Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Letter to our Friends - September 9, 2022

Leonard V. Johnson

Dear Friends:

Greetings to you all from the Tampa Bay Area, Florida.

We are pleasantly surprised to see that our sermon “One God – One Mediator” is as popular as it is – and it’s not even a prophetic message (which often gets more views)! – Even despite having some negative comments.

Despite YouTube’s shadow-banning techniques on our channel, we had 227 views since November 20th, 2020! It may not seem like a lot – but this world as a whole is blessed by God if only one person hears His glorious Good News of His living Word, His Truth, and His ultimate Plan for the redemption of all mankind! Our suggested sermon for this week “Be Not Defeated” is also doing quite well, despite YouTube and its shady tactics.

With all that being said, we are pleased to announce we have had 4.8 k views on our YouTube channel since June 2015! Truly, it’s even more! Shadow-banning of Conservative Christians by Big Tech (which is intentionally trying to make it harder to find online) is the main reason why we started up additional video platforms, such as BitChute and UGETube!

Feast of Tabernacles in the United States of America

The Fall Holy Days are here! The Feast of Trumpets begins at sunset on September 25th!

In 2022, the Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day services are scheduled to begin on the evening of October 9th and will continue until the Last Great Day October 17th!

It is certainly time to plan, no matter where you live.

I personally am planning – and I want to remind all our brethren and friends that we are affiliated with the Owensboro Church of Jesus Christ. We must never downplay this IMPORTANCE! “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls [lives], as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you” – Hebrews 13:17. I would also like to remind you of how I, personally, met my spiritual mentor Michael C. Garrett in Owensboro, Kentucky –
July 18th, 2018 – For several years I had been speaking with Father God, and asking Him, “Where are Your people!?” I had contacted several splinter groups of the now defunct Church of God, and every single one that I had contacted I quickly discovered they were not bearing the fruits of God’s Spirit. I also, with God’s instruction and permission in relation to a spiritual teaching lesson – visited a Protestant Sunday-keeping church. Until God had told me, “Enough! Run!”

Well, I was busy posting another article on our website, when a thought came to my mind – “Get rid of everything you’ve done. Get rid of the website, Facebook, YouTube, and everything else, and follow Me!” The thought that came to my mind gave me no indication that there was anything else, just to “follow Me.” Now, I was very aware that a sycophant leader of a church organization was looking over the website with a fine-toothed comb in the hopes of finding something to prosecute me with. So, I was thinking at first this is why the thought in my mind was having me delete everything. But, I contributed this thought to God – yes, I contribute these types of thoughts to God; these types of thoughts and my actions have kept me safe all my life. I didn’t question this thought. I deleted everything – 7 years’ worth of work. All those years I had been proclaiming His Good News unto as many nations as financially possible – several thousands of dollars – and to all of a sudden rid myself of all of that took a lot. After speaking with Father God and our Lord Jesus at length, asking, “If that was not what I was supposed to be doing – what am I supposed to do!?” Again, “My LORD, where are Your people!?”

After much supplication and prayer, I went back to the computer. In its search engine, I typed “Mark Armstrong.” And the phrase “Bubble Boy” popped up. I was intrigued, why was this leader of this church organization called this!? So, I clicked onto the site and came across Minister Michael C. Garrett’s video sermon entitled “Disingenuous Propaganda”. I had never heard of this man of God before. I ended up watching the whole sermon! He had mentioned another sermon, “Look To Jesus, Not Moses”. I went and searched for that sermon, watched the entirety of it, and knew THIS IS WHAT GOD WAS TELLING ME!”
It is also vitally IMPORTANT to remember that God loves loyalty. The very word loyal brings to mind a powerful sense of belonging. It also brings to mind wholehearted fidelity and unswerving devotion and duty. And I can’t help but think of God’s living word – “we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15) but, speaking the truth IN LOVE, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – CHRIST” – Ephesians 4:14-15. This also brings to mind – “Look To Jesus, Not Moses.” In my latest Personal I speak of the Spirit of the Law. Our Lord Jesus had admonished the scribes and the Pharisees, calling them hypocrites for neglecting the weightier matters of the Law – Justice, Mercy, and Faith. Notice: It’s good judgment, mercy, and faith. All spiritual things!

There are many examples of loyalty in God’s living word. In our relationship with our brethren, we are called to steadfast loyalty. The Apostle Paul speaks of his “loyal yoke-fellow” (NIV) in Philippians chapter 4. It was one who faithfully labored with the Apostle Paul. There is also Ruth. From the first words of the Book of Ruth, it truly constitutes a declaration of breathtaking love and loyalty – “’ Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God’” – Ruth 1:16.

For true Christians, loyalty is shown in our commitment to JESUS CHRIST and to His Message – “When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, ‘Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35) For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life FOR MY SAKE and the gospel’s will save it’ – Mark 8:34-35.

– to observe the Feast in Owensboro, Kentucky. At the Logsdon Community Center 2400 Friendship Dr. Owensboro, Kentucky 42303 (unless unforeseen circumstances warrant changes). We graciously invite all who have a good spirit to attend. You can contact Minister Michael C. Garrett at garrett158@roadrunner.com for additional information.

There are optional activities in Owensboro, Kentucky to enjoy! There is the International Bluegrass Music Museum – website http://www.bluegrasshall.org/. There is also the Yellow Creek Park, which features hiking trails, and multi-purpose sports areas, as well as a Pioneer Village – website https://www.visitowensboro.com/listing/yellow-creek-park/. Also, there’s the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art – website http://www.omfa.us/.

Now, I personally have stayed at the Wingfield Inn & Suites in Owensboro, Kentucky several times. Its location is 3220 W. Parrish Ave. Owensboro, Ky. 42301.

Should you wish to stay there, the daily room rate is $95 per night, plus applicable taxes. You can call (270) 685-2433 to make reservations.

Certainly, ALL TRUE CHRISTIANS, AND THOSE THAT ARE CALLED BY FATHER GOD (John 6:44-45), ARE COMMANDED TO KEEP THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES AND THE LAST GREAT DAY unless their health or dire circumstances warrant preventing them.

According to Tripadvisor.com, Owensboro has hundreds of restaurants and dozens of hotels. Owensboro also has an airport – the Owensboro - Daviess County Regional Airport. Located near I-165 and adjacent to the US-60 bypass, the facility is easily accessible to almost 1,000,000 people in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, and Tennessee. It covers an area of 880 acres.

Again, if you are planning on coming this year, please send Minister Michael C. Garrett an email and let him know – garrett158@roadrunner.com.

Mystery of Salvation

Friends, additionally, for this week’s suggested Sabbath service, I suggest downloading our free online PDF article Notes Concerning The Feast of Tabernacles And The Last Great Day.

Here is the main point I am emphasizing which the 29 page article goes into:
“Revelation 10:7 – Now I’ve been saying for a long time. And for many of the times I have said it, the people to whom I spoken to, simply did not understand what I was saying. Question is: When is the resurrection of the saints!? Now, I want you to understand that the WCG said that the resurrection of the saints would NOT occur until the SEVEN SEALS were over, and the SEVEN TRUMPETS were over, and the SEVEN PLAGUES were over, and sometime – they weren’t really sure - but sometime in there, the resurrection of the saints would occur. They actually said the seventh of the plagues was somehow the extension of the seventh trump. I don’t know, they really stretched the Scriptures on that one. “...the mystery of God would be finished, ...” And that mystery is that mortal human beings would one day enter into FULL sonship and daughtership into the Kingdom of God, into the Family of GOD. THE SEVENTH TRUMP IS THE MOMENT OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE SAINTS! The FIRST resurrection!”
The short article, itself, is still in draft form, and while it can be read online, it is likely not going to be the finalized version.

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 “Because He Lives – I Can Face Tomorrow” sung by Minister Michael C. Garrett.
● Sermonette.
● Announcements (if any) – from the deacon or pastor.
● Sermon – from the pastor or a guest speaker. The one suggested for this week is “Be Not Defeated.” Other sermons are available at the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries UGETube 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.

Some World News In Relation To Biblical Prophecy

The United Kingdom and her Commonwealth Nations and realms lost their Queen of 70 years yesterday. And as I had posted on my personal Facebook page - Our prayers are with the British Monarchy on this day, and with all her family and friends. Including, of course, the newly appointed King Charles III. Also, they got their THIRD female prime minister this week (See: ‘BBC - Who is Liz Truss? From teenage Lib Dem to Tory PM’). This brings to mind one of our posted articles – “’ Women Rule Over Them’ – Isaiah 3:12.” And, speaking of the United Kingdom, Russia as well as some of its allies are looking to eliminate Britain’s dominance of the international metals markets (See: ‘ZeroHedge - Eurasian Alliance Plans A Moscow World Standard To Destroy LBMA's Monopoly In Precious Metals Pricing’).

Getting back to Prime Minister Liz Truss, she has espoused positions that the EU certainly doesn’t like! Notice this from Thomas Byrne’s Twitter post – click on the photo to the left and read his posting on this.

And, by no means is she a Boris Johnson (who the EU certainly didn’t like), she is not likely to be able to deal with nor heal the great divide between the UK and the EU! Be sure to read our free online booklet “God’s Promises To Abraham - Chapter 1” in which Minister Garrett’s first chapter speaks of this Brexit.

The German Press reported –
What foreign policy issues face the UK's new leader?

The new prime minister will also have to steer the UK on the international stage with Russia’s war in Ukraine, an increasingly assertive China, and ongoing tensions with the European Union over the aftermath of Brexit topping that agenda.

Truss said she would tear up parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol, a step that could lead to a new trade barriers or even legal difficulties with the EU.

A bill to unilaterally scrap some customs checks to ease the movement of goods between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain is working its way through the British parliament, and Truss said last month that if picked as prime minister she would seek to deliver that legislation in full. https://www.dw.com/en/liz-truss-to-be-next-british-prime-minister/a-63018397.
The Anglo-American world dominance is soon coming to an end!

In Israel – Israel365News reported that the Israeli government hinted at animal sacrifices in a brochure (See: ‘Israel365News - BEN GURION GEARING UP TO BRING ALL 70 NATIONS STRAIGHT FROM THE AIRPORT TO THIRD TEMPLE’). Since God’s living word – the Holy Bible – does tell us that regular animal sacrifices will be stopped in Daniel 9:27, 11:31, and 12:11, they must be started first – and in Israel, this will currently require Israeli government approval – approval that indirectly is being hinted at!

Concluding Comments

In one of our latest A Morning Bible Studies we asked the question - Are you able to give God’s definition of just what is a true Christian!? And we covered Matthew chapter 5:3-11. Also, notice what the Apostle Paul writes – under the inspiration of God’s Spirit –

“If ANYONE does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!” – 1 Corinthians 16:22.

How does one know that they are a true lover of our Lord Jesus Christ!?

Our Lord Jesus says –

’ If you love Me [as well as ‘If you are loyal to Me’] keep My commandments’ – John 14:15.

’ He who DOES NOT love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me’ – vs. 24.

’ Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom [from] heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven – Matthew 7:21.

“The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” – 1 Corinthians 16:23.

Sadly, there are some Protestant groups that misinterpret, they misapply, they misrepresent the term ‘God’s grace,’ and they make it into the incorrect concept of ‘once saved always saved.’ You know, “Give your heart to the Lord, and it’s all said and done!” And there be some church leaders in the past that completely detoured around the subject almost altogether. And yet, the term ‘God’s grace’ – my friends, we have no chance unless God is gracious to us! And He has been gracious to us! His love, His mercy, His tenderness, His patience, that’s one of the aspects I think about! How long He has been so patient with me – and us as ONE BODY.

In Hebrews, the 4th chapter –

Verse 14 – “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, JESUS THE SON OF GOD, let us hold fast our confession. 15) For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16) Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Friends, I would like to ask that you pray for the evangelism of the Church of God and the preaching of the gospel message that goes out. That this veil would be lifted from the minds of those out there in the world – the 7.9 billion people – and that the shackles of Satan the devil would be broken. And that a majority would begin to see the light of Jesus Christ shine through in their life. Pray for this ministry and pray for God’s people out there – scattered all over the world. They need our prayers, and they need God’s healing hand. Pray for skill and understanding, for strength, for wisdom, and knowledge. Pray for those who are sick and afflicted – with all sorts of tribulations. And, friends, pray ‘Your kingdom come.’

In deep gratitude and love, in Jesus' name,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Be sure to leave a comment and tell us what you think.