Saturday, August 13, 2022

Letter to our Friends - August 12, 2022


P.O. Box 6458

Leonard V. Johnson

Dearest Friends in Christ Jesus:

Greetings from Hernando County, Florida, USA!

Feast of Tabernacles 2023/ the Independent Christian Church of God

We posted this announcement on our webpage as well as on our Facebook pages. I’d like to share this with all of you here also. 

UGETube and YouTube

Although we have more subscribers to our YouTube channel, it’s our UGETube channel – which lauds itself as “offering freedom of expression” – which has many more total views! Truly, YouTube continues to discourage people from finding our content, although – thanks be to our LORD God – we are still reaching many through them.

Regarding YouTube, our previous Letter we reported Continuing Censorship with them.

On our YouTube channel, those that are not subscribers are greater – by 69.1% - than those who are. And the top geographical locations are Egypt, India, and South Africa. And as far as a traffic source, it’s exciting to see that nearly 2% come from impressions shown.

On The Independent Christian Church of God channel, it’s also a true blessing from God to see a greater number of subscribers to this channel! Thank you all for your continued love and support.

If YouTube was not shadow banning us, we more than likely would have about 4 times the views we are currently receiving! It was because of this shadow banning along with other forms of censorship that we decided to look to find other doors that the Lord Jesus Christ has so lovingly and graciously opened for us. Additional online social media platforms (see also COJCOM Multimedia page).

Google Campaigns

As far as our Google Ads campaigns for, along with our sermons from our YouTube channels. For me, personally, it’s a bit too convoluted and expensive. Our all-time stats – also nearly every campaign has been deemed “Ad violates policy and can’t run” – are 773K impressions, 1.47K clicks, with an average of $0.54 per viewing (CPV) at a total cost of $800 from the 4th quarter of 2011 to the 2nd quarter of 2022. One of our last ad campaigns was an earlier version of our YouTube sermon “Salvation OFFERED To All” which received 19.8K impressions, and 2.61K views, at an average of $0.02 per click (CPV) for 5 days back in 2017! Because of account inactivity, our account with Google Ads has been canceled. In the future, we may once again utilize this ability to reach multiple thousands. But at this time it doesn’t seem feasible.

Facebook Ads

We have had great success with Facebook campaigns. Our all-time stats of 97 campaigns reached 2,489,735 people with 4,586,969 impressions from Jan. 1, 2011, until the writing of this Letter. Spending $2,481.95. One of our recent ads was for our Welcome short video which reached over 1,023 people, and 1,318 impressions at a cost of $1.75 per click. At first, it appears expensive, but only 20 people actually clicked on it to watch the advertisement. The total cost for 8 days was $34.90.

COJCOM in Kiswahili

The Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries continues to add additional material translated into Kiswahili.

Here are some booklets and articles which have been translated by Erick Odhiambo who lives in Kisumu, Kenya which is just west of Nairobi.

From the Beginning… God’s Master Plan
Statement of Beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries
Taarifa Ya Imani Ya Kansisa La Yesu Kristo Online Ministries
Repent For Salvation
‘He Who Follows Me Will Not Walk in Darkness'
Will God Truly Save His People?
‘No One Has Ascended – To Heaven’
Just What Is the Unpardonable Sin?
Proving the Truth!
‘First Fruits – to God’
Do You Understand Ezekiel 37?
Is God Listening?

Also, remember that all of our articles on our webpage can be translated to 129 different languages using the Google Translator which is located to the right on our Home page.

We hope to have additional volunteers to help us not only translate booklets and articles into different languages but also volunteers to help us with the video production of our sermons. Please pray to Father God and our Lord Jesus Christ in regards to this.

Our Suggested Sabbath Service

Here is our suggested Sabbath day service for our scattered brethren and friends around the world:

• TWO songs of praise. (our songbook, The Bible Hymnal, is suggested, there is some Instrumental Accompaniment to the Bible Hymnal available on our website).
• Opening prayer.
• A song of special music. Might we suggest “You Know My Name” by Tasha Cobbs Leonard and featuring Jimi Cravity?
• Sermonette.
• Announcements (if any) – from the deacon or pastor.
• Sermon – from the pastor or a guest speaker. The one suggested for this week is “Revelation – A Book of the Past and the Future (Part Three).” Other sermons are available on the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries YouTube channel.
• Closing song.
• Closing prayer.

In case you do not receive a ‘Letter to our Friends’ for any week, remember that there are many sermon messages on the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries BitChute channel, as well as our Soundcloud Radio channel. We also are praying that there will soon be a COJCOMAfrica channel under the administration of Erick Odhiambo.

Some World News In Relation To Biblical Prophecy

In a Divided America, the raid by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the Mar-a-Lago, Florida home of former US President Donald Trump is contributing to the already great divide of America! (See: Strange Sounds - Will there be a 2nd civil war in America? Growing calls for ‘civil war’ after FBI search’).

Also, notice this from Nuclear MAGA Poso who posted on his Twitter account concerning the fact that the judge who signed off on President Trump’s home being raided had anti-Trump posts!

So, this “raid” – and let’s call it what it was – appears to have been approved by an impartial judge!

And, we’re not saying here that President Donald Trump is guilty or innocent – but the mainstream media claiming that this was all about law and not politics is simply not believed by the majority. And this is leading to even greater division within the United States of America! Which in turn can lead to even greater violence!

We posted a 2020 article entitled “Is Civil Unrest Increasing In America?” – be sure to click on the blue link and read that. The USA has been facing the prospect of another civil war! The journal Science reported that nearly half of Americans are excepting a civil war. Be sure to go and read that enlightening article: “Half of Americans anticipate a U.S. civil war soon, survey finds.”

Sadly, it appears as if the majority of Americans are been worshiping a different god – Politics.

Our Lord Jesus Christ has WARNED us:

“ … ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand’ – Matthew 12:25; see also Mark 3:24-25; Luke 3:24-25.

It’s IMPORTANT to note that our Lord Jesus inspired this to be written THREE separate times in His living word. When the Bible says one thing one time – because it’s the Word of God – it’s something you need to listen to. However, moreover, or above that, when the Bible says something multiple times over and over, God is SCREAMING AT YOU, ‘Listen to what I’m trying to tell you!’ ‘It’s IMPORTANT!’ “…’ whether they hear or whether they refuse, …’”

Division is a BIG DEAL!

Truly, instead of fighting each other, love is what is needed.

Again, the very words of our Savior –

“ … ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul [life], and with all your mind.’ 38) This is the first and great commandment [the FIRST FOUR of the Ten Commandments! Exodus 20:3-8]. 39) And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ [the LAST SIX of the Ten Commandments; Exodus 20:12-17].

40) On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.’ – Matthew 22:37-40.

’ But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28) bless those who curse you, pray for those who spitefully use you. 29) To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30) Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31) And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

32) But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33) And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34) And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35) But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36) Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.’ – Luke 6:27-36.

Yet, instead of true love – agapé love; godly love – we are witnessing in this prophesied ‘beginning of sorrows’ hatred and violence being whipped up! The other day I was watching the Law&Crime Network on YouTube of police-involved shootings, and it saddens me to come to the realization that so many of our major cities are now looking and sounding more like “third world cities.” Or, we can use the term “developing cities” – because truly the very concept itself has become outdated as it no longer represents the current political or economic state of the world post the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, and historically poor countries have transited different income stages now, and the United States of America is now poorer. But I’m fairly certain you get my point.

Our Lord Jesus Christ has prophesied that there will be ‘troubles’ – Mark 13:8.

As far as our cities and nations go, notice the following from the Prophet Ezekiel. The LORD God told Ezekiel to write, “’ An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land. Now the end has come upon you, And I will judge you according to your ways, And I will repay you for all your abominations. … For the land is filled with crimes of blood, …’” – Ezekiel 7:2-3, 23 NKJV.

The prophet Ezekiel, too, talks of a time of economic collapse –

“Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2) ‘And you, son of man, thus says the Lord GOD to the land of Israel: [to the land of Israel - basically, the people of the modern Western world. The United States of America, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa – the places where those people eventually settled] ‘An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land. 3) Now the end has come upon you, And I will send My anger against you; I will judge you according to your ways, And I will repay you for all your abominations. 4) My eye will not spare you, Nor will I have pity; But I will repay your ways, And your abominations will be in your midst; Then you shall know that I AM the LORD!’” – Ezekiel 7:1-4.

Verse 12 – “The time has come, The day [the Day of the LORD] draws near. ‘Let not the buyer rejoice, Nor the seller mourn, For wrath is on their whole multitude’” – Ezekiel 7:12.

Here, the LORD God is talking about the economy.

And yes, ever-greater disasters are coming!

Also, notice what the Prophet Isaiah was inspired to record –

“’ Your country is desolate, Your cities are burned with fire; Strangers [even illegal immigrants] devour your land in your presence; And it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.’” – Isaiah 1:4-7.

Friends, the time of ‘Jacob’s Trouble’ is upon us! Also known as a ‘great tribulation’ – Matthew 24:21. It is heading towards us like a runaway freight train straight towards the United States of America and her Anglo-Saxon allies (including Canada with its Liberal leader)!

National repentance is the only thing that can stop it! But sadly it doesn’t look likely. Personal repentance, however, is still very possible! Your personal future can still be brighter than your own nation.

Let us all pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven’!

Also in the news – China is having a conniption fit over the recent visit of the US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi! As her tweet below shows, this was not intended as a personal visit, but as an “official Congressional” visit (See: AP - Pelosi tells Taiwan US commitment to democracy is ‘ironclad’).

Now, while that visit will not spark a World War III, there certainly will be consequences. China has already dropped to the ground and spun around on the floor like a spoiled child that wants its way – putting on a military display. And as we have been reporting, China has also been taking further steps to bypass the US dollar and will continue these steps. China certainly will be more than willing to support a prophesied “New World Order” – cf. Daniel 11:39; Jeremiah 30:7.

Also concerning China – something which Minister Michael C. Garrett and I touched on very briefly – China is ultimately to be at least confederate with Taiwan. This visit looks to be a spark for China to take even further steps towards reunification with Taiwan. And I believe that China will ultimately walk into Taiwan with nary a shot being fired.

China believes that there is one China and Taiwan is a part of China. The United States of America officially has a “One China policy.” Meaning that she “officially” does not recognize Taiwan as independent from China. Even though just 11 days before the departure of President Trump, the State Department delivered a resounding rejection of the One China Policy.

So, the issue appears to be USA hypocrisy.

Since Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in an “official” US government capacity, and the USA's “official” position is that Taiwan is part of China, and since China said that Nancy Pelosi shouldn’t come, then it looks as if the USA violated its own policy as well as violated Chinese sovereignty!?

Now, I mention this to point out that the United States of America’s mainstream media and political class have utterly failed to see America’s hypocrisy. God’s living word prophesies a soon-coming end of “an hypocritical nation” – see Isaiah 10:5-11; KJV.

God also WARNS –

“’ As for My people, children are their oppressors, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, And destroy the way of your paths’” – Isaiah 3:12.

“For the people DO NOT turn to Him [Almighty God the Father] who strikes them, Nor do they seek the Lord of hosts [Jesus Christ]. … 16) For the leaders of this people cause them to err, And those who are led by them are destroyed” – Isaiah 9:13, 16.

As for this Nancy Pelosi, and “The Squad,” and others of their ilk who are evil – and are representatives of the evil one – they are hypocritical. She is a professing Roman Catholic, while also being a staunch supporter of legal murder (abortions) along with sexual perversion “rights.”

Concluding Comments

The Apostle John wrote the following –

“But one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.’” – Revelation 5:5.

Friends, this is covered in the recommended sermon for this holy Sabbath.

Soon, the prophesied ‘Jacob’s Trouble’ will be upon us – the Day of the LORD! Soon the prophesied end-time prophets (see Matthew 24:9-14; Revelation 11:3-12) will travel to different cities and nations around the world proclaiming like Moses and Aaron had before, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go’”

In deep gratitude and love, in Jesus' name,

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