Thursday, November 16, 2023

Letter to our Friends - November 14, 2023

P.O. BOX 6458

Leonard V. Johnson
Pastor and Founder

Dearest Brethren and Friends around the world:

Greetings from Spring Hill, Florida.

We would like to recommend this coming Sabbath, the sermon “Baptism” which we also have in audio MP3 format. We also have additional information on baptism –

Now certainly, while the PDF Bible Study is online, we do not yet have a Baptism online booklet. We hope to soon.

From the Beginning… God’s Master Plan in two languages!

This week I finished translating a very IMPORTANT article “From the Beginning… God’s Master Plan” into Swahili for our Soundcloud Radio channel. In the article, we ask, “If God did see that we would eventually “fall” under the weight of sin, did He have a plan that would somehow rectify the situation?” We along with our affiliated churches continue to work while it is still day. As our Lord Jesus Christ has said, “’ the night is coming when no one can work.’” We currently have nearly an hour and sixty minutes of articles translated into additional languages. Please pray for this to grow exponentially.

God’s living word also warns in Amos 8:11-12 – “’ Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of HEARING the words of the LORD. 12) They shall wander from sea to sea, And from north to east; They shall run to and fro, SEEKING the word of the LORD, But shall not find it.’”

We are certainly getting ever closer to the end of this age, as we are doing what is commissioned of us in doing the “short work” of which the apostle Paul wrote of in Romans 9:28. (An enlightening read Prophecy – According to Jesus Christ).

It is also a great blessing from the LORD God that we have additional video platforms – and not just YouTube.

We also have a UGETube channel. Also a BitChute channel.

Facebook Groups

If you have a Facebook account and page, we would like to invite you to join our Christian groups.

Suggested Sabbath Day 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 are some Instrumental Accompaniment to the Bible Hymnal available on our website).
• Opening prayer.
• Announcements – from the deacon or pastor.
• Sermon – from the pastor or guest speaker. The one suggested for this week is “Baptism”
• Closing song.
• Closing prayer.

Some World News In Relation To Biblical Prophecy

The terrorists Hamas continuing to attack and make war with Israel keeps dominating the news. Here in the United States of America, a great many pro-Palestinian and pro-Hamas groups have been protesting any military aid to our brethren Israel along with shouting “From the river to the sea” – which is a rallying cry for terrorist groups and their sympathizers to completely annihilate Israel! To me, personally, that is borderline TREASON!

Treason is a crime that is expressly defined by the United States Constitution! The definition of treason is provided in Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution, which states that it is (among other things) “adhering to our enemies.” As I tell my wife all the time, “You must choose a side.” How anyone in their right mind would choose and adhere to a known terrorist organization that slaughters innocent Israeli men, women, and children and hides behind exploited Palestinians is beyond me! (Much like how the Nazi Party, another terrorist organization, exploited the German people) (See AP‘Protest marches from US to Berlin call for immediate halt to Israeli bombing of Gaza’). Also, at least three Latin American countries have also taken an anti-Israel stand (See BBC‘Bolivia severs diplomatic ties with Israel over Gaza war’ and VOA ‘Bolivia Severs Ties With Israel, Others Recall Envoys Over Gaza’).

Q: If you were being viciously and demonstrably attacked – would you defend yourself!?

Under the grave spiritual influence of Satan the Devil, the international community is turning against the tiny nation of Israel as it defends itself against annihilation. Our greatest ally in the Middle East, Israel, is being accused of war crimes!? A greater majority of the people of this present evil age are turning against the tiny nation of Israel as well as against all Jews in general. Antisemitism worldwide is at a level I have never seen in my five decades!

This sudden rise of anti-Semitic aggression is consistent with the removal of our LORD God’s divine protection of JUDAH – notice –

“He [the LORD God – the family of God] removed the protection of Judah. You looked in that day to the armor of the House of the Forest.” – Isaiah 22:8.

Now, as far as “the armor of the House of the Forest” goes, it MIGHT be that this is a reference to the terrorist organization Hezbollah. The “House of the Forest” in God’s living word is a reference to a location in Lebanon (see 1 Kings 10:17, 21). And since this terrorist organization is based there with armor, that could be what this is pointing to.

The modern-day nation of Israel is the tribe of JUDAH. And there are a ton of military weapons that Hezbollah has in LEBANON. It appears that if this terrorist organization enters this war in full force it will reign even more rockets and missiles on Israel.

Notice the following –
Open hatred of Jews surges globally, inflamed by Gaza war

LONDON (Reuters) -In Los Angeles, a man screaming “kill Jews” attempts to break into a family’s home. In London, girls in a playground are told they are “stinking Jews” and should stay off the slide. In China, posts likening Jews to parasites, vampires, or snakes proliferate on social media, attracting thousands of “likes.”

These are examples of incidents of antisemitism, which have surged globally since the attack by Hamas gunmen on southern Israel on Oct. 7 and the subsequent war on the Islamist group launched by Israel in the Gaza Strip.

“This is the scariest time to be Jewish since World War II. We have had problems before, but things have never been this bad in my lifetime,” said Anthony Adler, 62, speaking outside a synagogue where he had gone to pray in Golders Green, a London neighborhood with a large Jewish community.

Adler, who runs three Jewish schools, temporarily closed two of them after Oct. 7 because of fears of attacks on pupils and has beefed up security at all three.

“The biggest fear is that there will be a random attack on our community, on our families and our children,” he said.

In countries where figures are available from police or civil society groups, including the United States, Britain, France, Germany, and South Africa, the pattern is clear: the number of antisemitic incidents has gone up since Oct. 7 by several hundred percent compared with the same period last year. …

In the case of the antisemitic incidents, most consist of verbal abuse, online slurs or threats, graffiti, and defacing of Jewish properties, businesses, or sites of religious significance. Physical assaults represent a significant proportion.

One common thread is that anger over the deaths of thousands of Palestinians as a result of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza is invoked as a justification for verbal or physical aggression towards Jews in general, often accompanied by the use of slurs and tropes rooted in the long history of antisemitism.

“Whatever their opinion on the conflict, even if they are extremely critical of the Israeli government’s policy, Jew is for them equal to Israel, equal to killing Palestinian children,” said political scientist Nonna Mayer, a member of France’s CNCDH, an independent human rights commission. She was describing what was in the minds of those behind antisemitic incidents.”

Q: Are you sure this is not the year 1934 – with the “Night of the Long Knives”!?

Truly, it is not only the Jews that are hated or will be hated in the near future. Throughout history, we (true Christians) have often been called “Jews” and have been subject to persecution. I myself, have been called a “filthy Jew” - apparently because I keep the seventh-day Sabbath, the dietary law, along with the LORD God’s commanded Holy Days. Now, my forefathers were from Dumfriesshire, Scotland – my 6th great-grandfather having arrived in America in 1696. So, that makes me a descendant of the tribe of Benjamin, a son of Jacob/Israel (though certainly there is some ethnic intermingling).

In support of Israel, I placed a small button of the Israeli flag on my Facebook profile picture – not wanting it to be too obvious. But, true Christians did indeed suffer through the Inquisition – a group of institutions within the Catholic Church whose aim was to combat heresy, conducting trials of suspected heretics and utilizing torture against our brethren of the living Church of God! Protestant leaders have also promoted antisemitism along with our persecution.

True Christians have always supported the tiny nation in Israel – not least of which, because they are our spiritual if not physical brethren (See Galatians 3:29). It is extremely IMPORTANT to understand the LORD God’s promises to Abraham. Both to his physical descendants and to his spiritual descendants – as it were.

Friends, no one should hate ANYONE! As the apostle Paul says – under the inspiration of God’s Spirit (the very mind of our Lord Jesus Christ) – “Repay no evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of ALL MEN. 18) If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with ALL MEN.” – Romans 12:17-18.

Additionally, our own resident Joe Biden publicly announced that “Islamophobia” is on the rise in the United States of America! I certainly have not seen any anti-Islam protests or hate-fueled attacks and other discriminatory incidents against Muslims and their religion of Islam; not that I’m saying that it doesn’t happen – I just personally haven’t witnessed it.

Yet again, I reiterate - no one should hate ANYONE! But, true Christians should be an outspoken critic of Islam. One main and glaring point: Islam is a violent religion. While it is often said that “peace” is the main characteristic of the religion of Islam this is simply not true. Neither is it true that the Arabic word “Islam” means “peace,” as it is so often claimed. The word Islam means “submission.” As a religion, Islam emphasizes the necessity of Muslims submitting to their god Allah. There is also the necessity for non-Muslims to submit to Muslims. We have quoted several passages of their Koran before which teach their intentions for “infidels” – i.e. Pentecost – A Seven-Part Series (Part 1), Revelation – A Book of the Past and the Future (Part 6), Feast of Trumpets – 2020.

Friends, when true Christians speak out against the belief system of Islam it is not “hate speech.” Rather we are responding to their false claims and doctrines.

In Europe, many Germans are viewing the pro-Palestinian protests negatively – (See ZeroHedge‘Majority Support For Muslim Migration Ban As 3 In 4 Germans Say Newcomers Hate Western Society’). Germany will eventually do much more than attempt to restrict Islamic migrants – it hopes to cast them out.

God’s living eternal word shows us that a final United European “beast” – also called the “king of the North” will rise promising peace.

“And in his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will give the honor of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue. 22) With the force of a flood they shall be swept away from before him and be broken, and also the prince of the covenant. 23) And after the league [a peace plan] is made with him he shall act deceitfully, for he shall come up and become strong with a small number of people. 24) He shall enter peaceably, even into the richest places of the province; and he shall do what his fathers have not done, nor his forefathers: he shall disperse among them the plunder, spoil, and riches; and he shall devise his plans against the strongholds, but only for a time” – Daniel 11:21-24.

So, this leader from the heartland of a United Europe will promise peace and prosperity. He will make a deal with a small number of people and will gain power (cf. Rev. 17:12-13). He will promise peace at a time of crisis. This very same vile leader, who appears at the “appointed time” of “the end” is described without the king of the North title in Daniel 8: “And he said, ‘Look I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be. … And in the latter time of their kingdom, When the transgressors have reached their fullness, A king shall arise, Having fierce features, Who understands sinister schemes. 24) His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully. And shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and also destroy the holy people. 25) Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes [Jesus Christ]; But he shall be broken without human means. 26) And the vision of the evenings and mornings Which was told is true; Therefore seal up the vision, For it refers to many days in the future’” – Daniel 8:19, 23-26.

The atmosphere within Europe is not pro-Islam, despite some protests that may suggest otherwise. Expect even greater steps from various ones who will claim to put a stop to it.

Friends, we are in the time prophesied by our Lord Jesus as ’ the beginning of sorrows’ – Matthew 24:8. Our Lord Jesus also says, ’ For in those days there will be [affliction; days of distress, oppression, tribulation, trouble], such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be.’ – Mark 13:19. And then we have Luke’s version in chapter 21 – similar, but just a little different. Verse 9 – ’ But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately. 10) Then He said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11) And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.’ Verse 22 – and this is a verse I really want you to keep in mind TODAY! ’ For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.’ Well, that phrase, ‘all things which are written,’ the question is “written where!?” The obvious answer is - written in the pages of your Bible! Moses referred to these ‘days of vengeance.’ King David referred to these ‘days of vengeance’ in the psalms. All of the “major” prophets have this event as a major theme! All of the “minor” prophets have this as a major theme! Jesus Christ mentioned this event – which we just read! Paul makes multiple references to these ‘days of vengeance.’ Peter wrote about it! Jude mentioned this event! And the Book of Revelation, by John, is dedicated to giving as many specifics as possible about these ‘days of vengeance.’

As I’ve mentioned before, the phrase ‘the days of vengeance’ begs the question, “Who’s vengeance!?” And the answer is clear – God’s vengeance! Often referred to in the Bible as ‘the Day of the LORD.’ The ‘Day of the LORD’ doesn’t just mean twenty-four hours – in the Hebrew and in the Greek it means “a period of time.” The Day of the LORD – a period of troubles. Or what Minister Garrett often calls the end-time trauma. A series or progression of end-time events in which God Almighty and Jesus Christ pour out Their judgment upon a sick, sin-filled, and rebellious world!

’ the beginning of sorrows.’”

Concluding Comments

The Day of the LORD and the establishment of the kingdom of God –the LORD God’s actual judgment upon the wickedness of mankind – and, surely, you know what the 1st and 2nd chapters of the Book of Isaiah are about!? How they have turned their back on Him and have spit in His face and have done everything contrary to Him. Their ‘whole head is sick, And their whole heart faints.’ Everything is wrong with the nations of Israel – the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob! And, at the end of the 2nd chapter of Isaiah – Verse 17 – “’ The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, And the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; The LORD alone will be exalted in that day, 18) But the idols He shall utterly abolish.’” Verse 19 – “’ They shall go into the holes of the rocks, And into caves of the earth, From the TERROR of the LORD And the glory of His majesty, When He arises to shake the earth mightily.’” There is going to be a massive earthquake, but it’s not going to be like any earthquake before in history! This earthquake will literally shake the entirety of the whole earth – the Book of Revelation says, “every mountain and island was moved out of its place” – Revelation 6:14b. The whole topography of the earth is going to be changed! Do you think Almighty God will get mankind’s attention then!? Verse 20 – “’ In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver And his idols of gold, Which they made, each for himself to worship, To the moles and bats, 21) To go into the clefts of the rocks, And into the crags of the rugged rocks, From the TERROR of the LORD And the glory of His majesty, When He arises to shake the earth mightily.’” Verse 22 – “’ Sever yourselves from such a man, Whose breath is in his nostrils; For of what account is he?’” Here – turning back to the Book of Revelation, chapter 6 – Verse 15 – “And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every [bond man], and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16) and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17) For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?’” So, where you gonna be – in that day!? What is going to be your excuse – in that day!? What is going to be your doctrine – in that day!? What is going to be your defiance against God – in that day!? God’s living word says “that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow.” And, every knee which doesn’t – that person will be destroyed. It’s as simple as that!

I humbly ask and pray that all of you remain close to God the Father and Jesus Christ through prayer, through Bible study, and through meditation. And through listening to messages that talk about the Word of God. And, I beg all of you, please examine yourselves – are you worshiping a man or are you worshiping Jesus Christ!? Your eternal life – your eternal fate – hangs in the balance of that decision.

In deep gratitude and love, in Jesus' name,

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