeed they have! This world’s so-called Christian system – which, as I stated in the article “ChristMas … Its Origin,” originally came from Nimrod who is mentioned in Genesis 10:8-11. No man has the authority to change God’s “master clock.” And even now, we know that the holy Sabbath is the SEVENTH-DAY of the week. Yet, there is a whole so-called Christian system that teaches that the Sabbath is the first day of the week! We also rightly know that “the feasts of the LORD” are still in effect, and yet, this “little horn” – this beast which looked like a lamb, but spoke as a dragon – along with the people who have represented him down throughout the centuries, have convinced the Western world that the ‘Mass-of-Christ’ should be celebrated instead. And that Easter, the day of Ishtar, should be celebrated. And they have completely done away with the LORD’s feasts! So, yes, “times and law” have been changed!

“’ Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.’”

And we, over the years, have come to understand that means 3 ½ years.

Now turning to the Book of Revelation chapter 13 – and I won’t take you through all the books of Revelation today. As you might be aware, I am systematically going through the books of Revelation, and you can find these articles on our website –

But as for this article, I just wanted to update some things which the Lord Jesus Christ has taught us over the years with His prophecies concerning the time of the end – cf. 2 Peter 3:18.

Verse 15 – “He [[referring to a great religious leader here. It’s not referring to a political leader here] was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, …”

So, this great religious leader within a United States of Europe becomes like a rock star! With this religious leader coming onto the scene with all of this ‘power to make lightning fall from the sky,’ and other signs and wonders, that organization will become highly relevant. And this religious leader will become like a rock star!

“ … that the image of the beast should both speak [which certainly means papal announcements] and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.”

And there is something here that all needs to bear in mind – including a great many of the remnant churches of God – there will come a time in EUROPE primarily, a requirement – do you recall the Catholic Inquisitions!? There have been times throughout the centuries in EUROPE when hundreds of thousands of true Christians were martyred because they were not part of nor following the precepts of this great Mother Church or her offspring!

Verse 16 – “He [again, referring to a great religious leader here] 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 …”

So, unless you are a part of that other group (of which I spoke of in the article “Are You But A Traditionalist?”) – unless you are part of that “woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus” (Revelation 17:6) – all of the faithful of that particular religious group are – especially during their Ash Wednesday – to receive a black cross on their forehead. And this same faithful of that particular group – every time they have a prayer – they have to take their right hand, and they begin at their forehead, and they make a cross – THAT’S WHAT THE MARK OF THE BEAST IS! An actual thing – a symbol. It’s not a concept or an idea. Truly, the identifying sign of the churches of false Christianity is the cross - from the time of the Roman Empire down to today.

And I might remind you – you don’t need to be Catholic to be a part of that “woman, drunk with the blood of the saints,” you could easily be a part of one of her offspring. Christianity represented by Rome is the largest Christian denomination; in it and its ‘daughters’, i.e. other than Catholic Christian churches, there are a total of over a billion people.

“ … or the name of the beast; or the number of his name.”

And we, over the years, have come to understand that means the name of the founder of Rome – ROMULUS. This blasphemous name is what all citizens of that governmental system are called – ROMANS. The Greek name for Romulus was LATEINOS.

L = 30; A = 1; T = 300; E = 5; I = 10; N = 50; O = 70; S = 200 which equals 666.

Now, I was just going to go on to the next thought here, but the Spirit moved me and I feel compelled to say something else here. Having heard many of these remnant Church of God leaders preach on this very subject of the “mark of the beast” – most are completely misleading. They continue to tell their flock, “And we’ve always understood that, or felt like that, doesn’t necessarily mean some sort of a brand or tattoo into your skin, it might be some implant of some computer chip … But more likely is symbolism here.”

Well, friends, they are deceived and they do not understand. Let us here be reminded of what Minister Garrett wrote:
“I do know that people of the Far Right Wing and in the evangelical Christian community put great stock in a series of books which were written about a couple of decades ago called the Left Behind series. … And these books appear to reflect the actual worldwide view of millions of Americans, including many prominent conservatives. … I went to a website entitled And in this article concerning the mark of the beast, it says, “Some believe these verses refer to a tattoo, a brand, or even a microchip implant..” And, the people of the Far-Right absolutely love that! They – in the Left Behind world – they love the idea of a microchip. Now, also, I turned to some ICG websites, and I found a booklet – written by Mr. Garner Ted Armstrong (GTA) – The Mark of the Beast – What Is It? - a man who knew what the Bible said (for the most part), a man who studied and thought about the Word of God, but now has been in his grave for almost sixteen years – wrote the following:
“Millions are deceived! Many believe the Mark of the Beast is yet some future development, a national identity card, or an invisible tattoo, or a microchip implanted beneath the skin, or a plastic credit card.”
Now, pay attention here, because he puts an exclamation point at the end of this sentence.
“All of this is nonsense!”
(Garrett, M.C., The MARK of the BEAST, 2019, pgs. 6, 7).
So, what that shows us is that they, again, are deceived and do not properly understand.

Let us also be reminded of what the LORD God says to us in the Book of Amos – “’ Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! For what good is the day of the LORD to you? It will be darkness, and not light’” – Amos 5:18.

Are You Still Sleeping and Resting?

In the Book of Matthew chapter 24, the Lord our God Jesus Christ says –

Verse 36 - “’ But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.’

When He said this, He didn’t even know. Now, certainly, we can surmise that at this point in time God the Father has shared with Him this timing. But, we don’t know. But, does this mean that we can know just when the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ will be!? No. As our Lord says, ‘no one knows, not even the angels of heaven.’ But does this mean that we are not to be alert and watch what is happening around the world!? Should we not be concerned with what is happening in Ukraine!?

In chapter 26 of the Book of Matthew – an event that happened in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ –

In verse 36 – “Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, ‘Sit here while I go and pray over there.’

Verse 37 – “And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee [James and John], and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.”

Think about Jesus – He, after His conversion, ends up in the Garden of Gethsemane and He’s having some of His final and quiet prayers with God the Father. He was about to be murdered – and He knew it.

Verse 38 – “ … ‘My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.’ 39) He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; …’ – ‘take this horrible ordeal I’m going to have to go through away from Me.’

“ …’ nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’ – isn’t this a wonderful example – a wonderful attitude!?

And then He comes to His disciples and finds them sleeping. Verse 40 – “ … and said to Peter, ‘What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41) Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’

Amen to this statement, and I can certainly attest to that! Can’t you!?

Verse 42 – “Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.’

We should take this as a way of our Lord Jesus Christ telling us that we need to be alert, we need to be watching – because we don’t know when our Lord Jesus Christ is going to return – so we need to watch and pray always.

Verse 45 – “Then He came to His disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.’

Luke chapter 21

Verse 36 – “’ Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.’

Mark chapter 13

Verse 35 – “’ Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming – in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning – 36) lest, coming, suddenly, he finds you sleeping. 37) And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!’ - He says this over and over again!

Luke chapter 21

Verse 37 – “’ Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.’

Verse 40 – “’ Therefore you also be ready for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’

Now, God’s living prophecies tell us WHAT to look for.

End-Time Events

Again, in this article, I won’t be going into great depths, but I do want to give you a quick overview of how we believe this progression will develop – called the Day of the LORD.
1. Truly the first of our peoples to be struck and who are seriously afflicted are those people who are called Israel – meaning Ephraim and Manasseh. We understand who are the descendants of those tribes. And, Judah – modern-day Israel in the Middle East. In the Book of Jeremiah, it’s called “Jacob’s trouble.” So, it appears that Israel – Ephraim, the United Kingdom, and her Commonwealth Nations along with Manasseh, the United States of America – will be the first of our peoples to be overcome by a terrible and destructive financial collapse. The economy will be at the forefront which will be faced by the world. And it certainly was one of the sparks which triggered World War II. If you remember our history, from 1920 to 1923 the German inflation got so terrible that their Papiermark lost all of its value. And by the year 1929, this great economic depression went around the world and would strike the United States of America. It was a terrible time in human history. This certainly motivated Adolf Hitler to not only rebuild Germany economically and militarily – but from 1932 to 1939 their military spending went from 1% of GDP, because of the Treaty of Versailles, to 25% of GDP!
In the Book of Jeremiah chapter 30, verse 3 – “’ For behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,’ says the LORD.’ And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.’”

When the prophet Jeremiah wrote this, Israel had already gone away captive, and had been in captivity for over a hundred and twenty years – they were “lost” to history. Yet the prophet Jeremiah is writing about Israel and saying, ‘God is going to bring back from captivity Israel and Judah!’ So this is a future statement here.

“ …’ And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave their fathers, and they shall possess it.’”

Verse 4 – “Now these are the words that the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah. 5) ‘For thus says the LORD: ‘We have heard a voice of trembling, Of fear, and not of peace. 6) Ask now, and see, Whether a man is ever in labor with child? So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins Like a woman in labor, And all faces turned pale?’”

Like a man trying to give birth. He’s bent over double because he can’t believe what he’s looking at on the television! And I can relate to this when I watch the deplorable gaffes and utter mistakes that President Joe Biden makes! Along with the fact that I don’t want to see military helicopters being shot down! – or anything else!

Verse 7 – “’ Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, …’”

Our Lord God Jesus Christ has said, “’ 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’” – Matthew 24:21.

Unprecedented in all of history!

It will be a time of world war – and whether it will involve nuclear weapons – we are not sure.

We do know that the Lord Jesus says, “’ And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake [and notice: “ … ‘But he shall be saved out of it.’”] those days will be shortened.’

A time when if God didn’t intervene, every man, woman, and child would be annihilated.
2. Then second the next of our peoples to be terribly afflicted are the Western portions of a confederation of Islam. As we read in such prophecies as Daniel chapter 11.
Let’s read of this in verse 40 – “’ At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; …”we believe referring to an Islamic confederation that stretches from North Africa up to what we now call the Middle East – up unto basically Turkey. “ … ’and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, …’” – this is talking about armed invasion! “…’ with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; …’”

And in a modern-day language, it certainly would be tanks, battleships – modern mechanized warfare.

And paraphrasing - and he shall enter the countries [of the Middle East], overwhelm them, and pass through. Maybe something on par with a blitzkrieg of World War II?

Verse 41 – “’ He shall also enter the Glorious Land [talking about Palestine and even Jerusalem], and many countries shall be overthrown; but these [initially] shall escape from his hand: Edom [which is Turkey], Moab [which is Iraq], and the prominent people of Ammon [or Jordan].”

So these nations are going to be allied for a time with this United States of Europe! And this EUROPEAN ‘beast’ power is going to bypass them and go into Palestine.

Verse 42 – “’ He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape.’”

This indicates that this EUROPEAN ‘beast’ power is going all the way down into Africa.

Verse 43 – “’ He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians [again speaking about Africa] shall follow at his heels.’”

Verse 44 – “’ But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; …’” – this is the passage I quoted at the beginning of this article. “ …’ therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many.’”

Verse 45 – “’ And he [this European ‘beast’ power] shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas [the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea] and the glorious holy mountain [or Jerusalem; remember Jerusalem is about 900 meters above sea level]; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.’”

In Matthew chapter 24, our Lord God Jesus Christ says, “’ Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place’ (whoever reads, let him understand)” – verse 15.

Now, of course, we understand that there is no temple in Jerusalem today. For over forty-one years of my life, I have heard servants of God ask the question: will there ever be a third temple built in Jerusalem? Because this speaks of a time when this final European ‘beast’ power and this final ‘false prophet’ stand in what has been called the holy place, where the Jews are and will be doing animal sacrifices once again. They will come in and set up an abominable idol that will be a complete desecration of this temple just like Antiochus IV Epiphanes did when he sacrificed swine in the temple of God.

We can also turn to 2nd Thessalonians chapter 2 which says, “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4) who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”

Speaking here of this final ‘false prophet’ claiming that he is God! So, it’s speaking of a future religious leader from the homeland of Europe, practicing the historic religion of Europe, claiming that he is God! What would you call an individual who claims to be the very representative of Christ Himself!? One name: Vicarius Christi. The Vicar of Christ – which literally means substitute Christ.

It will be a time of great distress, especially as in point #1 the descendants of the house of Israel.

The nations of Egypt, Edom (modern Turkey), Moab (modern Syria and portions of Iraq), Ammon (modern portions of Jordan). Also, we’re told in the Book of Obadiah, that the nation of Turkey is going to be simply wiped out! Notice: “’ Will I not in that day,’ says the LORD, ‘Even destroy the wise men from Edom [Edom, Esau, and Turkey all mean the same], And understanding from the mountains of Esau?’” – verse 8. Now, why does the LORD our God single out the nation of Turkey?  God looks upon them as Jacob’s brother; which is why I call them “our peoples.” Recall, Esau and Jacob were brothers! And, at the very time of the end of this present evil age – notice: “’ For violence against your brother Jacob, Shame shall cover you, And you shall be cut off FOREVER. 11) In the day that you stood on the other side – In the day that [foreigners; speaking here of a soon-risen United States of Europe] carried captive his forces, When foreigners entered his gates And cast lots for Jerusalem – even you [Turkey] were as one of them.’” Verse 12 – “’ But you should have not gazed on the day of your brother In the day of his captivity; Nor should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah [modern-day Israel in the Middle East] In the day of their destruction; Nor should you have spoken proudly in the day of distress.’” And, it appears that our peoples of modern-day Israel (Judah), as they see this destruction come upon them, try to escape. They travel north wanting to escape into Europe. And it looks as if Turkey stands “at the crossroads to cut off those among who escaped.” And they take many captive! And this certainly is a cruel betrayal against God. And Turkey is destroyed because of this. Verse 15 – “’ For the day of the LORD upon all the nations is near; As you [Turkey] have done, it shall be done to you; …’” He speaks of wiping out the entire nation! A very severe punishment! We do have online a free no-obligation booklet on this very subject entitled “TURKEY is going to betray HIS BROTHERS!”
3. Third – it appears that the Eastern portions of a confederation of Islam shall attack with a counter-attack.
We read concerning this in Revelation chapter 9 – “Then the sixth angel sounded: … saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, ‘Release the four angels [or rather FOUR COUNTRIES] who are bound at the great river Euphrates.’” – appearing to say, ‘let these four-nation groups loose.’

Verse 15 – “’ So the four angels [or rather four countries], who had been prepared for the hour and the day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.’” A terrible and bloody battle! And this Islamic army will end up being comprised of 200 million soldiers! And it appears in this generation that we have Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Moslem people of India on a counter-attack! They desire Jerusalem as well. Yet, in the end, this mighty army is destroyed!
4. Fourth –
Turning to Revelation chapter 16 we read – “Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, …” – and it should be noted: because of the $32 billion Anatolia Dam Project in southeastern Turkey, the great river Euphrates is nearly “dried up.”

“ … so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared” – verse 12.

So here is another bloc of nations. And logically we believe them to be China, Korea, Japan, and maybe Indonesia – which has a large Moslem population. A spirit of war is spread by Satan the devil, the final “beast” power of Europe, and the final “false prophet” – see verse 13.

“For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings [the leaders; presidents and prime ministers, imams] of the earth and OF THE WHOLE WORLD, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. … to the place called in Hebrew, [Megiddo].” Or rather, Armageddon.
5. Fifth – I spoke of this earlier, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS.
A sovereign city-state and group of people who are severely afflicted in this end-time. The Great Whore.

We find this in Revelation chapter 17 – “ … ‘Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits [in other words, who rules or controls, see verse 15] on many waters …’” – verse 1.

A great religious institution that has held sway over a great multitude of people all across the earth for a very long time!

Verse 16 – “’ And the ten horns …’” – again speaking about a combination of ten united kingdoms within Europe as God views kingdoms.

“ … ‘which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.’”

So, somewhere as these events progress with a united Europe winning great battles, conquering peoples, taking territories, and reigning supreme – they then get bloodied! And as they decline, they turn their hatred toward their mouthpiece – this MOTHER OF WHORES!

Verse 17 – “’ For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, …’” And they just ravish her out of hatred and contempt!
6. Sixth – there’s one more group of people. Small in number, but most significant!
We find this in Revelation chapter 19 – “And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him [our Lord Jesus Christ] who sat on the horse and against His army [the resurrected saints of God!].”

Verse 20 – “Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.”

In chapter 20, the first three verses describe for us the end part of all of this. A complete doing away of the influence of Satan the devil and his minions! When Satan the Devil and his minions are bound in a great spiritual prison for one-thousand years!


In the Book of Matthew chapter 24 once again, our Lord Jesus says in verse 29 – “’ Immediately after the tribulation of those days [speaking of the Day of the Lord] …’

The six seals – they are roughly equivalent to the EARLY part of what Jesus Christ calls ‘great tribulation,’ the end-time ‘troubles,’ Ezekiel 30 refers to it as ‘Jacob’s trouble.’

“ … ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; [the atmosphere will be thick with volcanic ash towers or even radioactive dust and ash!] the stars will fall from heaven [Satan and his demons will be thrown down to the earth from the atmosphere], and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30) Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, …’

So, much of the confusion among many is about the prophetic order of events. It’s the end-time trauma. What Jesus calls an end-time ‘tribulation.’ – v. 21. Then because of the tremendous ash and smoke in our atmosphere the sun and the moon will be darkened, the “stars” will fall from heaven (Satan and his demons will be thrown to the earth) – v. 29. Then the sign of the Son of Man appearing in heaven [which in this case is outer space] – v. 30. He’s not going to be a “near miss.” This is not going to be a “secret rapture,” skipping off the atmosphere, grabbing the saints, and then leaving in “secret.” Indeed, Jesus says, “’ For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.’” And as the Book of Revelation says, “every eye will see Him. … And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him” – Revelation 1:7 NKJV. In that order.

In this single exposure, cool red giant Betelgeuse is the brightest
Star at the far left in the constellation Orion.
Photo credit: NASA – John Gauvreau.

And, as I have mentioned before - when the throne of God, when New Jerusalem, begins to return to this earth, at some point it will be a little small light in the night sky. And the next night it will be a little brighter – like the giant red star Betelgeuse. And then, it becomes more and more obvious – and people will look up and go, “What is that!?” Now, most of the people of the world will think it is – and they really will – an invading alien force!

“ … ‘and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.’

Verse 31 – “’ And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.’ – He will be gathering them from all around the world.

And, at the LAST TRUMP the saints of Almighty God and our Lord Jesus Christ are resurrected – and as Jesus says, ‘the angels are going to gather us from one end of heaven [the atmosphere] to the other end of heaven [the atmosphere].’

Friends, there are people in this world which have different ideas of what our Lord Jesus Christ said here – they say, “Well, this can’t be done until we’ve got men on Mars and other distant planets.” But, as He very plainly said, ‘from the four winds’ and the wind is where clouds are. As the apostle Paul wrote – under the divine inspiration of God’s Spirit – “we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” – 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

Our Lord God Jesus Christ is going to annihilate these evil and vile people – everyone, it tells us in the Book of Revelation that “received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image” – Revelation 19:19-21.

Now, brethren, we are not trying to scare you. That is not why I type this article up TODAY. I would certainly rather speak about love, mercy, forgiveness, and salvation. I’d like to talk about our dear brother Erick Odhiambo in Kenya that has been such a great blessing from God in helping us translate booklets and articles into Swahili. Who needs our prayers and goodwill offerings for the brethren there.

But this is a DIRE WARNING! And it is to get YOUR ATTENTION! And to help us all grow in the loving grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So that when you see all these things come to pass, you will know that our Lord Jesus Christ “’ told you beforehand’” – verse 25. □